Nurses may be key to holding down joint replacement readmissions

If hospitals wish to keep their joint replacement patients from being readmitted, they may want to keep an eye on their nursing staffs.  A new study from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing's Center for Health Outcomes and Policy has found that readmission of joint replacement patients increases 8 percent for every patient added to a nurse's workload. Moreover, among hospitals where nurses had a supportive work environment, readmissions were 12 percent less likely. The study "supports the notion that hospital nurses are fundamental to ensuring high-quality care and outcomes for patients," said the study's lead author Karen Lasater. Read the full article at FierceHealthcare