Increased nursing staff could save lives

An article in the most recent issue of Health Affairs shows that a better qualified nursing staff results in better quality care. The study found that as many as 6,700 patient deaths, 70,400 complications and 4 million days of hospital care could be avoided if hospitals hired more registered nurses and increased the hours of nursing care per patient. This study will be used by nurses unions in their continual struggle to get legislation passed with minimum staffing requirements--legislation that is opposed by hospitals.

- read this article from the Detroit Free Press