Higher nurse to patient ratio is linked to reduced risk of inpatient death

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Death rates in English hospitals where registered nurses cared for six or fewer patients were 20% lower than in those where they cared for more than 10, research published in the online journal BMJ Open has found.

Researchers looked at the number of beds per registered nurse, doctor, and healthcare support worker in 137 acute care trusts from 2009 to 2011. They also analysed the number of patients per ward nurse in a survey of 2917 registered nurses from a nationally representative subsample of 31 of these trusts.

Zika virus- guidance for doctors

The BMA has published guidance which summarises key advice for those working in primary care, since they may be consulted by patients, including pregnant women, who are travelling to or returning from countries that are part of this outbreak (ie those countries with active Zika transmission).

To read the guidance go online here

The guidance is intended for primary care clinicians in England and Scotland.

It has been produced by Public Health England (PHE) in conjunction with the British Medical Association (BMA) and the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).


Want to know more about Zika Virus?

The news about the Zika Virus outbreak in South America is changing daily.

There are several resources which can help you learn more and keep up to date on the topic: Public Health England has published information about the virus. Details can be found here

Information has also been published on the NHS Choices website follow the link here to an update on 29th January.

The National Library for Medicine in the US has published a list of resources and information here