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.