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Nurse burnout leads to more patient infection

It shouldn't surprise anyone that overworked medical staff will also be guilty of more medical errors. This finding has recently been verified by a University of Pennsylvania study that shows more catheter-associated urinary tract infections and more surgical site infections occur in hospitals where there is a greater prevalence of nurse burnout.

Though not having the same amount of medical training as doctors, nurses have played a vital role in patient care as nurses take care of most of the routine medical matters. As we've mentioned many times on this blog, routine procedures are where many medical and surgical errors take place.

Sadly, many nurses suffer from emotional exhaustion because of the hours they put in, and the job duties that these nurses perform. The lead author of the study emphasized that understaffing and lack of support for nurses lead to this burnout. "The providers detach from the environment, both emotionally and cognitively, and that's when these errors often occur," the author stated.

It is thought that Pennsylvania hospitals could reduced over 4,000 infections per year if nursing burnout could be reduced by as little as 10 percent. This would ultimately lead to savings in the long run of approximately $41 million.

The reason why attorneys and courts hold hospitals accountable for these infections is because these facilities set the working conditions for nurses. When hospitals attempt to take shortcuts by not hiring on full nursing staffs, nurses that do perform routine tasks tend to be under more stress and make mistakes.

Hospitals cannot afford to take shortcuts at the expense of patients or staff.

Source: Healthcare Finance News, "Study shows nurse burnout linked to increased HAI," by Kelsey Brimmer, Sep. 26, 2012

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