In this analysis from 160 acute care hospitals in Pennsylvania, lower staff-to-patient ratios were associated with higher rates of UTI and surgical site infections (SSIs), but an even stronger association was found between nursing burnout rates and these infections. They estimate for every 10% increase in nurse burnout, UTI and SSI increased by 1 and 2 per 1,000 patients respectively. Higher staffing ratios and addressing nursing burnout rates could have an effect on some hospital acquired infections (abstract)
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.