Put in context, that means of the more than 180,000 patients who died of sepsis during the study period, 1,266 would have survived if hospitals had added six more RN hours per patient each day, the researchers estimated. Nine more RN hours per patient day would have saved an estimated 6,360 patients.
Sepsis is a physiologic response to infection that, if not managed properly, can lead to multiorgan failure and death, the researchers wrote.
“The sepsis patient requires complex care, and if you don’t have enough nurses on staff to address those patient care needs, unfortunately, your outcomes are going to be worse,” Cimiotti told MedPage Today. “If they’re short-staffed or overworked ... you’re going to lose that window of opportunity.”
The research was conducted before the pandemic, with more nurses on staffs nationwide than there are today.
The full study can be read on JAMA Health Forum.
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