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June 02, 2004

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Tucson Dunn

I recently moved from the USA to UK to lead a 450-bed acute care hospital. The hospital operates at a 98.5% occupancy and to my shock had 1:14 nurse-to-patient ratios. No wonder the hospital's average length of stay is 12 days. This is going to be one of the first corrections areas I work on. The interesting thing is that the "finance department" doesn't support hiring more nurse because it's not in the Budget for this year. Little do they know how much money they could save.

Amy

Get a life Tucson.

TSD

Amy,

Thanks for your thoughts. I know it seems like "hard going" and I should get a real "life" working in a hospital that affords higher staff-to-patient ratios. However, I came to the UK to make a difference and I remain committed to my goals of improving healthcare. We are now starting to make real changes and improvement to our staffing levels. I can already see the improvement in the quality of care and in job satisfaction of nurses. However, we still have a long way to go. Thanks

A

Allegations?

TSD

My research into MRSA relating to the this topic revealed a direct coloration between Nurse-to-Patient Staffing Ratio's and levels of MRSA within hospitals. The research indicated that the lower the Nurse-to-Patient staffing ratio, the higher degree of MRSA levels. The "allegations" that I was planning to publish these findings are true.

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