Hospital Infections Linked To Nurse Burnout

(WOWT) Nurse burnout may be responsible for some hospital-related infections.

A new study from the University of Pennsylvania surveyed nurses on their workload and emotional status, and looked at the number of urinary tract and surgical site infections.

They found for each additional patient assigned to a nurse, there was one additional urinary tract infection for every thousand patients. They also found having a high amount of nurses reporting burnout resulted in more infections.

Experts say managing nursing staff burnout is more cost effective than treating preventable infections.

Each 10 percent increase in a hospital’s high-burnout nurses corresponded with nearly one additional UTI and two additional SSIS per 1,000 patients annually. The average rate of UTIs across hospitals was 9 per 1,000 patients; for SSIS it was 5 per 1,000 patients.

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