Essay about Benefits Of Nurse Patient Ratio

1006 Words Sep 15th, 2016 5 Pages
In today’s fast paced healthcare environment there is constant struggle to provide the best and safe care to patients and at the same time keep the organization profitable. Nurse patient ratio is one of the areas in healthcare where this struggle is visualized on a regular basis. Nurse patient ratios need to be reevaluated because medicine has come a long way from twenty thirty years ago and patients are suffering from many comorbidities which makes it harder to safely care for patients while we are still using the nursing staffing grid from twenty thirty years ago. One of the adverse reaction to having high nurse patient ratio is keeping patients safe in an inpatient setting. Patient’s falls have been increasing year by year and many falls can be prevented by adjusting nurse patient ratios. Each year between 700,000 and 1,000,000 patients fall in hospitals in the United States of America (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality [AHRQ], 2013).
The most common prevention is only the elderly fall in hospitals, which couldn’t be further from the truth. Any patient that comes through the Emergency room is at risk for falls, could be because of underlying physiological condition, medications prescribed by physician and being tethered to many tubing’s in hospital. If the nurse patient ratio is lower a nurse can detect changes in patient’s behavior or come up with a customized plan of care to help keep patients safe. According to the Joint Commission, the average cost of fall…

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