ICU: A Multicenter Observational Study

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Registered nurses all over the world share one thing in common. The thing that is commonly shared is sometimes or most times having to work a shift with inadequate staffing. This is a growing concern amongst this profession. As nurses we strives to treat our patient in a holistic manner but sometimes fail because we simply do not have the time. Short staffing puts both a strain on nurses and patients alike. Optimal nurse- to- patient ratio has been a great challenge to achieve in almost every medical facility nationwide and internationally. Short staffing can lead to dangers like medication errors, falls, pressure ulcers, increased mortality rates, and nurse burn out. Three studies will be discussed in this paper pertaining to nurse- to-patient …show more content…
The problem statement in the study gives clear detail that staffing level should match the needs of patients. This will give a better outcome for a higher mortality rate. The population of the study includes physicians, nurses and a total of 5718 patients in eight ICU (a total of 11,666 shifts in the intensive care units) from four university hospitals between January and December 2013 in France. This study was done in real time and did not require any approval to proceed by a …show more content…
The study involves 243 health care workers from 13 units within a Canadian health facility. In this study it gives a view of how the perception of nurses can affect patient care outcome pertaining to patient- to- nurse ratio. The facility that is used in the study uses agencies to cover the shift that are short staffed. There is a downfall to that solution. Nurses who are permanently employed at the facilities are more familiar with everything that goes on there versus the agency nurses. The article also suggest that the inconsistency of staff due to shortages on shift can lead to medication errors. This is dangerous. Nurses working overtime to cove the short staff issue can also case risk. The risk of this is that the nurse that is working overtime may be drained from the previous shift. This cause risk for any negative to happen. There is really no end conclusion to the study where a solution to the problem can be made. This is comparison the other two

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