Becker's Healthcare January 26, 2022
Mackenzie Bean

Surgical patients treated in hospitals with good work environments for nurses are less likely to require intensive care or die, according to a study published Dec. 15 in AACN Advanced Critical Care.

Researchers analyzed data on 269,764 adult Medicare patients who had general, orthopedic or vascular surgical procedures between January 2006 and October 2007 at 453 hospitals nationwide. A 2006 survey of registered nurses provided data on work environments, and an annual survey from the American Hospital Association provided data on hospital characteristics. They used logistic regression models to estimate how nurses’ work environments affected the odds of patients’ admission to the intensive care unit and death rates.

Four things to know:

1. Patients undergoing surgery in hospitals with good nurse work...

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