Navigation Links
Burnt-Out Nurses Linked to More Hospital Infections
Date:7/31/2012

TUESDAY, July 31 (HealthDay News) -- Burnout among nurses is linked to an increase in hospital infection rates, researchers have found.

In addition, job-related exhaustion among nursing staff costs millions of health care dollars each year, according to the study from the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.

In conducting the study, the researchers analyzed data from the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council and the American Hospital Association Annual Survey. They also examined a 2006 survey of more than 7,000 registered nurses from 161 Pennsylvania hospitals that provided insight into their job-related attitudes, including feelings on depersonalization and personal accomplishment. The survey also revealed the nurses' levels of emotional exhaustion, which is a key factor in burnout syndrome.

The study showed that among nurses caring for an average of 5.7 patients, for every additional patient they were assigned there was roughly one additional catheter-associated urinary tract infection per 1,000 patients. This translates to 1,351 more infections every year, according to study co-author Jeannie Cimiotti of the New Jersey Collaborating Center for Nursing and Rutgers School of Nursing in Newark, N.J., and her colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.

Each 10 percent increase in a hospital's high-burnout nurses was associated with almost one more catheter-related infection and two more surgical site infections for every 1,000 patients each year, the investigators noted in a news release from the Association for Professionals in Infection Control.

Catheter-related urinary tract infections cost an average of $749 to $832 each, and surgical site infections can cost up to $29,443. Based on those figures, the researchers projected that 4,160 infections could be prevented and hospitals could save $41 million by reducing rates of nursing staff burnout to 10 percent from an average of 30 percent.

"Health care facilities can improve nurse staffing and other elements of the care environment and alleviate job-related burnout in nurses at a much lower cost than those associated with health care-associated infections," Cimiotti and colleagues concluded. "By reducing nurse burnout, we can improve the well-being of nurses while improving the quality of patient care."

The study was published in the August issue of the American Journal of Infection Control.

While the study uncovered an association between nursing staff burnout and infections among patients, it did not prove a cause-and-effect relationship.

More information

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more about health care-related infections.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: Association for Professionals in Infection Control, news release, July 30, 2012


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Nurses need to counteract negative stereotypes of the profession in top YouTube hits
2. Phone contact with nurses linked with better outcomes for women with gestational diabetes
3. Scientists ID New Gene Linked to Vision Loss in Infants
4. Nurse staffing, burnout linked to hospital infections
5. 1 in 20 Cases of Melanoma Linked to Tanning Beds: Study
6. Child Abuse Linked to Higher Odds for Cancer as Adult
7. 33 Sickened by Salmonella Linked to Ground Beef: CDC
8. Heavy Drinking in Pregnancy Linked to Host of Problems in Children
9. Snacking and BMI linked to double effect of brain activity and self-control
10. Work-Linked Sleep Loss May Harm Police Officers Health
11. Childhood Abuse Linked to Diabetes, Heart Disease in Middle-Aged Women
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Burnt-Out Nurses Linked to More Hospital Infections
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... 08, 2016 , ... Vida Health, the digital health platform that ... Canvas Ventures . Other investors include Nokia Growth Partners (NGP) and returning investor ... more consumers who are managing chronic conditions or simply want to improve ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... Cincinnati, OH (PRWEB) , ... December 08, 2016 ... ... offering insurance and financial planning services from offices headquartered in Hamilton County, is ... animal rescue LuvFurMutts. , LuvFurMutts specializes in finding new homes for orphaned or ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... December 08, 2016 , ... ... that serve communities in and around the greater Phoenix metropolitan region, is announcing ... Connection. , The mission of the Homeless Youth Connection is to promote community ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... December 08, 2016 , ... The Compretta Insurance Agency, a ... clients in and around the Hancock County area, is announcing the launch of a ... Pantry. , The Hancock County Food Pantry has worked for more than 30 years ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Bill Mull Agencies, a Wichita-based firm offering ... central Kansas, is joining the Youth Horizons organization for a charity event that ... Wichita, Youth Horizons works to empower area children from unstable, troubled, or single-parent ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/8/2016)... QUEBEC CITY , Dec. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... key US patents for improving the accuracy, reproducibility ... CD images in long and small bone orthopaedic ... proprietary approach to creating personalized orthopaedic restorations based ... create personalized orthopaedic restorations, the company harnesses the ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... , Dec. 8, 2016  A new study ... that the use of opioid therapy to treat chronic ... the likelihood of more harmful consequences, including death. ... M.D., and Zankhana Mehta , M.D., authored the ... on chronic opioid therapy. The study was published in ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... 2016 Information products and services provider ... Scopus , the world,s largest abstract and citation database of ... for journals from over 5,000 publishers. The new set of metrics ... to and when to adjust a journal,s editorial strategy. ... , , ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: