For each 10 percent jump in the proportion of nurses who logged high levels of burnout, there was roughly one additional catheter-associated urinary tract infection per 1,000 patients and almost extra two surgical site infections per 1,000 patients, according to a study published today in the American Journal of Infection Control."
The study pinpoints the problem. Now, the hospital industry must address it by training and hiring more qualified nursing staff. Just as burnout and understaffing are fixable, so too are hospital acquired infections. Yet, doctors continue to admit that hospitals are dangerous places for sick people.
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