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Nurse Burnout May Be Hazardous To Patients

Nurse burnout may be responsible for some hospital-related infections.

A new study from the University of Pennsylvania surveyed nurses on their workload and emotional status, and looked at the number of urinary tract and surgical site infections.

They found for each additional patient assigned to a nurse, there was one additional urinary tract infection for every thousand patients. They also found having a high amount of nurses reporting burnout resulted in more infections.


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