Well-staffed and empowered nurses save more lives on med-surg floors

New Penn study shows dramatically higher CPR survival rates

CPRDecember 2015 — The Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research (University of Pennsylvania) released a study this month finding that for each extra patient assigned to a nurse, the survival rates of patients on medical-surgical (med-surg) floors who needed cardiopulmonary rescusciation (CPR) decreased by 5%. According to the report, about half of all hospital cardiac arrests occur on med-surg floors. Lead author Matthew McHugh and colleagues also found that hospitals with poor work environments–such as low nurse participation in policymaking and leadership, and low institutional support for nursing–had 16% lower survival odds for patients requiring CPR on a med-surg floor. See the report here and learn how we can help you strengthen nursing at your workplace.


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