Yesterday's article on HealthcareITNews.com, "Readmissions have hospitals stymied," discussed a recent Dartmouth Atlas Project report which indicated that little progress has been made in reducing hospital readmissions for Medicare patients over a five-year period. In addition, the report demonstrated that readmissions for patients with some conditions are actually increasing.
The work of INQRI researchers at Marquette University suggests that increasing the number of nurses involved with discharge might reduce some of those readmissions. Marianne Weiss, Olga Yakusheva and their team found that having more registered nurses working on a hospital unit and reducing the amount of nurses' overtime hours are correlated with fewer patients being readmitted or visiting the emergency department within the first 30 days after hospital discharge. They also found a positive correlation between the number of nurse staffing hours and patients’ satisfaction with the quality of discharge teaching and subsequent readiness to go home.
Click here to learn more about the Marquette study.