Linda Aiken, UPI, Nurse Burnout
A UPI article spotlights LDI Senior Fellow Linda Aiken's 2012 study on the connection between nurse burnout and rates of hospital-acquired infections. Originally published in the American Journal of Infection Control, the study reported that there is "a significant association between patient-to-nurse ratio" and the two most common varieties of hospital-acquired ailments: urinary tract and surgical site infections.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 1.7 million hospital patients acquire such infections annually and that more than 98,000 die as a result. The study concluded that adjusting nursing staffing patterns to lessen burnout "is a promising strategy to help control infections in acute care facilities."
Aiken, PhD, RN, is a Professor at the Penn School of Nursing and Director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research.