Study: Nurse safety linked to patient safety

By: November 16th, 2011 Email This Post Print This Post

The safer your healthcare facility is for nurses, the safer it is for patients.

That concept has been around for awhile, but a study by researchers from the School of Public Health at Drexel University, Philadelphia, have examined injury outcomes, safety climate, and working conditions on 29 nursing unit and has concluded that patient safety and workplace safety for nurses may be related by common causes, reports,

“For each 10-point increase in a unit’s average safety climate score, the odds of decubitus ulcer declined by 44% to 48%, and the odds of nurse injury declined by 40% to 45%, according to the report.

The study also found an association with the increased turnover of nurses.  “With each 10% increase in a unit’s nurse turnover rate, researchers observed a 68% increase in the odds of nurse injury, as well as increased patient risk for pulmonary embolism/deep vein thrombosis,” reports

The study, “Do nurse and patient injuries share common antecedents? An analysis of associations with safety climate and working conditions,” (abstract), appeared in the October issue of BMJ Quality & Safety.


By Bruce Cunha on November 22nd, 2011 at 9:18 am

How many studies need to be done before it is fully understood that working conditions and the attitude of the workers has a direct effect on safety? (employee or patient)

I remember studies back in the 1970’s that showed increased back injuries when the moral of the employees decreased.

I have seen increases in production and quality from implementation of programs that were focused on safety. The changes empowered the line workers and gave them more say in the production.

Not surprizing that the same applies to health care.


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