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How many guardian angels does one needs?

By: Medix team

A hospital's physicians and facilities are usually what we think of when choosing a place of treatment. however, a new study shows that we are missing a significant consideration

When trying to find a quality medical centre we automatically assume that safety correlates closely with the expertise of the treating physicians.
Conventional wisdom would say that the departments with the most experienced attending physicians, brightest residents and most promising interns would also have the lowest mortality rates. While these assumptions are true to some extent, reality is much more complicated.
The quality of care and treatment administered in a given setting can be contingent on both medical and non-medical factors; how many patients has the doctor seen before you? Is he right before his lunch break? Was he up late catching up on the latest installment of Game of Thrones? 
While all of these factors relate to the disposition of the treating physician, a recent study carried out in NHS hospitals has looked into a different factor; the number of nurses working on the ward. 31 NHS Trusts participated in the study, sharing both the number of nurses they have on staff, usual patient capacity and mortality rates across their departments. 
While the results were not overly surprising, they are shocking for anyone finding himself in need of hospitalization. Hospitals in which nurses were expected to look after 6 patients had 20% lower mortality rates than hospitals where nurses were charged with monitoring 10 patients or more.
The obvious question is, are there any easy solutions besides hiring more nurses?
One popular solution is adding "Medical Support Staff", workers that are not nurses but have received some form of lesser medical education. This trend exists both for nurses and physicians assistants that have become popular in the United States. The same study looked into this solution as well. Unfortunately, no significant improvement in mortality rate was noted in settings where support staff were added, negating this easy fix. 
Quality healthcare requires long term planning and awareness. Armed with studies like these, hospital management and regulators can better understand how their decision impact patient safety; which changes and budget cuts hurt the most and where. 

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