Source: RN Magazine, May 15, 2009
Hospitals struggling to decrease their rates of health care-associated infections such as methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) may want to consider a new strategy: Hiring more staff.
A review of 38 studies found a significant relationship between nurse staffing and health care-associated infections. Four of them explored the impact of temporary nurse staffing and found a link between the use of temporary (agency) nurses and infection rates.
Two studies linked the use of temporary nurses with increased risk of bloodstream infections and two indicated an association between temporary nurse staffing and MRSA.