Got enough nurses? Nurse groups cite Kentucky case to support push for staffing ratio laws

Source: Sabriya Rice, Modern Healthcare, October 24, 2015 (Subscription Required)

… A federal investigation found the patient may not have been moved for “an extended period of time” because the hospital, part of the not-for-profit 10-hospital Appalachian Regional Healthcare system, was understaffed. Its policy required one RN for every six patients in this unit where most patients required intensive care. But that day, one registered nurse was caring for about a dozen patients, while the certified nursing assistant on duty had 14. Experts say it’s physically impossible for one nurse to attend to that many very sick patients. In April, the CMS placed Hazard ARH in “immediate jeopardy” of losing Medicare funding due to failure to provide adequate staffing. That status was lifted in May. The hospital did not respond to requests for comment for this article…