Managing unnecessary variability in patient demand to reduce nursing stress and improve patient safety.

@article{Litvak2005ManagingUV,
  title={Managing unnecessary variability in patient demand to reduce nursing stress and improve patient safety.},
  author={Eugene Litvak and Peter Buerhaus and Frank Davidoff and Michael C Long and Michael L McManus and Donald M. Berwick},
  journal={Joint Commission journal on quality and patient safety},
  year={2005},
  volume={31 6},
  pages={330-8}
}
BACKGROUND Increases in adverse clinical outcomes have been documented when hospital nurse staffing is inadequate. Since most hospitals limit nurse staffing to levels for average rather than peak patient census, substantial census increases create serious potential stresses for both patients and nurses. By reducing unnecessary variability, hospitals can reduce many of these stresses and thereby improve patient safety and quality of care. THE SOURCE AND NATURE OF VARIABILITY IN DEMAND The… CONTINUE READING

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