Patients are often unaware that choosing the right hospital is very important to having a good outcome. A novel study published in the prominent surgery journal JAMA Surgery showed that patients undergoing surgery at Magnet hospitals, recognized for nursing excellence and good nurse staffing, have better outcomes at the same or lower costs as other hospitals.
“Magnet designation for nursing excellence offers a way for patients to easily identify hospitals where they are more likely to have good outcomes following surgery,” says study co-author Matthew McHugh, PhD, JD, MPH, RN, associate director, Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.
The authors used a novel approach to compare 25,076 matched pairs of Medicare patients having surgery in 328 hospitals. Pairs of patients had the same surgical procedure and were very similar in terms of age, sex, severity of illness, demographics, and chronic illnesses.
“A surprising finding was that better nurse staffing throughout the hospital does not have to be more costly. Indeed, we found that Magnet hospitals achieved lower mortality at the same or lower costs by admitting 40 percent fewer patients to intensive care units and shortening length of hospital stay,” says Linda Aiken, PhD, RN, director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. RNL
List of Magnet-designated hospitals.
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Source: Penn Nursing Science