Nursing Home Staffing Levels Affect Sepsis Rate Experienced In Patients

Nursing homes with lower staffing levels in one state experience a higher rate of sepsis in their patients. Patients suffer from sepsis caused by pneumonia, urinary tract infections, and bedsores. These illnesses often come from patients being bed rdden. These infections can be prevented by turning patients on a schedule rather than leaving them on their backs for hours at a time.

 The staffing levels at 78% of the nursing homes in the same state far below the national average. This leads to lower levels of care for individual patients. For more, read the story