Nurses may be key to holding down joint replacement readmissions

More nurses and a more supportive work environment reduces post-discharge issues

If hospitals wish to keep their joint replacement patients from being readmitted, they may want to keep an eye on their nursing staffs.  A new study from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing's Center for Health Outcomes and Policy has found that readmission of joint replacement patients increases 8 percent for every patient added to a nurse's workload. Moreover, among hospitals where nurses had a supportive work environment, readmissions were 12 percent less likely. The study "supports the notion that hospital nurses are fundamental to ensuring high-quality care and outcomes for patients," said the study's lead author Karen Lasater. Read the full article at FierceHealthcare