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This past week, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN., released a study that the death rates at hospitals increases by 2% per hospital shift when units are understaffed with registered nurses.

The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, looked at one hospital over four years. On 84 percent of the shifts, the staff was at the recommended amount. The problem was when the unit was found to be understaffed.

This may be another topic that family members will want to ask about when admitting a loved one. It also is the tough question that needs to be asked and looked at after a questionable death.

This is a topic a number of others have looked at here at the Injuryboard:

Nurse-to-Patient Ratio Laws, Beth Janicek | April 30, 2010 2:22 PM

Nurse to Patient Ratios and Quality Health Care in Ohio, Nick DiCello | July 30, 2008 10:43 AM

Medical Errors, Billy Cunningham | February 10, 2009 9:18 AM

If you or a family member is injured by medical malpractice, it’s important that you seek the advice of knowledgeable attorneys who can answer your questions and make sure your rights are protected.

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