Great Minds Think Alike: Nurse Staffing and Appropriateness of Coronary Angiography

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This week: Nurse Staffing and Education and Hospital Mortality; Appropriate Use of Coronary Angiography


Nathan and Amol want you to:

1. Understand that this study demonstrated relationships between nurse to patient ratio and average nurse education level to post-operative mortality among a large cohort of European patients.

2. Recognize different approaches to studying appropriateness and that variability in rates of elective coronary angiography between New York and Ontario suggest opportunities to improve appropriateness of care.

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The papers

 L H Aiken et al. Nurse staffing and education and hospital mortality in nine European countries: a retrospective observational study. The Lancet, Volume 383, Issue 9931, Pages 1824 – 1830, 24 May 2014. (PubMed).

D T Ko et al. Prevalence and extent of obstructive coronary artery disease among patients undergoing elective coronary catheterization in New York State and Ontario. JAMA 2013;310(2):163-169. (PubMed).

Good stuff

Nathan – Nurses are not Doctors, Sandeep Jauhar, New York Times, April 29, 2014.

Amol – Opinion Pages: What is the role of Nurse Practitioners? Angela Golden and Kenneth Miller, New York Times, May 2, 2014.

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