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College to assess staff and HCAIs

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THE RCN is to commission research on staffing levels and healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs), which has been sparked by the revelations at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust.

THE RCN is to commission research on staffing levels and healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs), which has been sparked by the revelations at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust.

As part of the study, the college will assess the links between HCAI rates and bed occupancy rates, patient throughput, staffing levels on wards and clinical leadership.

RCN policy adviser Jane Naish explained that the college had originally planned just to update its research on ward staffing levels. However, as a result of the Maidstone report, it decided to broaden this process to include the other factors.

The research project is due to be completed by the end of this year.

The Healthcare Commission report was published earlier this month (NT News, 16 Oct, p2).

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