The critical care nurse work environment, physician staffing, and risk for ventilator-associated pneumonia

Costa, D.K. et al. American Journal of Infection Control. Published online: 12 May 2016

11556-2We examined the relationship between intensivist physician staffing, nurse work environment, and ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) in 25 intensive care units. We found a significant interaction between the nurse work environment, intensivist physician staffing, and VAP. Future work may need to focus on fostering organizational collaboration between nursing and medicine to leverage skills of both clinician groups to reduce risk for VAP in critically ill patients.

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