Hospitals can reduce medical errors and ease demand for registered nurses by efficiently scheduling non-emergency surgeries, according a report in the Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety co-authored by safety expert Donald Berwick of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Elective surgery can be as unpredictable as emergency room admissions, raising demand for nurses as hospitals scramble to match work schedules with volatile patient flow, the report said. Boston Medical Center cut nursing expenses $130,000 annually by better coordinating vascular and cardiac surgery, according to the report. The authors called for further research into improving patient flow. The report can be purchased at ingentaconnect.com . -- by Melanie Evans
Elective surgeries key to easing demand for nurses
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