Nursing excellence linked to lower NICU mortality rates

04/25/2012 | MedPage Today (free registration)

Mortality rates for very low birth weight babies in NICUs of hospitals that have achieved recognition for nursing excellence were slightly lower than for those in hospitals without the designation, University of Pennsylvania researchers reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study included 558 hospitals in the Vermont Oxford Network, and the recognized facilities also had lower rates of nosocomial infection and severe intraventricular hemorrhage.

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