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Study: Many nurses rate their hospitals low for patient safety

When patients are at hospitals, their health and well-being can be affected by many things. This includes how vigilant the hospital they are at is about patient safety.

One would hope that all hospitals would have great patient safety conditions. However, hospitals sometimes fall short in this regard. In fact, a recent study suggests such shortcomings might be fairly common.

The study points to it being pretty common for hospital nurses to have significant concerns about the patient safety conditions at their hospitals.

In the study, nurses at 535 hospitals were polled on their opinions about the hospital they worked at. The hospitals were from four states, one of which was Florida.

Around 3 in 10 of the surveyed nurses gave their hospital an “unfavorable” rating when it comes to patient safety. Other things many nurses in the survey reported regarding their hospital were: things getting lost in the shuffle, shift changes seeing loss of important information, problems with infection prevention and an environment in which questioning authority is discouraged.

How do you think Florida hospitals are doing regarding patient safety? Are there any areas in particular you think hospitals in the state tend to fall short in?

There are many missteps at hospitals that could cause serious patient safety problems. When patient safety shortcomings at hospital lead to patients getting hurt, the victims may be able to turn to hospital negligence claims as a route for pursuing compensation. Medical malpractice attorneys can assist hospital negligence victims here in Florida with such claims.

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