On Numbers (1:2)

Too many to cope

NHS intensive care

Two ill for each nurse

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n.b. The surge in Covid-19 hospital cases has led to the nursing staff guidelines for patients in Intensive Care Units to be changed this past weekend, so that each nurse may have two critically ill patients to attend to throughout a duty.

During the initial wave of Covid-19 hospitalisations the ratio of patients to each specialist nurse was allowed to be up to 1:6.

More information about the situation can be found in this article: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/nov/08/nhs-england-suspends-one-to-one-nursing-for-critically-ill-covid-patients.

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CLP 08/11/2020

Published by

Christopher Perry

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