Three of every four Critical Care Units suffer from a deficit of nurses SATSE STUDY.

Radiography of nursing staff nurses in the Critical Care Units (ICUs) of hospitals in Spain |

None of the ICUs in Spanish hospitals meet the recommendation of different international organizations that there is only one nurse per patient, while in 75% of them, at least, the ratio of two patients per professional is exceeded.

SATSE considers that the current ratios pose a greater risk for the safety and health of critical patients, hence it establishes in its Popular Legislative Initiative on nursing ratios that in the Critical Care Units are not exceeded, in any case, the two patients for each nurse.

Three out of four Critical Care Units (CCU) in Spanish hospitals suffer a deficit of nurses, surpassing the ratio of two patients per professional.

None of them complies with the recommendation of different international organizations that understand that there is only one professional per patient.

This concludes in the study "Analysis of the reality of nurses, midwives and physiotherapists in health centers in our country", prepared by the Nursing Union, SATSE, after conducting a group of experts an exhaustive analysis of the practice Totality of Spanish hospitals.

Specifically, we have studied 479 Critical Care Units, also called Intensive Care Units (ICUs), which provide comprehensive intensive care 24 hours a day to patients who are more critical or at high risk of complications and who require continuous monitoring. surveillance and specialized treatment.

The study shows that, from Monday to Friday, there are 2.24 patients per nurse or nurse in the morning shift;

2.45 in the afternoon shift, and 2.67 in the night shift, while during weekends, the ratio is 2.48 patients per professional;

2.54 in the afternoon shift and 2.73, throughout the night.

In the study it is recalled that, according to the report "Intensive Care Unit, Standards and Recommendations" of the Ministry of Health, Consumption and Social Welfare, in ICUs of level III, there should be one patient per nurse or nurse;

in those of care level II, 1.6;

and in the care level I, three patients per professional.

In the country as a whole, the majority of ICUs fall within levels III and II.

Likewise, the study points out that the recommendations of different international organizations are more demanding and point to a ratio of one nurse or nurse per patient, and even in those units where patients are especially sensitive, the convenience of having two nurses is emphasized. per patient.

According to SATSE, the current ratios pose a greater risk to the safety and health of this type of specially sensitive and complex patients, hence establishing in its Popular Legislative Initiative on nursing ratios that in critical care units should not be exceeded, in No case, the two patients for each nurse.

In this regard, the trade union organization recalls that it continues to collect the 500,000 signatures needed for this Popular Legislative Initiative to be debated in the coming months in the Congress of Deputies and thus ensure, by law, that in Spain there are a sufficient number of nurses in hospitals, including ICUs, health centers and other types of health and social care centers.

In Spain there is currently no state regulation to regulate the allocation of nurses according to the number of patients in ICUs, so that the different autonomous health services decide the templates according to organizational and economic criteria, conclude from the Nursing Union.

Source: Agencias

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