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Hospital Infections Linked to Burned Out Nurses
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Hospitals where higher numbers of nurses report burn out, as measured by the Maslach survey, also had higher rates of surgical site and urinary tract infections than hospitals with fewer burned out nurses, according to a report in the American Journal of Infection Control. “When nurses feel high levels of burnout, they emotionally, psychologically, or cognitively detach from their work and from their patients,” and lapses in infection control occur, said lead author Jeannie P. Cimiotti, of the New Jersey Collaborating Center for Nursing at Rutgers University.