Report: Care time directly linked to injuries

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The more time caregivers spend with residents, the less caregivers are likely to get injured, a new report says.

Researchers from the University of Toronto and the University of Maryland examined injury and staffing data for three U.S. states: Maryland, West Virginia and Ohio. For each additional hour of nursing care provided, injury rates for nurses and nurses' aides fell by nearly 16%, they found.

"This information is valuable, because as healthcare institutionshave been asked to perform more efficiently, changes have led to lowerstaffing and higher patient loads, which lead to worker injury," said University of Maryland School of Nursing professor Alison Trinkoff.