Nurse shortages result in patient deaths, strikes

FierceHealthcare, August 9, 2011 Staffing shortages aren't simply headaches for the medical staff. Staffing levels that can't meet demand can cause strikes and, even worse, patient deaths. The Pennsylvania Department of Health called out Carlisle Regional Medical Center for dangerously low staffing numbers that may have led to two patient deaths, reports The Patriot-News. The investigation found that the emergency department services did not meet "acceptable standards of practice" for two serious events, according to the state report. One patient died while being scanned without a nurse present. ... Nurse