nurse-patient ratio

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nurse-patient ratio

The ratio of nurses on a particular floor, ward or unit to the number of patients.
The greater the anticipated acuity of care, as in the ICU, the lower is the ratio in a high-quality healthcare facility (1:6 is the normal ratio in a medical-surgical unit, 1:2 in an ICU).
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