Nursing Quality

Welcome to Upstate's Nursing Quality measures home page. On the Nursing Quality Measures page, one can find information on nurse-to-patient ratios and other data for 26 inpatient areas at Upstate University Hospital.

The tabs on the Nursing Quality Measures web page lead to information regarding nurse staffing and patient outcomes. This information is publicly available in accordance with Public Health Law section 2805-t.

Below is a guide to the information on this site:

  • Nursing Staffing Plans
    This shows the number of nursing staff members that the hospital plans for each area. The staffing plans are based on national best practices, the severity of the patients' illnesses, and a prediction of how many patients will be treated.
  • Actual Staffing Data
    This shows the actual numbers of nursing staff — Registered Nurses (RNs), Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) and Health Care Technicians (HCT) who were deployed in each area. The nursing plans may change, for example, based on the average number of patients per day.

Three quality indicators also are represented on the site. These are nationally acknowledged standards for patient care and are incidents that are considered avoidable during the patients hospital stay. All quality indicators are reported as a rate per 1,000 patients.

  • Patient falls with injury
    Information regarding patient falls is by hospital unit and reports all documented falls with an injury level of moderate or greater.
  • Hospital-acquired pressure ulcers stage II
    The information regarding pressure ulcers is the total number of patients that have obtained a hospital-acquired stage II or greater pressure ulcer on the day of the prevalence study.
  • Greater and central line infections in intensive care units
    The information regarding central line infections is defined as an infection that has been obtained while having a central line and being in an Intensive care unit.