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Table 5. Staffing Ratios as Observed in Community Hospitals and Long-term Care Facilities

Hospital/Facility Ratios Hours per Patient Day
Nurses Aides Nurses Aides
Hospital #1 1:05 unavailable 4.8 Unavailable
Hospital #2 1:4-5 (days and evenings), 1:7 (nights) 1-2 PCAs per unit 4.3-5.1 0.2-0.5
Long-term Care Facility Sub-acute Unit 1:14-15 (all shifts) 1:5-6 (days) 1.7 3
1:7-8 (evenings)
1:14-15 (nights)
Long-term Care Facility Long-term Unit 1:18-19 (days) 1:7-9 (days and evenings) 0.9-.3 2.4-2.9
1:36-37 (evening and nights) 1:18-19 (nights)

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