We decided this weekend that staffing should be done according to average tonnage on the unit. The first three rooms in ICU: Bed 1: 252 pounds, new Guillian-Barre pt. Bed 2: 284 pounds, intubated, big overdose attempt. Bed 3: 348 pounds, intubated septic and no fecal bag will attach! That's 884 pounds right there. Surely that's worth at least 6 nurses.
What do you think? 1 nurse per every 150-175 pounds of patient? (Mind you, we haven't be able to sell this concept to management yet