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Why It Matters

The hospital industry has embraced a “bigger is better” Wall Street approach to health care that is putting profits ahead of patients – ahead of its mission of caring for patients and communities. 

While hospitals in Massachusetts have posted profits in excess of $1 billion, they are using our taxpayer dollars to pay their CEOs enormous salary and benefit packages, cutting needed services and forcing their nurses to care for too many patients at one time, which is putting patients and communities at risk. 

In response to this patient safety crisis, The Committee to Ensure Safe Patient Care is promoting efforts that will dramatically improve patient safety in Massachusetts hospitals.  This past year, our campaign was successful in passing a landmark law that will dramatically improve the care for the state’s most critically ill patients.  The new law – An Act for Patient Limits in All Hospital Intensive Care Units, requires Massachusetts’ hospitals to adhere to safe patients limits for registered nurses who work in the state’s hospital intensive care units, ensuring that no nurse can be assigned more than one patient at a time, or when it is safe to do so, a maximum of two patients. 

Numerous studies in the most prestigious medical journals have clearly demonstrated that the most important factor contributing to your health and safety during a hospital stay is the number of other patients your nurses is assigned to care for.  Unfortunately, while Massachusetts patients now have access to safe care under the new law in the ICU settings, there is NO legal limit on the number of patients assigned to nurses in other areas of the hospital.  

To ensure your safety in all areas of the hospital at all times, efforts continue to extend safe patient limits for nurses throughout all patient care areas in all of the state’s hospitals.

So the next time you or a loved one are admitted to a hospital for a medical issue – JUST ASK (how are my taxpayer dollars being used to ensure I receive the care I need? And how many other patients will my nurse will be caring for today?)  It could save your life!

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Just Ask About Patient Safety A new report issued by the Centers for Disease Control finds that Massachusetts hospitals rank among the worst in the nation (4th worst) for catheter-associated central line infections, with Massachusetts patients suffering these preventable infections at rate 58 percent higher than the national average. To view the report, visit http://www.beckershospitalreview.com/quality/which-states-performed-the-worst-on-cauti-reduction.html. In fact, Massachusetts has seen an increase in its rate of infections in three of the five types of infections tracked by the CDC (see attached chart from the report). These troubling findings follow a Kaiser Health News Report earlier this month that found Massachusetts also had the the fourth worst record for patients having to be readmitted to a hospital due the lack of safe and appropriate care following their initial treatment in the hospital. These reports underscores what nurses in Massachusetts have been saying for years, which is that unsafe patient assignments for nurses and deliberate understaffing of registered nurses is resulting in poor patient care. Numerous studies have demonstrated that excessive patient assignments are direct cause of hospital acquired infections and patient readmissions, as well as numerous other serious complications, and conversely, that safe limits on nurses assignments dramatically reduces patient readmissions. This new report appears the same week the Massachusetts Nurses Association refiled legislation, The Patient Safety Act, to require safe patient limits for nurses in all hospital units and departments. Last year, the legislature passed a landmark law that sets safe patient limits of one nurse to one patient in all hospital ICUs. This new bill would establish scientifically-based limits on nurses' patient assignments for every other area of the hospital. In the past year, hospitals have cut RN staffing levels and increased nurses patient assignments on a number of floors, which is resulting in the problems identified in this report. #safety #medical #boston #healthcare #follow

Posted Monday January 26, 2015 via Facebook

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Flu fills up Worcester hospital beds; nurses say staffing not safe: http://t.co/cSIpNpfXOx #safestaffing #patientsafety #healthcare

Posted Friday January 23, 2015 via Twitter

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Just Ask About Patient Safety "We are not prepared for patient census on a daily basis, so when things hit the fan like they have recently, it's devastating," he said. "At UMass in particular, they've been gutting staffing levels. Nurses are working faster and harder trying to place patients. Hospitals are floating nurses from one unit to another. I can't emphasize how understaffed hospitals are," he said. #patientsafety #safestaffing #healthcare #likeus

Posted Friday January 23, 2015 via Facebook