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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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Don't miss tomorrow's patient safety rally at Norwood Hospital from 4-6 PM. For more info., visit https://t.co/y389yaGES6. #mapoli #maconvos

Posted Tuesday March 31, 2015 via Twitter

Just Ask About Patient Safety

Just Ask About Patient Safety Residents, friends, patients, and community leaders are invited to join nurses at Norwood Hospital TOMORROW (Wed., April 1 from 4-6 p.m. to discuss issues that are putting patient safety at risk. An area of great concern to the nurses is the low number of staff nurses who are available to care for community members who are admitted to the hospital. To make due, exhausted nurses often work hours beyond their shifts or work extra unscheduled shifts. The location of the rally is the Aaron Guild Park near the hospital inside Washington, Central and Guild Streets in Norwood. #patientsafety #healthcare #mapoli #bospoli #maconvos #nurses

Posted Tuesday March 31, 2015 via Facebook

Just Ask About Patient Safety

Just Ask About Patient Safety While community members, state and local officials all want restoration of inpatient services, BHS's Phelps, the new owner of the property, is blatantly refusing to provide those services, and hasn't even committed to applying for federal designation that would enhance the success of a full service hospital. BHS is a non profit health care provider that has a responsibility to provide services the community needs. Its profit margins show BHS could easily afford to restore services, and an analysis of patient care data shows those services would be sustainable. In stating his opposition to reopening those services, Phelps' rationale is that too many of these patients are on Medicaid or Medicare, which means too many are poor and old to justify his providing the care this community needs. This cannot be allowed to stand. We need the Attorney General, the Governor, state and local officials to step in and force BHS to fulfill its mission of providing care to the residents of Northern Berkshire County. To read more, visit http://wamc.org/post/one-year-after-shock-services-return-following-hospital-closure. #NARH #healthcare #medical #patientsafety #inequality #mapoli #maconvos #massachusetts

Posted Monday March 30, 2015 via Facebook