“It’s Your Health, Your Families and Your Constituents We’re Fighting to Protect”
Washington, D.C. – Nurse members of the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU), AFL-CIO, from around the country will descend on Capitol Hill on Friday, May 5, 2017, to meet with their legislators and demand safe nurse to patient ratio legislation aimed at protecting nurses, patients and their families.
The nurses, represented by the OPEIU Nurses Council (ONC), will also participate in the Nurses Take DC Rally for Safe Nurse to Patient Ratios, joining an anticipated 10,000 nurses from around the country who are gathering to raise public awareness of the dangers posed by unsafe nurse staffing levels in hospitals and medical clinics. ONC Vice Chair Julie Murray, RN, is among the scheduled speakers.
Two new safe staffing bills have been introduced in New York and Ohio.
Democratic Senator Michael Skindell from Ohio has proposed SB 324 to the Ohio
legislature. This bill mirrors the staffing ratios set in California in 2004. New York
Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther has proposed A01532 titled the Safe Staffing for
Quality Care Act. This bill also sets ratios and also addresses the issues of long
term care facilities by determining staffing according to a minimum of care hours
per resident per day for RNs, LPNs and CNAs. For RNs it would be figured at 0.75
divided among all shifts 24 hours a day divided amongst all shifts for seven days a
week. For LPNs it is 1.3 hours and CNAs are at 2.8 hours.
Peter DeMarco and his wife, Laura Levis, hiking together last summer in Scotland. Credit Photo courtesy of Peter DeMarco
After his 34-year-old wife suffered a devastating asthma attack and later died, the Boston writer Peter DeMarco wrote the following letter to the intensive care unit staff of CHA Cambridge Hospital who cared for her and helped him cope.
Not all hospitals are created equal, and the differences in quality can be a matter of life or death. In the first comprehensive study comparing how well individual hospitals treated a variety of medical conditions, researchers found that patients at the worst American hospitals were three times more likely to die and 13 times more likely to have medical complications than if they visited one of the best hospitals.
The study, published Wednesday in the academic journal PLOS One, shows “there is considerable variation in outcomes that really matter to patients, from hospital to hospital, as well as region to region,” said Dr. Thomas H. Lee, a longtime health care executive who was not involved in the research.
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