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Jeanine Burns Gloucester resident, registered nurse I have worked as an emergency department nurse in Gloucester for the last 16 years. Based on that experience, and from working in nearly every type of hospital unit over four decades, I know that safe patient limits matter.
If you enter an emergency department as a critically injured patient, there is no law requiring that you receive the one-on-one attention from a registered nurse that you deserve. A state law that took effect in limits the number of ICU patients a nurse can care for, but does not address emergency department patients.
Oftentimes, ICU patients are in even worse condition in the emergency department before they are stabilized and sent to the ICU.
This is just one example of why we need the Patient Safety Actwhich would require safe patient limits for nurses in all hospital units.
When a nurse has too many patients at any one time, it is harder to properly assess their conditions and provide effective care. The result is preventable errors, injury, or even death. Advertisement Please do not let the arguments of hospital executives fool you.
Under the proposed law, hospital units would have distinct and variable patient limits.
For instance, emergency department nurses would be limited to one patient if caring for a critically unstable or intensive care patient. They could care for up to four non-urgent, stable patients at a time.
These limits focus on the needs of patients and rely on the expertise of registered nurses. Get Fast Forward in your inbox: A look at the news and events shaping the day ahead, delivered every weekday.
Sign Up Thank you for signing up! Sign up for more newsletters here The hospital industry claims there is no evidence to support the Patient Safety Act.
Yet numerous studies show that inadequate nurse staffing leads to poor patient outcomes. A January study in the peer-reviewed journal Medical Care included 11, patients in 75 hospitals. I have been in the nursing field for 43 years, including 23 years as an RN at Addison Gilbert Hospital.
Medicine is very different than when I became a nurse. It used to be a science and an art. That needs to change.Nov 21, · Police officers in Rialto, Calif., carry cameras to record their every action while on duty.
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One study, published in the Journal of Quantitative Criminology after White's report, tested body cameras in a randomized controlled trial with Rialto police. After police began wearing body.