Ensure Safe Patient Limits Now!

When you or a loved one are hospitalized, the person most responsible for your care and safety is your registered nurse (RN). At your most vulnerable time, your RN cares for you and keeps you safe while managing your return to health — administering medications, monitoring your vital signs, etc.

But outside of intensive care units, there is no law that specifies how many patients a nurse can safely care for at one time in all other patient care areas. In fact, nurses are forced by hospital administrators to care for six to eight patients, or more, at a time.

When RNs have too many patients to care for, we see a dramatic and dangerous impact on safety and patient outcomes. Study after study shows that there is an absolute need to set a maximum limit on the number of patients that can be assigned to each registered nurse in order to avoid serious complications, mistakes, and preventable readmissions.

Massachusetts ranks fourth worst in the nation for preventable readmissions, and 80% of our hospitals have been penalized by Medicare for those readmissions. Understaffing results in longer hospital stays and higher rates of readmission.

The Patient Safety Act will dramatically improve patient safety in Massachusetts hospitals by setting a safe, maximum limit on the number of patients assigned to a nurse at one time, while providing flexibility to hospitals to adjust nurses' patient assignments based on specific patient needs.

Sign your name to support the Patient Safety Act and ensure safe patient limits!
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