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Committee on Education and LaborWorkforce ProtectionsCommittee on Energy and CommerceHealthCommittee on Ways and MeansHealthIntroducedJune 25th, 2013
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Nurse and Health Care Worker Protection Act of 2013
To direct the Secretary of Labor to issue an occupational safety and health standard to reduce injuries to patients, nurses, and all other health care workers by establishing a safe patient handling, mobility, and injury prevention standard, and for other purposes.
Nurse and Health Care Worker Protection Act of 2013 - Requires the Secretary of Labor to promulgate an interim final standard on safe patient handling, mobility, and injury prevention to prevent musculoskeletal disorders for direct-care registered nurses and all other health care workers that requires the use of engineering and safety controls to handle patients through the use of mechanical technology and devices where feasible. Requires, however, the use of alternative controls and measures, including trained, designated lift teams, where such technology and devices are not feasible, in order to minimize the risk of injury to nurses and health care workers. Includes among the requirements of a final standard that health care employers: (1) develop and implement a safe patient handling, mobility, and injury prevention program; (2) train their workers on safe patient handling, mobility, and injury prevention; and (3) post a uniform notice that explains the standard, procedures to report patient handling-related injuries, and workers' rights under this Act. Requires the Secretary to conduct unscheduled inspections to ensure compliance with the standard. Amends title VXIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act to apply the safe patient handling, mobility, and injury prevention standard to hospitals receiving Medicare funds.
Safe staffing ratios are a must and I am still astonished that they are not in place. When nurses have an overwhelming number of patients, quality of care decreases, fatigue increases, and poor patient outcomes increase. We need to take care of nurses so we are able to care for your loved ones the way we are trained.
Standardized Staffing ratio in health care facilities should be a high priority. Total care Patient not only need to handle safety they need timely assistance for personal care and hygienic. It a damn shame to know that greedy bosses can assigned 40 total care residents to 1 licensed nurse and 1 certify nurses assistance to deliver care per shift. because the government allows it. Then you put a law in place for abuse and neglect, which came down only on the over work care givers.