Any states with safe patient handling laws pending???

  1. Hi all, are there any states that have taken the forefront of introducing safe patient handling laws that could save our back, necks, shoulders, etc.
    ANA has a great "Handle with Care" website, but the hospitals seem to need a big kick in the butt to get started as it does cost money to buy the proper equipment, have "lift teams", have standards in place.
    Apparently OSHA let us down several years ago. Now they have mandated to VA centers and Nursing homes but not hospitals.
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  3. by   NRSKarenRN
    see:
    ana :
    ergonomics

    ana's capital update -february 28, 2005
    ana pushes for state legislation to protect nurses

    ana, in cooperation with state nurses associations, is promoting state legislation designed to protect nurses from potentially career-ending musculoskeletal injuries while increasing a patient's safety and comfort. this will be accomplished through enacting legislation that requires health care facilities to develop safe patient handlingprograms and utilize safe patient handlingtechniques and equipment.
    read the article

    protecting the next generation:
    http://www.nursingworld.org/tan/2004/sepoct04.pdf



    ny: http://www.nysna.org/programs/legisl...ivity.htm#cla1
    nurses deserve a safe workplace that is free from physical hazards that threaten their livelihood and even their lives. nysna supports legislative proposals that require the use of ergonomic devices to prevent musculoskeletal injuries and measures to prevent violence in the workplace.
    bills, sponsors and status: to require employers with 50 or more employees to develop and implement plans to protect employees against violence - a3636 (john) - assembly labor committee.
    ensuring a safe workplace: talking points


    ma: health and safety :: 'safe lifting' legislation filed by mna ...


    nurse safety: have we addressed the risks? - allnurses.com nursing ...

  4. by   lee1
    thanks, so only MA and NY so far.

    It is really a shame that OSHA can not mandate to hospitals the way they have mandated to VA hospitals and now nursing homes. I am sure if we look hard we will find that a large percentage of money coming into hospitals is also from Medicare/Medicaid
  5. by   NRSKarenRN
    ANA's Capital Update show legislation being introduced in WA, CA and NJ too.
  6. by   pickledpepperRN
    The lift team bill was passed by both houses and placed on the Governors desk. He vetoed it.
    http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cg...type=printable

    CALIFORNIA
    Nurses push governor to sign 'lift team bill'
    - Sabin Russell, Chronicle Medical Writer
    Friday, September 3, 2004
    Mario Gutierrez and Jay Pimentel are two beefy University of California health care workers who spend 12 hours a day lifting heavy patients in and out of bed.
    On Thursday, they circled the entrance of UCSF Medical Center with 20 union nurses who carried lightweight cardboard picket signs asking Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to sign a bill that would, in effect, require all hospitals to hire more people like Gutierrez and Pimentel.
    If the governor signed the bill, it would be the first law in the nation to forbid manual lifting of patients. Instead, hospitals would be required to have trained "lift teams" on-call 24 hours a day, who -- like Gutierrez and Pimentel -- would use an array of mini-cranes and specialized beds and chairs to move patients safely.
    "We get patients here who weigh up to 600 pounds,'' said Gutierrez.
    "Our work here,'' said Pimentel, "is nonstop."
    The fate of the so-called "lift team bill" is uncertain. It passed the Legislature last Friday with the support of Kaiser Permanente, the state's largest private hospital operator, but virtually every other hospital in the state opposed it.
    The University of California, which runs hospitals at its medical schools, was among those fighting the bill, and that is why the California Nurses Association -- the state's largest union of nurses -- set up the picket lines at six UC hospitals Thursday.
    "We have the highest rate of back injuries among professions, and that includes truck drivers,'' said union spokeswoman Liz Jacobs. "The bill is on the governor's desk, and UC is opposing it.''
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    Bills signed and vetoes by Arnold in 2004:
    http://www.consumerfedofca.org/index...ms_article=904
  7. by   lee1
    Quote from NRSKarenRN
    ANA's Capital Update show legislation being introduced in WA, CA and NJ too.

    Do you have a website or link to that info? I could not find it on the NJSNA website.
  8. by   NRSKarenRN
    ANA's Capital Update -February 28, 2005
    Quote from NRSKarenRN
    ANA Pushes for State Legislation to Protect Nurses

    ANA, in cooperation with state nurses associations, is promoting state legislation designed to protect nurses from potentially career-ending musculoskeletal injuries while increasing a patient's safety and comfort. This will be accomplished through enacting legislation that requires health care facilities to develop safe patient handlingprograms and utilize safe patient handlingtechniques and equipment.
    read the article
    http://www.capitolupdate.org/Newslet...=151&nlaid=529

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