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Efforts underway to improve security in California hospitals

The death of two healthcare workers has prompted hospitals to increase safety and security in California hospitals.

An East Bay, CA, assembly-woman, Mary Hayashi, D-Hayward introduced a bill last week, saying it would improve the safety in hospitals, mental health institutions, and correctional medical facilities, reported The Napa Valley Register.

In addition, Napa State Hospital unions have requested safety improvements such as increased police officers and staff having just their first names on ID badges.

The bill, titled Assembly Bill 30, would require hospitals to do the following:

  • adopt a violence prevention plan
  • report attacks on personnel to law enforcement within 24 hours instead of the current 72 hours
  • detail to the state legislature information on acts of violence at the facilities
  • require annual safety training sessions for all hospital employees assigned to a psychiatric unit

The bill is expected to come in front of a committee early next year.

On October 23, a psychiatric technician at Napa State Hospital was found dead by a patient. A nurse was attacked on October 25at The Martinez Facility in Contra Costa County, CA, by an inmate who hit her with a lamp. She died three days later Both incidents led to staff and unions coming forward to improve security.

How do you think the proposed security procedures would improve the safety of the staff? Let us know in our comment section.

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Erica Jordan About the Author: Erica is an Editorial Assistant and manages Infection Control Weekly Monitor and Hospital Safety Connection. She also blogs weekly for Stressed Out Nurses and Patient Safety.

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