March 30, 2011 | | Comments 3
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California hospitals will be required to tighten security if new bill passes

Preliminary approval was given by a California legislative committee for a bill to move forward that will increase security in hospitals and require workers to report acts of violence to the state.

Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi (D) and the California Nurses Association sponsored the bill and brought it to the Assembly Committee on Health, arguing that nurses are increasingly exposed to violence in the workplace, reports the Los Angeles Times. The bill comes after the death of a nurse who was bludgeoned in the medical facility she worked at in Northern California.

The California Hospital Association (CHA) opposes the proposed bill, saying it would put an increased burden on hospitals. The CHA says hospitals already have to report incidents of violence to the police, state Department of Public Health, and the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA).

The bill is waiting to go to the Assembly appropriations committee before going to the full Assembly.

Do you think this bill should pass? What does your facility require in terms of reporting violence? 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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  1. If the hospitals truly have to report to the other 3 agencies, this bill will cause duplication and increased expenses. Isn’t California already in a bad financial situation? Makes more sense to spend more money to actually protect someone before something happens- not on increase reporting requirements.

  2. I think Marti’s comments were right on target. Prevention is more important than reporting, especially since it appears to be triple redundant and will not help in curbing violence.

  3. I understand the knee-jerk response to the situation; however the State and the Organizational HCFs can use the resources it will take to abide with the existing laws with a enhanced review/survey program that looks at the security and safety programs at such HCFs. Assign fines and defiant notices that could impact reimbursements or insurance rates. Organizations would then support safety and security programs that actually values it’s employees.

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