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Join the Campaign For Patient Safety
Dear Friend,

Too many patients and too few nurses—it’s putting New Yorkers at risk. Healthcare administrators are forcing nurses to take on 10 or more patients at once. When that happens, patient care suffers.

The New York Campaign for Patient Safety is fighting for every patient in New York to get the quality of care they need and deserve. Legislative standards requiring minimum nurse-to-patient staffing ratios—like the ones enacted in California in 2004—are critical to achieve this goal.

Studies show that inadequate staffing levels contribute to increased risk of patient falls, bedsores, hospital-acquired infections, medication errors, and even mortality. Research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association has shown that the odds of patient death increased 7% for each additional patient a nurse must care for at one time. The fact is, safe staffing saves lives.

Not only that—it’s cost-effective! When patients get better care, they heal quicker and stay healthy longer. After California passed safe staffing, patient outcomes improved dramatically, and hospitals have been saving money over the long term.

That’s why the New York Campaign for Patient Safety is mobilizing to pass the Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act (A. 8580/S.782), sponsored by Assemblymember Gunther and Senator Hannon. Please join us! By forming a broad and powerful coalition, we can transform healthcare in New York State.

Sincerely,

Mario Cilento
President
New York State AFL-CIO

Jill Furillo, RN
Executive Director
NYS Nurses Association

Debora Hayes
Health Care Workers Director
Communication Workers of America, District 1

Maria Alvarez
Executive Director
NY Statewide Senior Action

Wayne Spence
President
Public Employees Federation

Karen Scharff
Executive Director
Citizen Action of New York

Berry Kauffman
President
NYS Alliance for Retired Americans


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