New law in NY on safe lifting & moving in healthcare

Patient & Family, NYPIRG and the NY Statewide Senior Action Council are urging hospitals and nursing homes to comply in good faith with a new law — adopted as part of the State Budget — on safe lifting and moving in healthcare.

Tucked inside the state budget recently passed in Albany is an important measure for patient safety, one that could reduce injuries for hospital patients, nursing home residents and healthcare workers. The new law requires hospitals and nursing homes to develop plans to ensure safety when patients or nursing home residents need help in moving about or being repositioned, such as in a chair or bed for comfort or to prevent bedsores.  While we are praising the measure as an important first step, we are also cautioning that the new law’s impact will depend on hospitals and nursing homes to comply with the law in good faith.  Read our press release here.

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