- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 1, 2014

BOSTON (AP) - A new state law sets strict limits on the number of patients that registered nurses who work in hospital intensive care units can be assigned to at a given time.

The law, approved by the Legislature in June, took effect this week in Massachusetts.

It requires that intensive care nurses be assigned ideally to just one intensive care patient, but no more than two at any time.

The Massachusetts Nurses Association said Wednesday it had begun airing TV and radio ads to make the public aware of the new nurse patient-ratios.

The state’s Health Policy Commission still has to finalize regulations associated with the new law, including a standardized tool for determining when a nurse can be assigned a second patient. The commission has scheduled a hearing for Oct. 29.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More

Click to Hide