HARRISBURG – Legislation will be introduced by Bucks County Rep. K.C. Tomlinson and Dauphin County Rep. Tom Mehaffie to establish safe patient limits under the care of an individual nurse in PA hospitals. Studies show in hospitals with high patient-to-nurse ratios, nurses experience burnout and dissatisfaction, and patients experienced higher mortality and failure-to-rescue rates than facilities with lower patient-to-nurse ratios. This results in nearly 300 surgical patient deaths per year in PA. The Patient Safety Act would set appropriate nursing ratios for hospitals dependent upon the acuity of the unit’s patient needs. Staffing would be based on the individual patient’s care needs, the severity of the condition, services needed, and the complexity surrounding those services.

REP. TOM MEHAFFIE

REP. K.C. TOMLINSON