Protect healthcare workers and patients - support the Safe Patient Handling Act.

We need your help to urge the New York State Assembly to pass the Safe Patient Handling Act (A10715A) when they return for the fall session. This legislation is urgently needed to protect patients and healthcare workers from debilitating injuries. The bill has been around for years, and a revised version passed in the Republican held Senate this spring, but it has stalled in the Assembly.


The proposed legislation would require most health care facilities in New York State to implement safe patient handling programs, which would include training employees and acquiring machinery to assist in lifting and moving patients. Healthcare workers suffer from back injuries at astonishing rates, making healthcare one of the most dangerous industries in America. And with growing numbers of geriatric and bariatric patients, the daily task of moving patients is more hazardous than ever.


Study after study shows safe patient handling programs reduce injuries and are cost-effective. Cost-benefit analyses show that the cost of training and equipment is offset by the reduction in lost work time, turnover and workers' compensation claims. Yet health care providers have failed to take the necessary measures to protect their patients, employees and long-term financial interests. Without this legislation, it is predicted that there will be a 30% shortage of nurses by the year 2020.


The Safe Patient Handling Act will benefit patients, health care employees and facilities. The bill has widespread support: the NYS AFL-CIO has made passage of this legislation a high priority.


We need your help to get the Assembly to act in this legislative session. Please use these templates to write to New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Richard Gottfried, Chairman of the New York State Assembly Health Committee, to urge passage of this important legislation.

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