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100+ Nurses to Rally in SF Wed. to Demand Stronger Swine Flu Safety Protections: California Hospitals Remain Unprepared Despite First Nurse Death
Date:8/4/2009

e flu patients are being placed in non-negative pressure isolation rooms.
  • Nurses at Kaiser-Oakland report that the facility has not properly fit tested their N-95 masks.
  • At Long Beach Memorial, RNs report that five RNs were infected after being told to reuse masks.
  • Nurses at Mills-Peninsula Hospital in San Mateo report that they are not being notified in a timely manner when they have been exposed to a patient with swine flu.
  • RNs at Tenet Healthcare's Sierra Vista Hospital in San Luis Obispo report having no access to N-95 masks on most units.
  • These problems mirror what the GAO reported July 29th in Influenza Pandemic: Gaps in Pandemic Planning and Preparedness Need to Be Addressed: "Further actions are needed to address the capacity to respond to and recover from an influenza pandemic, which will require additional capacity in patient treatment space, and the acquisition and distribution of medical and other critical supplies. . ."

    "The recent GAO report should be a wake-up call to America's hospitals, but right now nurses and patients are being put at risk by these gaps in preparedness, and we need urgent changes in policy and safety precautions," Burger said.

    Representing some 86,000 RNs in 50 states, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee is the largest and fastest-growing association of direct-care RNs in the nation. Learn more at www.calnurses.org.


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