Back in June a report by the Leapfrog Group, an independent coalition of health care insurers and employers that ranks hospital quality, listed both UMass hospital campuses among the nine hospitals with the lowest grades for quality care. The grades are based on up to 26 measures, including nurse staffing levels, processes for preventing infection and medication errors, and the rates of patient injuries, bloodstream infections, or surgical errors."When nurses have too many patients to care for at one time, complications are more likely and at UMass, we have been warning management about these conditions for two years, yet they continue to cut staff," said Lynne Starbard, RN, a maternity nurse on the UMass Memorial Hospital campus, whose unit has seen some of the deepest cuts in the past year.
Hundreds Of UMass Memorial Medical Center Nurses Picket Today To Call For Safer Staffing Levels To Ensure Quality Patient Care
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