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The Hospital Patient and Health Care Worker Injury Protection Act.

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California of Jan. 2012- The Hospital Patient and Health Care Worker Injury Protection Act.
How has it or will it affect health care in terms of cost?
Has or will the law affect health care in terms of quality? How?

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The Hospital Patient and Health Care Worker Injury Protection Act (AB1136) was enacted and
became effective January 1, 2012. The law is designed to help prevent workplace injuries of health care
workers like nursing staff, physical therapists, nurse aides, and anyone else who interacts with hospital
patients and is responsible for care involving lifting, turning, or otherwise assisting the patient in
repositioning (Cal OSHA, 2012). The legislation particularly targets acute care hospitals and is meant to
reduce musculoskeletal and back injuries. The bill encourages health care organizations and direct care
providers like nurses to become more adept in using mechanical lifts when repositioning patients and
urges institutions to ensure they have the proper mechanical devices and training on their use in place.
Though the legislation protects hospital workers and patients there are costs involved in
employing the new guidelines, particularly to acute care institutions themselves. Costs related to
employing the new guidelines ...

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