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Nursing ratios save money and lives

Boston Globe, July 9, 2008

A bill that is now before the Massachusetts Senate would ultimately ensure the safety of hospital patients while protecting the nurses who care for them. The Patient Safety Act, passed by the House last month, would require the state's Department of Public Health to set enforceable limits on the number of patients who are assigned to nurses in acute care hospitals. Similar bills have already been enacted in California and Australia.