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Today in Rhode Island hospitals, there is no law and no limit to guide the number of patients that can be assigned to a nurse at one time.
Rhode Island hospitals are facing deteriorating patient care conditions, leading to more complications, readmissions, and errors, as well as longer hospital stays and real life-threatening risks.

The Patient Safety Act will dramatically improve patient safety in all Rhode Island hospitals by setting a safe and responsible limit on the number of patients assigned to a nurse at one time, while providing flexibility to adjust nurses’ patient assignments based on specific patient needs.

The filing of the Patient Safety Act comes on the heels of dozens of prominent research studies and reports that show the need to set a maximum limit on the number of patients that can be assigned to each registered nurse at one time if we are to avoid mistakes, serious complications and preventable readmissions.