New version of California nurse staff ratio bill, rural dialysis clinics exempt

By ASN Staff

California Senate Bill 349, the Dialysis Patient Safety Act, which is an effort to better staff dialysis clinics in order to maintain safety standards for patients was amended on June 29th. It passed through the California Assembly Committee on Health and is now being considered by the California Assembly Appropriations Committee.

The bill included new standards such as 1 to 8 patient to staff ratio for nurses, 1 to 3 for patient care technicians, 1 to 75 for dialysis social works and dieticians, a 45-minute transition period between treatments, and a once-per-year clinic inspection by state surveyors.

However, the newly amended bill will make an exception for rural dialysis clinics within California as they will most likely struggle to meet the standards yet need to remain open to serve the rural population.

Please read the full, amended bill here.

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California Senate Bill 349, the Dialysis Patient Safety Act, which is an effort to better staff dialysis clinics in order to maintain safety standards for patients was amended on June 29th. It passed through the California Assembly Committee on Health and is now being considered by the California Assembly Appropriations Committee.

The bill included new standards such as 1 to 8 patient to staff ratio for nurses, 1 to 3 for patient care technicians, 1 to 75 for dialysis social works and dieticians, a 45-minute transition period between treatments, and a once-per-year clinic inspection by state surveyors.

However, the newly amended bill will make an exception for rural dialysis clinics within California as they will most likely struggle to meet the standards yet need to remain open to serve the rural population.

Please read the full, amended bill here.

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