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Union Demands Patient Safety Fixes in Ascension Cyber Outage

May 29, 2024
Contributed by: Drex DeFord
A recent cyberattack on Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital in Michigan has forced medical staff to revert to manual processes and paper charting, posing significant patient safety risks. The Office and Professional Employees International Union Local 40 has petitioned for immediate safety measures, citing concerns over the lack of electronic health record access. The union's demands include better communication huddles, staff training, regular progress reports, patient-to-nurse ratio limits, and reduced elective procedures to manage safety and care quality. Ascension is actively working with cybersecurity experts to restore operations, while acknowledging the dedication and resilience of healthcare workers during this crisis.
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