Informational Picket Educates Public on Problem of Understaffing at San Francisco General Hospital and San Francisco Department of Public Health
Could Potentially Compromise Delivery of Care and Patient Safety as Health Research Demonstrates Nurse Understaffing Leads to Worse Patient Outcomes
Registered nurses, Nursing Assistants, Radiology Techs, and other healthcare workers gathered outside General Hospital on Thursday, February 25 to ring the alarm bell for the public about chronic understaffing and Title 22 violations occurring across SF Department of Public facilities.
Although San Francisco is on the verge of opening a new hospital building, the healthcare workers will report on the ongoing and unaddressed issue of understaffing.
For example, when nurses are on their legally-mandated breaks, they utilize a buddy system which puts them and the hospital out of compliance with Title 22 Staffing Ratio Laws. During break time, this buddy system could potentially place 1 nurse responsible for up to 10 patients, depending on the unit they work on.
Another example of short staffing occurs in the radiology department. San Francisco General is a Level 1 trauma center that relies heavily on the radiology department to perform imaging in a timely manner. Understaffing in this department could lead to a delay in care, and every minute counts for trauma patients.