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California hospitals given extension to meet seismic standards

Hospital Safety Insider, August 19, 2010

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California hospitals are notoriously at risk for an earthquake disaster that could put the safety of patients and staff at risk.

State standards have been amended to provide stricter regulations for hospitals to withstand an earthquake, but California Senator Denise Ducheney is supporting a bill to grant a five-year extension on meeting these standards to California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto, Cottage Grove Community Hospital in Santa Barbara, and Tahoe Forest Hospital in Truckee. The four hospitals have been rated among the most seismically dangerous, according to a press release from the California Nurses Association.

“In a year in which we have seen major earthquakes in Haiti and Chile, how many reminders do we need?” Malinda Markowitz, RN, co-president of the California Nurses Association, said in the release. “We live in a state where earthquakes have already caused hospitals to collapse or suffer major damage. It is irresponsible for lawmakers to continue to hand new breaks to these hospitals, especially ones like California Pacific and Stanford which can well afford to make the seismic upgrades that are needed.”



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