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New California bill aims to improve safety for patients and staff at state hospitals

Hospital Safety Insider, May 5, 2011

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A bill proposed by state Assembly member Michael Allen (D-Santa Rosa) to address safety issues at state hospitals has been unanimously approved.

The bill, Assembly Bill 366, tightens the involuntary medication process, requiring judges to determine whether defendants are capable of making decisions, and creates a temporary involuntary medication process if a defendant withdraws consent, according to Napa Patch.

The bill was prompted by the tragedies at Napa State Hospital where one employee was killed and another was beaten, both by patients receiving care, reports Napa Patch.

Click here to read more about AB366.



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