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FAHWA Supports California Senate Bill SB349: The Dialysis Safety Act

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FILIPINO AMERICAN HEALTH WORKERS ASSOCIATION

ORANGE COUNTY

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June 12, 2017

Press Statement

For Immediate Release

The Filipino American Health Workers Association (FAHWA)*  Supports

California Senate Bill 349: The Dialysis Patient Safety Act

On behalf of the Filipino community of health workers and dialysis patients in Southern California, FAHWA expresses its wholehearted support of SB 349: The Dialysis Patient Safety Act, introduced by Sen. Ricardo Lara and backed by the United Nurses Association of California-United Health Care Professionals (UNAC-UHCP). “Our organization believes that this bill will promote safe patient care and improve current dire working conditions. It also ensures that regulations will be geared toward safety practices in the dialysis industry to protect both patients and health care workers,” says Geline Evangelista, BSN, RN, PHN, spokesperson for FAHWA-OC.

Patients Over Profit

SB 349 changes the dialysis industry by implementing strict staffing ratios, transition times, and regular governmental inspections of all dialysis facilities in the state. If passed, it will compel dialysis companies to ensure a 1:3 technician to patient ratio, a 1:8 nurse to patient ratio, and a 1:75 social worker to patient ratio at all times. It will also enact a 45-minute “empty-chair” transition time and an annual inspection of dialysis facilities. Evangelista continues, “The goal is to provide a more reasonable workload for employees wherein they can provide more focused and safer care for each patient. Studies have repeatedly shown that better caregiver to patient ratios result in better patient outcomes.”

Evangelista also contends, “The two largest dialysis companies in the country, Fresenius Medical Care and DaVita, oppose this bill, despite its benefits to patients, because they will be forced to increase their costs by hiring more staff and open more facilities. Although these companies have larger profit margins than most hospitals, they are unwilling to spend money for the welfare of their patients and employees.”

The effort to transform the industry into a safer, more efficient system through SB 349 is supported by dialysis patients, their families, nurses, technicians and other dialysis workers. At the same time, these workers have begun to organize with the aim of forming a union under UNAC-UHCP and the National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees (NUHHCE) to fight for better wages and working conditions.

Working Conditions and Safety Practices

Currently, there are no existing laws in California that regulate staffing ratios and transition times in dialysis clinics. California healthcare agencies only inspect facilities every five to six years. Alan Factor, a registered nurse in one of the largest dialysis companies in the nation, states, “RNs in my clinic are responsible for as many as 12 or more patients at a time. Technicians attend to four or more patients. It’s like a fast-food restaurant, with employees rushing one patient after another to keep up with the schedule. We don’t have enough transition time between patients.” Factor believes creating a reasonable transition time is better for the outgoing patient’s condition. It also allows for proper preparation and disinfection of the treatment area for the next patient. Factor continues, “Employees are overworked and underpaid, clinics are understaffed, and patients are increasingly susceptible to complications and infections.”

Dialysis Saves Lives

According to recent data, there are currently more than 63,000 patients with kidney failure who currently receive treatment in one of 560+ dialysis facilities statewide. The Kidney Project at the University of California San Francisco reported the number of kidney failure patients increasing by 5% every year. When a patient’s kidneys cease functioning efficiently, their bodies accumulate toxins that could cause death if not cleared out by other means. Dialysis is a lifesaving treatment. Through a three to four hour-long session hooked up to a machine, the patient’s blood is pumped out of the body to filter out toxins and unnecessary fluid. Simultaneously, the machine returns the filtered blood back into the patient’s circulation. To be effective, chronic kidney failure patients need to be treated three to four times a week. Dialysis facilities employ registered nurses and technicians who specialize in this treatment.

Support SB 349! Support Dialysis Patients and Workers!

FAHWA calls on the Filipino community and our allies to support the Dialysis Patient Safety Act. We enjoin all Filipino healthcare workers to unite around this just cause to provide safer care for dialysis patients,  improve working conditions for our co-workers in the industry and protect the interest of our communities. Contact your elected officials to tell them to vote YES on SB 349. Please visit http://transformdialysis.org for ways to support SB 349, or contact FAHWA for more information.

*FAHWA is an organization of health workers dedicated to the pursuit of justice, freedom and democracy and genuinely promotes, upholds and protects the rights and welfare of Filipino-American health workers and Filipinos in general.

 

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Dear All,

 

Just a fews weeks ago Bohol was hit by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake  causing massive displacement, loss of lives and property damages. Just yesterday, super typhoon Yolanda struck Eastern Visayas causing thousands of deaths and incalculable loss in terms of damages to social infrastructure. The Visayas Islands are battered with natural calamities.

 

These calamities are made possible and exacerbated  by decades of wanton destruction of our natural environment mainly by large scale  foreign mining and logging activities. Without the natural forest cover, the effects of the slightest rain or faintest blow of wind is magnified a thousand fold, causing massive environmental destruction and human misery.

 

As you are reading this letter now in the comforts of your homes and offices with your loved ones, relatives, friends and colleagues, in the Visayas Islands thousands are dying, millions will be hungry and ill, homeless, hopeless and in despair. Children, women and the elderly will suffer the brunt of nature’s fury.

 

They have very few resources to fight the force of nature.Time and again, it has been proven that in the depths of our misery some people will find opportunities for self- agrandizement. National and local government officials as well as bureacrats will fill their pockets with alms that are meant for the downtrodden.

 

On the contrary some well- meaning individuals and organizations will find opportunities to genuinely serve those that suffer most in times of calamities. Those who suffer will find solace that in their deepest tribulations there are ordinary people willing to act as stanchion, and in an act of humanity confront the misery and hold high the candle of solidarity.

 

On behalf of the Executive Committee of the Filipino-American Health Workers Association (FAHWA), I enjoin you all to express your solidarity with the people of the Visayas Islands in  your own small ways during these moments of tragedy.

 

Yours,
Shalom C. Lorenzana, RN
President FAHWA

 

 

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