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Leaving patients in a hallway is not an innovation

The Feb. 3 article “Steward is already a force for change” is missing part of one of its subheadlines. “Cutting costs with tough management, innovation” needs the additional words “and disrespect for patient dignity.”

Robert Weisman quotes a nurse at Morton Hospital who says that, because there are not enough nurses, nurses’ assistants, and security guards at night, post-anesthetic and psychiatric patients who are at high risk are put in the hallways to be closer to the nursing stations. Rather than being an innovation, this is a throwback to the past, where patients were treated as objects, not people.

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