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Massachusetts law could change signage and security at hospital entrance

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April 26, 2020

 

Law would mandate improved signage and security at hospital entrance

by Megan Headley

OSHA, the International Building Code, ADA, and other authorities already regulate hospital signage, largely to help people find their way out of a building. However, Massachusetts legislators are now weighing passage of a new law to fill in potential signage gaps to ensure people are able to find their way into critical care buildings.

“An Act ensuring safe patient access to emergency care” (H.B. 1850 and S.B. 1276) has become better known as Laura’s Law after Laura Beth Levis, who died on September 16, 2016, just outside the front doors of Somerville (Massachusetts) Hospital. The 34-year-old walked to the hospital while suffering an asthma attack, only to find the entrance at which she’d arrived was locked.

Law would mandate improved signage and security at hospital entrance
 



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