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      Amarillo nurse calls 'safe harbor' at NWTH

      Northwest Texas Hospital, Amarillo


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      hen a nurse feels she has been asked to perform an assignment she believes is unsafe for a patient, she can invoke something called "safe harbor".


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      aturday afternoon, a nurse decided to do that at
      Northwest Texas Hospital.



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      he nurse called a safe harbor but in a very short period of time it was rescinded because we were able to bring in the appropriate staff

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      said Caytie Martin, Northwest Texas Hospital spokesperson.


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      nonymously, one nurse called
      Pronews Seven to tell us about her concerns.


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      he said she has worked at the hospital for many years, and said she was worried about the situation and concerned the emergency room could be closed down temporarily.


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      ER was not shut down but it did have some overcrowding.



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      e experienced a surge in our patient population

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      o because of that surge we went on diversion, that means we do not accept any ambulance traffic."


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      n that situation, if a patient is being transported by ambulance, he would have to be taken to another accepting facility.



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      e continue to except trauma and stemis-which is with the heart because that is by law."


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      hey also continue to accept walk-ins.


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      ut again,
      Martin says Northwest Texas Hospital was able to rescind the safe harbor call quickly.


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      urses who call safe harbor have the chance to go to a peer review and explain what they feel is best for them and their patients.


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      he nurse in Saturday's scenario will not suffer any repercussions -- including repercussions with a nursing license.

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