Union nurses call for patient safety investigation at UPHS-Marquette amid contract negotiations

Upper Peninsula Health System-Marquette nurses on Thursday sent a report highlighting patient safety issues to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

The report includes more than 200 forms, which document numerous instances of unsafe patient care, including 111 reports of IVs running dry or medications being administered late.

The nurses, who have been in a contract dispute with the hospital since April, are asking for officials to investigate the patient safety concerns.

UP Health System-Marquette said delivery of safe, high quality care is the health system's top priority, according to a statement cited by TV6- Fox UP. The health system also said the forms the nurses submitted to state health officials were part of an initiative to expand nurse feedback.

"We take all concerns regarding patient safety very seriously, and we have worked to ensure that our staff have many ways to share ideas, voice concerns and ask questions," UP Health System-Marquette said in the statement. "These forms were intended to serve as a constructive tool to generate conversation and collaboration, and we are disappointed that the union has opted to leverage them in this way while we are negotiating a new contract that better meets the needs of our staff, our community and our hospital."

To view the full report submitted by the nurses, click here.

Editor's note: Becker's Hospital Review has reached out to UP Health System-Marquette for comment and will update as more information becomes available.

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