Jan 17, 2021

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Nurses’ union: Relaxing of ICU protocols could result in loss of life

By Arianna MacNeill
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  • During a Thursday press conference, Gov. Charlie Baker announced that hospitals or hospital systems over 80 percent bed capacity for more than seven days — and that have notified the state Department of Public Health that all non-essential elective, invasive procedures have stopped — can allow nurses in intensive care units to care for more patients than the ratios set by law during normal times.
  • During the spring COVID-19 surge, Murphy said she heard of nurses in New York City taking care of five or six patients at a time; numbers, luckily, weren’t as high in Massachusetts.
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Oaths questioned as Trump’s backers fight against loss

By Associated Press
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  • “They also swore on a Bible to uphold the Constitution, and that’s where they really are stepping outside and being in dereliction of duty,” said former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman, a Republican who served as EPA administrator during former President George W.
  • The oaths, which rarely attract much attention, have become a common subject in the final days of the Trump presidency, being invoked by members of both parties as they met Wednesday to affirm Biden’s win and a violent mob of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol.
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