BAR HARBOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- Nurses at Mount Desert Island Hospital in Bar Harbor picketed outside the facility today to express their concerns about what they are calling unreliable technology and patient safety.
The nurses, who have been working without a contract since the middle of last month, say their computer systems have too many glitches and are putting important patient information at risk. They say not having an in-house pharmacist on nights and weekends is also a problem- leaving the nurses to rely on faxing prescriptions to pharmacists, and they say the medications often come back incorrect. As they negotiate a new contract they are asking the administration to fix these issues.
"Personally i know of 600 near misses, which are errors that have not reached the patient because they're found by the nurses, since 2012," said Doris Plumer, a nurse at MDI for 40 years.
The MDI hospital administration acknowledges the computer system has issues but disagrees that it is causing any safety issues. The administration also said that financial issues have been the primary reason for stalled negotiations but declined to elaborate any further while contract negotiations are still ongoing.