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Nursing home camera bill advances in Oklahoma Legislature

An Oklahoma House committee unanimously passed a bill that would allow family members of nursing home residents put video recorders in their rooms.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT Published: April 3, 2013

Rep. Harold Wright, R-Weatherford, the House sponsor of the measure, said a nursing home resident's family member or representative could place the camera in the open or conceal it.

While there is no law against putting cameras in nursing homes, the practice of allowing families to place cameras in rooms has been talked about at the Capitol for more than 12 years. Some nursing homes have cameras in common areas, but representatives of nursing homes have said some residents are hesitant to have cameras in their rooms.

Becky Moore, executive director of the Oklahoma Association of Health Care Providers, said her group supports any measure that ensures the security and safety of nursing home patients.

“It is also important to understand that when cameras are used, informed consent is the key,” she said. “Protecting the dignity and privacy of our patients must always be considered since a great deal of care takes place at the patient's bedside.

“The most proven and effective way to assure quality and safety is through family involvement in patient care, ongoing staff education, careful screening of potential employees and responsible abuse prevention programs.”


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