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California Patient Safety Bills Moving

Publish Date: May 3, 2017

Assembly Bill 402, which would require California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health to develop a regulation requiring the evacuation of surgical smoke in health facilities, is currently awaiting the vote of the Assembly. The bill was passed out of Labor and Employment Committee favorably in March and was referred to Appropriation Committee where it passed out of the committee in early April. A similar bill last year was passed by the Senate and Assembly but was vetoed by the Governor.

Senate Bill 43, which would require specified general acute care hospitals and clinical laboratories to submit a report to the State Health Department containing an antibiogram of the facility for the previous year, is slowly progressing.  In addition to the reporting requirement, the bill would require the Antimicrobial Stewardship and Resistance Subcommittee of the Healthcare Associated Infections Advisory Committee of the department to develop and recommend to the department the acceptable electronic format for the report and a method for the department to accurately estimate the number of deaths that result from antimicrobial resistant infections for specified types of antimicrobial infections. The bill passed the Senate Health Committee and is currently in the Senate Appropriations Committee. SB 43 has been placed on the hearing calendar for the Appropriations Committee for May 8.

If the bill passes, beginning in 2020, California’s State Health Department would publish a report on its website that would include designated information relating to the incidence, type, and distribution of antimicrobial-resistant infections and the estimated number of deaths that result from antimicrobial resistant infections.

AORN will continue to monitor these bills and will provide updates to the membership as they progress. If you have questions about legislation in your state, visit My State, or contact Danielle Glover, AORN Government Affairs Manager.