senate Bill S7029

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Requires emergency department personnel to conduct physical checks of patients awaiting emergency treatment every fifteen minutes

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Apr 21, 2014 referred to health

S7029 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Senate Health
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Add §2827, Pub Health L

S7029 - Bill Texts

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Requires emergency department personnel to conduct physical checks of patients awaiting emergency treatment every fifteen minutes.

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BILL NUMBER:S7029

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to
requiring emergency department personnel to conduct physical checks of
patients awaiting emergency treatment every fifteen minutes

PURPOSE:

This bill will insure that all people waiting for medical assistance
are seen by hospital personnel on a regular basis while waiting to see
the acting emergency physician or physician assistant. By providing
this service, emergency personnel will be able to keep a watchful eye
on those patients to make sure a problem can be addressed immediately
if the need should arise.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as the "New York
State Patient Protection Act".

§ 2. The public health law is amended by adding a new section 2827 to
read as follows:

§ 2827. Patients waiting for emergency treatment. Emergency department
personnel, including nurses, security, or other trained hospital
personnel, shall conduct physical checks on the health and wellness of
all patients who are waiting emergency treatment at least every
fifteen minutes.

§ 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

EXISTING LAW:

None exist at this time that would effect this legislation.

JUSTIFICATION:

Since 2009 the closure of several hospitals throughout the state of
New York have forced residents to receive treatment at other local
hospitals. The influx of these new patients at these hospitals is
quickly overwhelming their respective emergency departments resulting
in higher wait times. In New York State alone a non-emergency patient
seeking treatment can expect an average wait time of 5 hours or more
depending on the hospital. In New York City hospitals the wait can be
anywhere from 8-24 hours.

The increases are partially due to the rate of high unemployment in
the aftermath of the great recession and also the long term uninsured
who have no choice but to use the emergency department as their
personal physician.

Also several deaths have occurred recently due to this new normal. A
man in his 30's was a patient waiting to be seen at the emergency
department of St. Barnabas hospital in the Bronx and died in the
waiting room at the time his body was discovered he had been waiting
in the emergency department 8 hours.


In 2008 a woman in her late forties died while awaiting treatment at
Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn at the time of her death she had
been waiting about 24 hours. Currently the State of New York does not
have a policy that requires hospitals to check that those who are
awaiting treatment are currently present in the emergency department
or to also make sure that such persons are alive.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

New Bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None.

LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This bill shall take effect 30 days immediately.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  7029

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             April 21, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. LATIMER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Health

AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to requiring emergen-
  cy department personnel to conduct physical checks of patients  await-
  ing emergency treatment every fifteen minutes

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as the  "New  York
state patient protection act".
  S  2. The public health law is amended by adding a new section 2827 to
read as follows:
  S 2827. PATIENTS WAITING FOR EMERGENCY TREATMENT. EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT
PERSONNEL, INCLUDING NURSES, SECURITY, OR OTHER TRAINED HOSPITAL PERSON-
NEL, SHALL CONDUCT PHYSICAL CHECKS ON THE HEALTH  AND  WELLNESS  OF  ALL
PATIENTS  WHO  ARE  AWAITING  EMERGENCY TREATMENT AT LEAST EVERY FIFTEEN
MINUTES.
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.






 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD14757-01-4

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