February 19, 2009
Package of bills aimed to increase safety requirements, prevent future outbreaks
A joint meeting of the Assembly Health and Human Services and Senate Health and Education Committees will discuss a package of bills designed to increase safety requirements and prevent future Hepatitis C outbreaks.
Responding to the Hepatitis C scare that infected at least six patients and required 40,000 more to be tested, legislators will20hear from doctors, nurses, health care experts and patients Saturday about how to prevent a similar health scare from happening again.
Nevadans are invited to attend and testify at the hearing.
The proposed package of legislation includes:
• AB 10 – Prohibits discrimination against nurses who blow the whistle on unsafe medical practices
• AB 123 – Requires physicians to acquire a permit and national accreditation before administering anesthesia at surgery centers
• SB 70 – Requires annual inspections of surgical centers, including unannounced inspections by the Health Division.
WHO/WHAT: Joint Health Committee hears package of Hep C bills. The public is invited to attend the hearing.
WHEN: 8 a.m., Saturday, February 21 (note: the hearing is expected to last until noon)
WHERE: Room 4401, Grant Sawyer Building, 555 E. Washington Ave., Las Vegas
For more information:
Assemblywoman Debbie Smith (775) 233-2905
Alisa Nave, Nevada Senate Democrats, (702) 525-1245