California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 444


Introduced by Assembly Member Gipson

(Coauthor: Senator Pan)

February 23, 2015


An act to amend Section 1279.7 of the Health and Safety Code, relating to health facilities.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

AB 444, as introduced, Gipson. Health facilities: epidural connectors.

Existing law, as of January 1, 2016, prohibits a health facility, as defined, from using an epidural connector that would fit into a connector other than the type it was intended for, unless an emergency or urgent situation exists and the prohibition would impair the ability to provide health care. Existing law also requires a health facility to develop a patient safety plan and, as of January 1, 2016, requires that plan to include measures to prevent adverse events associated with misconnecting epidural lines. Violation of these provisions is a misdemeanor.

This bill would make these provisions operative as of January 1, 2017.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

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SECTION 1.  

Section 1279.7 of the Health and Safety Code is
2amended to read:

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1279.7.  

(a) A health facility, as defined in subdivision (a), (b),
2(c), or (f) of Section 1250, shall implement a facility-wide hand
3hygiene program.

4(b) Commencing January 1,begin delete 2016,end deletebegin insert 2017,end insert a health facility, as
5defined in subdivision (a), (b), (c), or (f) of Section 1250, is
6prohibited from using an epidural connector that would fit into a
7connector other than the type it was intended for, unless an
8emergency or urgent situation exists and the prohibition would
9impair the ability to provide health care.

10(c) Commencing January 1, 2016, a health facility, as defined
11in subdivision (a), (b), (c), or (f) of Section 1250, is prohibited
12from using an intravenous connector or an enteral feeding
13connector that would fit into a connector other than the type it was
14intended for, unless an emergency or urgent situation exists and
15the prohibition would impair the ability to provide health care.

16(d) The Advanced Medical Technology Association shall, on
17January 1 of each year until the standards are developed, provide
18the Legislature with a report on the progress of the International
19Organization for Standardization in developing new design
20standards for connectors for intravenous, epidural, or enteral
21applications.

22(e) A health facility that is required to develop a patient safety
23plan pursuant to Section 1279.6 shall include in the patient safety
24plan measures to prevent adverse events associated with
25 misconnecting intravenous, enteral feeding, and epidural lines.
26This subdivision shall become inoperative as to epidural connectors
27upon the operative date of subdivision (b) and as to intravenous
28and enteral connectors upon the operative date of subdivision (c).



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