Amended in Senate June 1, 2015

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 amended, Gipson. Health facilities: epiduralbegin insert and external feedingend insert connectors.

Existing law, as of January 1, 2016, prohibits a health facility, as defined, from using an epidural connectorbegin insert or an enteral feeding connector,end insert 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,begin delete as ofend deletebegin insert untilend insert January 1, 2016, requires that plan to include measures to prevent adverse events associated with misconnectingbegin insert enteral feeding andend insert epidural lines. Violation of these provisions is a misdemeanor.

This bill would makebegin delete theseend deletebegin insert theend insert provisionsbegin insert relating to an epidural connectorend insert operative as of January 1,begin delete 2017.end deletebegin insert 2017, and would make the provisions relating to an enteral feeding connector operative as of July 1, 2016. The bill would make conforming changes.end insert

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),
4(c), or (f) of Section 1250, shall implement a facility-wide hand
5hygiene program.

6(b) Commencing January 1, 2017, a health facility, as defined
7in subdivision (a), (b), (c), or (f) of Section 1250, is prohibited
8from using an epidural connector that would fit into a connector
9other than the type it was intended for, unless an emergency or
10urgent situation exists and the prohibition would impair the ability
11to provide health care.

12(c) Commencing January 1, 2016, a health facility, as defined
13in subdivision (a), (b), (c), or (f) of Section 1250, is prohibited
14from using an intravenous connectorbegin delete or an enteral feeding
15connectorend delete
that would fit into a connector other than the type it was
16intended for, unless an emergency or urgent situation exists and
17the prohibition would impair the ability to provide health care.

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18(d) Commencing July 1, 2016, a health facility, as defined in
19subdivision (a), (b), (c), or (f) of Section 1250, is prohibited from
20using an enteral feeding connector that would fit into a connector
21other than the type it was intended for, unless an emergency or
22urgent situation exists and the prohibition would impair the ability
23to provide health care.

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16 24(d)

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25begin insert(e)end insert The Advanced Medical Technology Association shall, on
26January 1 of each year until the standards are developed, provide
27the Legislature with a report on the progress of the International
28Organization for Standardization in developing new design
29standards for connectors for intravenous, epidural, or enteral
30applications.

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22 31(e)

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32begin insert(f)end insert A health facility that is required to develop a patient safety
33plan pursuant to Section 1279.6 shall include in the patient safety
34plan measures to prevent adverse events associated with
35 misconnecting intravenous, enteral feeding, and epidural lines.
36This subdivision shall become inoperative as to epidural connectors
37upon the operative date of subdivisionbegin delete (b)end deletebegin insert (b),end insert and as to intravenous
38begin insert connectors upon the operative date of subdivision (c).end insert andbegin insert as toend insert
P3    1 enteralbegin insert feedingend insert connectors upon the operative date of subdivision
2begin delete (c).end deletebegin insert (d).end insert



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