SJ 307 Hospital acquired infections.
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Summary as passed Senate: (all summaries)
Hospital-acquired infections. Recognizes the need to ensure the continued quality of the Commonwealth's hospital care and prevent needless hospital-acquired infections among patients. This resolution notes that hospitals are an essential component of health care, providing life-saving inpatient care and important testing and imaging for outpatient care. Further, warm hospital environments, with sick people, contaminated biological materials, and the constant going and coming of the public, encourage the growth of germs. The rates of hospital-acquired infections, commonly referred to as nosocomial infections, have reportedly increased significantly in recent years. The reasons for this increase are many, including the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, the nursing shortage and its attendant increased workloads and delegation, budget cuts that postpone needed building maintenance relating to air and water quality, and the failure of many doctors and nurses to scrupulously wash their hands, to only wear scrubs in the hospital, and to always wear clean scrubs. The Clerk of the Senate is directed to forward a copy of this resolution to the Joint Commission on Health Care for consideration during its deliberations.

Full text:
01/08/03  Senate: Presented & ordered printed, prefiled 01/06/03 033838418  pdf
02/03/03  Senate: Committee substitute printed 038097418-S1  pdf

Status:
01/08/03  Senate: Presented & ordered printed, prefiled 01/06/03 033838418
01/08/03  Senate: Referred to Committee on Rules
02/03/03  Senate: Reported from Rules with substitute by voice vote
02/03/03  Senate: Committee substitute printed 038097418-S1
02/04/03  Senate: Rules suspended (39-Y 0-N)
02/04/03  Senate: VOTE: (39-Y 0-N)
02/04/03  Senate: Reading waived
02/04/03  Senate: Read second time
02/04/03  Senate: Reading of substitute waived
02/04/03  Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 038097418-S1
02/04/03  Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute 038097418-S1
02/04/03  Senate: Rules suspended (39-Y 0-N)
02/04/03  Senate: VOTE: (39-Y 0-N)
02/04/03  Senate: Reading waived
02/04/03  Senate: Agreed to by Senate by voice vote
02/04/03  Senate: Communicated to House
02/05/03  House: Placed on Calendar
02/05/03  House: Referred to Committee on Rules
02/17/03  House: Passed by indefinitely in Rules (12-Y 4-N)