On June 7, 2021, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont signed into legislation Public Act 21-26 “An Act Regarding Numerous Revisions to the Public Well being Statutes” (the “Act”). This Act makes notable modifications to legal guidelines affecting hospital and well being system practices, together with the next:
Hospitals Required to Give Sufferers Choice to Contact Household or different Help Personnel Upon Admission
Current legislation requires that. upon admitting a affected person to a hospital, hospital personnel shall promptly ask the affected person if she or he desires the hospital to inform his or her doctor. The Act expands this obligation for hospitals by additionally requiring them to ask if there may be any member of the family, caregiver, or assist one who must be notified concerning the admission. If the affected person requests, the hospital personnel should then make cheap efforts to contact the member of the family, caregiver, or assist particular person as quickly as practicable, however inside 24 hours after the request. This requirement takes impact October 1, 2021.
Donation of Blood by 16-Yr Olds
Underneath current legislation, a person seventeen years or older is deemed to have the capability to consent to donate blood or any element thereof. The Act now permits any particular person sixteen years of age to consent to donate blood or any element thereof, with written authorization of a mother or father or guardian. This part grew to become efficient July 1, 2021.
Hospital Discharge Plans Might be Offered Electronically
Additionally efficient July 1, 2021, The Act newly permits a hospital to electronically present a discharge abstract and any associated supplies to a affected person upon discharge from the hospital, and to doc acknowledgment of receipt of such supplies electronically, so long as the affected person agrees to electronic-only supply.
Erin Howard, authorized intern at Robinson+Cole, additionally contributed to this text.
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