ENA Applauds House Passage of Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act

November 14, 2016 Legislation News

DES PLAINES, Ill., - The Emergency Nurses Association’s applauds the U.S. House of Representatives today for passing the Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act. H.R. 4365 updates the Controlled Substances Act to ensure that emergency services (EMS) practitioners can continue to administer controlled substances to treat patients.

Absent Congressional action, the well-established practice of using standing orders by EMS agencies will be disrupted and, as a result, patients may lose access to life-saving medications in emergency situations. Standing orders are pre-set protocols which EMS practitioners follow in the delivery of emergency care. The bill now goes to the Senate for its consideration.

About the Emergency Nurses Association

The Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) is the premier professional nursing association dedicated to defining the future of emergency nursing through advocacy, education, research, innovation, and leadership. Founded in 1970, ENA has proven to be an indispensable resource to the global emergency nursing community. With more than 43,000 members worldwide, ENA advocates for patient safety, develops industry-leading practice standards and guidelines, and guides emergency healthcare public policy. ENA members have expertise in triage, patient care, disaster preparedness, and all aspects of emergency care. Additional information is available at www.ena.org.

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