ENA Applauds Senate on Passage of Bill to Allow Use of Standing Orders by Emergency Medical Services

October 25, 2017 News
DES PLAINES, Ill. (October 25, 2017) – The Emergency Nurses Association applauds the Senate for passing the Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act yesterday. H.R. 304 will ensure emergency medical services (EMS) agencies can continue to use standing orders to administer controlled substances when treating patients who require emergency care. Without passage of H.R. 304, EMS practitioners may lose the ability to administer life-saving medications to treat a medical emergency. 

This important bill was introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Richard Hudson and in the Senate by Sen. Bill Cassidy. The bill now must be sent back to the House for approval before it goes to President Trump for his signature.

About the Emergency Nurses Association

The Emergency Nurses Association 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 50,000 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.

ENA Media Contact:

Dan Campana
Director of Communications