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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.

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