Senator Jane Nelson
P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
Tel. (512) 463-0112
Fax (512) 463-0923

NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 30, 2013
Contact: Megan Hanson, (512) 463-0112

LEGISLATION TO INCREASE PATIENT SAFETY PASSES HOUSE

AUSTIN —The Texas House of Representatives today passed SB 945 by Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, requiring all hospital health care providers to wear badges with photo identification that clearly state their names, their departments and their job titles to better help patients identify their caregivers, as well as their level of training.

"This legislation will help ensure Texans know the expertise of their health care provider," said Senator Nelson. "Often patients enter our hospitals in very vulnerable states, and they deserve clear information about who is caring for them."

The House added an amendment to the bill to require that the badges include a provider's license, if applicable, rather than their title as assigned by the hospital. Senator Nelson plans to concur with the amendment in the Senate before sending the bill to the Governor for his signature.

SENATOR JANE NELSON represents District 12, including portions of Tarrant and Denton Counties. She is Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health & Human Services.

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