From the Office of State Senator John Carona

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 15, 1999
CONTACT: John Krueger, 512/463-0116

SENATOR JOHN CARONA FILES LEGISLATION IN RESPONSE TO FAMILY TRAGEDY

(AUSTIN)--Senator John Carona (R-Dallas) will file legislation today to establish minimum standards for administering anesthesia for in-office procedures. This legislation was drafted in response to the tragic death of Kami Favors in 1997 after an anesthesia procedure in a doctor's office in Odessa, TX. "It is always unfortunate when a family must suffer a preventable loss before there is awareness of a protection gap in our state laws," Senator Carona remarked. "This bill should help prevent another family having to deal with the pain the Favors have been living with the past two years."

Under this legislation, the State Board of Medical Examiners will establish minimum safety standards for office procedures involving anesthesia. These requirements will include: emergency procedures and equipment; responsibilities of the physician directing patient care; qualifications of all personnel involved in providing care; patient monitoring procedures and equipment; and proper documentation. Under current law, there are no regulations in place to monitor anesthesia procedures provided outside of a hospital or licensed ambulatory surgical center.

"While most physicians in Texas use accepted safety guidelines in performing these services, the tragic fact remains that some do not maintain these standards and, as a result, have placed patients' lives in jeopardy," Senator Carona added.

Senator Carona was accompanied at the press conference announcing the introduction of this bill by Roland and Debra Favors, the parents of Kami.



Summary of Legislation on Minimum Standards for Using Anesthesia for In-Office Procedures by Senator John Carona (R-Dallas)

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