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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1335        FILED ON: 1/16/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1903


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Christine E. Canavan and Garrett J. Bradley


To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act providing for direct care for dialysis patients.






Christine E. Canavan

10th Plymouth

Garrett J. Bradley

3rd Plymouth

Michael D. Brady

9th Plymouth

Claire D. Cronin

11th Plymouth

Marcos A. Devers

16th Essex

Colleen M. Garry

36th Middlesex

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

Benjamin Swan

11th Hampden

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1335        FILED ON: 1/16/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1903

By Representatives Canavan of Brockton and Bradley of Hingham, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1903) of Christine E. Canavan, Garrett J. Bradley and others relative to providing direct care for dialysis patients.  Public Health. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen



An Act providing for direct care for dialysis patients.


              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

              Section 53 of chapter 111 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out the seventh sentence and inserting in place thereof the following 2 sentences:- A dialysis unit shall have on duty sufficient direct care nursing personnel to ensure that all patients undergoing dialysis have nursing care available at all times provided by registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and other staff trained in chronic dialysis at an assigned level of no less than 1 direct patient care staff member assigned to directly care for no more than 3 patients at one time. As used in this section the term “direct patient care” shall mean hands-on care for the means of initiating and discontinuing dialysis, monitoring patients during treatment, and administering medications.

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