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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 432         FILED ON: 1/14/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 608


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Elizabeth A. Poirier


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 promoting sterilization during surgery






Elizabeth A. Poirier

14th Bristol

George T. Ross

2nd Bristol

Shaunna O'Connell

3rd Bristol

Benjamin Swan

11th Hampden

Mario Morini

67 Anchorage Road

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 432        FILED ON: 1/14/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 608

By Ms. Poirier of North Attleborough, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 608) of Elizabeth A. Poirier and others relative to the sterilization of surgery rooms and intensive care units.  Public Health. 


SEE HOUSE, NO. 2135 OF 2009-2010.]

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts


In the Year Two Thousand Eleven



An Act promoting sterilization during surgery

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

              SECTION 1. Chapter 11 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2006 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting, after section 184C, the following section:

              Section184D. Every hospital shall maintain in surgical and intensive care units, in a clear and visible place the following directives:

              Wash your hands.

              Clean the patient’s skin with chlorhexidine antiseptic.

              Place sterile drapes over the patient’s entire body.

              Wear a sterile gown, hat, mask and gloves.

              Put a sterile dressing over the catheter site once the line is inserted.

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