Requirement of Patient Safety Checklists Becomes Law in Nevada

June 2, 2011

Legislation requiring patient safety checklist has now become law in Nevada.  Assembly Bill 280, sponsored by Assembly Speaker John Oceguera, has been signed into law by Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval on May 29, 2011.

Under existing Nevada law certain medical facilities are required to have patient safety plans and patient safety committees to oversee matters relating to the health and safety of patients receiving care at the facilities.  This new law requires the patient safety committees to adopt patient safety checklists and policies aimed at improving the health outcomes of patients.  The patient safety committee is required to review the checklists and policies on an annual basis, making revisions as necessary.  The law also requires annual reporting to the Nevada Legislative Committee on Health Care by the patient safety committees.  The patient safety checklists and policies are to be included in the medical facility’s patient safety plan.  Failure to adopt a patient safety plan or establishment of a patient safety committee may result in administrative sanctions.

The law requires checklists for the following:

  • Checklists related to specific types of treatment.
  • Checklists to ensure that employees and contractors of the medical facility who are not healthcare providers follow protocols to ensure the patient’s room and environment are sanitary.
  • A discharge checklist that includes verifying the patient received proper instructions for prescription medications, instructions concerning aftercare, any other instructions concerning the patient upon discharge.

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