Gov. Chris Christie today took life-saving action by signing Senator Kevin O’Toole’s legislation to require all hospitals to have protocols to immediately transfer critically ill patients to other facilities for better treatment.
“People need to know that they and their loved ones are guaranteed the best care during the most critical moments of their lives,” said O’Toole (R-Bergen). “There is no excuse to trap patients and their families in intensive care when they have a better chance for survival at a different facility.”
Senator O’Toole’s S1973/A792 requires licensed New Jersey hospitals to establish protocols to request immediate dispatch, timely patient pick-up from the sending hospital, and transport to the receiving hospital by a specialty care transportation unit (SCTU) used for patient inter-facility transfers. It makes hospitals establish contingency SCTU transport protocols in the event that the hospital’s designated SCTU is not immediately available for dispatch.
“People suffer enough trauma and anxiety when they or loved ones are critically ill,” O’Toole concluded. “They need to know their caregivers have their best interests at heart and the necessary protocols in place to transport them to a facility that can better accommodate their needs.”