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Introduced Version House Concurrent Resolution 11 History

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HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 11

(By Delegate Staggers)




Requesting the Health and Human Resources Committee to study the state of emergency medicine in West Virginia to address emergency department (ED) disaster preparedness throughout West Virginia.

Whereas, There is a critical need for improvement in disaster preparedness as evidenced by West Virginia receiving a "D+" in the 2009 National Report Card on the State of Emergency Medicine; and
Whereas, EDs throughout West Virginia must be sufficiently prepared to deal with the influx of patients that present to emergency department during a disaster situation; and
Whereas, There is currently no statewide surveillance system for common ED presentations or written plans to deal with special needs patients in the event of a disaster; and
Whereas, Emergency physicians throughout West Virginia can provide astounding personal accounts regarding the challenges they face in everyday practice regarding the inadequacy of EDs to deal with disaster situations; and
Whereas, It is in the best interest of all West Virginia citizens to ensure that the safety net of their health care system remains intact which is currently in question; therefore, be it
Resolved by the West Virginia Legislature:
That the Health and Human Resources Committee is hereby directed to study the state of emergency medicine in West Virginia to address emergency department disaster preparedness throughout West Virginia; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Health and Human Resources Committee report to the regular session of the 2010 Legislature, on its findings, conclusions and recommendations, together with drafts of any legislation necessary to effectuate its recommendations; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the expenses necessary to conduct this study, to prepare a report and to draft necessary legislation be paid from legislative appropriations to the Health and Human Resources Committee.
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