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Patient Safety Bill Signed by Governor Brown

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Assemblymember Gipson authors law to extend deadline to approve new medical devices

(Sacramento) – Legislation to enhance patient safety, authored by Assemblymember Mike A. Gipson (D-Carson), was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown today. Assembly Bill (AB) 444 helps the state adopt a standardization of medical epidural and enteral connectors as part of an international initiative.

“When patients receive care, they often require connection to various hospital devices. Current standards for medical connectors can lead to device misconnection, where devices that have compatible connectors are accidentally connected to the wrong device and can lead to serious medical complications,” states Gipson. “AB 444 would help effectively implement the adoption of new standards in line with the statutory deadline already in place.”

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) created a working group of 31 countries to develop a standardization of medical intravenous (IV), enteral, and epidural connectors. California was on track to implement the new standardization by January 1, 2016. However, design glitch forced a remodeling of the epidural connector. AB 444 would extend the statutory deadline to adopt the new standard in order to provide additional time for the redesign.

By extending the deadline to adopt the new standard by a year, AB 444will ensure that California is able to stay current with the rest of the world as we move towards an international standard for these important medical devices,” states Gipson.

For more information, please visit Assemblymember Gipson’s website -

Mike Gipson represents the 64th Assembly District. The district includes the cities of Carson, Compton, Gardena, Harbor Gateway, Lynwood, North Long Beach, Rancho Dominguez, South Los Angeles, Torrance, Watts/Willowbrook and Wilmington.