On Thursday, September 24 at 10am SC Senate Medical Affairs committee will consider S. 371.
This bill was in response to the death of a mitochondrial child that died from complications initiated by a morphine overdose. We need to remember S. 371 is a work in progress. Here’s an explanation of the legislative process. Since the beginning, our intentions were to have the subcommittee draft language to define gross misconduct. So far, the bill has been amended to contain this language:
Upon a finding by the board that a person licensed under this chapter acted in a willful, wanton, or grossly negligent manner by misreading a physician’s order causing a patient to be over-medicated or under-medicated and resulting in the patient’s death, the board shall revoke the person’s license to practice nursing in this State. As used in this subsection, “willful, wanton, or grossly negligent” means an act or course of action, or inaction, which denotes a lack of reasonable care and a conscious disregard or indifference to the rights, safety, or welfare of others and which does or could result in death.”
The sub committee may also include other healthcare professionals.
The committee is chaired by Sen. Cleary (R-Georgetown) with Sens. Lourie (D-Richland), Davis (R-Beaufort), Bright (R-Spartanburg), and Johnson (D-Clarendon)