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Bill To End Intoxicated Patient Diversion
California Healthline

On Monday, the Assembly Committee on Health passed legislation designed to clarify the law prohibiting hospital emergency departments from transferring severely intoxicated patients to police custody.

SB 145, by Sen. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento), would make EDs treat severe intoxication as a medical condition, Pan said. “[This bill] clarifies that a hospital is prohibited from transporting a patient who is deemed medically unstable due to severe intoxication,” Pan said.

“[This bill] clarifies that a hospital is prohibited from transporting a patient who is deemed medically unstable due to severe intoxication,” Pan said.

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