STATEHOUSE (Feb. 23, 2017) — The House of Representatives today voted in support of State Rep. Denny Zent’s (R-Angola) bill that would help save the lives of patients suffering from strokes.
Zent said this proposal would require the emergency medical services commission to adopt rules concerning protocols for stroke patients. This would help prevent long-term disabilities due to prolonged delays in receiving care.
“Providing immediate care without delay is important, because without it, extensive and permanent harm can be done to brain tissue,” Zent said. “When someone suffers from a stroke, minutes count. It’s important to get patients to the right hospital that is equipped to deal with their condition.”
House Bill 1145 would ensure that EMS providers have adequate information about surrounding hospitals so they can decide to take their patient to the closest hospital that is best equipped to treat stroke patients.
This proposal seeks to incorporate these practices statewide. If HB 1145, passes, Indiana will join other neighboring states, such as Kentucky, that have similar laws.
Zent’s bill now moves to the Senate for further consideration. For more information on House Bill 1145, visit iga.in.gov.
State Rep. Denny Zent (R-Angola) represents House District 51, which
includes most of LaGrange and Steuben counties.
A high-resolution photo of Zent can be downloaded by clicking here.