Grant emergency vehicle status to blood, organ and tissue transport vehicles in Maryland
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Currently there is no provision within Maryland Law to allow organ, blood and tissue transport vehicles to be recognized as emergency vehicles. Most states already have provisions for blood, tissue and organ transport vehicles to operate as emergency vehicles, IL, PA, WI, NJ, AZ, FL, MI among others.
In 2016 MD HB662 was introduced to allow for these vehicles to be recognized but was introduced too late in the session and ultimately died in committee. No bill was introduced in 2017 however several members of the House and Senate have pledged their support for this measure when it is reintroduced.
Blood, tissue and organ transport is currently handled in Maryland by EMS agencies and commercial ambulance services, just one organ recovery call can tie up an ambulance crew for 8-10 hours preventing them from being able to fulfill their primary mission of transporting the sick and injured.
There are two major transplant centers in the State of Maryland, University of Maryland Medical Center and John’s Hopkins both of which require transport services on almost a daily basis. There is support of both hospitals transplant divisions as well as that of The Living Legacy Foundation and The Washington Regional Transplant Community which are the organ procurement organizations that services most of Maryland to begin this service as soon as possible.
By allowing these vehicles to begin service within the State of Maryland not only will more ambulances be available for those who require them, it will allow both transplant teams and organ procurement organizations to fulfill their missions in a timelier fashion by giving them a dedicated means of emergency transportation.
There are agencies prepared to begin service within Maryland immediately and have all the necessary logistics in place, currently they are asking for your assistance in gaining authorization to begin service in MD with vehicles from their current fleets.
We are asking for assistance with legislative support to reintroduce the bill in the 2018 legislative session.
Your help would be greatly appreciated and success in this endeavor will benefit everyone in the Maryland in the transplant community.
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