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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session


Posted: October 30, 2013 03:57 PM
From: Senator Jake Corman
To: All Senate members
Subject: Emergency Lights for Emergency Related Physicians
In the near future, I plan to introduce legislation allowing physicians who are involved in emergency hospital operations to have the ability to use red lights and sirens in order to facilitate travel to a hospital emergency.

The issue of physicians not having the ability to use lights and sirens came to my attention through a constituent who had a near tragic birth experience where the Obstetrician had to perform emergency functions with regard to the birth and narrowly arrived in time due to delays with traffic. The constituent in this case was an EMT and questioned why EMTs are acknowledged emergency personnel with the ability to use red lights and sirens to get to a hospital, but the doctors also performing emergency procedures are not.

It is my attention to address the situation above by allowing physicians involved in emergency operations to use red lights and sirens in order to travel to a hospital in an emergency event. I believe physicians availability is every bit as critical in a health emergency as other emergency personnel.

If you have questions regarding this legislation, please contact Scott Sikorski in my office at 717-787-1377.

Thank you for your consideration.