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New Jersey Statutes, Title: 26, HEALTH AND VITAL STATISTICS
Chapter 2H: Declaration of public policy
Section: 26:2H-12.46: Hospital to inform pregnant patients of option to donate umbilical cord blood, placental tissue.
1. a. A general hospital licensed pursuant to P.L.1971, c.136 (C.26:2H-1 et al.) shall, upon admission, advise every patient of the hospital who is known to be pregnant of the option to donate, to a public umbilical cord blood bank affiliated with the National Marrow Donor Program, or NMDP, blood extracted from the umbilical cord or the placental tissue of her newborn child.
b. If the patient elects to donate umbilical cord blood or placental tissue as provided in subsection a. of this section:
(1) The patient shall provide to the hospital the collection kit supplied by the NMDP-affiliated public umbilical cord blood bank to collect the blood or placental tissue and shall arrange for the kit to be transported to the umbilical cord blood bank at no cost to the hospital; and
(2) The donation shall be made without monetary expense to the woman or the hospital for the collection or storage of the blood or placental tissue.
c. If the patient elects to store her newborn child's umbilical cord blood or placental tissue for family use with a private umbilical cord blood bank:
(1) The patient shall provide to the hospital the collection kit supplied by the private umbilical cord blood bank to collect the blood or placental tissue and shall arrange for the kit to be transported to the blood bank at no cost to the hospital; and
(2) The hospital shall collect the blood or placental tissue in accordance with the patient's directions.
d. The provisions of subsections a., b., and c. of this section shall not be construed to:
(1) require a hospital to collect umbilical cord blood or placental tissue if, in the professional judgment of the patient's attending physician, the collection would threaten the health of the mother or newborn child; or
(2) apply to a physician, nurse, or other hospital employee or contractor who, or a hospital that, is directly affiliated with a religious denomination that adheres to the tenet that blood transfer is contrary to the moral principles which the denomination considers to be an essential part of its beliefs and practices. The physician, nurse, other hospital employee or contractor, or hospital, as applicable, shall record, in writing, its refusal to participate in the activity provided in subsections a., b., and c. of this section, and include a copy of the refusal in the patient's medical record.
L.2007, c.247, s.1.
This section added to the Rutgers Database: 2012-09-26 13:37:49.
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