New York State Assembly Member Amanda Septimo (D-84th District) recently introduced legislation that would require healthcare facilities to maintain a 50% operating threshold of certain reusable healthcare protective textiles in their inventory.  New York State Sen. Cordell Cleare (D-30th District) introduced the New York State Senate companion bill.

If successful, the proposed legislation would include hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, outpatient care centers, long-term care facilities, physical therapy centers, comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation facilities, end-stage renal disease facilities, hospice, physician’s offices, non-physician provider’s offices, and laboratories.

The proposal defines personal protective equipment (PPE) as “any protective textile which is available in reusable format, where deemed feasible and acceptable, consistent with federal Centers for Disease Control guidance.”