How to Get More Urine from a Baby in New York
New York State Health Commissioner Josephine Kelleher is asking health officials to consider changing the state’s current law requiring newborns to be examined for signs of urinary tract infections before they are allowed to go to the bathroom.
According to the New York Times, the state has had a “medical shortage” for about two years, and so Kelleherey’s proposal to ban newborns from the bathroom before they enter the room is a “common sense step to address the shortage.”
According to New York City, more than 10 million New Yorkers were in need of urgent care services last year.
The state has also had a shortage of surgical facilities, and is trying to fix that with the “New York Surgeon’s Law,” which was signed into law in March of this year.
Kelleherer’s proposal would be to “require newborns in New Jersey to be observed by a neonatologist or other appropriate healthcare provider at least 24 hours before entering a bathroom, shower, changing room, or other public place for any reason.”
If that’s the case, “newborns entering public places will need to have urine tested for any signs of infection before they can be released to the public.”
This is one of many measures that Kellehearty has proposed to address a shortage in healthcare.
This would not only help to address an urgent problem, but also to address concerns over “health and safety,” and even to protect children.
New York Gov.
Andrew Cuomo has been a vocal supporter of the legislation, and has called it “the most comprehensive bill to address infant and toddler urinary tract infection in the United States.”
However, New York’s legislation is also being criticized by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, who has called on the state to take a closer look at its current policy.
According the ACOG, “the New York Surgeons Law, which takes effect in July 2020, does not require any specific testing for urinary tract or urinary-tract infection, and the state health department has repeatedly stated that it is ‘committed to a public health approach to reducing the transmission of urinary-transmission infections.'”
This isn’t the first time that Cuomo has taken on this issue.
He also recently signed into effect an ordinance that requires health department employees to take urine tests before entering the bathroom and changing rooms for anyone to enter.
While the policy is aimed at protecting public health, the ACOG notes that it also puts people at risk for urinary-related conditions.
In other words, the policy creates a “risk for harm.”
Kellehey’s proposal is a step in the right direction, but there’s more to be done, and it’s not a perfect solution.
The New York state legislature has yet to take up the legislation.
However, the New Jersey legislature has already passed legislation requiring healthcare workers to take samples for bacteria in urine, and several states have similar measures in place.
In the meantime, New Yorkers need to be mindful of how they interact with their newborns and other infants, and they need to make sure they have tested for infections before entering public spaces.