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Sponsors: Reps. Cobb-Hunter, Howard, Parks, Kennedy, Jefferson, Moody-Lawrence, Govan, Mack, Hodges, Agnew, Allen, Altman, Anderson, Anthony, Bailey, Bales, Ballentine, Bannister, Barfield, Battle, Bingham, Bowers, Brady, Branham, Breeland, G. Brown, J. Brown, R. Brown, Cato, Ceips, Chalk, Chellis, Clark, Clemmons, Clyburn, Coates, Coleman, Cooper, Cotty, Dantzler, Davenport, Delleney, Duncan, Edge, Emory, Frye, Funderburk, Hagood, Haley, Hamilton, Hardwick, Harrell, Harrison, Harvin, Haskins, Hayes, Herbkersman, J. Hines, M. Hines, Hinson, Hiott, Hosey, Huggins, Jennings, Kirsh, Leach, Limehouse, Littlejohn, Loftis, Lucas, Mahaffey, Martin, McCraw, McGee, McLeod, Merrill, Miller, Mitchell, J.H. Neal, J.M. Neal, Neilson, Norman, Ott, Owens, Perry, Phillips, Pinson, E.H. Pitts, M.A. Pitts, Rhoad, Rice, Rivers, Rutherford, Sandifer, Scarborough, Scott, Simrill, Sinclair, Skelton, D.C. Smith, F.N. Smith, G.M. Smith, G.R. Smith, J.E. Smith, J.R. Smith, W.D. Smith, Stewart, Talley, Taylor, Thompson, Toole, Townsend, Tripp, Umphlett, Vaughn, Vick, Viers, Walker, Weeks, Whipper, White, Whitmire, Witherspoon and Young
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Introduced in the House on March 8, 2006
Introduced in the Senate on March 8, 2006
Currently residing in the Senate Committee on Medical Affairs
Summary: National Kidney Awareness Month
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3/8/2006 House Introduced, adopted, sent to Senate HJ-40 3/8/2006 Senate Introduced SJ-19 3/8/2006 Senate Referred to Committee on Medical Affairs SJ-19
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TO RECOGNIZE MARCH AS NATIONAL KIDNEY AWARENESS MONTH AND TO URGE CLINICAL LABORATORIES, HEALTH CARE COMPANIES, MEDICAL ORGANIZATIONS, AND MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS TO UTILIZE THE GLOMERULAR FILTRATION RATE TO HELP PREVENT AND DETECT CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE.
Whereas, Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is a growing problem in South Carolina that affects more than 460,000 people, approximately one in eight adults. Of these, thousands have seriously reduced kidney functions that, if left untreated, may progress to a more severe level, Stage 5, or End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD); and
Whereas, chronic kidney disease can be prevented or delayed with early detection and intervention by trained medical professionals who use proper tests to determine the stage of kidney disease; and
Whereas, the glomerular filtration rate (GFR) is the best test to measure the level of kidney function and assess the stage of kidney disease; and
Whereas, the GFR calculation can be used by clinical laboratories, licensed health care providers, health care management companies, and medical organizations to evaluate the disease; and
Whereas, the GFR calculation should be computed when a serum creatinine test is performed with the purpose of determining the stage of kidney disease at its earliest convenience when there is a better chance of slowing or stopping the progression of kidney disease; and
Whereas, the members of the General Assembly publicly support the use of the glomerular filtration rate to appropriately measure the level of kidney function and encourage health policy initiatives that promote the early detection of chronic kidney disease and provide the clinical interventions to slow or stop the disease. Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring:
That the members of the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina, by this resolution, recognize March as National Kidney Awareness Month and urge clinical laboratories, health care companies, medical organizations, and medical practitioners to utilize the glomerular filtration rate to help prevent and detect chronic kidney disease.
Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be published in the State Register and provided to the South Carolina Medical Association, the South Carolina Nurses Association, and the South Carolina Hospital Association.
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