New law requires information be given to pregnant patients.
A hospital or a physician practicing in the area of obstetrics and gynecology.
Expectant mothers can choose to donate birth tissue following the delivery of their healthy newborn(s) in a Nevada-licensed freestanding birthing center or hospital. Birth tissue, which includes amniotic membrane and fluid; placenta; umbilical cord tissue and umbilical veins; chorionic membrane; cord blood and connective tissue contained in the umbilical cord called “Wharton’s Jelly”; or any other tissue derived from a live birth provides nutrients and protection to support fetal development in the womb and is normally discarded after birth. These birth tissues, made up of proteins, growth factors, cytokines, and extracellular matrix molecules have been found to stimulate cell regeneration, reduce inflammation, and expedite recovery times when used in regenerative therapy as tissue grafts. Donated birth tissues have been used for many years in various medical procedures and therapies, including (but not limited to) wound healing, ophthalmic procedures, skin grafting, spinal surgeries, and sports injuries. Birth tissue donation is safe for mothers and babies, and there is no cost to the mother for giving this gift of healing. The donation and utilization of birth tissue is regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and standards for the donation of birth tissue are provided by the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB).
Nevada entities accredited by the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB) for the acquisition or collection of birth tissue are listed at dpbh.nv.gov/hospitals and dpbh.nv.gov/birthingcenters. At this time, there is only one such entity (Nevada Donor Network) but others will be added as requested by such entities, as required by Assembly Bill 154). The bill also requires a hospital or a physician practicing in the area of obstetrics and gynecology to provide a patient who is pregnant with a link to or a printed copy of that list.
Section 1. Chapter  442 of NRS is hereby amended by adding thereto a new section to read as follows:
4. A hospital or physician practicing in the area of obstetrics and gynecology shall provide to any patient who is pregnant:
(a) A link to the Internet website maintained pursuant to
subsection 1; or
(b) A printed version of the list published pursuant to subsection 1 that was printed not more than 3 months before the provision of the list.