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§ 2123. Definitions

Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes and Consolidated StatutesTitle 11 P.S. ChildrenEffective: March 10, 2003

Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes and Consolidated Statutes
Title 11 P.S. Children (Refs & Annos)
Chapter 24. Shaken Baby Syndrome Education Act
Effective: March 10, 2003
11 P.S. § 2123
§ 2123. Definitions
The following words and phrases when used in this act shall have the meanings given to them in this section unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
“Birth center.” A facility not part of a hospital which provides maternity care to childbearing families not requiring hospitalization. A birth center provides a homelike atmosphere for maternity care, including prenatal, labor, delivery and postpartum care related to medically uncomplicated pregnancies.
“Commitment statement.” A form which may be voluntarily signed by the parent or parents acknowledging that the parent or parents have received, read and have an understanding of the educational and instructional materials provided on shaken baby syndrome.
“Department.” The Department of Health of the Commonwealth.
“Hospital.” Any hospital providing clinically related health services for obstetrical and newborn care or birth center, both profit and nonprofit and including those operated by the State or local government or an agency. The term shall not include an office used primarily for private or group practice by health care practitioners where no reviewable clinically related health services are offered.
“Infant.” A child 30 days of age up to 24 months of age.
“Newborn.” A child up to and including 29 days of age.
“Parent.” A natural parent, stepparent, adoptive parent, legal guardian or legal custodian of a child.
“Program.” The Shaken Baby Syndrome Education and Prevention Program.
“Secretary.” The Secretary of Health of the Commonwealth.
“Shaken baby syndrome.” The vigorous shaking of an infant or a young child that may result in bleeding inside the head and may cause one or more of the following conditions:
(1) Irreversible brain damage.
(2) Blindness, retinal hemorrhage or eye damage.
(3) Cerebral palsy.
(4) Hearing loss.
(5) Spinal cord injury, including paralysis.
(6) Seizures.
(7) Learning disabilities.
(8) Death.
(9) Central nervous system injury as evidenced by central nervous system hemorrhaging.
(10) Closed head injury.
(11) Rib fracture.
(12) Subdural hematoma.


2002, Dec. 9, P.L. 1406, No. 176, § 3, effective in 90 days.
11 P.S. § 2123, PA ST 11 P.S. § 2123
Current through Act 13 of the 2024 Regular Session. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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