SB 918
Modifies provisions relating to communicable diseases
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Last Action:
4/17/2014 - Voted Do Pass S Veterans' Affairs and Health Committee
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Effective Date:
August 28, 2014

Current Bill Summary

SB 918 - Current law requires persons who receive care from an emergency service provider and who have exposed the provider to blood or other potentially infectious materials to consent to a test for infectious diseases. This act amends such provisions to include Good Samaritans. This act also replaces the term "contagious or infectious disease" with a new definition for "communicable disease".

Under current law, hospitals are required to have procedures for notifying emergency care providers about the risk for exposure. This act requires a coroner and medical examiner to also have written policies and procedures for notification of an emergency care provider and Good Samaritan. The coroner or medical examiner shall include local representation of a designated infection control officer during the process to develop or review such policies.

All emergency care providers shall respond to and treat any patient regardless of the status of the patient's HIV or other communicable disease infection. Hospitals, nursing homes, and other medical facilities and practitioners who transfer patients known to have a communicable disease or to be subject to an order of quarantine or an order of isolation shall notify the emergency care providers who are providing the transportation services of the potential risk of exposure to a communicable disease, including communicable diseases of a public health threat.

This act repeals sections 192.800 t 192.808.