House Bill No. 5650

Public Act No. 00-47

An Act Concerning The Scope Of The Practice Of Paramedicine.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 19a-197 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) Any person in possession of an automatic external defibrillator shall provide notice of the location of such automatic external defibrillator to the Office of Emergency Medical Services.

(b) The Office of Emergency Medical Services shall establish a registry of automatic external defibrillators located within the state and shall establish a procedure facilitating the use of the enhanced 9-1-1 service, as defined in section 28-25, for the location of such automatic external defibrillator nearest to the caller.

(c) The [Commissioner of Public Health] commissioner may adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, to [implement the purposes of the registry established by] carry out the provisions of subsections (a) and (b) of this section.

(d) No paramedic shall be required to be in simultaneous communication with a licensed physician when using an automatic external defibrillator in the practice of paramedicine, as defined in section 20-206jj, as amended by this act.

Sec. 2. Subdivision (14) of subsection (b) of section 20-9 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(14) Any person rendering service as a physician assistant licensed pursuant to section 20-12b, a registered nurse, a licensed practical nurse or a [licensed] paramedic, as defined in subdivision (15) of section 19a-175, acting within the scope of regulations adopted pursuant to section 19a-179, if such service is rendered under the supervision, control and responsibility of a licensed physician.

Sec. 3. Section 20-206jj of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

As used in sections 20-206jj to 20-206oo, inclusive, [: "Paramedicine"] "paramedicine" means the carrying out of (1) all phases of cardiopulmonary resuscitation and defibrillation, (2) the administration of drugs and intravenous solutions under written or oral authorization from a licensed physician, and (3) the administration of controlled substances, as defined in section 21a-240, [under the supervision of a physician by simultaneous communication] as amended, in accordance with written protocols or standing orders of a licensed physician.

Approved May 3, 2000