PA 09-16—HB 6599

Public Health Committee

Judiciary Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING PATIENT SAFETY

SUMMARY: This act permits only licensed or certified ambulance and rescue services to transport patients on stretchers in motor vehicles. The Public Health Department licenses commercial ambulance and rescue services and issues certificates to volunteer and municipal ambulance services. By law, anyone who willfully violates an emergency medical services law can be fined up to $250, imprisoned for up to three months, or both.

The act requires any ambulance used to transport patients between hospitals to meet state regulatory requirements for basic ambulance service, including those concerning medically necessary supplies and services. These regulations require, among other things, one medical response technician and one emergency medical technician in the ambulance, the latter of whom must attend the patient at all times.

The act permits a licensed registered nurse, advanced practice registered nurse, physician assistant, or respiratory care practitioner to supplement the ambulance transport if he or she has current training and certification (1) in pediatric or adult advance life support or (2) from the American Academy of Pediatrics' neonatal resuscitation program, as appropriate and based on the patient's condition.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage for interhospital transport; October 1, 2009 for stretcher transport.

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