1998 Regular Session
To: Public Health and Welfare
By: Representative Moody
House Bill 1029
(As Sent to Governor)
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTIONS 41-23-39 AND 41-23-41, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO ADD "BYSTANDING CAREGIVER" TO THE REQUIREMENT FOR RECEIVING NOTICE WHEN EXPOSED TO INFECTIOUS DISEASE, PATIENT'S BLOOD OR BODY FLUIDS; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. Section 41-23-39, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
41-23-39. The following terms when used in Sections 41-23-39 and 41-23-41 shall have the following meanings herein ascribed:
(a) "Emergency medical technician" means a person licensed pursuant to Section 41-59-1 et seq., Mississippi Code of 1972, to provide emergency medical services as an emergency medical technician-ambulance, emergency medical technical-intermediate, emergency medical technician-paramedic, or emergency medical technical-nurse-paramedic.
(b) "Fire department" means service groups (paid or volunteer) that are organized and trained for the prevention and control of loss of life and property from fire and/or other emergencies.
(c) "Fire fighter" means an individual who is assigned to fire fighting activity and is required to respond to alarms and perform emergency actions at the location of a fire, hazardous materials or other emergency incident.
(d) "Infectious disease" means any condition as listed or determined by the State Department of Health that may be transmitted by an infected person.
(e) "Licensed facility" means hospital, nursing home, medical clinic or dialysis center, as licensed by the state to provide medical care, but shall not include a physician's office.
(f) "Bystanding caregiver" means any person who is unlicensed or noncertified in providing medical services or emergency medical services, who provides care or services to an injured person at the scene of an emergency before the arrival and rendering of emergency medical services by a licensed or certified emergency medical services provider.
SECTION 2. Section 41-23-41, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
41-23-41. If, in the course of providing emergency services to any person subsequently transported to a licensed facility, an emergency medical technician, fire fighter, bystanding caregiver or other provider of emergency rescue services is exposed by direct contact to the patient's blood or other internal body fluids, the emergency medical technician, fire fighter, bystanding caregiver or the emergency service provider, or his/her employer, shall notify the licensed facility to which the patient is transported of the blood and/or body fluid exposure. If the patient is subsequently diagnosed as having an infectious disease specified by the State Department of Health as being transmissible by blood or other internal body fluids, the licensed facility shall notify the emergency medical technician, fire fighter, bystanding caregiver, emergency service provider, or his/her employer, in such detail and according to the manner prescribed by the State Board of Health in its regulations. The State Board of Health shall adopt appropriate regulations to address the diseases involved.
SECTION 3. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 1998.