as introduced - 80th Legislature (1997 - 1998) Posted on 12/15/2009 12:00am
1.1 A bill for an act 1.2 relating to health; providing for the use of automatic 1.3 external defibrillators; providing immunity from civil 1.4 liability; amending Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 1.5 604A.01, subdivision 2; proposing coding for new law 1.6 in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 145. 1.7 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 1.8 Section 1. [145.56] [AUTOMATIC EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATORS.] 1.9 A person who uses an automatic external defibrillator shall 1.10 place a call to a 911 emergency telephone system as soon as 1.11 possible after the use of an automatic external defibrillator. 1.12 Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 1996, section 604A.01, 1.13 subdivision 2, is amended to read: 1.14 Subd. 2. [GENERAL IMMUNITY FROM LIABILITY.] (a) A person 1.15 who, without compensation or the expectation of compensation, 1.16 renders emergency care, advice, or assistance at the scene of an 1.17 emergency or during transit to a location where professional 1.18 medical care can be rendered, is not liable for any civil 1.19 damages as a result of acts or omissions by that person in 1.20 rendering the emergency care, advice, or assistance, unless the 1.21 person acts in a willful and wanton or reckless manner in 1.22 providing the care, advice, or assistance. This subdivision 1.23 does not apply to a person rendering emergency care, advice, or 1.24 assistance during the course of regular employment, and 1.25 receiving compensation or expecting to receive compensation for 1.26 rendering the care, advice, or assistance. 2.1 (b) For the purposes of this section, the scene of an 2.2 emergency is an area outside the confines of a hospital or other 2.3 institution that has hospital facilities, or an office of a 2.4 person licensed to practice one or more of the healing arts 2.5 under chapter 147, 147A, 148, 150A, or 153. The scene of an 2.6 emergency includes areas threatened by or exposed to spillage, 2.7 seepage, fire, explosion, or other release of hazardous 2.8 materials, and includes ski areas and trails. 2.9 (c) For the purposes of this section, "person" includes a 2.10 public or private nonprofit volunteer firefighter, volunteer 2.11 police officer, volunteer ambulance attendant, volunteer first 2.12 provider of emergency medical services, volunteer ski patroller, 2.13 and any partnership, corporation, association, or other entity. 2.14 (d) For the purposes of this section, "compensation" does 2.15 not include payments, reimbursement for expenses, or pension 2.16 benefits paid to members of volunteer organizations. 2.17 (e) For purposes of this section, "emergency care or 2.18 treatment" includes providing emergency medical care or 2.19 treatment by using or providing an automatic external 2.20 defibrillator, unless the person on whom the device is to be 2.21 used objects.