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SF 675

1st Engrossment - 86th Legislature (2009 - 2010) Posted on 02/09/2010 02:14am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to health; making technical changes for emergency medical services;
amending Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 144E.101, subdivisions 6, 7.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 144E.101, subdivision 6, is amended to
read:


Subd. 6.

Basic life support.

(a) Except as provided in paragraphs (e) and (f), a
basic life-support ambulance shall be staffed by at least two EMTs, one of whom must
accompany the patient and provide a level of care so as to ensure that:

(1) life-threatening situations and potentially serious injuries are recognized;

(2) patients are protected from additional hazards;

(3) basic treatment to reduce the seriousness of emergency situations is administered;
and

(4) patients are transported to an appropriate medical facility for treatment.

(b) A basic life-support service shall provide basic airway management.

(c) A basic life-support service shall provide automatic defibrillation, as provided in
section 144E.103, subdivision 1, paragraph (b).

(d) A basic life-support service licensee's medical director may authorize the
ambulance service personnel to carry and to use medical antishock trousers and to perform
intravenous infusion if the ambulance service personnel have been properly trained.

(e) Upon application from an ambulance service that includes evidence
demonstrating hardship, the board may grant a variance from the staff requirements in
paragraph (a) and may authorize a basic life-support ambulance to be staffed by one EMT
and one first responder driver for all emergency ambulance calls and interfacility transfers.
The variance shall apply to basic life-support ambulances operated by the ambulance
service until the ambulance service renews its license. When a variance expires, an
ambulance service may apply for a new variance under this paragraph. For purposes of
this paragraph, "ambulance service" means either an ambulance service whose primary
service area isnew text begin mainlynew text end located outside the metropolitan counties listed in section 473.121,
subdivision 4
, and outside the cities of Duluth, Mankato, Moorhead, Rochester, and St.
Cloud; or an ambulance service based in a community with a population of less than 1,000.

(f) After an initial emergency ambulance call, each subsequent emergency
ambulance response, until the initial ambulance is again available, and interfacility
transfers, may be staffed by one registered first responder driver and an EMT. The EMT
must accompany the patient and provide the level of care required in paragraph (a).
This paragraph applies only to an ambulance service whose primary service area isnew text begin
mainly
new text end located outside the metropolitan counties listed in section 473.121, subdivision
4
, and outside the cities of Duluth, Mankato, Moorhead, Rochester, and St. Cloud, or an
ambulance based in a community with a population of less than 1,000 persons.

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 144E.101, subdivision 7, is amended to read:


Subd. 7.

Advanced life support.

(a) Except as provided in paragraphs (f) and (g),
an advanced life-support ambulance shall be staffed by at least:

(1) one EMT and one EMT-P;

(2) one EMT and one registered nurse who is an EMT, is currently practicing
nursing, and has passed a paramedic practical skills test approved by the board and
administered by a training program; or

(3) one EMT and one physician assistant who is an EMT, is currently practicing as a
physician assistant, and has passed a paramedic practical skills test approved by the board
and administered by a training program.

(b) An advanced life-support service shall provide basic life support, as specified
under subdivision 6, paragraph (a), advanced airway management, manual defibrillation,
and administration of intravenous fluids and pharmaceuticals.

(c) In addition to providing advanced life support, an advanced life-support service
may staff additional ambulances to provide basic life support according to subdivision 6
and section 144E.103, subdivision 1.

(d) An ambulance service providing advanced life support shall have a written
agreement with its medical director to ensure medical control for patient care 24 hours
a day, seven days a week. The terms of the agreement shall include a written policy
on the administration of medical control for the service. The policy shall address the
following issues:

(1) two-way communication for physician direction of ambulance service personnel;

(2) patient triage, treatment, and transport;

(3) use of standing orders; and

(4) the means by which medical control will be provided 24 hours a day.

The agreement shall be signed by the licensee's medical director and the licensee or
the licensee's designee and maintained in the files of the licensee.

(e) When an ambulance service provides advanced life support, the authority
of an EMT-P, Minnesota registered nurse-EMT, or Minnesota registered physician
assistant-EMT to determine the delivery of patient care prevails over the authority of
an EMT.

(f) Upon application from an ambulance service that includes evidence
demonstrating hardship, the board may grant a variance from the staff requirements in
paragraph (a), clause (1), and may authorize an advanced life-support ambulance to be
staffed by a first responder driver with a paramedic for all emergency calls and interfacility
transfers. The variance shall apply to advanced life-support ambulance services until the
ambulance service renews its license. When the variance expires, an ambulance service
may apply for a new variance under this paragraph. This paragraph applies only to an
ambulance service whose primary service area isnew text begin mainlynew text end located outside the metropolitan
counties listed in section 473.121, subdivision 4, and outside the cities of Duluth,
Mankato, Moorhead, Rochester, and St. Cloud, or an ambulance based in a community
with a population of less than 1,000 persons.

(g) After an initial emergency ambulance call, each subsequent emergency
ambulance response, until the initial ambulance is again available, and interfacility
transfers, may be staffed by one registered first responder driver and an EMT or paramedic.
This paragraph applies only to an ambulance service whose primary service area isnew text begin
mainly
new text end located outside the metropolitan counties listed in section 473.121, subdivision
4
, and outside the cities of Duluth, Mankato, Moorhead, Rochester, and St. Cloud, or an
ambulance based in a community with a population of less than 1,000 persons.