language to be deleted (2) new language
relating to health; modifying emergency medical transport provisions;
amending Minnesota Statutes 2008, sections 144.604, subdivisions 1, 2; 144.608, subdivision 3; repealing Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 144.604, subdivision 3.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
Unless the Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board has approved a licensed ambulance service's deviation from the guidelines under section 144E.101, subdivision 14, the ambulance service must transport major trauma patients from the scene to the highest state-designated trauma hospital within 30 minutes' transport time.
Notwithstanding subdivision 1, ground ambulances must comply with the following:
(1) patients with compromised airways must be transported immediately to the nearest designated trauma hospital; and
(2) level II trauma hospitals capable of providing definitive trauma care must not be bypassed to reach a level I trauma hospital.
(a) Up to eight regional trauma advisory councils may be formed as needed.
(b) Regional trauma advisory councils shall advise, consult with, and make recommendation to the state Trauma Advisory Council on suggested regional modifications to the statewide trauma criteria that will improve patient care and accommodate specific regional needs.
(c) Each regional advisory council must have no more than 15 members. The commissioner, in consultation with the Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board, shall name the council members.
(d) Regional council members may receive expenses in the same manner and amount as authorized by the plan adopted under section 43A.18, subdivision 2.
Presented to the governor May 8, 2009
Signed by the governor May 12, 2009, 10:20 p.m.