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    Subdivision 1. Scope. For purposes of sections 246.71 to 246.722, the following terms
have the meaning given them.
    Subd. 2. Bloodborne pathogens. "Bloodborne pathogens" means pathogenic
microorganisms that are present in human blood and can cause disease in humans. These
pathogens include, but are not limited to, hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV),
and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
    Subd. 3. Patient. "Patient" means any person who is receiving treatment from or committed
to a secure treatment facility.
    Subd. 4. Employee of a secure treatment facility or employee. "Employee of a secure
treatment facility" or "employee" means an employee of the Minnesota Security Hospital or a
secure treatment facility operated by the Minnesota sex offender program.
    Subd. 5. Secure treatment facility. "Secure treatment facility" means the Minnesota
Security Hospital and the Minnesota sex offender program facility in Moose Lake and any portion
of the Minnesota sex offender program operated by the Minnesota sex offender program at the
Minnesota Security Hospital.
    Subd. 6. Significant exposure. "Significant exposure" means contact likely to transmit a
bloodborne pathogen, in a manner supported by the most current guidelines and recommendations
of the United States Public Health Service at the time an evaluation takes place, that includes:
(1) percutaneous injury, contact of mucous membrane or nonintact skin, or prolonged
contact of intact skin; and
(2) contact, in a manner that may transmit a bloodborne pathogen, with blood, tissue, or
potentially infectious body fluids.
History: 2000 c 422 s 40; 1Sp2003 c 14 art 6 s 32,33

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