525A.12 SEARCH AND NOTIFICATION.
(a) The following persons shall make a reasonable search of an individual who the person
reasonably believes is dead or near death for a document of gift or other information identifying
the individual as a donor or as an individual who made a refusal:
(1) a law enforcement officer, firefighter, paramedic, or other emergency rescuer finding the
(2) if no other source of the information is immediately available, a hospital, as soon as
practical after the individual's arrival at the hospital.
(b) If a document of gift or a refusal to make an anatomical gift is located by the search
required by paragraph (a), clause (1), and the individual or deceased individual to whom it relates
is taken to a hospital, the person responsible for conducting the search shall send the document
of gift or refusal to the hospital. If a body is transferred to the custody of the medical examiner,
the first responder must notify the first responder's dispatcher. A dispatcher notified under this
section must notify the state's federally designated organ procurement organization and inform the
organization of the deceased's name, donor status, and location.
(c) A person is not subject to criminal or civil liability for failing to discharge the duties
imposed by this section.
History: 2007 c 120 art 1 s 12