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144.604 TRAUMA TRIAGE AND TRANSPORTATION.

Subdivision 1.Transport requirement.

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 according to subdivision 2.

Subd. 2.Ground ambulance transportation.

Ground ambulances must immediately transport patients with compromised airways to the nearest designated trauma hospital. If no designated trauma hospital exists within 30 minutes transport time, the patient must be transported to the closest hospital. In cases where a patient does not have a compromised airway, the ground ambulance must transport major trauma patients:

(1) to a level I or level II trauma hospital within 30 minutes transport time;

(2) if no level I or level II trauma hospital exists within 30 minutes transport time, the patient must be transported to the closest designated trauma hospital within 30 minutes transport time or to a more appropriate higher designated trauma hospital if predetermined by the ambulance service medical director; or

(3) if no designated trauma hospital exists within 30 minutes transport time, the patient must be transported to the closest hospital.

Subd. 3.

[Repealed, 2009 c 74 s 4]

NOTE: This section, as added by Laws 2005, First Special Session chapter 4, article 6, section 27, is effective July 1, 2010. Laws 2005, First Special Session chapter 4, article 6, section 27, the effective date, as amended by Laws 2008, chapter 156, section 3.

NOTE: The amendment to subdivisions 1 and 2, by Laws 2009, chapter 74, sections 1 and 2, are effective July 1, 2010. Laws 2009, chapter 74, sections 1 and 2, the effective dates.