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246.715 TESTING OF AVAILABLE BLOOD.

Subdivision 1.Procedures with consent.

If a sample of the patient's blood is available, the secure treatment facility shall ensure that blood is tested for blood-borne pathogens with the consent of the patient, provided the conditions in sections 246.711 and 246.712 are met.

Subd. 2.Procedures without consent.

If the patient has provided a blood sample, but does not consent to blood-borne pathogens testing, the secure treatment facility shall ensure that the blood is tested for blood-borne pathogens if the employee requests the test, provided all of the following criteria are met:

(1) the employee and secure treatment facility have documented exposure to blood or body fluids during performance of the employee's work duties;

(2) a licensed physician has determined that a significant exposure has occurred under section 246.711 and has documented that blood-borne pathogen test results are needed for beginning, modifying, continuing, or discontinuing medical treatment for the employee as recommended by the most current guidelines of the United States Public Health Service;

(3) the employee provides a blood sample for testing for blood-borne pathogens as soon as feasible;

(4) the secure treatment facility asks the patient to consent to a test for blood-borne pathogens and the patient does not consent;

(5) the secure treatment facility has provided the patient and the employee with all of the information required by section 246.712; and

(6) the secure treatment facility has informed the employee of the confidentiality requirements of section 246.719 and the penalties for unauthorized release of patient information under section 246.72.

Subd. 3.Follow-up.

The secure treatment facility shall inform the patient whose blood was tested of the results. The secure treatment facility shall inform the employee's health care provider of the patient's test results without the patient's name or other uniquely identifying information.

History:

2000 c 422 s 45