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Title XII PUBLIC HEALTH AND WELFARE

Chapter 190

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  190.243.  Transportation to trauma, STEMI, or stroke centers or hospitals, how authorized. — 1.  Severely injured patients shall be transported to a trauma center.  Patients who suffer a STEMI, as defined in section 190.100, shall be transported to a STEMI center.  Patients who suffer a stroke, as defined in section 190.100, shall be transported to a stroke center.

  2.  A physician or registered nurse authorized by a physician who has established verbal communication with ambulance personnel shall instruct the ambulance personnel to transport a severely ill or injured patient to the closest hospital or designated trauma, STEMI, or stroke center, as determined according to estimated transport time whether by ground ambulance or air ambulance, in accordance with transport protocol approved by the medical director and the department of health and senior services, even when the hospital is located outside of the ambulance service's primary service area.  When initial transport from the scene of illness or injury to a trauma, STEMI, or stroke center would be prolonged, the STEMI, stroke, or severely injured patient may be transported to the nearest appropriate facility for stabilization prior to transport to a trauma, STEMI, or stroke center.

  3.  Transport of the STEMI, stroke, or severely injured patient shall be governed by principles of timely and medically appropriate care; consideration of reimbursement mechanisms shall not supersede those principles.

  4.  Patients who do not meet the criteria for direct transport to a trauma, STEMI, or stroke center shall be transported to and cared for at the hospital of their choice so long as such ambulance service is not in violation of local protocols.

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(L. 1987 S.B. 31 & 29 § 5, A.L. 1998 S.B. 743, A.L. 2008 H.B. 1790)


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