Missouri Revised Statutes

Chapter 191
Health and Welfare
Section 191.630

August 28, 2014


Definitions.

191.630. As used in sections 191.630 and 191.631, the following terms mean:

(1) "Communicable disease", acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), cutaneous anthrax, hepatitis in any form, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), measles, meningococcal disease, mumps, pertussis, pneumonic plague, rubella, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS-CoV), smallpox, tuberculosis, varicella disease, vaccinia, viral hemorrhagic fevers, and other such diseases as the department may define by rule or regulation;

(2) "Communicable disease tests", tests designed for detection of communicable diseases. Rapid testing of the source patient in accordance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) enforcement of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines shall be recommended;

(3) "Coroner or medical examiner", the same meaning as defined in chapter 58;

(4) "Department", the Missouri department of health and senior services;

(5) "Designated infection control officer", the person or persons within the entity or agency who are responsible for managing the infection control program and for coordinating efforts surrounding the investigation of an exposure such as:

(a) Collecting, upon request, facts surrounding possible exposure of an emergency care provider or Good Samaritan to a communicable disease;

(b) Contacting facilities that receive patients or clients of potentially exposed emergency care providers or Good Samaritans to ascertain if a determination has been made as to whether the patient or client has had a communicable disease and to ascertain the results of that determination; and

(c) Notifying the emergency care provider or Good Samaritan as to whether there is reason for concern regarding possible exposure;

(6) "Emergency care provider", a person who is serving as a licensed or certified person trained to provide emergency and nonemergency medical care as a first responder, emergency responder, EMT-B, EMT-I, or EMT-P as defined in section 190.100, firefighter, law enforcement officer, sheriff, deputy sheriff, registered nurse, physician, medical helicopter pilot, or other certification or licensure levels adopted by rule of the department;

(7) "Exposure", a specific eye, mouth, other mucous membrane, nonintact skin, or parenteral contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials that results from the performance of an employee's duties;

(8) "Good Samaritan", any person who renders emergency medical assistance or aid within his or her level of training or skill until such time as he or she is relieved of those duties by an emergency care provider;

(9) "Hospital", the same meaning as defined in section 197.020;

(10) "Source patient", any person who is sick or injured and requiring the care or services of a Good Samaritan or emergency care provider, for whose blood or other potentially infectious materials have resulted in exposure.

(L. 2002 S.B. 1107, A.L. 2010 H.B. 1977, A.L. 2014 S.B. 852)


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