senate Bill S539

Authorizes school personnel who are trained emergency medical technicians to administer emergency medical treatment for which they are trained on school premises

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 07 / Jan / 2009
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 06 / Jan / 2010
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION

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Bill Details

Versions:
S539
Legislative Cycle:
2009-2010
Current Committee:
Senate Education
Law Section:
Education Law

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER: S539

TITLE OF BILL :
An act to amend the education law, in relation to the authority of
school personnel who are trained emergency medical technicians to
administer emergency treatment on school premises


PURPOSE :
To permit any person who is EMT trained to provide emergency medical
treatment on school grounds.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS :
Section 1: creates a new section of the Education Law 912-c.
Authorizes school personnel who are trained emergency medical
technicians to administer emergency medical treatment on the school
premises as they are otherwise trained to provide off premises.

EXISTING LAW :
Currently, only school nurses are allowed to provide emergency medical
treatment on school premises.

JUSTIFICATION :
Currently, trained emergency medical technicians (EMT) who are
employed in schools are prohibited by regulation from using their
training to assist a school nurse in the case of a medical emergency.
The school nurse is the only person authorized under the education law
to provide health treatment in schools. The nurse can only authorize a
person to assist her at the same level as an ordinary person on the
street. Therefore, she cannot allow an EMT to administer oxygen or
perform other medical procedures. This legislation would allow
emergency medical technicians, who are employed in schools, to use
their training and to provide important life saving services to
students.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :
2007-2008 - Education

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE :
This act shall take effect immediately.
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