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SECTION 3003-B
Availability of ambulance service that provides transportation by aircraft to store and distribute blood and initiate and administer bloo...
Public Health (PBH) CHAPTER 45, ARTICLE 30
§ 3003-b. Availability of ambulance service that provides
transportation by aircraft to store and distribute blood and initiate
and administer blood transfusions. 1. An ambulance service licensed
under this article that provides transportation by aircraft may store
and distribute human blood and blood products at all their facilities
and qualified medical and health personnel, as defined in this article,
operating within an ambulance service licensed under this article, may
initiate and administer human blood and blood product transfusions while
providing air transport services. As used in this section, "air
transport services" means emergency medical care and the transportation
of sick or injured persons by aircraft to, from or between general
hospitals or other health care facilities.

2. Notwithstanding title five of article five of this chapter, any
ambulance service licensed under this article that provides
transportation by aircraft and only for purposes of providing air
transport services, may store and distribute human blood and blood
products in accordance with standards for the storage of blood products
of the United States Food and Drug Administration and any rules,
regulations, guidance or minimum standards established pursuant to this
section.

3. Prior to storing and distributing blood or allowing qualified
medical and health personnel to initiate and administer blood
transfusions under this section, the ambulance service shall ensure that
it is in compliance with the rules, regulations, guidance or minimum
standards established pursuant to this section and other applicable
emergency medical service requirements, and shall provide notification
of intent to store and distribute blood or allow qualified medical and
health personnel to initiate and administer blood transfusions as part
of their air transport services at least sixty days prior to beginning
such care.

4. The state emergency medical services council, with the approval of
the commissioner, shall promulgate rules and regulations to effectuate
the purposes of this section.