CHAPTER 1

 

An Act concerning the administration of epinephrine, amending P.L.1992, c.143 and supplementing chapter 2K of Title 26 of the Revised Statutes.


    Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:


C.26:2K-47.1 Definitions relative to administration of epinephrine.

    1.    As used in this act:

    "Commissioner" means the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services;

    "Emergency medical service" means a program in a hospital staffed 24 hours-a-day by a licensed physician trained in emergency medicine;

    "Emergency medical technician" means a person trained in basic life support services as defined in section 1 of P.L.1985, c.351 (C.26:2K-21) and who is certified by the Department of Health and Senior Services to provide that level of care.


C.26:2K-47.2 Administration, maintenance, disposal of auto-injector device; certification; training, fee.

    2. a. An emergency medical technician who has been certified by the commissioner pursuant to subsection b. of this section to administer an epinephrine auto-injector device shall administer, maintain and dispose of the device in accordance with rules and regulations adopted by the commissioner.

    Each administration of an auto-injector device pursuant to this act shall be reported to the Department of Health and Senior Services in a manner determined by the commissioner.

    b.    The commissioner shall establish written standards and application procedures which an emergency medical technician shall meet in order to obtain certification. The commissioner shall certify a candidate who: provides evidence of satisfactory completion of an educational program which is approved by the commissioner and includes training in the administration of epinephrine auto-injector devices; and passes an examination in the administration of the devices which is approved by the commissioner.

    c.    The commissioner shall maintain a registry of all persons certified pursuant to this section, which shall include, but not be limited to:

    (1)  the person's name and residence; and

    (2)  the date that certification was granted.

    d.    The commissioner shall annually compile a list of emergency medical technicians who have obtained certification to administer an epinephrine auto-injector device pursuant to this section, which shall be available to the public.

    e.    A fee may be charged to a person enrolled in an educational program approved by the department which includes training in the administration of an epinephrine auto-injector device in order to cover the cost of training and testing for certification pursuant to this section, if the entity that provides the educational program is not reimbursed for the cost of that training and testing from the "Emergency Medical Technician Training Fund" established pursuant to section 3 of P.L.1992, c.143 (C.26:2K-56).


C.26:2K-47.3 Purchasing, storing, transporting devices.

    3.    Notwithstanding the provisions of any other law to the contrary, an emergency medical technician, first aid, ambulance or rescue squad, or other entity employing the services of an emergency medical technician certified to administer an epinephrine auto-injector device pursuant to section 2 of this act may purchase, store or transport the devices pursuant to an agreement with an emergency medical service, a hospital or a State licensed physician trained in emergency medicine, for the purpose of providing basic life support services as defined in section 1 of P.L.1985, c.351 (C.26:2K-21).


C.26:2K-47.4 Revocation of certification.

    4.    The commissioner, after notice and hearing, may revoke the certification granted pursuant to section 2 of this act for a violation of any provision of this act or any rule or regulation adopted by the commissioner pursuant to this act.


C.26:2K-47.5 Authorization for advertising, disseminating information.

    5.    A person shall not advertise or disseminate information to the public that the person is certified to use an epinephrine auto-injector device unless the person is authorized to do so pursuant to this act.


C.26:2K-47.6 Immunity from civil liability.

    6.    An emergency medical technician certified to administer an epinephrine auto-injector device pursuant to section 2 of this act, licensed physician, hospital or its board of trustees, officers and members of the medical staff, nurses, paramedics or other employees of the hospital, or officers and members of a first aid, ambulance or rescue squad shall not be liable for any civil damages as the result of an act or the omission of an act committed while in training to administer, or in the administration of, the device in good faith and in accordance with the provisions of this act.


C.26:2K-47.7 Violations, penalties.

    7.    A person who violates the provisions of this act is liable to a penalty of $200 for the first offense and $500 for each subsequent offense. If the violation of this act is of a continuing nature, each day during which it continues shall constitute a separate offense for the purposes of this section. The penalty shall be collected and enforced by summary proceedings under the "Penalty Enforcement Law of 1999," P.L.1999, c.274 (C.2A:58-10 et seq.).


C.26:2K-47.8 Construction of act.

    8.    Nothing in this act shall be construed to:

    a.    permit a person certified to administer an epinephrine auto-injector device pursuant to section 2 of this act to perform the duties or fill the position of another health care professional employed by a hospital;

    b.    interfere with an emergency service training program authorized and operated under the provisions of the "New Jersey Highway Traffic Safety Act of 1987," P.L.1987, c.284 (C.27:5F-18 et seq.);

    c.    prohibit the administration of an epinephrine auto-injector device by a person acting pursuant to a lawful prescription; or

    d.    prevent a licensed and qualified member of a health care profession from administering an epinephrine auto-injector device if the duties are consistent with the accepted standards of the member's profession.


    9.    Section 4 of P.L.1992, c.143 (C.26:2K-57) is amended to read as follows:


C.26:2K-57 Reimbursement of certified agency, organization, entity.

    4.    The commissioner, in accordance with recommendations adopted by the council, and within the limits of those monies in the fund, shall annually reimburse any private agency, organization or entity which is certified by the commissioner to provide training and testing for volunteer ambulance, first aid and rescue squad personnel who are seeking emergency medical technician-ambulance, or EMT-A, or emergency medical technician-defibrillation, or EMT-D, certification or recertification, or an entity which provides an educational program in the administration of epinephrine auto-injector devices that is approved by the commissioner pursuant to P.L.2003, c.1 (C.26:2K-47.1 et al.), and for which that entity is not otherwise reimbursed.

    The priority for reimbursement from the fund to an agency, organization or entity for training and testing of volunteer ambulance, first aid and rescue squad personnel shall be in the following order: EMT-A certification, EMT-A recertification, EMT-D certification, EMT-D recertification and certification to administer epinephrine auto-injector devices pursuant to P.L.2003, c.1 (C.26:2K-47.1 et al.).


C.26:2K-47.9 Rules, regulations.

    10. Pursuant to the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.), the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services shall adopt rules and regulations to effectuate the purposes of this act, including medical protocols for the administration of epinephrine auto-injector devices, in consultation with the State mobil intensive care advisory council and the New Jersey State First Aid Council, Inc. The rules and regulations shall address age appropriateness in the administration of epinephrine.


    11. This act shall take effect on the 120th day after enactment, but the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services may take such anticipatory administrative action in advance as shall be necessary for the implementation of the act.


    Approved January 27, 2003.