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                         SENATE BILL 5835



State of Washington      57th Legislature     2001 Regular Session


By Senators Finkbeiner, Thibaudeau, Winsley, McAuliffe, Costa, Honeyford, McCaslin, Kohl‑Welles, Prentice, Kline, Benton and Oke


Read first time 02/05/2001.  Referred to Committee on Health & Long‑Term Care.

Removing the expiration date on emergency administration of epinephrine.

    AN ACT Relating to the emergency administration of epinephrine; and amending RCW 18.73.250.




    Sec. 1.  RCW 18.73.250 and 1999 c 337 s 4 are each amended to read as follows:

    (1) All of the state's ambulance and aid services shall make epinephrine available to their emergency medical technicians in their emergency care supplies.  The emergency medical technician may administer epinephrine to a patient of any age upon the presentation of evidence of a prescription for epinephrine or to a patient under eighteen years of age:

    (a) Upon the request of the patient or his or her parent or guardian; or

    (b) Upon the request of a person who presents written authorization from the patient or his or her parent or guardian making such a request.

    (2) Any emergency medical technician, emergency medical service, or medical program director acting in good faith and in compliance with the provisions of this section shall not be liable for any civil damages arising out of the furnishing or administration of epinephrine.

    (3) Nothing in this section authorizes the administration of epinephrine by a first responder.

    (((4) This section shall expire December 31, 2001.))


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