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      RS 40:1187.1     



§1187.1. Notification of law enforcement agency prior to discharge of a person issued a summons or arrest warrant and admitted to a hospital

            A. A hospital shall notify the appropriate arresting or investigating law enforcement agency that a doctor has ordered the discharge of a patient from the hospital as soon as reasonably possible after the order has been written, if all of the following conditions exist:

            (1) The law enforcement agency has certified in writing that the patient has been issued a summons or arrest warrant for an offense, but as a result of the need for emergency medical care, the warrant has not been executed prior to admission to the hospital.

            (2) The law enforcement agency has provided the hospital with a written request to be informed upon the discharge of the patient from the hospital.

            (3) The law enforcement agency has provided contact information for use by the hospital in making the notification.

            B. No hospital shall be held civilly liable to any person for failure to comply or to timely comply with the requirements of this Section unless that failure is intentional or due to gross negligence.

            C. As used in this Section, "hospital" means any institution, place, building, or agency, public or private, whether for profit or not, with facilities for the diagnosis, treatment, or care of persons who are suffering from illness, injury, infirmity, or deformity or other physical condition for which obstetrical, medical, or surgical services would be available and appropriate and which operates or is affiliated with facilities for the overnight care, observation, or recovery of those persons.

            Acts 2006, No. 327, §1; Redesignated from R.S. 40:1300.271 by HCR 84 of 2015 R.S.

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