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Emergency Law Inventory | Full Law Text

Law Number

Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. 41.507

Summary Title

Liability: Volunteer Emergency Medical Dispatcher or Medical Director

Summary

A volunteer emergency medical dispatcher, who, in good faith, complies with approved protocols while using a medical priority dispatch system and lives in a county with a population less than 100,000, will not be held legally responsible for acting or for failing to act. They can be held legally responsible if acting with extreme carelessness or intent to cause harm. Similarly, a medical director, who, in good faith compliance with approved protocols and who lives in a county with a population less than 100,000, will not be held legally responsible for acting or for failing to act for the use of the medical priority dispatch system. They can be held legally responsible if acting with extreme carelessness or intent to cause harm.

Full Title

Volunteer emergency medical dispatchers and volunteer medical directors of agencies which employ emergency medical dispatchers

Full Text

1. In a county whose population is less than 100,000, a volunteer emergency medical dispatcher is immune from civil liability for damages sustained as a result of any act or omission by the dispatcher in the use of a medical priority dispatch system, if: (a) The dispatcher has, in good faith, followed the protocols of such a system to establish the priority of calls for medical help or to provide preliminary instructions to a person calling for such help; (b) The protocols for the system have been approved by the medical director of the local emergency medical service; and (c) The act or omission of the dispatcher does not amount to gross negligence or willful misconduct. 2. In a county whose population is less than 100,000, a volunteer medical director of a public or private agency, including a health facility, which employs an emergency medical dispatcher is immune from civil liability for damages sustained as a result of any act or omission by the agency if: (a) The agency uses a medical priority dispatch system; (b) The agency maintains a quality assurance program for that system; and (c) The act or omission of the agency does not amount to gross negligence or willful misconduct. 3. As used in this section: (a) “Emergency medical dispatcher” has the meaning ascribed to it in NRS 450B.063. (b) “Health facility” has the meaning ascribed to it in NRS 439A.015.