ORS 676.551¹
Needlestick injury
  • blood draw of patient
  • test results
  • rules

(1) As used in this section:

(a) “Health care practitioner” means a person who provides medical care in an emergency setting and who is:

(A) An emergency medical services provider licensed under ORS chapter 682;

(B) A physician licensed under ORS chapter 677; or

(C) A nurse licensed under ORS 678.010 (Definitions for ORS 678.010 to 678.410) to 678.410 (Fees).

(b) “Needlestick injury” means a wound caused by a needle puncturing the skin.

(2) Notwithstanding ORS 431A.570 (Significant exposure to bodily fluids), a health care practitioner who receives a needlestick injury during the treatment of a patient who is unconscious or otherwise unable to consent may, in compliance with this section, perform a blood draw on the patient for the purpose of testing the blood to determine whether the health care practitioner needs to begin immediate post-exposure prophylactic treatment that may include the administration of medications to the health care practitioner.

(3) A blood draw described in subsection (2) of this section may be performed if:

(a) The patient is not expected to regain consciousness or the ability to consent in the amount of time necessary for the health care practitioner to receive appropriate medical treatment;

(b) There is no other person immediately available who is able to consent on behalf of the patient; and

(c) The health care practitioner will benefit medically from knowing the results of a test described under subsection (2) of this section.

(4) A test performed under this section must be anonymous.

(5) The patient, or patient’s legal guardian, must be informed of the blood draw and the test results.

(6) The results of a test described in subsection (2) of this section may not be:

(a) Made available to law enforcement agencies;

(b) Made available to any person other than the health care practitioner, the individual who performs the test and the patient or the patient’s legal guardian; or

(c) Included in the medical record of the health care practitioner or the patient.

(7) The patient, or the patient’s health insurer, may not be charged for the cost of performing a test under this section.

(8) The Oregon Health Authority may adopt rules to carry out this section. [2019 c.476 §1]

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 676—Health Professions Generally, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors676.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
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