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      RS 14:34.8     

  

§34.8. Battery of emergency room personnel, emergency services personnel, or a healthcare professional

            A.(1) Battery of emergency room personnel, emergency services personnel, or a healthcare professional is battery committed without the consent of the victim when the offender has reasonable grounds to believe that the victim is emergency room personnel, emergency services personnel, or a healthcare professional acting in the performance of his employment duties.

            (2) The use of force of violence upon the person of emergency room personnel, emergency services personnel, or a healthcare professional by throwing feces, urine, blood, saliva, or any form of human waste by an offender while the offender is transported to or from a medical facility or while being evaluated or treated in a medical facility shall also constitute battery of emergency room personnel, emergency services personnel, or a healthcare professional.

            B. For purposes of this Section:

            (1) "Emergency room personnel" includes a person in a hospital emergency department who, in the course and scope of his employment or as a volunteer, provides services or medical care, or who assists in the providing of services or medical care, for the benefit of the general public during emergency situations. "Emergency room personnel" shall include but not be limited to any healthcare professional, emergency department clerk, emergency department technician, student, and emergency department volunteer working in the hospital emergency department.

            (2) "Emergency services personnel" means any "emergency medical services personnel" as defined by R.S. 40:1075.3 or any "EMS practitioners" as defined by R.S. 40:1131.

            (3) "Healthcare professional" means a person licensed or certified by this state to provide healthcare or professional services as a physician, physician assistant, dentist, registered or licensed practical nurse or certified nurse assistant, advanced practice registered nurse, certified emergency medical technician, paramedic, certified registered nurse anesthetist, nurse practitioner, respiratory therapist, clinical nurse specialist, pharmacist, optometrist, podiatrist, chiropractor, physical therapist, occupational therapist, licensed radiologic technologist, licensed clinical laboratory scientist, licensed professional counselor, certified social worker, or psychologist.

            C.(1) Whoever commits the crime of battery of emergency room personnel, emergency services personnel, or a healthcare professional shall be fined not more than one thousand dollars and imprisoned for not less than fifteen days nor more than six months. At least forty-eight hours of the sentence imposed shall be without benefit of suspension of sentence.

            (2) If the battery produces an injury that requires medical attention, the offender shall be fined not more than five thousand dollars and imprisoned with or without hard labor for not less than one year nor more than five years. At least five days of the sentence imposed shall be without benefit of suspension of sentence.

            Acts 2014, No. 664, §1.



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