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§ 14-505. Burn injuries; notification requirement

West's Annotated Code of MarylandHealth Occupations

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Health Occupations (Refs & Annos)
Title 14. Physicians (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 5. Miscellaneous Provisions (Refs & Annos)
MD Code, Health Occupations, § 14-505
§ 14-505. Burn injuries; notification requirement
Burn injury; notification
(a)(1) A licensed physician or registered nurse who is primarily responsible for the treatment of an individual for a burn injury described in paragraph (2) of this subsection shall as soon as practicable notify the county fire chief or administrator, or designee, or, if neither office exists, the State Fire Marshal or designee. If treatment occurs at a hospital, the treating physician or designee shall be responsible for giving the notice required by this section.
(2) The provisions of paragraph (1) of this subsection apply to a burn injury:
(i) Causing 2nd or 3rd degree burns to 5 percent or more of the patient's body;
(ii) To the upper respiratory tract or laryngeal edema caused by inhaling super-heated air;
(iii) Which causes death; or
(iv) Which is likely to cause death.
(3) The provisions of paragraph (1) of this subsection do not apply to a sunburn.
(b) Notice under this section shall include:
(1) The name and address of the patient, if known;
(2) A description of the burn injury;
(3) The reported cause of the burn injury, if given;
(4) The patient's prognosis; and
(5) Any other fact concerning the burn injury which might assist in detecting arson.
Investigation and report
(c) If an investigation is conducted after notification is given under subsection (a) of this section, the investigating agency shall report its findings on an incident reporting system report and send it to the State Fire Marshal's office for retention.


Added as Health Occupations § 14-606 by Acts 1986, c. 667, § 1, eff. July 1, 1986. Renumbered as Health Occupations § 14-508 by Acts 1990, c. 6, § 11, eff. Feb. 16, 1990. Renumbered as Health Occupations § 14-505 by Acts 2002, c. 158, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2002.
MD Code, Health Occupations, § 14-505, MD HEALTH OCCUP § 14-505
Current through legislation effective through May 9, 2024, from the 2024 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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