2019 Alaska Statutes
Title 18. Health, Safety, Housing, Human Rights, and Public Defender
Chapter 08. Emergency Medical Services
Sec. 18.08.200. Definitions.

Universal Citation: AK Stat § 18.08.200 (2019)

In this chapter,

(1) “advanced life support” means emergency care techniques provided under the written or oral orders of a physician that include manual electric cardiac defibrillation, administration of antiarrhythmic agents, intravenous therapy, intramuscular therapy, or use of endotracheal intubation devices;

(2) “ambulance” means any publicly or privately owned means of conveyance intended to be used and maintained or operated for the transportation of persons who are sick, injured, wounded, or otherwise helpless;

(3) “commissioner” means the commissioner of health and social services;

(4) “consumer of emergency medical services” means a person who is not a provider of emergency medical services as defined in this section;

(5) “department” means the Department of Health and Social Services;

(6) “emergency medical care” means the services utilized in responding to the perceived individual needs for immediate medical care in order to prevent loss of life or aggravation of physiological or psychological illness or injury;

(7) “emergency medical dispatcher” means a trained public safety telecommunicator with additional training and specific emergency medical knowledge essential for the efficient management of emergency medical communications;

(8) “emergency medical service” means the provision of emergency medical care and transportation of the sick and injured;

(9) “emergency medical services system” means a system that provides for the arrangement of personnel, facilities, and equipment for the effective and coordinated delivery of health care services, including trauma care, under emergency conditions, occurring either as a result of the patient's condition or of natural disasters or similar situations, and that is administered by a statewide network that has the authority and resources to provide effective administration of the system;

(10) “emergency medical technician” means a person trained in emergency medical care and certified in accordance with the regulations prescribed under AS 18.08.080;

(11) “paramedic training program” means a training program prescribed in regulations of the department that includes classroom, clinical, and field internship components designed to provide an individual with the knowledge and skills necessary to function as a mobile intensive care paramedic;

(12) “provider of emergency medical services” means a person whose occupation or profession is, or has been, the delivery or administration of emergency medical services; a person who has a fiduciary position with, or has a fiduciary interest in, a health activity, facility or other health agency, or a legal or financial interest in the rendering of any component of emergency medical services; and

(13) “trauma care” includes injury prevention, triage, prehospital care, hospital care, and rehabilitative services for major single system or multisystem injuries that require immediate medical or surgical intervention or treatment to prevent death or permanent disability.

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