2005 Connecticut Code - Sec. 19a-279j. Examination, autopsy, liability.

      Sec. 19a-279j. Examination, autopsy, liability. (a) An anatomical gift shall authorize any reasonable examination necessary to assure medical acceptability of the gift for the purposes intended, including, but not limited to, serological and compatibility testing. Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, a procurement organization may access and review the medical record of the potential donor for purposes of assessing donor suitability.

      (b) The provisions of sections 19a-279a to 19a-279l, inclusive, shall be subject to the laws of this state governing autopsies.

      (c) A hospital, physician, surgeon, medical examiner or other person, who acts in accordance with sections 19a-279a to 19a-279l, inclusive, or with the applicable anatomical gift law of another state or attempts in good faith to do so shall not be liable for that act in a civil action or criminal proceeding. Following a signed statement by a donor or the donor card of a donor pursuant to section 14-42 shall be prima facie evidence of a good faith attempt to conform to the donor's intent.

      (d) A person who makes an anatomical gift pursuant to section 19a-279b or 19a-279c and the person's estate shall not be liable for any injury or damage that may result from the making or the use of the anatomical gift.

      (P.A. 88-318, S. 10, 15; P.A. 98-172, S. 2, 4; P.A. 04-122, S. 6.)

      History: P.A. 98-172 amended Subsec. (c) providing that following a signed statement by a donor or the donor card of a donor is prima facie evidence of a good faith attempt to conform to donor's intent; P.A. 04-122 amended Subsec. (a) by specifically authorizing serological and compatibility testing, and allowing access and review of medical records of donor by procurement organization.

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