As used in this chapter, unless the context requires otherwise:
(1) “Ambulance” or “ambulance vehicle” means any privately or publicly owned motor vehicle, aircraft or watercraft that is regularly provided or offered to be provided for the emergency transportation of persons who are ill or injured or who have disabilities.
(2) “Ambulance service” means any person, governmental unit, corporation, partnership, sole proprietorship or other entity that operates ambulances and that holds itself out as providing prehospital care or medical transportation to persons who are ill or injured or who have disabilities.
(3) “Board” means the Oregon Medical Board.
(4) “Department” means the Department of Human Services.
(5) “Emergency care” means the performance of acts or procedures under emergency conditions in the observation, care and counsel of persons who are ill or injured or who have disabilities; in the administration of care or medications as prescribed by a licensed physician, insofar as any of these acts is based upon knowledge and application of the principles of biological, physical and social science as required by a completed course utilizing an approved curriculum in prehospital emergency care. However, “emergency care” does not include acts of medical diagnosis or prescription of therapeutic or corrective measures.
(6) “Emergency medical technician” or “EMT” means a person who has received formal training in prehospital and emergency care, and is state certified to attend any person who is ill or injured or who has a disability. Police officers, firefighters, funeral home employees and other personnel serving in a dual capacity one of which meets the definition of “emergency medical technician” are “emergency medical technicians” within the meaning of this chapter.
(7) “First responder” means a person who has successfully completed a first responder training course approved by the department and:
(a) Has been examined and certified as a first responder by an authorized representative of the department to perform basic emergency and nonemergency care procedures; or
(b) Has been otherwise designated as a first responder by an authorized representative of the department to perform basic emergency and nonemergency care procedures.
(8) “Fraud or deception” means the intentional misrepresentation or misstatement of a material fact, concealment of or failure to make known any material fact, or any other means by which misinformation or false impression knowingly is given.
(9) “Governmental unit” means the state or any county, municipality or other political subdivision or any department, board or other agency of any of them.
(10) “Highway” means every public way, thoroughfare and place, including bridges, viaducts and other structures within the boundaries of this state, used or intended for the use of the general public for vehicles.
(11) “Nonemergency care” means the performance of acts or procedures on a patient who is not expected to die, become permanently disabled or suffer permanent harm within the next 24 hours, including but not limited to observation, care and counsel of a patient and the administration of medications prescribed by a physician licensed under ORS chapter 677, insofar as any of those acts are based upon knowledge and application of the principles of biological, physical and social science and are performed in accordance with scope of practice rules adopted by the Oregon Medical Board in the course of providing prehospital care as defined by this section.
(12) “Owner” means the person having all the incidents of ownership in an ambulance service or an ambulance vehicle or where the incidents of ownership are in different persons, the person, other than a security interest holder or lessor, entitled to the possession of an ambulance vehicle or operation of an ambulance service under a security agreement or a lease for a term of 10 or more successive days.
(13) “Patient” means a person who is ill or injured or who has a disability and who is transported in an ambulance.
(14) “Person” means any individual, corporation, association, firm, partnership, joint stock company, group of individuals acting together for a common purpose or organization of any kind and includes any receiver, trustee, assignee or other similar representative thereof.
(15) “Prehospital care” means that care rendered by emergency medical technicians as an incident of the operation of an ambulance as defined by this chapter and that care rendered by emergency medical technicians as incidents of other public or private safety duties, and includes, but is not limited to, “emergency care” as defined by this section.
(16) “Scope of practice” means the maximum level of emergency or nonemergency care that an emergency medical technician may provide.
(17) “Standing orders” means the written protocols that an emergency medical technician follows to treat patients when direct contact with a physician is not maintained.
(18) “Supervising physician” means a medical or osteopathic physician licensed under ORS chapter 677, actively registered and in good standing with the board, who provides direction of emergency or nonemergency care provided by emergency medical technicians.
(19) “Unprofessional conduct” means conduct unbecoming a person certified in emergency care, or detrimental to the best interests of the public and includes:
(a) Any conduct or practice contrary to recognized standards of ethics of the medical profession or any conduct or practice which does or might constitute a danger to the health or safety of a patient or the public or any conduct, practice or condition which does or might impair an emergency medical technician’s ability safely and skillfully to practice emergency or nonemergency care;
(b) Willful performance of any medical treatment which is contrary to acceptable medical standards; and
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