[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Township of North Brunswick as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Article I False Alarm Calls From Health Care Organizations, Providers and Practitioners
[Adopted 3-20-2006 by Ord. No. 06-03]
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- EMERGENCY and EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES (EMS) CARE
- An advanced level of prehospital, interhospital, and emergency service care, which includes basic life support functions, cardiac monitoring, cardiac defibrillation, telemetered electrocardiography, administration of anti-arrhythmic agents, intravenous therapy, administration of specific medications, drugs and solutions, use of adjunctive ventilation devices, trauma care and other techniques and procedures authorized in writing by the Commissioner of the State Department of Health and Senior Services, or as such term is otherwise defined in N.J.S.A. 26:2K-7 et seq., and applicable regulations promulgated by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services.
- HEALTH-CARE FACILITY
- The facility or institution, whether public or private, engaged principally in providing services for health maintenance organizations, diagnosis or treatment of human disease, pain, injury, deformity or physical condition, including, but not limited to, a general hospital, special hospital, mental hospital, public health center, diagnostic center, treatment center, rehabilitation center, extended-care facility, skilled nursing home, intermediate care facility, tuberculosis hospital, chronic disease hospital, maternity hospital, outpatient clinic, dispensary, home health care agency, residential health-care facility and bio-analytical laboratory (except as specifically excluded hereunder) or central services facility serving one or more such institutions but excluding institutions that provide healing solely by prayer and excluding such bioanalytical laboratories as are independently owned and operated, and are not owned, operated, managed or controlled, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, by any one or more health-care facilities, and the predominant source of business of which is not by contract with health-care facilities within the State of New Jersey and which solicit or accept specimens and operate predominantly in interstate commerce.
- HEALTH CARE PRACTITIONER
- A physician, podiatrist, dentist and chiropractor and a nurse employed by a licensed hospital, long-term care facility or assisted living facility in this state.
- PROVIDER OF HEALTH CARE
- An individual who is a direct provider of health care service in that the individual's primary activity is the provision of health care services to individuals or the administration of health care facilities in which such care is provided and, when required by state law, the individual has received professional training in the provision of such services or in such administration and is licensed or certified for such provision or administration.
Health care organizations, providers of health care and health care practitioners may call the appropriate paid or volunteer first aid squad or rescue squad serving the area of the Township in which said nursing home, assisted living facility or health care organization is located in any situation requiring EMS care. Such situations, by way of example, and not by way of limitation, shall include chest pain, difficulty in breathing, sudden loss of consciousness, stroke, diabetic emergency, cardiac arrest or life-threatening hemorrhage.
It shall be a violation of this article for any health care organizations, providers of health care and health care practitioners, or any agent, servant or employee thereof, to cause any such paid or volunteer first aid squad or rescue squad to respond to a false alarm.
The Director of the Department of Public Safety, or his or her designee, shall be the enforcement officer for this article. In this capacity, the Director of the Department of Public Safety or his or her designee, may, from time, promulgate rules and regulations supplementing the article in order to provide for recordkeeping and efficient management.
Any violation of the provisions of this article shall subject the violator to a fine not exceeding $2,000 for each violation. Each day such violation continues and/or each time a paid or volunteer first aid squad or rescue squad is called to a site on a false alarm shall constitute a separate violation.