Effective February 1, 2011, health care facilities and emergency medical assistants are required to notify local police when an individual presents for treatment of a gunshot or stab wound.
All gunshot wounds are required to be disclosed regardless of origin. The reporting of stab wounds is limited to those not reasonably believed to be accidental or self-inflicted.
This new legislation will enhance public safety by increasing the consistency of reporting these violent injuries, thereby enabling police more timely responses to potentially high risk incidents involving firearms or knives.
Any policy or procedures developed regarding the mandatory disclosure of certain information relating to a gunshot or stab wound should be consistent with the requirements of the Gunshot and Stab Wound Disclosure Act.
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