REFERENCE TITLE: health facilities; resuscitation; emergency care





State of Arizona

House of Representatives

Fifty-fourth Legislature

Second Regular Session





HB 2260


Introduced by

Representative Kern





Amending title 36, chapter 4, article 1, Arizona Revised Statutes, by adding section 36‑420; relating to health care institutions.





Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:

Section 1.  Title 36, chapter 4, article 1, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended by adding section 36-420, to read:

START_STATUTE36-420.  Health care institutions; duty to care for residents; requirements; prohibition

A.  Skilled nursing facilities, assisted living centers, assisted living facilities, assisted living homes, adult foster care homes, group homes, residential care institutions and other similar health care institutions as prescribed in rule by the department and their respective employees, agents and assigns have an affirmative duty to care for their residents.

B.  Facilities prescribed in subsection A of this section:

1.  Shall provide basic life support, including initiating immediate resuscitation, before the arrival of emergency medical services to a resident who experiences cardiac arrest or any other cessation of respirations in accordance with that resident's advance directives or in the absence of advance directives or a do‑not‑resuscitate order for that resident. Facility staff who are certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation shall be available at the facility at all times.

2.  Shall provide recovery assistance to noninjured residents who have fallen and are unable to reasonably recover themselves independently. Facility staff who are certified in fall recovery shall be available at the facility at all times.

3.  May not establish or implement policies that prevent employees from providing immediate resuscitation, emergency care or fall recovery assistance to their patients or residents. END_STATUTE