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Article - Estates and Trusts


    (a)    The following persons shall make a reasonable search of an individual who the person reasonably believes is dead or whose death is imminent for a document of gift or any other information identifying the individual as a donor or as an individual who made a refusal:

        (1)    A law enforcement officer, firefighter, paramedic, or any other emergency rescuer finding the individual; and

        (2)    If no other source of the information is immediately available, a hospital, as soon as practical after the individual’s arrival at the hospital.

    (b)    If a document of gift or a refusal to make an anatomical gift is located by the search required under subsection (a)(1) of this section and the individual or deceased individual to whom it relates is taken to a hospital, the person responsible for conducting the search shall send the document of gift or refusal to the hospital.

    (c)    A person is not subject to criminal or civil liability for failing to discharge the duties imposed by this section but may be subject to administrative sanctions.