Breathalyzer Usage for Medical Purposes Policy
The purpose of this
policy is to establish the criteria and procedures for maintaining the
breathalyzer, administering breathalyzer tests, and reporting usage.
The administration of
breathalyzer tests is intended for use by authorized College personnel for
medical treatment considerations and is NOT intended for the use by law
enforcement for criminal prosecution.
Breathalyzer tests may be administered when any of the following
circumstances are present:
- If a person is
displaying symptoms of an alcohol overdose, a breath test may be requested for
medical assessment purposes to determine if alcohol is actually present, and if
so, what is the person’s BAC level.
- If a person is
displaying characteristics of being intoxicated and there is reason to believe
that the person may be in danger of reaching an unsafe BAC, a test may be
requested to determine the BAC.
person requested to submit to a breath test may refuse the test. This will be
noted in the incident report.
Medical Treatment: Any person who by way of a breath test has a
BAC of .20% or higher, will be considered at risk for an alcohol overdose and
medical treatment will be required. Persons who meet the criteria for
required medical treatment will be assessed by a trained medical professional
(i.e. EMT, registered nurse, physician, etc.) and an ambulance will be summoned
to transport the person to a local medical facility for treatment. Any person who display symptoms of serious
medical distress and have a BAC of less than .20%, were unable to submit to a
breath test, or refused to submit to a breath test may also be referred for medical
addition to all the information related to an incident, officers will report in
the incident report all relative information related to a request, request
refusal, and usage of a breathalyzer, including the BAC reading.