Are health care providers required to report blood alcohol levels?
If a blood test is performed in a hospital emergency room on a patient who was involved in a motor vehicle accident and the blood test shows the patients blood alcohol level exceeded the level prohibited by law, the health care provider is required to report that fact to a law enforcement agency having jurisdiction over the area where the accident occurred [23 V.S.A. 1203b]. A penalty up to $500 will be imposed on anyone who fails to report as required by this law. Anyone who makes a report in good faith under this statute will be immune from any civil or criminal liability for making the report.