[321‑33] Shaken baby syndrome. (a) Any hospital that provides medical care to a newborn may provide each parent of the newborn with written educational information approved by the department of health and provided by nonprofit organizations about the dangerous effects of shaken baby syndrome and the different methods of preventing shaken baby syndrome.

(b) For the purpose of this section:

"Hospital" includes:

(1) An institution with an organized medical staff, regulated under section 321‑11(10), that admits patients for inpatient care, diagnosis, observation, and treatment; and

(2) A health facility under chapter 323F.

"Medical care" means every type of care, treatment, surgery, hospitalization, attendance, service, and supplies as the nature of the injury or condition requires.

"Parent" includes a biological mother or father, foster mother or foster father, adoptive mother or adoptive father, and stepmother or stepfather.

"Shaken baby syndrome" means an injury caused by the vigorous shaking of an infant or young child that may result in injuries such as subdural [hematoma], head injury, irreversible brain damage, blindness, retinal hemorrhage, eye damage, cerebral palsy, hearing loss, spinal cord injury, paralysis, seizures, learning disability, central nervous system injury, rib fracture, or death. [L 2007, c 216, 2]



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