POSTED: February 24th, 2018
POSTED IN: EMS, Legislative Updates,
SB 870 was voted out of the Senate Local Government Committee, and HB1919 was heard in the House Feb 13th at noon in HR6. Under this act, emergency medical technicians and paramedics shall only perform medical procedures as directed by treatment protocols approved by the regional medical director or as authorized through direct communication with online medical control. Basically, these bills prevent EMS providers from being forced to draw blood for police in the field. This was particularly a problem when EMT’s where caught in the middle as this was likely outside of their scope of practice and not approved by their medical director.