The NY State Emergency Medical Advisory Committee (SEMAC) passed a resolution requiring that ALL advanced life support (Paramedic and/or EMT- Critical Care) EMS agencies must be licensed to possess and administer controlled substance (CS) medications.
(PRWEB) October 25, 2013
Memphis, TN: Earlier this month, the New York State Volunteer Ambulance and Rescue Association (NYSVARA) posted the new requirements. Here are the highlights of the recent NYSVARA regulations:
- The affected EMS services, must apply for and be granted the pre-hospital 03C controlled substance license before May 1, 2015.
- If an agency does not obtain the license and have the ability to provide these medications to patients, the Regional Emergency Medical Advisory Committee (REMAC) will have to remove their authorization at the ALS level.
- Any EMS agency seeking to become ALS from now forward will have to hold a 03C license in order to be approved by their REMAC at the advanced level.
- The Regional EMS Program Agencies and the DOH Bureau of EMS are committed to working with the agencies to assist in any way possible.
Affects approximately 265 ambulance and ALS first response services statewide
Based on our data, this affects approximately 265 ambulance and ALS first response services statewide. SEMAC feels that controlled substance medications are a necessary part of pre-hospital care in New York State and a standard of care. While it is recognized that this will be an added responsibility for many agencies, the ability to administer CS medication to patients is necessary and proper.
Read the entire press release http://www.prweb.com/releases/ny/ambulance/prweb11271826.htm