Medical Direction Required
First responders and EMTs are required to practice under the direction of
an EMS medical director. The trained individual must apply
for local credentialing from each EMS
provider with which they are affiliated.
is a term being used nationally. The National Highway Traffic Safety
EMS Scope of Practice Model (exit DHS) states that "credentialing
is a local process by which an individual is permitted by a specific
entity (the medical director) to practice in a specific setting (with an
EMS agency or organization)." While EMS personnel will be
state licensed, they must be locally credentialed with an EMS
agency/organization in order to practice.
advanced skills may only be performed under medical direction (approved
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May 14, 2012