Delay of Implementation of 2017 Patient Treatment Protocols

To:                       All Regional EMS Providers and Agency Leaders

From:                  Asher Brand, Regional Medical Director

Date:                   July 24, 2017

Reissued:           July 25, 2017

Subject:              Delay of Implementation of 2017 Pre-hospital Standard Patient Treatment Protocols

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Earlier today, at a meeting of the Medical Control Review Committee meeting, it was determined that the implementation of the 2017 Pre-hospital Standard Patient Treatment Protocols will be delayed.

The new effective date for the implementation of the 2017 Pre-hospital Standard Patient Treatment Protocols is Nov 1, 2017.  Further guidance will be provided by Council staff in the near future.

The protocolupdate on the CSEMS Learning Hub is being revised.  Until the revision is complete, the program will not be available on Learning Hub.   Providers who have completed the existing update will not be required to re-take the new protocol-update.

KETAMINE is not authorized outside of the pain protocol that currently exists.  Clarification: Ketamine in dissociative doses will not be authorized in the new protocols.  Agency Medical Directors can, in concert with individual agencies, develop such protocols.

Please ensure that agency leadership reinforces this information with staff and volunteers.

Thank you.