The protocols will be in effect starting 1 September 2020. All EMS providers are required to complete the protocol update course or courses prior to this date. Once this training is complete, the EMS Agency Medical Director may authorize the use of these protocols prior to 1 September 2020. As a reminder, protocol updates are considered a “core” element for recognition for every PA certified EMS provider within their certification period.
Please note that there protocols will be in effect starting November 1, 2021. All providers are required to complete the protocol update course(s) prior to this date. Once this training is complete, the EMS Agency Medical Director may authorize the use of these protocols prior to November.
Additionally, ALL EMS PROVIDERS will also need to complete the 2021 Traumatic Brain Injury Protocol Update Course.
To assist providers in becoming familiar with the changes to the protocols, a continuing education presentation will be available to regions and agencies. This update will be available for in-person presentations, or the course can be completed on the PA TRAIN website.
EMS Providers are permitted to perform patient care, within their defined scope of practice, when following the appropriate protocol(s) or when following the orders of a medical command physician. Each EMS provider is responsible for being knowledgeable regarding current state-approved protocols so that he/she may provide the safest, highest quality, and most effective care to patients.