Regulatory Change Notification from OEMS
Effective November 24, 2014, the Virginia EMS Regulations will change to reflect the changes in the BOP regulations and to remove the requirement of a practitioners signature for any drug administration, patient assist medications or invasive therapy. Provision of patient care documentation (12VAC5-31-1140) will state in part:
“EMS personnel and EMS agencies shall provide the receiving medical facility or transporting EMS agency with a copy of the prehospital patient care report for each patient treated at the time of patient transfer. Should EMS personnel be unable to provide the full prehospital patient care report at the time of patient transfer, EMS personnel shall provide an abbreviated documented report with the critical EMS findings and actions at the time of patient transfer and the full prehospital patient care report shall be provided to the accepting facility within 12 hours.”
All EMS agencies are encouraged to submit a copy of their agency protocols signed by their agency operational medical director (OMD) to pharmacies frequently used to restock drug kits in anticipation of this regulatory change.
In conclusion, effective November 24, 2014, there is no longer a requirement to obtain a practitioners signature for any drug administration, invasive procedure or patient assist medication. The Virginia EMS Regulations 12VAC5-31 will be updated on November 24, 2014 to reflect the changes (http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/OEMS/Agency/RegCompliance/Regulations.htm).
For more information, please see the full memo (below) from Mr. Michael Berg, Manager of Regulation and Compliance.
2014 OEMS Signature Removal Memo
If there are additional questions to this memorandum, please contact your area EMS Program Representative or Mr. Michael D. Berg, Regulation and Compliance manager, Virginia Office of EMS at 1-800-523-6019 (toll free in Virginia), 804-888-9131 (direct) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.