Re: Public Health—Emergency Medical Services—Paramedics; Authorized Activities
Under K.S.A. 2014 Supp. 65-6119, paramedics are not strictly limited to working at the scene of a response or in an ambulance during patient transport. During emergencies, subsection (d)(3) of the statute allows paramedics to perform activities specifically authorized by medical protocols, even in hospital settings. Subsection (d)(2), which authorizes a paramedic to perform medical tasks while in voice contact with a physician or certain other health care professionals authorized by a physician, is not limited to emergency situations. To the extent Attorney General Opinion No. 90-134 reached a different conclusion, that opinion is withdrawn.
A physician may delegate medical tasks to an emergency medical services (EMS) attendant beyond those tasks specifically authorized in the EMS Act as long as the attendant is competent to perform the tasks, the delegation does not violate any other statute or regulation, and the other criteria for delegation specified in K.S.A. 2014 Supp. 65-28,127 are met. Cited herein: K.S.A. 2014 Supp 65-28,127; 65-6119. Read the entire opinion here regarding scope of practice.
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