New Jersey Volunteer EMS personnel might finally get the same scope of practice as the career people. Currently any trained EMS crews that are first-responders are limited in what they can perform and have to wait for a paramedic crew for basic procedures, like checking the blood glucose level.
Sounds like overkill, waiting for another ambulance coming from farther away to assess the patient with non-invasive procedures. The article goes on to say:
But as anyone involved in emergency-medical services in New Jersey will readily admit, there’s no way to tell how effectively the system is working. Response times, quality of care, and other key statistics used in almost every other part of the country to track EMS are often not reported here, said Assistant Health Commissioner David Gruber.
Should volunteer EMTs, who work day jobs and have limited free time, be held to the same training standards as the career EMTs who work out of firehouses? Should response-time standards be universal, or vary depending on whether the call is in an urban or a rural area?
Why are we still having this issue in our country? Anyone who has taken an EMT class should be held to the same standard as a career EMT. They are all trained to the same level and they should all be allowed to care for the patient with the same scope of practice.
Response times are a sore subject. Most standardized response time requirements have little effect with patient outcome and are based on archaic ideals like the “Golden Hour of trauma”. Read the full story from Philly.com below.