What is the EMS Scope of Practice Model?
The National EMS Scope of Practice Model is a work product commissioned by the NHTSA as a continuation of the commitment of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to the implementation of the EMS Agenda for the Future ("EMS Agenda"). The model defines the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve competency for each level of EMS clinician.
Image from: 2019 National EMS Scope of Practice Model PDF
The model is the minimum for EMS provider skills, knowledge and procedures. States can add to the scope of practice if needed. An individual may only perform a skill or role for which that person is:
- Education - has been trained to perform the skill or role
- Certified - has demonstrated competence in the skill or role
- Licensed - has legal authority issued by the State to perform the skill or role
- Credentialized - has been authorized by medical director to perform the skill or role
Changes to the Model
The National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) and the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) launched an initiative to revise the 2007 National EMS Scope of Practice Model. The image below highlights the major revisions to the 2019 EMS Scope of Practices model.
Images from EMS Focus by EMS.gov
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EMS Scope of Practice Model & Mobile Telemedicine
Although it is practiced by each state, states can add to the model so they may operate in the way that works for them regarding new programs, training, and reporting. This shows that no team works the same, and finding a highly configurable solution designed to fit the state's scope of needs is essential for overall quality of patient care.
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