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Title XII PUBLIC HEALTH AND WELFARE

Chapter 190

Effective - 28 Aug 2017, 4 histories, see footnote (history) bottom

  190.103.  Regional EMS medical director, powers, duties — considered public official, when — online telecommunication medical direction permitted — treatment protocols for special needs patients. — 1.  One physician with expertise in emergency medical services from each of the EMS regions shall be elected by that region's EMS medical directors to serve as a regional EMS medical director.  The regional EMS medical directors shall constitute the state EMS medical director's advisory committee and shall advise the department and their region's ambulance services on matters relating to medical control and medical direction in accordance with sections 190.001 to 190.245 and rules adopted by the department pursuant to sections 190.001 to 190.245.  The regional EMS medical director shall serve a term of four years.  The southwest, northwest, and Kansas City regional EMS medical directors shall be elected to an initial two-year term.  The central, east central, and southeast regional EMS medical directors shall be elected to an initial four-year term.  All subsequent terms following the initial terms shall be four years.  The state EMS medical director shall be the chair of the state EMS medical director's advisory committee.

  2.  A medical director is required for all ambulance services and emergency medical response agencies that provide:  advanced life support services; basic life support services utilizing medications or providing assistance with patients' medications; or basic life support services performing invasive procedures including invasive airway procedures.  The medical director shall provide medical direction to these services and agencies in these instances.

  3.  The medical director, in cooperation with the ambulance service or emergency medical response agency administrator, shall have the responsibility and the authority to ensure that the personnel working under their supervision are able to provide care meeting established standards of care with consideration for state and national standards as well as local area needs and resources.  The medical director, in cooperation with the ambulance service or emergency medical response agency administrator, shall establish and develop triage, treatment and transport protocols, which may include authorization for standing orders.

  4.  All ambulance services and emergency medical response agencies that are required to have a medical director shall establish an agreement between the service or agency and their medical director.  The agreement will include the roles, responsibilities and authority of the medical director beyond what is granted in accordance with sections 190.001 to 190.245 and rules adopted by the department pursuant to sections 190.001 to 190.245.  The agreement shall also include grievance procedures regarding the emergency medical response agency or ambulance service, personnel and the medical director.

  5.  Regional EMS medical directors elected as provided under subsection 1 of this section shall be considered public officials for purposes of sovereign immunity, official immunity, and the Missouri public duty doctrine defenses.

  6.  The state EMS medical director's advisory committee shall be considered a peer review committee under section 537.035.

  7.  Regional EMS medical directors may act to provide online telecommunication medical direction to EMT-Bs, EMT-Is, EMT-Ps, and community paramedics and provide offline medical direction per standardized treatment, triage, and transport protocols when EMS personnel, including EMT-Bs, EMT-Is, EMT-Ps, and community paramedics, are providing care to special needs patients or at the request of a local EMS agency or medical director.

  8.  When developing treatment protocols for special needs patients, regional EMS medical directors may promulgate such protocols on a regional basis across multiple political subdivisions' jurisdictional boundaries, and such protocols may be used by multiple agencies including, but not limited to, ambulance services, emergency response agencies, and public health departments.  Treatment protocols shall include steps to ensure the receiving hospital is informed of the pending arrival of the special needs patient, the condition of the patient, and the treatment instituted.

  9.  Multiple EMS agencies including, but not limited to, ambulance services, emergency response agencies, and public health departments shall take necessary steps to follow the regional EMS protocols established as provided under subsection 8 of this section in cases of mass casualty or state-declared disaster incidents.

  10.  When regional EMS medical directors develop and implement treatment protocols for patients or provide online medical direction for patients, such activity shall not be construed as having usurped local medical direction authority in any manner.

  11.  Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, when regional EMS medical directors are providing either online telecommunication medical direction to EMT-Bs, EMT-Is, EMT-Ps, and community paramedics, or offline medical direction per standardized EMS treatment, triage, and transport protocols for patients, those medical directions or treatment protocols may include the administration of the patient's own prescription medications.

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(L. 1998 S.B. 743, A.L. 2016 S.B. 732, A.L. 2017 S.B. 503)


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