Ohio EMS Scope of Practice change effective January 1, 2013: Ohio EMTs can no longer intubate

From the Ohio Division of EMS:

REMINDER Effective January 1, 2013, the new scope of practice went into effect for Ohio certified EMTs (formerly known as EMT-Basic), and Ohio EMTs are no longer able to intubate.

Please see the Ohio Scope of practice at this link:  http://www.publicsafety.ohio.gov/links/ems_scope_practice0312.pdf

Effective January 1, 2013, Ohio EMT’s cannot intubation apneic/pulseless victims.

Beginning January 1, 2013, EMTs can provide extraglottic airway insertion on apneic and pulseless patients, with local medical director approval, training and written protocols.

Please see AIRWAY MANAGEMENT in the Scope of Practice link above and note * at the end of AIRWAY MANAGEMENT section: “*Orotracheal intubation of pulseless and apneic patients will be removed from the Ohio EMS scope of practice for Emergency Medical Technicians effective on January 1, 2013.”

This does not affect Advanced EMTs and Paramedics.

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