Updates Released for EMR and EMT National EMS Scope of Practice Model

Updates Released for EMR and EMT National EMS Scope of Practice Model

Fri, Dec 1, 2017

Effective November 1, 2017, the administration of narcotic antagonists, application of tourniquets, and use of wound packing have been added to the Emergency Medical Responder and Emergency Medical Technician licensure levels in the National EMS Scope of Practice Model. The changes are available on EMS.gov. This emergent update comes in the midst of a two-year collaboration between the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Office of EMS and the National Association of EMS Officials (NASEMSO) to revise the National EMS Scope of Practice Model. 

“These changes reflect the ability of EMS personnel at all levels to deliver evidence-based, life-saving care to members of their communities,” said Jon Krohmer, MD, director of the NHTSA Office of EMS. “The work of NASEMSO, the project leaders and all the stakeholders who participated in the process will advance EMS systems across the country.”

As part of the revision of the National EMS Scope of Practice Model, NHTSA asked NASEMSO to develop a rapid process for emergent changes to the model. Following a deliberative process informed by peer-reviewed literature and data from the National EMS Information System (NEMSIS), NASEMSO and the project’s subject matter expert panel used this new evidence and data to develop these emergency changes on narcotic antagonists and hemorrhage control.