This year at the capitol there are a total of ten bills dealing with Emergency Medical Services (EMS). Everything from funding to opioid antagonists. Bills deal with the emergency medical personal death benefit, education, ambulance districts, transparency, stretcher aid vans, officers and deputies, training and civil liability and two shell bills, EMS dispatch and rural EMS funding.
most important bill this year is the Ambulance Service Districts Act.
It would give rural areas the ability to combine funding and form a
regional ambulance district. With the state budget at a shortfall and
more cuts coming, any help for the state looks far way. Rural
Oklahoma has to have options to use what EMS dollars are available.
The EMS Survival Act has state-supported funding, but will find a
very hard time this year.
education reform that calls for a standard in EMS advanced programs
is in the EMS Survival Act so it will also find it hard this year.
bills dealing with the emergency medical personal death benefit. They
would incense the benefit amount to ten thousand dollars and dedicate
interest from the fund be put back into the fund. Emergency medical
personal pay for the benefit each time they renew licenses and by
buying a EMT tag.
most interesting bill is one that would keep everything a EMS service
does closed for review by the public. When reading the definition of
medical control this could be an outcome. Transparency questions with
follow this bill. Stretcher aid vans and how they work are also
addressed in this bill.
bill would shield only ambulance authorities and employees from
liability for any act by omission or committed while in training
for, or in the rendering of life support services.
that would allow, county officers and deputies to serve as an
Emergency Medical Technicians and a first-responders ability to
administer opioid antagonists, rounds out the list. Along with two
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