Date Published

April 24, 2012

Updated For

ALS PCS Version ALS PCS Version 5.2


Question: In a PCP crew with one of those PCP IV certified, should the PCP IV attend on all VSA's? All chest pains with nitro use? It's just that the IV directive is very vague and leaves it very open to interpretation. Thanks in advance!


 Both paramedics present on a scene are responsible for the care of the patient. Base Hospital will audit the calls based on the skill set and scope of practice available to be provided to the patient. Treating paramedics may decide to have IV certified paramedics attend calls where their skills would most likely be required, rather than pulling the vehicle over and making a change enroute which would result in a delay in care. The goal is always to optimally match skills, scope, and patient need.



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