(PRWEB) June 30, 2014
Memphis, TN: The NY State Emergency Medical Advisory Committee (SEMAC) passed a resolution requiring that ALL advanced life support (Paramedic and/or EMT- Critical Care) EMS agencies must be licensed to possess and administer controlled substance medications. The license must be applied for and granted before May 1, 2015. However, some regions have earlier deadlines for obtaining the license.
Last month Lakeshore Volunteer Ambulance laid off eight employees and is now prohibited from providing Advanced Life Support (ALS). Lakeshore Ambulance, which serves the towns of Wolcott, Butler, Victory, and Huron, missed a June 1 deadline for being licensed to possess and administer narcotics. The local Regional Emergency Medical Advisory Committee (REMAC), which grants permission in the region for ALS, had the June 1, 2014 deadline for obtaining the license.
The SEMAC Resolution States:
The affected ALS EMS agencies, must apply for and be granted the prehospital 03C controlled substance license before May 1, 2015.
If an agency does not obtain the prehospital controlled substance license and have the ability to provide these medications to patients, the Regional Emergency Medical Advisory Committee (REMAC) will remove the EMS agency's authorization at the ALS level.
Any EMS agency seeking to become a new ALS provider, will have to apply for and hold a 03C license in order to be approved by their REMAC at the advanced level.
Required prehospital controlled substance medications include morphine, regionally endorsed benzodiazepines such as diazepam (Valium®), midazolam (Versed®) and other medications and, with Department approval, fentanyl and ketamine.
The Bureaus of EMS and Narcotic Enforcement (BNE) are working together to insure that that the DOH component of the license application and site review process will be timely.
To ensure receipt of the Controlled Substance license by May 1, 2015, the latest the Department can receive a completed application will be March 1, 2015.
Title 10 NYCRR Part 80.136.g.ii - When the access to the patient compartment of an ambulance is not kept locked at all times or any other response vehicle is used, controlled substances must be secured in a locked box within a locked stationary cabinet under a two lock system
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