Paramedics are allowed to supplement nursing care in the ED as long as their practice is in accordance with their scope of practice regulation in their state, the hospital has included their scope of practice in all applicable policies, and they are trained and competent.
Are There Regulatory Concerns with Paramedics Supplementing Nursing Care in the ED?
There are no regulatory concerns with paramedics supplementing nursing care in the ED so long as they conform to the above standards. For example, the policy on who may take orders and any limits on orders they may take, the policy on who may administer medication and the limits on what they may administer, the policy on assessment and reassessment, etc. Of course, they would also need to be oriented with onboarding competency validated and subjected to ongoing training and competency validation pertinent to their duties and responsibilities.
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