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  1. Does anyone know any real details regarind the new EMT-B course that will be coming to NJ? The course is supposed to double. ANy details on what new skills/ scope of practice will be? What type of bridge course will be available to existing emts? Thanks
  2. My partner and I got into a discussion the other day. Let me preface my question with this statement: I am not asking whether something is morally correct, rather the legality of it: What is the law if while you are treating a patient (as an EMT), the patient divulges some personal information. Basically amongst telling over you their medical info they tell you over about certain things happening in their personal life (not medically related). You normally have nothing to do with the patient, but the patient feels close to you because you are treating him/her, so the patient tells over the info. What is the legal status of that information? Are you allowed (legally not morally) to tell it to someone else? Being that it is not medical info, it probably does not fall under HIPPA regulations. Being that you are not a doctor, it probably does not fall under doctor/patient confidentiality. I assume that if you would be requested to give over that info to a court, you would not be able to claim doctor/patient confidentiality and would have to give it over. But what about just talking about it to someone else. Any input? Thanks
  3. The problem is, that they are trying to right the rules to allow patient abadonment, as well as driver going with L&S when no need for it. They are being written with out any legal or medical oversight.
  4. I'm glad to see that I am not completely crazy. I am supposed to try to dig up some legal paperwork to show them. I emailed the state, and I hopefully they will be able to help. I tried to explain, that if we were able to just say "we are not treating you", then why would we need RMA's.
  5. I just want to point out, that I am not really looking for debate over "right or wrong", (I spent over an hour at the meeting debating) rather I am looking for facts and regulations. Thanks
  6. I am embarrassed to say this, but this is one of the problems with volly squads, that there is no real rules and guidelines. The other night my (volly)BLS squad (in New Jersey) got into a heated debate of who is in charge during the patient transport. In particular - lights and sirens. I am of the belief that the EMT treating is in charge, and that if he/she based on the patients status, tells the driver (usually not even an EMT), NOT to go with lights and sirens. Then the driver can NOT use them. And if the driver does, they are opening themselves up to sever liability issues. The problem is, that a lot of drivers love going with lights and sirens. Other members claim, that the driver is in charge, and it is his decision whether to use lights or sirens. That "if we are transporting then it must be an emergency". This led to a different discussion whether or not a EMS squad dispatched to a call can refuse treatment/transport if they feel that it is not a "real emergency". I am of the belief that refusing transport would be considered abandonment, (thus being the reason why we need RMA's). They claimed that even though you arrive on scene and do a quick assessment, it is not considered abandonment until you actually start treating the patient. So basically, the two questions are: 1) Who is in charge in regards to using lights and sirens during a transport. 2) Can you refuse treatment/transport of a patient if you feel it is not an emergecny. Remember, we are dealing with BLS here. It could be that I am wrong regarding both of these. I would love to hear what anyone has to say about this. Also if anyone has links to any legal documents, etc... We are dealing with New Jersey here, but any input would be appreciated. Thanks
  7. That is the problem, we do not have any of that at all. I would be writing/developing it from scratch. I will have to contact the main hospitals we transport to and speak to them. Thanks
  8. Thank you for in the leads. I sent an email to NJ state. I am embarrassed to say this but we don't really have any manual. Our SOP's have not been updated in 10 years. I keep on pushing for updates, but the ones in charge just have the "if it aint broke dont fix it" attitude. And that if I think there should be changes, I should develop and rewrite them myself. I wish I could have sample P&P's and SOP's to use. Thanks
  9. Sorry, I should have said the "Notification clause" in the ryan-white act. Does anyone know how OSHA or state laws effect a volunteer EMT in New Jersey? Thanks
  10. With the Ryan-White Notification Act gone, what recourse do we have if we have been exposed? Thanks
  11. We are located in Monmouth county NJ. There has been reports thru-out the county of swine flu cases. I was not the one transporting, but from what I understand, the patient had complained of coughing a lot as well. However the entire time of transport, the patient did not cough at all. The crew that transported, stated that they had put on a NRB to the patient immediately. I do not know what caused the doc to say potential swine flu. Maybe the doc was just over reacting. One of the officers is going to call the hospital tomorrow to see if the patient tested positive. Are they still required to tell us? I know that as of mid last year, the notification clause was repealed. Has it been put back in? http://www.jems.com/news_and_articles/arti...w_repealed.html Thanks
  12. My squad transported a 16 year old with 104 fever last night. The doc in the ER said potential Swine Flu. How does that relate to the EMT's that transported? Also should anyone take any precautions around those EMT's now? I know where are supposed to have protocols for issues like this, but they have not been updated in about 10 years. Thanks
  13. According to Incident Command who is in charge by a motor vehicle accident? Fire, EMS, or Police? Thanks
  14. Any tax benefits given to volunteer EMS personal? Federal or New Jersey state? Also, what are the tax status LOSAP. Thanks
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