Protocol Changes (2)

Two Protocol changes will go into effect today (29 June 2018) at 1400. Both are emergent clinical changes. Change 1 was directly developed and approved by the Stroke Task Force. Per PEMS Policies, both Change 1 and 2 have been reviewed and approved by the Medical Advisory Committee, the Chair of the Policies, Procedures, and Protocols Committee, and by the PEMS Executive Director.

Change 1 is located in the Administrative Policies: Stroke Field Triage.

  • The Stroke Task Force has extended the window for transport of RACE positive patients from 6 to 24 hours.  This change affected the "Stroke Field Triage" and the "Stroke/TIA Protocol".

Change 2 is to the "Medical: Hypotension/Shock (Non-Trauma)" Protocol and Pharmacology Section.

  • In response to a potential shortage of Dopamine, EMS providers may receive Norepinephrine (Levophed) in the PEMS Regional Drug Box.  This change affected the "Hypotension/Shock (Non-Trauma)" Protocol and Norepinephrine (Levophed) has been added to the Pharmacology Section.

PEMS website links to protocol files have been updated.

Agencies with printed protocols be sure to download, print, and insert change pages.

All users of the protocol app will update automatically when connected to Wi-Fi.

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