The 2013 Edition of the Council's Regional Pre-Hospital Standard Patient Care Treatment Protocols became effective August 1, 2013. Revisions are currently being reviewed by the Medical Direction Board for an upcoming release date of early 2017.
The authorization requirement for ALL EMS providers within the Commonwealth is defined in the Virginia Emergency Medical Services Regulations as follows:
“12VAC5-31-1040. Operational medical director authorization to practice.
A. EMS personnel as defined in § 54.1-3408 of the Code of Virginia may only provide emergency medical care while acting under the authority of the operational medical director for the EMS agency for which they are affiliated and within the scope of the EMS agency license. Privileges to practice must be on the agency's official stationery or indicated in the agency records which are signed and dated by the OMD.”