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Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Virginia Department of Health
State Board of Health
Virginia Emergency Medical Services Regulations [12 VAC 5 ‑ 31]
Action Amend current regulations to include new regulations as a result of legislative changes and changes in the practice of EMS.
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Comment Period Ends 10/9/2012
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9/14/12  3:59 pm
Commenter: The Loudoun County EMS Council, Inc.

Posted Revisions to EMS Regulations

Here are my observations/questions on the proposed EMS regulations:

Page 35, under definition for "Course coordinator": the word "policies" is misspelled

Page 35, under definition for "Emergency medical services agency": shouldn't it read "means an entity licensed..." rather than "means a person licensed..."?

Page 38, under definition for "Provisional accreditation": last sentence includes a superfluous "an" after the word "upon"

Page 48, under "Designated emergency response agency standards.": As written, an agency is not able to establish different responding interval standards for differing kinds of responding units. What evidence-based science has been applied and verified as being valid to rural volunteer agencies within the Commonwealth? For rural volunteer agencies, might this force reduction of the size of the primary service areas? If so, that will reduce each agency's call volume. It will also force the creation and location of more new rural volunteer agencies to cover the total jurisdictional geography within the specified 90% responding interval standard. What efforts will be made to minimize unit notification during call-taking and dispatch? The sooner a field unit can at least be notified of an incident location, the sooner it can mobilize and respond and the more distance it can cover before breaching the responding interval standard.

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