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DIVISION 2.5. EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES [1797 - 1799.207]

  ( Division 2.5 added by Stats. 1980, Ch. 1260. )

CHAPTER 5. Medical Control [1798 - 1798.6]
  ( Chapter 5 added by Stats. 1980, Ch. 1260. )

1798.
  

(a)  The medical direction and management of an emergency medical services system shall be under the medical control of the medical director of the local EMS agency. This medical control shall be maintained in accordance with standards for medical control established by the authority.

(b)  Medical control shall be within an EMS system which complies with the minimum standards adopted by the authority, and which is established and implemented by the local EMS agency.

(c)  In the event a medical director of a base station questions the medical effect of a policy of a local EMS agency, the medical director of the base station shall submit a written statement to the medical director of the local EMS agency requesting a review by a panel of medical directors of other base stations. Upon receipt of the request, the medical director of a local EMS agency shall promptly convene a panel of medical directors of base stations to evaluate the written statement. The panel shall be composed of all the medical directors of the base stations in the region, except that the local EMS medical director may limit the panel to five members.

This subdivision shall remain in effect only until the authority adopts more comprehensive regulations that supersede this subdivision.

(Amended by Stats. 1988, Ch. 1390, Sec. 6.)

1798.2.
  

The base hospital shall implement the policies and procedures established by the local EMS agency and approved by the medical director of the local EMS agency for medical direction of prehospital emergency medical care personnel.

(Amended by Stats. 1988, Ch. 1390, Sec. 7.)

1798.3.
  

Advanced life support and limited advanced life support personnel may receive medical direction from an alternative base station in lieu of a base hospital when the following conditions are met:

(a)  The alternative base station has been designated by the local EMS agency and approved by the medical director of the local EMS agency, pursuant to Section 1798.105, to provide medical direction to prehospital personnel because no base hospital is available to provide medical direction for the geographical area assigned.

(b)  The medical direction is provided by either of the following:

(1)  A physician and surgeon who is trained and qualified to issue advice and instructions to prehospital emergency medical care personnel.

(2)  A mobile intensive care nurse who has been authorized by the medical director of the local EMS agency, pursuant to Section 1797.56, as qualified to issue instructions to prehospital emergency medical care personnel.

(Added by Stats. 1988, Ch. 1390, Sec. 8.)

1798.6.
  

(a)  Authority for patient health care management in an emergency shall be vested in that licensed or certified health care professional, which may include any paramedic or other prehospital emergency personnel, at the scene of the emergency who is most medically qualified specific to the provision of rendering emergency medical care. If no licensed or certified health care professional is available, the authority shall be vested in the most appropriate medically qualified representative of public safety agencies who may have responded to the scene of the emergency.

(b)  If any county desires to establish a unified command structure for patient management at the scene of an emergency within that county, a committee may be established in that county comprised of representatives of the agency responsible for county emergency medical services, the county sheriff’s department, the California Highway Patrol, public prehospital-care provider agencies serving the county, and public fire, police, and other affected emergency service agencies within the county. The membership and duties of the committee shall be established by an agreement for the joint exercise of powers under Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 6500) of Division 7 of Title 1 of the Government Code.

(c)  Notwithstanding subdivision (a), authority for the management of the scene of an emergency shall be vested in the appropriate public safety agency having primary investigative authority. The scene of an emergency shall be managed in a manner designed to minimize the risk of death or health impairment to the patient and to other persons who may be exposed to the risks as a result of the emergency condition, and priority shall be placed upon the interests of those persons exposed to the more serious and immediate risks to life and health. Public safety officials shall consult emergency medical services personnel or other authoritative health care professionals at the scene in the determination of relevant risks.

(Added by Stats. 1983, Ch. 206, Sec. 2.)

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