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National Ski Patrol. EMS Regulation and Medical Quality Assurance. MSAA Summer Conference August 5-8, 2012. EMS Regulation Update. Between 2009-2011, EMS sought to regulate patrollers and ski patrol operations in four states: Wash., Idaho, Pa., and Calif.).

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National ski patrol

National Ski Patrol

EMS Regulation

and Medical Quality Assurance

MSAA Summer Conference

August 5-8, 2012


Ems regulation update

EMS Regulation Update

  • Between 2009-2011, EMS sought to regulate patrollers and ski patrol operations in four states: Wash., Idaho, Pa., and Calif.).

  • EMS primary concerns are OEC Scope of Practice and Medical Quality Assurance (physician oversight).

  • Regulation would include state registration of OEC technicians, EMS fees, background checks, EMS medical director oversight, EMS reporting format, and EMS inspection of facilities and equipment.

  • State regulation would impede portability of OEC credential across state lines.

  • To date, Washington, Idaho and Pennsylvania have withdrawn this regulation, and California is still pending.


Addressing ems looking forward

Addressing EMS: Looking Forward

  • Continue to deliver high-quality OEC courses and refreshers.

  • Consider model state EMS OEC legislation solution (possible model: pending CAL-EMSA legislation).

  • Be prepared to address state EMS regulation efforts as they pop up.

  • Educate and improve relations with EMS services at local and national level.


Addressing medical quality assurance looking forward

Addressing Medical Quality Assurance:Looking Forward

  • Adopt an industry-wide, medical-quality best practices program (NSP, NSAA, ASDA, insurance carriers).

  • Educate ski area patrols regarding medical-quality best practices (NSAA 2012 Fall Workshop program).


Ski patrol medical adviser qualifications

Ski Patrol Medical Adviser Qualifications

  • M.D./D.O.

  • Preferred: emergency room M.D. with linkage to local hospital or trauma center.

  • When M.D. not available, an NSP medical affiliate or patroller with advanced medical training, such as nurse or paramedic.


Ski patrol medical adviser duties

Ski Patrol Medical Adviser Duties

  • Provide linkage to local hospital or trauma center.

  • Review reports and periodically provide feedback to patrollers on types of injury treatment.

  • Serve as an adviser on medical matters to mountain management and patrol director.

  • Advise patrol on new medical equipment and techniques.

  • Serves as adjunct instructor during OEC basic and refresher programs.


Medical professional coverage

Medical Professional Coverage

  • Most ski area insurance carriers provide coverage for medical professionals up to the level of their training for their “immediate care” of the injured skier.

  • Personal Medical Malpractice Insurance.

  • Good Samaritan Statutes.


Medical quality best practices sample program

Medical-Quality Best Practices Sample Program

  • Each patrol has a medical review person and/or team made up of available personnel (ER Doctor, PA, Nurse, Paramedic, EMT, OEC).

  • Medical assessment and treatment information is captured at time of incident (standard NSAA/NSP medical report form).

  • Medical review person or team conducts routine review of the report forms and uses that information to provide continuing education to patrollers throughout the season.

  • Serious injury or illness incidents are reported to medical review person or team for review to include: medical information contained in the incident report forms, contact local EMS agency, contact destination health care facility, use this information to provide feedback to attending patrollers.


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