Local paramedics cheer new law

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President Trump signed into law a bill this month that clears up an issue that has concerned the EMS community.

For years now paramedics have administered narcotics to patients under a standing order from a doctor meaning they did not have to seek a doctor’s permission each time.

Recently, though, that practice came under question because the drugs used were a controlled substance.

Local EMS outfits, like Henrietta Ambulance, were among many across the country to lobby federal lawmakers to clear up the law arguing obtaining a doctor’s sign-off every time could delay life-saving treatments.

“It caused us trepidation to have to wait while we were watching a patient seize and needed to get a doctor on the phone to give this medication,” Henrietta Ambulance’s Clinical Care Manager Frank Manzo said.

The drugs in question can stop seizures and help with pain relief.

Under the new law, paramedics can use the drugs like they have been, under a standing doctor’s order without fear of federal intervention. 

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