S.D. Admin. R. 44:05:03:05.04 - EMR scope of practice

Current through Register Vol. 48, page 106, April 11, 2022

The emergency medical responder core scope of practice includes simple, noninvasive skills focused on lifesaving interventions for critical patients based on assessment findings. The emergency medical responder renders on-scene emergency care while awaiting additional emergency medical services response and may serve as part of the transporting crew, but not as the primary care provider. An emergency medical responder may not make decisions regarding the appropriate disposition of patients. An emergency medical responder must function with an emergency medical technician or higher level personnel during the transportation of patients.

The following skills may be performed by an EMR:

(1) Airway and Breathing:
(a) Insertion of airway adjuncts intended to go into the oropharynx;
(b) Use of positive pressure ventilation devices such as the bag-valve-mask;
(c) Suction of the upper airway;
(d) Supplemental oxygen therapy;
(2) Use of unit dose auto-injectors for the administration of life saving medications intended for self or peer rescue in hazardous materials situations;
(3) Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation;
(3) Use of an automated external defibrillator; and
(4) Trauma care:
(a) Manual stabilization of suspected cervical spine injuries;
(b) Manual stabilization of extremity fractures;
(c) Bleeding control;
(d) Emergency moves.


S.D. Admin. R. 44:05:03:05.04
43 SDR 17, effective 8/7/2017

General Authority: SDCL 34-11-6.

Law Implemented: SDCL

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