CPAP Usage by AEMTs and EMT-Enhanced Providers

CPAP Usage by AEMTs and EMT-Enhanced Providers

In the near future, Virginia Beach EMT-Enhanced providers will be able to start utilizing CPAP on calls.  Those who are officially certified by the Virginia Office of EMS as an “Advanced EMT” are able to utilize CPAP effective immediately, provided they have completed the ALS release training.

If you are an AEMT or EMT-E, you might have noticed that the TEMS protocols permit AEMTs and EMT-Es to use CPAP for patients with respiratory distress.  However, Virginia Beach EMS does not currently permit its EMT-Es to use CPAP because department-specific training is required, but it is currently only available for intermediates and paramedics.  However, this will be changing soon!

Since CPAP training was limited in the EMT-E curriculum, Virginia Beach EMS will be developing an “initial” CPAP course for current EMT-E providers.  Once an EMT-E successfully completes the course, he/she will be permitted to use CPAP on calls.  All providers certified by the Virginia Office of EMS as an “EMT-Enhanced” will need to complete this “initial” course.

Due to differences in the curricula, AEMTs receive additional CPAP training in their initial academic program.  Accordingly, those certified by the Virginia Office of EMS as an “Advanced EMT” will only need to complete the standard ALS release training for AEMTs during the field internship process.

Once the course has been developed, more information and information on course offerings will be made available.  Stay tuned!

For questions, please contact Captain Jerry Sourbeer.

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