The EMS physicians who serve on the NH Medical Control Board, oversee the medical aspects of planning and administration for the statewide EMS system. are all actively involved with EMS squads and hospitals in their local communities and are dedicated to continually improving the quality and scope of services that our EMS system provides to victims of illness or injury.
Overview of the NH EMS Medical Control Board:
Comprised of EMS physicians from around the state with the following duties:
- Assist the NH EMS Coordinating Board in the coordination of a system of comprehensive emergency medical services and establish minimum standards through policies, procedures, and protocols.
- Provide technical services to the Bureau and the Coordinating Board.
- Serve as a liaison with medical personnel throughout the state.
- Submit patient care protocols to the Commissioner of Safety for rules adoption.
- Specify, with the concurrence of the NH Board of Pharmacy, controlled and non-controlled prescription drugs for use by EMS providers.
- Approve protocols or procedures for use by EMS providers either under their own license or through Medical Control.
The following excerpt from the Revised Statutes Annotated (RSA) describes the composition and duties of the Board:
- 153-A:5 Emergency Medical Services Medical Control Board; Chair; Duties; State Medical Director.
I. There is established an emergency medical services
medical control board which shall consist of:
- (a) A minimum of 5 physicians representing different geographic areas of the state who shall be nominated by the councils established under RSA 153-A:6 and confirmed by the board and a physician representative of the trauma medical review committee.
(b) The commissioner, or designee, who shall serve as a nonvoting member and as executive secretary.
- II. The terms of each member shall be 3 years. The chair shall be appointed by the commissioner, and the appointed chair shall become the state medical director. The emergency medical services medical control board shall nominate one of its members to the governor for appointment to the coordinating board established in RSA 153-A:3.
- III. The duties of the Emergency Medical Services Medical Control Board shall include, but not be limited to, the following:
- (a) Assisting the coordinating board in the coordination of a system of comprehensive emergency medical services and the establishment of minimum standards throughout the state by advising the coordinating board on policies, procedures, and protocols.
(b) Providing technical services required by the Bureau pursuant to RSA 153-A:7, I and the coordinating board.
(c) Serving as a liaison with medical personnel throughout the state.
(d) Submitting to the commissioner protocols concerning patient care to consider for adoption as rules under RSA 541-A.
(e) With the concurrence of the state pharmacy board, specifying noncontrolled prescription drugs that emergency medical care providers licensed under this chapter may possess for emergency use as authorized in RSA 318:42, X.
(f) With the concurrence of the state pharmacy board, specifying controlled prescription drugs that advanced emergency medical care providers licensed under this chapter may possess for emergency use as authorized in RSA 318-B:10, V.
(g) Approving the protocols and procedures to be used by emergency medical care providers under their own licenses or through medical control.