Updates from the College regarding changes to practice and other pertinent information.

Orders from Nurse Practitioners

Posted July 18, 2018

The College has had several conversations recently as to whether paramedics can follow orders from nurse practitioners or if this was limited to physicians only. There are no provisions within The Paramedics Act or Bylaws that prohibit licensed members from following the orders of a nurse practitioner. Discussions between the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association and SCoP have determined that there are no barriers to paramedics following nurse practitioner orders, nor are there any limitations on the health care settings in which this may occur.

Paramedics do not have a delegation of authority, so any orders must be within the paramedic’s current scope of practice and any order delivered by a nurse practitioner would have to be within their scope of practice as well.

Vent Needs Assessment for ACPs

Posted June 2, 2018

The Paramedic Practice Committee (PPC) is investigating the need of Advanced Care Paramedics to maintain a ventilator on a chronically ventilated, stable patient.

A form has been developed to track how often ventilated patients are encountered. This form should be completed each time an ACP encounters a ventilated patient during an interfacility transfer. The form should then be returned to Jen Williams.

This information will be used for the PPC in their decision of whether to include this into the ACP scope of practice. This does not permit ACPs to transport ventilators. 

Vent assessment form »