§ 16.100.090. Ambulance personnel.  

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    Ambulance staff. Each ambulance shall be staffed with the following personnel at all times that it is being used to transport a patient:


    At least one emergency medical technician I, II or III, a mobile intensive care paramedic, a registered nurse, a physician's assistant or a physician.


    One other person over the age of 18 who is in possession of a valid state driver's license and meets the qualifications of section 11.30.040.B of this Code. Proof that ambulance vehicle operators meet the qualification requirements of section 11.30.040.B, together with a letter from a licensed medical doctor stating that the operator is physically capable of driving an ambulance shall be submitted to the municipal fire chief for approval prior to an ambulance vehicle operator's hire and operation of an ambulance. All ambulance vehicle operators shall participate in and successfully complete a recognized emergency vehicle driver's safety program approved by the municipal fire chief within 45 days of their hire. If such a program is not available locally, the municipal fire chief may approve an extension of the 45-day period until such a program is available locally.


    Physician sponsor. Each ambulance service shall have a physician sponsor whose duties shall include the following:


    Review all run reports on a monthly basis and send a quarterly letter to the fire chief certifying monthly review.


    Provide a set of standing orders for ambulance personnel for approval by the emergency medical service board of the municipality, and ensure that ambulance personnel perform services only within the scope of their respective certificates and licenses issued under state law.


    Develop an educational program for teaching and using the standing orders as approved by the emergency medical service board, teaching medical skills and updating medical knowledge; and develop an educational curriculum for all personnel to review run reports, discuss specific medical topics, and review basic medical skills. Educational review should occur at least quarterly.


    Verify current certification or licensing of ambulance personnel pursuant to state law.


    Ensure that all medical equipment required by this chapter is carried on an ambulance in good working order at all times.


    Be reasonably available to give medical advice to the licensee, and name a temporary physician to serve as a physician sponsor during any absence for more than three consecutive days.


    Maintain a current license as a state physician, including maintaining continuing medical education requirements required by the state in order to remain licensed to practice medicine in the state.


    Carry professional liability insurance with limits not less than $2,000,000.00, which includes coverage for the duties of a physician sponsor as defined in this chapter.


    Provide a quarterly report, educational review and medical operations review of the licensee's ambulance service to the emergency medical service board.

(AO No. 85-71; AO No. 95-12(S-1), § 1, 6-6-95)