Introduction and Foundations of Practice
These documents provide evidence-based guidelines and historically proven practices for common pre-hospital scenarios. They require that individual EMS providers use their education, experience, and clinical judgment to perform an independent evaluation of every patient and apply each component of the guideline as needed to optimize patient care. While it is impossible to address every possible variation of disease or traumatic injury, these off-line policies, procedures, and protocols offer a foundation for treating most patients we encounter. Certainly, our education, experience, and clinical judgment will assist us as we strive to provide the highest quality pre-hospital patient care.
These Administrative Guidelines have been developed and approved by the University Emergency Medical Services physicians and approved by the Office of the Medical Director for Tucson Fire Department, Northwest Fire Department and the University EMS Physicians Medical Directors. These guidelines are based on the National Association of State EMS Officials Model EMS Clinical Guidelines and modified to include other EMS best practices and statutory requirements specific to the state of Arizona.
Dr. Amber Rice, Dr. Josh Gaither, Dr. Daniel Spaite, Dr. Philipp Hannan, Dr. Dan Beskind, Dr. Melody Glenn, Dr. Jen Smith, Dr. Robert French, Dr. Dale Woolridge, Dr. Cary Keller, Scott Draper, Andrew Czosek, CJ Higgins, Scott Robb, Grant Cesarek, Julian Herrera, Paul McDonough