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designated agent

an EMT or other person authorized by a Medical Director to give medications and provide emergency care. The transfer of such authorization to a designated agent is an extension of the Medical Director's license to practice medicine.

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evidence-based

description of medical techniques or practices that are supported by scientific evidence of their safety and efficacy, rather than merely by supposition and tradition.

3

medical direction

oversight of the patient-care aspects of an EMS system by the Medical Director.

4

Medical Director

a physician who assumes ultimate responsibility for the patient-care aspects of the EMS system.

5

911 system

a system for telephone access to report emergencies. A dispatcher takes the information and alerts EMS or the fire or police departments as needed. Enhanced 911 has the additional capability of automatically identifying the caller's phone number and location.

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off-line medical direction

standing orders issued by the Medical Director that allow EMTs to give certain medications or perform certain procedures without speaking to the Medical Director or another physician.

7

on-line medical direction

orders from the on-site physician given directly to an EMT in the field by radio or telephone.

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patient outcomes

the long-term survival of the patient.

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protocols

lists of steps, such as assessments and interventions, to be taken in different situations. Protocols are developed by the Medical Director of an EMS system.

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quality improvement

a process of continuous self-review with the purpose of identifying and correcting aspects of the system that require improvement.

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standing orders

a policy or protocol issued by a Medical Director that authorized EMTs and others to perform particular skills in certain situations.