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The Indiana Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Commission was formed by the General Assembly in 1974. As stated in its enabling legislation, the commission is responsible for the establishment and maintenance of an effective system of emergency medical services. This includes the necessary equipment, personnel and facilities to ensure that all emergency patients receive prompt and adequate medical care throughout the range of emergency conditions encountered.
The commission works to meet this mandate through the development of administrative codes and rules regulating Indiana's emergency medical services system as well as the provision of consultative services; promotion of training for emergency medical personnel; education of the public in first aid techniques; and coordination of emergency communications resources. The EMS Commission is also responsible for the regulation, inspection and certification of services, facilities and personnel engaged in the provision of emergency medical services. The commission must promulgate necessary administrative codes (rules) in order to fairly, equally and consistently regulate Indiana’s prehospital emergency medical care system.
The EMS Commission is comprised of 13 individuals appointed by the Governor. Title 16, Chapter 31 of the Indiana Code specifies the following categories be represented: a volunteer fire department that provides ambulance service; a full-time municipal fire or police department that provides ambulance service; a nonprofit provider of emergency ambulance service organized on a volunteer basis other than a volunteer fire department; a provider of private ambulance services; a state-certified paramedic; a certified emergency medical technician; a registered nurse who works in an emergency department; a licensed physician who has primary interest, training, and experience in emergency medical services; a chief executive officer of a hospital that provides emergency ambulance service; and a member who is not affiliated with the provision of emergency medical services and who is tasked with representing the public at large.
The Emergency Medical Commission adopted the emergency rule concerning tactical emergency medicine at its meeting on June 7, 2013. The rule was effective on June 15 and may be viewed here: http://www.in.gov/legislative/iac/20130619-IR-836130238ERA.xml.pdf. The rule applies to both ALS and BLS providers who have personnel who engage in tactical emergency medical support.
The Indiana EMS Commission has formed an EMS Technical Advisory Committee in accordance with IC 16-31-2-10 which is based on technical expertise and competency in the specific area of emergency medical services (EMS). The purpose of the committee is to review specific topics assigned to the committee by the Indiana EMS Commission and return to the Commission recommendations on implementation and adoption of rules. The Committee shall consider both operational and educational matters relating to emergency medical services. The members appointed by the EMS Commission are subject to approval of the Governor.
In March 2009, Indiana University School of Medicine received funding from Health Resources and Services Administration to re-establish the Indiana Emergency Medical Services for Children (I-EMSC) program. Elizabeth Weinstein, a dual trained physician in emergency medicine and pediatrics, provides leadership to I-EMSC. Gretchen Huffman serves as the program manager of this program. Visit the program's website below and follow it on Facebook and Twitter.