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The North Dakota Department of Health, along with
an expert EMS protocol writing committee has developed a set of
protocols that all
The EMS Professionals on your particular ambulance service might not be trained or competent to do all of the skills, procedures, or treatments listed; therefore, each individual service and medical director must evaluate each protocol and tailor them for their own use based on the certification or licensure of their staff and their medical director’s requirements. The medical director for each service has also received a copy of these protocols for reference. It is up to the ambulance service manager to discuss this process with the medical director and make any modifications required.
We have included basic visual instructions on how to modify the protocols with a word processor. In your protocol binder there is a printed “sample” set of protocols and a CD ROM that includes all protocols in an electronic format. These electronic files are in ‘.rtf’ (rich text format) which makes them easily modified using many types of word processing applications. Each protocol is included on the CD ROM in two different locations; one as an individual electronic file, and another as part of a logical grouping of protocols. This was done to make printing your edited protocols simpler.
There are many ways to modify and make these protocols operational for your service. We suggest that you:
To edit a protocol, open the document that you wish to modify by double clicking the file name. Once this is done you may select text by holding down the left mouse button and dragging the cursor across the words you wish to change. This will “highlight” them for editing (as seen below).
Once you have highlighted the text, you may either delete or begin typing.
The next process is identifying your service’s name
in the header of each protocol. Double
click in the header area to open up the header and footer edit box.
Once each protocol has been edited, make sure you save the document on a local drive. This can be accomplished in many different ways and the illustration below shows one way. Save the file in your word processor’s format like (i.e. ‘.doc’ in MS Word) and title each document as you wish.
Finally when you are done editing, print out the documents and have your
medical director approve and sign each
Remember to save often so your work is not lost in the process.
Funding for this project was provided by the
North Dakota Department of Health-
Division of Emergency Medical Services
Emergency Medical Services for Children Program
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