WAC 246-976-162: The CME method of recertification

Link to law: http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=246-976-162
Published: 2015

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WAC 246-976-162









The CME method of recertification.









To complete the CME method of recertification, an EMS provider must:
(1) Complete and document the requirements, indicated in Table A of this section, appropriate to the level of certification for each certification period.
Table A
Education Requirements for Recertification

  EMR EMT AEMT Paramedic

Annual Requirements

Cardiovascular education and training X X X X

Spinal immobilization X X X X

Patient assessment X X X X

Certification Period Requirements

Infectious disease X X X X

Trauma X X X X

Pharmacology   X X X

Other pediatric topics X X X X

Total minimum education hours per certification period: 15 hrs 30 hrs 60 hrs 150 hrs

"X"
Indicates an individual must demonstrate knowledge and competency in the topic or skill.

(2) Complete and document the skills maintenance requirements, indicated in Table B of this section, appropriate to the level of certification.
Table B
Skills Maintenance Requirements for the CME Method

  EMR EMT AEMT Paramedic

First Certification Period or Three Years

□ First Year        

  IV starts   EMT w/IV therapy skill 36 36

      36    

  Endotracheal intubations (4 must be performed on humans)       12

  Intraosseous infusion placement   EMT w/IV therapy skill X X

      X    

□ Second and Third Years        

  IV starts over the two-year period   EMT w/IV therapy skill 72 72

      72    

  Endotracheal intubations over the two-year period (4 per year must be performed on humans)       24

  Intraosseous infusion placement   EMT w/IV therapy skill    

      X    

During the Certification Period

  Pediatric airway management       X

  Supraglottic airway placement   EMT w/supraglottic airway skill X X

      X    

  Defibrillation X X X X

Later Certification Periods

□ Annual Requirements        

  IV starts   EMT w/IV therapy skill X X

      X    

  Endotracheal intubations (2 per year must be performed on humans)       4

  Intraosseous infusion placement   EMT w/IV therapy skill X X

      X    

□ During the Certification Period        

  Pediatric airway management       X

  Supraglottic airway placement   EMT w/supraglottic airway skill X X

      X    

  Defibrillation X X X X

"X"
Indicates an individual must demonstrate proficiency of the skill to the satisfaction of the MPD.

(3) An EMS provider must successfully complete department-approved knowledge and practical skill examinations as identified in WAC 246-976-171.
(4) An EMS provider changing from the CME method to the OTEP method must meet all requirements of the OTEP method.
(5) Definitions of selected terms used in Tables A and B of this section:
(a) Cardiovascular education and training for adults, children, and infants includes:
(i) Nationally recognized training programs for CPR, foreign body airway obstruction (FBAO), and defibrillation and patient care appropriate to the level of certification;
(ii) The use of airway adjuncts appropriate to the level of certification;
(iii) The care of cardiac and stroke patients.
(b) Endotracheal intubation: Proficiency includes the verification of proper tube placement and continued placement of the endotracheal tube in the trachea through procedures identified in county MPD protocols.
(c) Infectious disease: Infectious disease training must meet the requirements of chapter 70.24 RCW.
(d) Intraosseous infusion: Proficiency in intraosseous line placement.
(e) IV starts: Proficiency in intravenous catheterization performed on sick, injured, or preoperative adult and pediatric patients. With written authorization of the MPD, IV starts may be performed on artificial training aids.
(f) Supraglottic airway placement: Proficiency includes the verification of tube placement and continued placement of the supraglottic airway, in a skill lab setting, through procedures identified in county MPD protocols.
(g) Other pediatric topics: This includes anatomy and physiology and medical problems including special needs patients appropriate to the level of certification.
(h) Patient assessment: This includes adult, pediatric and geriatric patients appropriate to the level of certification.
(i) Pharmacology: Pharmacology specific to the medications approved by the MPD (not required for EMRs).
(j) Proficiency: Ability to demonstrate and perform all aspects of a skill properly to the satisfaction of the MPD or delegate.
(k) Spinal immobilization and packaging: This includes adult, pediatric, and geriatric patients appropriate to the level of certification
(l) Trauma: For adult, pediatric, and geriatric patients appropriate to the level of certification.
[Statutory Authority: Chapters 18.71, 18.73, and 70.168 RCW. WSR 11-07-078, § 246-976-162, filed 3/22/11, effective 5/15/11.]