Emergency responder’s medication administration expanded

Minnesota Senators passed legislation this week to direct the development of guidelines for emergency responders to administer life-saving medications that are carried by people with rare medical conditions. The goal would be to allow EMTs, AEMTs, and paramedics to assist a patient in emergency situations with administering a patient’s own prescription medications.

The legislation came about when the parents of an eight-year-old girl from Courtland, MN found out their child, who has a rare condition and carries the medicine she needs just in case she falls ill in public, could not have an emergency responder legally administer medicine to her if she ever had a medical crisis.

The Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board is directed to propose to the Legislature any guidelines and necessary legislative changes that would be required to make this change before the start of the 2019 legislative session. The legislation passed as part of a larger bill. (SF 3415)