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Policy Development and Implementation

Published on: 1/5/2015 10:03 AM

Santa Clara County EMS Prehospital Care Policy

The Santa Clara County EMS Agency is responsible for creating and implementing policy related to emergency medical care within the Santa Clara County. The policy creation, revision, and implementation of Santa Clara County Prehospital Care Policy is consistent with Santa Clara County Prehospital Care Policy #109: Policy Development and Implementation.


Open Comment Period

The EMS Agency will make policy drafts available for an open comment period of a minimum of thirty (30) days before adoption whenever possible. During open comment periods, all suggestions must be submitted electronically in writing to the EMS Agency. Each suggestion or comment will be posted to a master list and made available to all system participants for review. 


Disposition Period

The Santa Clara County EMS Director will review all comments and suggestions with Agency staff and determine final policy content. The EMS Medical Director will work with the EMS Director to review all clinical protocols. Each comment or suggestion will be addressed and disposition comments will be added to the master list, which will be posted and made available to all system participants.  


Policy Implementation

In general, policies will become effective no less than thirty (30) days after approval. Effective dates of approved policy may vary based on the financial, regulatory, and operational impacts of each policy. An electronic copy of all policy revisions will be sent to each EMS Program Manager, made available on the EMS Agency website, or distributed via other electronic media.