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Epinephrine Auto-Injectors

BACKGROUND

On October 10, 2013, SB 669 (Huff - R) Emergency medical care: epinephrine auto injectors was signed by the Governor and Chaptered by the Secretary of State. SB 669 authorizes an off-duty pre-hospital emergency medical care person and the general public to use an epinephrine auto-injector to render emergency care to another person person once they receive the training as specified in Statute and Regulations.

On January 1, 2016 the EMS Authority began reviewing and approving training programs to provide training and certification for the administration of epinephrine auto-injectors to the general public and off-duty EMS personnel. Certification from an approved training program will allow a layperson or off-duty EMS personnel to obtain a prescription for and administer an epinephrine auto-injector to a person experiencing anaphylaxis, with civil liability protection, when acting in good faith and not for compensation. For more information please refer to the regulations.

LAY RESCUER CERTIFICATION
TRAINING PROGRAM APPROVAL
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do I need a certification card to carry my own epinephrine auto-injector?
No. If you have an epinpehrine auto-injector prescribed to you by an authorized health care provider, for your own use, you do not need to apply for a certification card.
 
Do I need a certification card to use an epinephrine auto-injector prescribed to my child or spouse?
No. If your child or spouse has an epinephrine auto-injector prescribed to them by an authorized health care provider you do not need a certification card to use/adminster epinephrine to them. 
 
Are off-duty prehospital emergeny medical personnel considered "lay resucers" under the law when off-duty?
Yes. When off-duty, prehospital emergency medical care personnel are considered lay rescuers. Legally, paramedics, AEMTs, EMTs and First Aid trained public safety personnel are not independent medical practitioners who can use an epinephrine auto-injector while off-duty. Use of an epinephrine auto-injector   while off-duty by paramedics, AEMTs, EMS without epinephrine auto-injector certification may place the individual at risk for licensure or certification actions for operating outside of medical control. The epinephrine auto-injector certification will allow them to use and epinephrine auto-injector  and be protected from civil liability while off-duty.
 
How do I renew my certification?
The requirements and process for renewal of the certification are the same as that for the initial certification. You will find the application with required documentation provided above.
 
After I finish with training can I go get an epinephrine auto-injector from the pharmacy?
No, you must first get a prescription from a health care provider to present to the pharmacy.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Emergency Medical Services Authority
10901 Gold Center Drive, Suite 400
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
Phone: (916) 322-4336
 

 

 

 

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