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Proposed changes to documents

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Past proposed changes

Document Name/Version Posting Date Comments Due Date Summary of Proposal
BLS PCS v3.2.a (Draft) September 17, 2020 October 17, 2020 Since the publication/in force date of the BLS PCS v3.2, the ministry has received numerous recommendations from sector stakeholders and the Ontario Base Hospital Group Medical Advisory Committee.
ALS PCS v4.7.a (Draft) September 17, 2020 October 17, 2020 Since the publication/in force date of the ALS PCS v4.7, the ministry has received numerous recommendations from sector stakeholders and the Ontario Base Hospital Group Medical Advisory Committee. In addition to the proposed change to the ALS PCS v4.6.1 posted December 16, 2019 – updates to the “Assessment of Patients with Possible COVID–19 Medical Directive – AUXILIARY” are also being considered for publication.
Patient Care Model Standards v1.0a January 7, 2020 January 21, 2020 The Patient Care Model Standards set out requirements for municipal ambulance services seeking approval from the ministry to implement new models of care that would permit select low-acuity 9-1-1 patients to receive appropriate community-based care, rather than transport to the Emergency Department. This includes requirements of paramedics for providing patient care that extends beyond the “Basic Life Support Standards” and the “Advanced Life Support Standards” for the purposes of implementing new models of care.
ALS PCS v4.6.1.a (Draft) December 16, 2019 January 24, 2020 Since the publication/in force date of the ALS PCS v4.6, the ministry has received numerous recommendations from the Ontario Base Hospital Group Medical Advisory Committee and Change Requests from various stakeholders. For a detailed description of proposed changes, please email ParamedicStandards@ontario.ca.
Provincial Equipment Standards for Ontario Ambulance Services v3.4.a (Draft) December 16, 2019 January 24, 2020 Since the publication/in force date of the Provincial Equipment Standards for Ontario Ambulance Services, version 3.4, the ministry has reviewed equipment included in this document that more appropriately falls under the responsibility of the ambulance service operator (i.e. the employer) to provide and ensure compliance as per the Occupational Health and Safety Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. O.1. It is proposed that these standards be removed from this document. A new supraglottic airway standard has been added. Additionally, other housekeeping updates have also been made to this draft.
BLS PCS v3.1.a (Draft) January 28, 2019 March 14, 2019 Since the publication/in force date of the BLS PCS v3.1, the ministry has received numerous recommendations from the Ontario Base Hospital Group Medical Advisory Committee and Change Requests from various stakeholders.
ALS PCS v4.6 (Draft) August 14, 2019 August 30, 2019 Since the publication/in force date of the ALS PCS v4.5, a number of medical directives that were introduced as auxiliary are now being used by all services across the province. Therefore, these directives are being moved from the auxiliary appendices into the core appendices. The Research Trial Standard which has been added to BLS PCS v3.2 (previously posted for consultative feedback) has been added to this version of the ALS PCS.

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