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Idaho EMSPC Optional Module Resources

When an EMS Medical Director desires to incorporate an Optional Module (OM), they must:

1. Ensure their EMS agency reports patient care response data to the Idaho Prehospital Electronic Record Collection System (PERCS) directly or by way of an Idaho validated export.  If an agency has not been able to obtain PERCS validation, they must be in the process of validating an export into PERCS.  Agencies will report their utilization of OM interventions either through PERCS or during their agency’s license renewal site visit.

For information on becoming PERCS compliant email cramerj@dhw.idaho.gov or call (208)334-4000.


2. Submit an addendum to their medical supervision plan to the EMS Bureau that indicates which OM(s) they want to adopt. Below you will find a link for a sample addendum. After the addendum is submitted your agency’s OMs will then be placed in the Bureau database as “Pending”.

Addendum to Medical Supervision Plan for Optional Modules Template


3. Submit verification of credentialing to the EMS Bureau prior to utilization of OM skills or interventions. Below you will find a link for sample OM credentialing grids. Once verification of credentialing has been received, the Bureau will update the database to reflect “Approved”.

OM Credentialing Grid Template


4. Conduct formal psychomotor testing for certain OM skills and interventions that are tested for certification as a floor skill. OM skills that require a formal psychomotor examination are:

EMR Level

EMT Level

Supine Spinal Immobilization
Seated Spinal Immobilization
Joint or Long Bone Injury

IV Therapy
Supraglottic Airway (e.g. Kings or Combi-tube)
Intraosseous (IO) Infusion

For specific instructions on OM testing, see the Optional Module Testing Tab.

Instructors:

There are no instructor requirements for a provider to be an instructor for Optional Module (OM) skills. OM instructors must be approved by the Medical Director.

Records:

Agencies conducting OM training must maintain student and program records consistent with section IV. D. of the Education Standards Manual Version 2014.

Skills Identified as “OM” in the EMSPC Scope of Practice Grid:

The EMS Medical Director must ensure that licensed EMS personnel receive appropriate initial and continuing training and take an active role in verifying competency in these skills and interventions since state EMS licensing does not address OMs.

Skills Identified as “2,OM” in the EMSPC Scope of Practice Grid:

Training must be conducted according to the approved standards and curriculum for the level where the 2,OM interventions exists as a floor skill.

1. The training must provide for all didactic, psychomotor, lab and clinical learning over the knowledge and skills as described in the National Education EMS Standards and Idaho EMS Curriculum.

2. The student must be trained and evaluated to the depth and breadth of competency for the level of training where the skill exists as a floor skill.

3. Formal skill testing is required for OM skills that are tested for certification as a floor skill (see the Optional Module Introduction tab). Skill exam criteria are published in the OM Addendum-BLS Psychomotor Exam User’s Guide. In order for the candidate to be eligible to apply for an OM skills test, the EMS medical director must verify the student has completed the training requirements.

Optional Module (OM) skills that require a formal psychomotor test are:

EMR Level

EMT Level

Supine Spinal Immobilization
Seated Spinal Immobilization
Joint or Long Bone Injury

IV Therapy
Supraglottic Airway (e.g. Kings or Combi-tube)
Intraosseous (IO) Infusion

The OM Addendum-BLS Psychomotor Exam User’s Guide will provide testing requirements that must be adhered to in order to facilitate an OM test.

The process to host an OM psychomotor examination mirrors the request for an initial licensure psychomotor examination:

1. Complete and submit a Host Site Practical Application.  The Bureau will evaluate each test request and resources available on a case by case basis.

2. Have each candidate submit a completed Candidate Exam Registration Form. This form requires the signature of the medical director and a hard copy will need to be presented by the candidate at the testing site.

The following Skill Sheets will be used in the administration of the OM testing:

Supine Spinal Immobilization (EMR)
Seated Spinal Immobilization (EMR)
Long Bone Injury (EMR)
Joint Injury (EMR)
IV Therapy (EMT)
Supraglottic Airway Device (EMT)
Intraosseous Infusion (EMT)
 

We have compiled a Frequently Asked Questions for Optional Module Testing for your assistance.