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About Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

EMS logoEmergency Medical Services, more commonly known as EMS, is a system that provides emergency medical care to Hoosiers more than 2,000 times per day. Once it is activated by an incident that causes serious illness or injury, the focus of EMS is emergency medical care of the patient(s). EMS is most easily recognized when emergency vehicles or helicopters are seen responding to emergency incidents. But EMS is much more than a ride to the hospital. It is a system of coordinated response and emergency medical care, involving multiple people and agencies. Our Indiana EMS system is ready every day for every kind of emergency. With more than 800 provider agencies, operating more than 2,000 emergency ambulances, by more than 24,000 Emergency Medical Personnel, EMS is the frontline of our healthcare system safety net and stands proudly at the intersection of healthcare, public health and public safety.

New EMS Scope of Practice for 2020

A new scope of practice for all levels of EMS providers will go into effect on March 1, 2020. The changes were adopted by the EMS Commission at its November 2019 meeting.

New EMS Scope of Practice

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