The proper use of communications equipment is essential to effective system operation.
EMTs have an obligation to understand the regional EMS system.
They are also encouraged to contribute to the success and advancement of the system. Participation in regional committees and suggestions as to how to improve patient care is second only to the delivery of patient care.
Once medical control and direction has been established with an appropriate physician, the EMT may request a change in medical control only if technical difficulties prohibit further contact with that physician.
Questions about medical control on a specific call should first be discussed privately with the physician involved. EMTs may also wish to consult their own service medical director.
Unresolved issues may be directed to the regional medical director.
EMT’s have an obligation to utilize proper radio etiquette and understand basic radio terminology.