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Coordinated EMS Program Legislated in Connecticut

Issue 11 and Volume 127.

Coordinated EMS Program Legislated in Connecticut A statewide emergency medical system is being organized in Connecticut as a result of passage by the state legislature of the Emergency Medical Services Act of 1974. The legislation provides for statewide EMS planning, coordination and administration by the Commission on Hospitals and Health Care along with the establishment of regional councils to develop area-wide planning and coordination of health agencies within their areas. The legislation also sets up a Connecticut Advisory Committee on Emergency Medical Services composed of 25 members appointed by the governor. This group advises the Commission on Hospitals and Health Care on comprehensive medical services. The hospitals commission establishes state policy and standards, regulations and priorities for emergency medical services which are then implemented through the office of emergency medical services in the State Department of Health. The EMS office, which replaces the Connecticut Ambulance Commission, is responsible for adopting…

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