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Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and Preparedness

Utah Department of Health

Medical Direction & EMS Protocol Guidelines


Utah EMS Agency Medical Director Application

Utah EMS Medication Shortage Procedure – For emergency medication use up to six months beyond labeled expiration date.

Emergency Medical Service Provider Exposure Report Form (ERF) – Submit to the Utah Labor Commission Industrial Accidents Division


Protocol Guidelines

These Utah State EMS Protocol Guidelines were developed for the Utah Bureau of EMS and Preparedness by a panel of physicians, EMS medical directors, pediatric emergency medicine specialists, paramedics, and EMTs in order to provide EMS agencies with a set of up-to-date treatment guidelines and standing orders. These guidelines were developed utilizing current best medical evidence and the expert consensus of the development panel. They incorporated information from the National Model EMS Clinical Guidelines (, feedback from the State EMS Committee, the Trauma Systems Advisory Committee, and multiple EMS medical directors and EMS providers from around the state.

The use of these guidelines by individual EMS agencies is voluntary, but encouraged. Agencies may adopt them fully as written or may use them as a reference to develop their own protocols and standing orders. As more agencies throughout the state adopt similar guidelines, EMS care statewide will become more uniform, allowing for simplified on-line medical direction by receiving hospitals, simplified mutual aid between agencies and, ultimately, improved patient care.

These guidelines will be updated regularly to remain current and to reflect the most current EMS research. Your input is welcome and encouraged.

For questions regarding these guidelines, please contact Dr. Peter Taillac, Medical Director of the Bureau of EMS and Preparedness at For EMS Medical Directors who would like a version of these in Microsoft Word format, please contact Dr. Taillac directly.