Public comment sought on revision to ambulance and paramedical services standard

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NZS 8156:2008 Ambulance and paramedical services is the basis for measuring quality, safety, and competency within New Zealand’s road ambulance and marine and aeromedical services. The standard provides a means of assessing the extent to which ambulance and paramedicine services are worthy of patients’ confidence and trust, through the demonstration of clinical safety, reliability, efficiencies, and effectiveness.

Standards New Zealand and the P8156 committee are seeking feedback on the draft revision to NZS 8156:2008.

The standard is being revised to update the document and bring into line with current good practice. Key changes include:

  • additions to the scope relating to clinical coverage
  • broadening the classification of services and core functions of ambulance services
  • updated criteria for complying with the standard
  • redrafted sections on recognition of Māori values and beliefs, and patient-centred care
  • changes to clauses on governance and management
  • additions to clause on medication and blood products management
  • additions to clinical governance, including delegated and registered scope of practice, competence, and clinical guidelines
  • changes to the section on service delivery, including continuity of care, patient records, and infection prevention, control, and management
  • updates to sections 8 to 10 and appendices including land, air, and marine ambulance responses and equipment; clinical services at mass gatherings; domains of practice and qualifications; and emergency ambulance equipment.

We are now making the draft available for public comment for a period of 2 months to allow comments on the proposed revision. All comments submitted during this period are reviewed by the technical committee before the adoption is balloted on.

You can download the draft standard and submit comments here. The closing date for comments is 1 June 2018.

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