4765.50 Unauthorized practice.

(A) Except as provided in division (D) of this section, no person shall represent that the person is a first responder, an emergency medical technician-basic or EMT-basic, an emergency medical technician-intermediate or EMT-I, or an emergency medical technician-paramedic or paramedic unless appropriately certified under section 4765.30 of the Revised Code.

(B)

(1) No person shall operate an emergency medical services training program without a certificate of accreditation issued under section 4765.17 of the Revised Code.

(2) No person shall operate an emergency medical services continuing education program without a certificate of approval issued under section 4765.17 of the Revised Code.

(C) No public or private entity shall advertise or disseminate information leading the public to believe that the entity is an emergency medical service organization, unless that entity actually provides emergency medical services.

(D) A person who is performing the functions of a first responder, EMT-basic, EMT-I, or paramedic under the authority of the laws of a jurisdiction other than this state, who is employed by or serves as a volunteer with an emergency medical service organization based in that state, and provides emergency medical services to or transportation of a patient in this state is not in violation of division (A) of this section. A person who is performing the functions of a first responder, EMT-basic, EMT-I, or paramedic under a reciprocal agreement authorized by section 4765.10 of the Revised Code is not in violation of division (A) of this section.

(E) On and after November 3, 2002, no physician shall purposefully do any of the following:

(1) Admit an adult trauma patient to a hospital that is not an adult trauma center for the purpose of providing adult trauma care;

(2) Admit a pediatric trauma patient to a hospital that is not a pediatric trauma center for the purpose of providing pediatric trauma care;

(3) Fail to transfer an adult or pediatric trauma patient to an adult or pediatric trauma center in accordance with applicable federal law, state law, and adult or pediatric trauma protocols and patient transfer agreements adopted under section 3727.09 of the Revised Code.

Cite as R.C. § 4765.50

History. Effective Date: 09-17-2002