The treatment guidelines are the medical policies of the BC Ambulance Service (BCAS), but are also BCEHS documents that set the standard of care for non-BCAS providers.
The British Columbia Ambulance Service (BCAS) is operated by BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS), which holds exclusive power and authority to provide services related to emergency health and ambulance services in British Columbia, excluding those governed by Work Safe BC in the context of occupational first aid.
Medical policy developed by other agencies providing responder services in British Columbia is expected to be consistent with the principles of care and interventions identified in the treatment guidelines. Adoption of the treatment guideline format is not a requirement.
The treatment guidelines require both a strong commitment to ongoing development of critical thinking and decision-making skills. The guidelines also require an environment that supports frequent medical oversight review supporting the sharing and transfer of knowledge between field staff and medical leadership.
This public version of the treatment guidelines does not contain the BCAS procedural guidelines related to specific devices used within the context of BCAS paramedic practice.
The BCEHS Clinical and Medical Programs team has undertaken a review of the existing treatment guidelines. New and updated evidence-based clinical practice guidelines are currently under development and are planned to be released in 2020.