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Law Number

Ala. Admin. Code r. 540-X-7-.25(8)

Summary Title

Scope of Practice: Physician Assistant during an Emergency


When an emergency declaration is in effect, a physician assistant can provided emergency treatment without immediate physician supervision when the treatment is within their scope of practice. A physician assistant must make reasonable effort to inform their supervising physician.

Full Title

Functions & Activities of a Physician Assistant (P.A.)

Full Text

(8) In the event of a national emergency duly declared by Federal officials or in the event of a natural disaster or state emergency duly declared by the Governor, a physician assistant may provide emergency medical treatment without immediate physician supervision or direction to patients within the affected areas of the state, provided that the treatment is within the scope of the assistant's education, training and approved job description. The physician assistant in such circumstance shall make reasonable efforts to inform his supervising physician of the location and type of emergency medical services being provided and shall act in conformance with the direction of local medical supervisors. The authority granted under this paragraph shall extend only for the duration of the declared national emergency or state emergency or natural disaster.