Should EMS Use Breathalizers | WWJD 12/20/12

OK, so what about letting EMS use alcohol measuring devices like breathalizers. Not for legal purposes but for assisting in ruling out reasons for an altered mental status patient? I gave my take on this EMS question this week along with pointing out some states that allow BLS to use airway tools like the King Tube and Combitube.

Does your state allow BLS to use these devices? Should they? I would love to hear your comments below.


Comments

  1. EMTs and paramedics shouldn’t need a breathylizer to know if someone has been drinking. At least I never did in 30+ years.

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