On the Job, Scope of Practice

Medical Assistants in Camping Settings

I recently received the following question:

I was wondering whether medical assistants in my state are eligible to become overnight camp health officers and whether we are allowed to give intramuscular and subcutaneous injections as needed. No health care provider would be physically present. However, one or more providers (e.g., physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants) would be available by phone.

Under the laws of your state, medical assistants are not permitted to serve as camp health officers when no licensed health care provider is present and immediately available. This is because health professionals in a camping setting may be called upon to deal with situations that require the making of immediate clinical assessment and evaluations and the exercise of independent clinical judgments. Medical assistants are not taught the knowledge and skills necessary to function in this capacity.

Medical assistants are permitted to assist licensed health care providers in a camping environment, however.

2 thoughts on “Medical Assistants in Camping Settings”

  1. I previously lived In Missouri where they offered a MA program with a limited Xray licensure. I recently moved to Baltimore, Maryland where I recently read an indeed job add that was looking for a MA with experience to perform C-Arm work. Is it legal to have a MA perform C-Arm work in Maryland?

    Kind Regards,
    Jason

    1. Thank you for your question. I will send you the Maryland radiography law. It appears that Maryland law does not permit limited scope radiography. Therefore, the C-Arm work that you mention below is likely not delegable to medical assistants under MD law.

      I hope this is helpful.

      Donald A. Balasa, JD, MBA
      Chief Executive Officer, Legal Counsel
      American Association of Medical Assistants
      Ph: 800/228-2262 | Fax: 312/899-1259 | http://www.aama-ntl.org
      The CMA (AAMA): Health Care’s Most Versatile Professional®

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