EMTs not “Licensed Healthcare Profesionals”

Jeff Bezo, president and CEO of Amazon, was sent a letter by the U.S. Department of Labor a couple of weeks ago warning him to stop using AMCARE, their in-plant medical unit which is staffed with EMTs to provide medical care. EMTs are only supposed to provide first aid, nothing more.

In the letter the DOL states “After reviewing relevant facts pertaining to this case, it has been determined the AMCARE is providing medical care beyond first aid.” The letter goes on to specify that EMTs are not licensed to practice medical care independently as per the state laws. “AMCARE personnel were providing medical care beyond what is allowed by their licensing and certification without the supervision of a board certified qualified medical professional licensed to practice independently.”

Bottom line is that EMTs are only allowed to provide first aid as well as provide referrals to an outside health care provider when necessary.

You can read the entire warning letter here.