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NASEMSO Releases National Model EMS Clinical Guidelines

Following the conclusion of a two-year project initiated by the National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) Medical Directors Council,  the National Model EMS Clinical Guidelines have now been completed and are available to the public. The project was developed for the purpose of helping state EMS systems ensure a more standardized approach to the practice of prehospital patient care and to encompass evidence-based guidelines as they are developed.

The guidelines are not intended to be mandatory or to determine local scope of practice. Rather, the goal is to provide a resource to prehospital clinical practice, maximize patient care, safety and outcomes. The prehospital guidelines may be used as presented or adapted for use on a state, regional or local level to enhance patient care and benchmark performance of EMS practice. They are intended to be a core set of guidelines, at least initially, with the goal of adding more guidelines in the future.

The project was funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Office of EMS and the Health Resources Services Administration, EMS for Children Program. Co-Principal Investigators Dr. Carol Cunningham and Dr. Richard Kamin led a project team comprised of emergency physicians from eight national EMS-related physician organizations in creating the document. Experts from a multitude of specialties provided input and technical assistance in creating the guidelines and feedback from the EMS stakeholder community was incorporated into the final version.

The guidelines may be downloaded at National Model EMS Clinical Guidelines.

NASEMSO Board Approves EMS Domestic Preparedness Improvement Strategy

(10/01/14) The NASEMSO Board of Directors recently approved a final draft of an “EMS Domestic Preparedness Strategy.” The document describes processes and stakeholder responsibilities necessary to successfully solve the most significant and persistent gaps in EMS preparedness.

For each of the 10 identified goals, the approach emphasizes a team of EMS subject matter experts and EMS organizational representatives to lead the planning. This strategic approach to EMS domestic preparedness also considers the ability of private and public sector EMS provider organizations and governments to implement and sustain their preparedness efforts.

Rather than listing goals in order of priority, this strategy orders goals by four interdependent categories: (1) Development and Promulgation of EMS Strategy; (2) Creation of EMS Preparedness and Response Guidelines; (3) EMS Preparedness and Response Data, Assessments and Analysis; and, (4) EMS Preparedness Organizational Relationships, Responsibilities, and Structures. The draft is currently under review by the Department of Homeland Security and will be fully disseminated in the near future.

Emergency Care Coordination Center Launches Newly Designed Website

(09/23/14) The Emergency Care Coordination Center (ECCC), Division of Health System Policy, Department of Health & Human Services, has announced the launching of its newly designed website at www.phe.gov/eccc. The ECCC aims to lead the U.S. government's efforts to create an emergency care system that is patient- and community-centered; integrated into the broader healthcare system; high quality; and prepared to respond in times of public health emergencies. Visit the site to learn more about the ECCC's mission and current areas of focus.

 

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EMS Ebola Resource Section Added to NASEMSO Website

(10/01/14) Every day the NASEMSO national office receives volumes of information related to news, facts, the care of patients, and best strategies for the protection of health workers exposed to the Ebola virus. While we have been trying to circulate them to the state directors, we have learned that you are also receiving many of the same messages from your own sources including state health departments and the Health Alert Network.

Going forward, we will circulate urgent news as needed, otherwise we will continue to add resources to the NASEMSO website and announce their availability in upcoming issues of Washington Update. As we were going to print, the first U.S. case of a patient diagnosed with the Ebola virus has been reported in Texas.

There is no need for panic, but there is a need for proper planning and education to minimize the effect and spread of this deadly virus in the United States. The CDC media release and detailed explanation of the first confirmed case is available here, along with other resources.

DIMRC, EMSC, ASPR Announce New Online Guide for Children in Disasters and Emergencies

(09/29/14) Developed by the National Library of Medicine's Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC), in collaboration with the Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Program and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), the Health Resources on Children in Disasters and Emergencies is a compendium of online resources related to medical and public health issues on this topic. Links are provided to both journal articles and to other documents and materials that may be useful in preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery activities. Its intent is to consolidate the multitude of resources available across a variety of organizations, websites, databases, and training sites, making the search for relevant materials simpler and more direct.

New Document Highlights Changes to Revised Ambulance Equipment List

(09/29/14) Mary Fallat, MD, University of Louisville, in collaboration with the EMSC National Resource Center, developed a document summarizing changes made in the recently published ground ambulance equipment list subsequent to when the list was last published in 2009. The Equipment for Ground Ambulances Joint Policy Statement was published in Prehospital Emergency Care 18(1):92-97, 2014. The current list represents a consensus by numerous national and federal organizations, all of which appointed members to a joint task force to assist with defining the current standard for ground ambulances in the United States.

NHTSA Releases Notice of Request for Applications for Appointment to National EMS Advisory Council

(09/23/14) The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and its partners at the Departments of Health & Human Services (HHS) and Homeland Security (DHS) are soliciting applications for appointment or reappointment to the Department of Transportation's (DOT) National Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council (NEMSAC). The purpose of NEMSAC, a nationally recognized council of emergency medical services representatives and consumers, is to advise and consult with DOT and the Federal Interagency Committee on EMS (FICEMS) on matters relating to emergency medical services. More information on NEMSAC, including its previous recommendations, charter, and current membership, is available here.

Download notice of request for applications here. Application packages must be received by NHTSA on or before Dec. 1, 2014. Please direct questions to NEMSAC@DOT.gov.

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