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NASEMSO's Fatigue in EMS Project to Hear Public Comments at Feb. 2 Meeting
(01/11/16) NHTSA will officially announce its new initiative with NASEMSO and the Carolinas Health System and will accept comments from the public about the development of voluntary fatigue risk management guidelines and resources tailored to the EMS occupation at a national stakeholder meeting on Feb. 2, 2016, in Washington, DC.
Brief presentations will address the potential dangers of drowsy and fatigued driving and the work of EMS practitioners, including the risk of traffic crashes and providing patient care, a summary of the project goals and methods for coming to consensus on EBG fatigue risk management guidelines, the plan for dissemination of EBGs, and additional project related activities and information.
A majority of the time in the meeting will be set aside to accept questions and comments from registered attendees. This is to ensure that the voluntary fatigue risk management guidelines will address the needs of the entire and diverse EMS community.
Registration Now Open for NASEMSO 2016 Spring Meeting
(02/01/16) The preliminary program for the NASEMSO Spring Meeting has been posted and the online registration link is active. Four of the five councils will be meeting, as well as several committees and special projects. We look
A preliminary program, registration information, and hotel details are posted here.
EMS News & Resources
NASEMSO Now Offers Quick Links to Human Trafficking Resources
(02/01/16) “One hundred and fifty years ago, our Nation codified the fundamental truth that slavery is an affront to human dignity. Still, the bitter fact remains that millions of men, women, and children around the globe, including here at home, are subject to modern-day slavery: the cruel, inhumane practice of human trafficking. This month, we rededicate ourselves to assisting victims of human trafficking and to combating it in all its forms." — Remarks from President Barack Obama, proclaiming National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, 2016. The NASEMSO Domestic Preparedness Committee has collected an array of resources intended to assist in your state’s efforts to educate EMS practitioners to recognize victims of human trafficking and find resources intended to assist them. More information here.
FDA Seeks Comments on Management Cybersecurity in Medical Devices
(02/01/16) The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued draft guidance for industry and FDA staff on “Postmarket Management of Cybersecurity in Medical Devices” that is now available for public comment. A growing number of
medical devices are designed to be networked to facilitate patient care. Networked medical devices, like other networked computer systems, incorporate software that may be vulnerable to cybersecurity threats. In addition to
NPHL Posts 50-State Compilation of State Laws Addressing Epi-Pen Use in Schools
(02/01/16) Most states have laws and policies on food allergy management in schools that include guidelines for the administration of epinephrine. A new 50-State Compilation from the Network for Public Health Law (NPHL) provides a summary of the state laws addressing EpiPen use in schools. The NPHL is comprised of federal, tribal, state and local public health agencies and officials; public health attorneys; public health advocacy organizations and individual advocates; public health researchers and organizations; policy-makers (including elected and appointed officials); and other organizations or individuals committed to using the law to improve public health. Details
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