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Oct. 9-12, 2017
Oklahoma City, OK


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NASEMSO, NAEMSP and ACEP Collaborate to Address Opioid Overdoses

(11/20/17) The National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO), in collaboration with the National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP) and the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), is leading a project to develop and disseminate an evidence-based guideline for the administration of naloxone (Narcan®) for opioid overdoses. In spite of the dramatic increase in the number of opioid overdose events to which EMS personnel now respond, there remain several unanswered questions about the optimal use of naloxone, including: how to best distinguish an opioid overdose from other non-responsive conditions; when to administer a second dose of naloxone; the most appropriate patient disposition after a return of consciousness; and how to maintain optimal medical oversight to naloxone administration. A primary objective of this project is to answer these questions through a rigorous, science-based approach and deliver an evidence-based guideline and model EMS treatment protocol for the prehospital management of patients with suspected opioid overdose. Download press release.

Kansas Joins National Collaborative for Bio-Preparedness

(11/20/17) The Kansas Board of Emergency Medical Services has completed Data Use and Analytic Agreements with the University of North Carolina (UNC) to join the states of Florida and Rhode Island in the National Collaborative for Bio-Preparedness (NCBP). Kansas will be submitting National EMS Information System (NEMSIS) data elements both to assist in national preparedness and to enhance the state’s ability to visualize their data with other data layers of relevance. Biospatial and UNC are working closely with the National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) to develop and grow the Collaborative through state EMS offices. NASEMSO has partnered with the NCBP because of the value the analytics can provide to the NEMSIS data that state EMS offices collect. The NCBP has created a pathway to contribute to state specific surveillance and
offer real time value to state epidemiologists and state health officers. Download press release.

NASEMSO Congratulates TN State Director Donna Tidwell

(11/10/17) NASEMSO Board Member and State EMS Director Donna Tidwell was recently honored by the state of Tennessee for her leadership and service to the citizens of the Volunteer State and the nation. Donna’s career and military experience, as well as her handling of multiple major events that struck Tennessee in recent years were recognized in a ceremony in Nashville. Governor Bill Haslam noted, "Donna’s outstanding leadership helps provide Tennessee the capacity to respond effectively and efficiently during disasters to ensure public health and welfare.” NASEMSO is proud to claim Donna as “one of our own” and echoes the sentiments expressed by Gov. Haslam. Congratulations for this well-deserved recognition, Donna!

NASEMSO Program Manager Kevin McGinnis Named Recipent of Richard DeMello Award

(09/18/17) Kevin McGinnis, NASEMSO Program Manager and Communications Technology Advisor has been named to receive the Richard DeMello Award, the highest award of the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) at a recent awards program. McGinnis, also Communications Technology Advisor for NAEMT, NAEMSP, NAEMSE, and NEMSMA, will formally receive the award at the Radio Club of America Annual Dinner in Pittsburgh later this year. Learn more.


|EMS News & Resources

Deadliest American Disasters and Large-Loss-of-Life Events Website Goes Live

(11/11/17) B. Wayne Blanchard, Ph.D., has announced publication of a new resource, the Deadliest American Disasters and Large-Loss-of-Life Events website. The objective of this site is to be the most complete and authoritative source in one place on the deadliest American/U.S. disasters and other large-loss-of-life events (10 or more lives lost). New material is added, and existing material updated regularly. The information available on the site will be especially useful for research. To date, more than 5,400 events – which have taken ten or more lives and over 400 others taking fewer than ten (such as the space shuttle disasters and some terrorism incidents) – have been compiled. Dr. Blanchard retired from the Federal Emergency Management Agency in 2010. He spent the last 16 years of his career at the Emergency Management Institute, where he developed the Higher Education Program (High Ed). This was the first such U.S. project, with the primary purpose of encouraging and supporting the expansion and innovation of undergraduate and graduate degrees and programs on hazards, disasters and emergency management in U.S. colleges and universities.

“DEA Bill" Passed by Congress; Sent for President’s Signature

(11/10/17) The House of Representatives has passed by unanimous consent the Senate amendments to the Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medicines Act (H.R. 304). The NASEMSO-supported legislation clarifies that medications governed by the Controlled Substances Act may be administered by emergency medical services practitioners under a standing order issued by the EMS agency's physician medical director. H.R. 304 amends the Controlled Substances Act to ensure that paramedics and other emergency medical services (EMS) professionals are able to continue to administer controlled substances, such as narcotics for pain and anti-seizure medications, pursuant to standing or verbal orders when authorized by State law. Further, the bill specifies that EMS agencies are permitted to have one DEA registration, rather than having separate registrations for each EMS location, so long as certain requirements relating to the transportation and storage of controlled substances are met.The bill was presented to the President for signature on Nov. 7, 2017.

Fentanyl Safety for First Responders

(11/01/17) The White House today released a fact sheet with recommendations for first responders to protect themselves from exposure to opioids. The document was released as an appendix to the final report of President’s Commission on Combatting Drug Addiction. The Fentanyl Safety Recommendations for First Responders fact sheet and an overview of the project are posted on the White House website.

NEMSSC Offers Guide for EMS Agency Safety

(10/25/17) The National EMS Safety Council (NEMSSC), a coalition of national EMS organizations, recently compiled several recommendations to encourage EMS safety practices at the agency level. The new primer, “Guide for Developing an EMS Agency Safety Program,” is intended to serve as a roadmap for EMS agencies to develop and implement a comprehensive safety program.

Recognizing that EMS agencies have differing levels of resources available for safety programs, the guide contains sample policies EMS agencies can adopt or readily customize to their particular agency type, size and needs. Topics addressed include: roles and responsibilities of the safety officer; facility safety and security; vehicle operator safety; scene safety; infection control, personal health and safety, and patient safety. Read more and download the free guide

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