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NASEMSO Joins the Road to Zero in Releasing Proposed Framework for Eliminating Deaths by 2020

(04/19/18) NASEMSO – as a member of the Road to Zero Coalition and its Steering Group, managed by the National Safety Council – released a comprehensive report, “The Road to Zero: A Vision for Achieving Zero Roadway Deaths by 2050,” explicitly laying out strategies for ending all roadway deaths in the United States by 2050. It is the first time in the nation’s history that so many organizations – more than 600 – have collaborated to put forth a comprehensive plan to address motor vehicle fatalities, which have been increasing after years of decline. The report is released in the midst of a national discussion about infrastructure and the need to rebuild our nation’s transportation systems.

“This initiative has yielded an unprecedented opportunity to address the safety net of post-crash care for victims of motor vehicle related incidents,” stated NASEMSO President R. Keith Wages. “Effective emergency medical and trauma systems must be in place to provide optimal outcomes for patients with severe injuries and avoid preventable deaths.” Visit nsc.org/roadtozero for additional information about the Coalition and to read the full report. Download NASEMSO news release.

States Achieve Major Milestone on Treatment of Suspected Opioid Overdose by EMS

(03/20/18) Since 2015, the National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) has provided technical assistance to its members to improve state policy efforts on the use of opioid antagonists for suspected opioid overdose in out-of-hospital settings. A campaign of awareness and education as well as a partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to revise the National EMS Scope of Practice Model to include the administration of opioid antagonists by EMS providers at the basic life support level has resulted in 100% compliance among states to authorize the practice at all EMS licensure levels.

“This achievement marks a true commitment by the states to serve and protect the public through this public health epidemic. NASEMSO remains committed in its efforts to make sure that EMS personnel have the tools they need to provide effective and safe care for victims of opioid overdose,” stated R. Keith Wages, NASEMSO President. See NASEMSO news release.

A companion project to develop and disseminate an evidence based guideline on the administration of the opioid antagonist, naloxone, is currently underway and expected to be published in Fall 2018. More information is available here. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), deaths from drug overdose have been rising steadily over the past two decades and have become the leading cause of injury death in the United States. On average, 115 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose.



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GHSA releases updated "Guide for Effectively Partnering with State Highway Safety Offices"

(04/18/18) The Governors Highway Safety Association is pleased to release the April 2018 edition of its Guide for Effectively Partnering with State Highway Safety Offices. First published in 2004, this comprehensive update builds upon the original document to help organizations identify how they can best collaborate with State Highway Safety Offices (SHSOs). The guide includes: a checklist for successfully partnering with SHSOs; case studies of innovative state partnerships; an overview of the ins and outs of how SHSOs work; and tips for executing both funded and non-funded partnerships.

RWJF Nurses Week Video Challenge — Submit by Apr. 24, 2018

(04/12/18) The It Takes A Nurse Facebook community is organizing a special Nurses Week 2018 video contest to show the world how nurses change lives and transform communities! It’s very easy to enter – just film a 30-75 second video about how you (or a nurse friend!) are going above and beyond to promote healthy lifestyles and email it to ItTakesANurse@gmail.com. Enter by April 24 for a chance to win (check out the contest guidelines here). The videos will be reviewed by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and we have exciting prizes! Shoot us a message on our Facebook page if you have any questions!

Rob Wagoner Recognized with 2017 Rocco V. Morando Lifetime Achievement Award

(04/05/18) The National Registry of EMTs (NREMT) recently announced Rob Wagoner as the recipient of the 2017 Rocco V. Morando Lifetime Achievement Award. The award, presented by the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) and sponsored by NREMT, is a prestigious honor recognizing a lifetime of commitment, contribution and leadership to emergency medical services.

“For over three decades, Rob has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the EMS industry,” said Deb Cason, Immediate Past Chair, NREMT Board of Directors. “His work with the National Registry helped advance our mission to maintain the integrity of the EMS profession, and we are proud to recognize his contributions as he continues to promote safe EMS practices and improve patient care.” Learn more.

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