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Oklahoma City, OK


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NASEMSO Seeks Feedback on Revised Portions of 2007 National EMS Scope of Practice Model

(12/12/17) NASEMSO is soliciting feedback on revised portions contained in the 2007 National EMS Scope of Practice Model. A subject matter expert panel has determined that clinical practice decisions must be based on the level of cognitive and psychomotor preparation of EMS personnel. Draft 2 is intended to reflect an improved description of the spectrum of EMS levels from the 2007 Practice Model. Once community consensus has been reached on these descriptions, the assignment of skills and tasks will be accomplished for a comprehensive final draft and provided for public comment in spring 2018. In addition, it was determined that guidance is needed to explain the general recommendations and procedures applicable when emergent changes to sustain and strengthen national preparedness for public health, military, and domestic emergencies need to occur to the National EMS Scope of Practice Model (SoPM) between regular revision cycles. National engagement provides interested parties with an opportunity to comment on the draft to ensure that the document reflects the collective expertise and experience of the whole community. Please provide feedback online by 5:00 p.m. EST, Feb. 10, 2018.

NASEMSO Executive Director Present at Honoring of First Responders During National Traffic Incident Response Awareness Week

(11/21/17) On Nov. 16, 2017, Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao signed a proclamation for National Traffic Incident Response Awareness Week (Nov. 13-17) honoring first responders. Executives from all traffic incident management disciplines were present at this occasion and also signed the proclamation, including NASEMSO Executive Director Dia Gaynor, who appears to the right of Secretary Chao in the photo below. See full-sized photo here.

Elaine Chao, Secretary of Transportation,
signs proclamation honoring first
responders on Nov. 16, 2017

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.


|EMS News & Resources

Is the NEMSIS Standard Really Changing Again?

(12/02/17) Clay Mann, NEMSIS Technical Assistance Center (TAC), recently offered a presentation for the NASEMSO Board on National EMS Information System (NEMSIS) version revisions. This presentation received rave reviews, so the NEMSIS TAC has made the recording available online. The purpose of the 20-minute video is to provide some evidence supporting the need for some revisions to the current standards and to offer new timelines for current and future versions of the NEMSIS standard.

"DEA Bill" Becomes Law

(11/22/17) On Nov. 17, President Trump signed the Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act into law. The legislation, which was introduced as H.R. 304 by Congressman Richard Hudson (NC), clarifies existing law to allow EMS providers to continue dispensing controlled substances under “standing orders." Senator Bill Cassidy (LA) introduced similar legislation in the Senate. The law amends the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) to enable paramedics and other EMS professionals to continue to administer controlled substances to patients pursuant to standing orders issued by their EMS agency's medical director.

This law amends the CSA to direct the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to register an EMS agency to administer controlled substances if the agency submits an application demonstrating that it is authorized to conduct such activity in the state in which the agency practices.

An EMS agency may obtain a single registration in each state instead of a separate registration for each location. A registered EMS agency may deliver, store, and receive controlled substances, subject to specified conditions.

An EMS professional of a registered EMS agency may administer controlled substances in schedules II, III, IV, or V outside the physical presence of a medical director if such administration is authorized under state law and pursuant to a standing or verbal order, subject to specified conditions. The law specifies that a hospital-based EMS agency (i.e., an EMS agency owned or operated by a hospital) may continue to administer controlled substances under the hospital's DEA registration.

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.

The material published on the NASEMSO Web site is for informational purposes only. NASEMSO does not support, endorse or recommend any position, product or service unless explicitly stated.