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NASEMSO Awarded Two Federal Awards for Projects of National Significance
(10/15/15) The National Association of State Emergency Medical Services Officials (NASEMSO) is pleased to announce that two awards have been finalized: "Ambulance Design Guidelines and Standards," with the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST); and "Developing Evidence-Based Guidelines for Fatigue Risk Management in Emergency Medical Services," with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). See the news release for details.
NASEMSO Program Advisor Kevin McGinnis Reappointed to FirstNet Board
(09/01/15) Kevin McGinnis, Chief/CEO, North East Mobile Health Services, and Program Advisor for NASEMSO, was recently appointed to a second three-year term on the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Board. "I am extremely honored to be re-appointed to the Board," said McGinnis. "I have enjoyed the challenges and progress we have seen in my first three years with FirstNet. I believe, more than ever, that FirstNet will fundamentally change the way EMS is practiced. I look forward to building on the progress we have made to deploy a broadband network for public safety. The network will provide mission-critical, real-time information that will transform the way we all respond to emergencies for the benefit of our communities and the safety of first responders throughout the nation."
NASEMSO Publishes Report Assessing Programs of Community Paramedicine Systems and Service Development in U.S. States
(07/24/15) NASEMSO has published the final report EMS Office Assessment of the Status of Community Paramedicine/Mobile Integrated Healthcare in the States and Territories, completed by the NASEMSO CP-MIH Committee with support from the Office of Emergency Medical Services, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation. Increasingly, state and territorial EMS offices have been involved in leadership and regulatory aspects of CP system and service development. The purpose of the report is to assess that progress and its impact.
Forty-nine of 56 states and territories (88%) responded to this Fall 2014 to Spring 2015 survey. Only five EMS offices reported no known CP-related activity in their states. Just 10 (20%) EMS offices reported having no agencies actively planning or providing some form of CP service. Another 10 EMS offices reported services in the planning/development stages, and the remaining 29 (60%) had between one and 25 agencies offering CP services.
NASEMSO Program Manager Rachael Alter to Serve on EMSC National Resource Center Council
(07/22/15) NASEMSO Program Manager Rachael Alter has been selected to serve on the Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) National Resource Center (NRC) Council. NRC Council members provide input on and assist with the implementation of NRC activities as prescribed by the federal EMSC Program. Congratulations, Rachael, on this prestigious appointment.
EMS News & Resources
NASEMSO Recognizes Abstract Competition Award Winners
(10/28/15) The top four entries in the 2015 NASEMSO Abstract/Poster Competition received awards at the Oct. 15 luncheon during the NASEMSO Fall Meeting in Louisville, Kentucky. The winning abstracts are:
The lead authors or representatives of the top three entries gave brief presentations on their projects, which can be viewed here. The goal of the NASEMSO-sponsored abstract/poster competition, which began in 2014, is to foster and develop system research and performance assessment and improvement skills in state offices of EMS and trauma. "The level of competition has been outstanding," noted NASEMSO Program Committee Chair Gary Brown, who recognized Terry Mullins, Director, Arizona Bureau of EMS and Trauma System, for his vision in initiating the annual competition.
NASEMSO Board Approved Three Resolutions during its 2015 Fall Meeting
(10/15/15) At the NASEMSO Fall Meeting, which took place Oct. 12-15, 2015, in Louisville, Kentucky, the Board approved three resolutions as follows:
Stryker and Ferno Issue Technical Service Bulletins on Inspection and Maintenance of Cot Fastening Systems
(08/18/15) In compliance to a request by the U.S. Dept. of Transportation, both manufacturers of EMS cots and retention systems are issuing a Technical Service Bulletin (TSB). The TSB is notifying and reminding EMS providers of the importance for regular inspection and preventive maintenance with regard to ensuring proper performance of “Antler and Rail” style cot fastening systems. NASEMSO was asked to distribute the Technical Service Bulletin to our members. Stryker Medical on Aug. 18 released a technical service bulletin available here. On July 27, Ferno Group Companies released a technical service bulletin, also available here.
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