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Leslee Stein-Spencer to Receive NAMI Chicago's 2017 Community Service of the Year Award
(01/18/17) The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Chicago (NAMI Chicago) will present its 2017 Community Service of the Year Award to Leslee Stein-Spencer, director, Medical Administration and Regulatory Compliance Division, Chicago Fire Department (CFD), and National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) program advisor. The award will be presented at Light the Darkness, NAMI Chicago’s annual awards dinner, on Mar. 30, 2017, "in gratitude for Leslee’s incredible contributions to improving Chicago’s mental health crisis response system.” Leslee convened and collaborated with all of Chicago’s emergency response agencies to develop an improved plan for mental health response. In 2017, thanks to her efforts, Chicago will have the first-ever mental health awareness interdisciplinary training for all emergency service responders, including the CFD, Chicago Police Department, Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications, Mayor’s Office, medical-based staff, and NAMI Chicago. NASEMSO congratulates Leslee for her achievement.
Dia Gainor Featured in Pew Report on Ambulance Crashes
(12/01/16) NASEMSO Executive Director Dia Gainor is abundantly quoted in a Stateline article now available from the Pew Charitable Trusts. In “Lax Ambulance Rules Put Paramedics, Patients at Risk,” Gainor supports the need for better data and compliance with standards related to ambulance safety. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has found that 84 percent of EMS workers in the patient compartments of ambulances that crashed were not using their own restraints. Read more.
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OSHA Seeks Your Input on Workplace Violence
(12/16/16) The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is considering whether to commence rulemaking proceedings on a standard aimed at preventing workplace violence in healthcare and social assistance workplaces perpetrated by patients or clients. Workplace violence affects a myriad of healthcare and social assistance workplaces, including psychiatric facilities, hospital emergency departments, community mental health clinics, treatment clinics for substance abuse disorders, pharmacies, community-care facilities, residential facilities and long-term care facilities. Professions affected include physicians, registered nurses, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, physicians' assistants, nurses' aides, therapists, technicians, public health nurses, home healthcare workers, social and welfare workers, security personnel, maintenance personnel and emergency medical care personnel. The RFI solicits more detailed information on topics such as effective strategies for reducing incidents of violence in various healthcare and social assistance settings. Comments and materials may be submitted online or via mail, facsimile or hand delivery. The submission deadline is Apr. 6, 2017. Details can be obtained via Federal Register Notice 2016-29197. The current enforcement procedures for investigating or inspecting workplace violence incidents can be downloaded here.
OSHA also will hold a public meeting for interested parties to comment on the need for a standard to prevent workplace violence in healthcare and social assistance. This meeting is intended to supplement written comments by allowing for workers to tell of their personal experiences with workplace violence as well as allowing for discussion among stakeholders. The meeting is set for Jan. 10, 2017, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. EST, at the Department of Labor, Great Hall, 200 Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20210. Register online.
Video Infographic Released by National Academies on Integrating Military and Civilian Trauma Systems
(12/02/16) Trauma is the leading cause of death in theUnited States for those 46 and under. If trauma care were optimal, hundreds or more lives of our military service members could likelybe saved in future wars. Those potential gains soar into the tens of thousands of lives saved if past and future improvements in military trauma care could be systematically translated into the civilian sector. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report, A National Trauma Care System: Integrating Military and Civilian Trauma Systems to Achieve Zero Preventable Deaths After Injury, presents a vision for a national trauma care system driven by the clear and bold aim of zero preventable deaths after injury and minimal trauma-related disability: to benefit those the nation sends into harm’s way in combat, as well as every American. View a two-minute video infographic summarizing key messages in the report. Download the report and learn more.
NASEMSO Announces Resolutions Supporting CARES and FirstNet
(10/10/16) At its recent Fall Meeting, the National Association of State Emergency Medical Services Officials (NASEMSO) passed resolutions on two important issues: (1) supporting the data elements in CARES as the national standard prehospital data set for cardiac arrests, and (2) championing the First Responder Network Authority as the nationwide broadband network for EMS. Download press release.
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