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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.

NASEMSO Annual Meeting Registration Is Live

(01/20/18) The NASEMSO Annual Meeting slated for May 21-24, 2018, in Providence, Rhode Island, is gearing up to be one of the best ever! The transition to a single annual meeting is now complete—the 2018 meeting is the only live event
for NASEMSO this year. The program is in an early draft form on the website and hotel, and conference registration is now available on the NASEMSO website. We hope you can join us!

Fatigue in EMS Risk Management Guidelines Go Live

(01/11/18) Workplace fatigue is a common complaint among shift workers. Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel work shifts and deliver emergent health care to the acutely ill and injured on the roadside, in patients’ homes, and other environments. They must deliver this care while under significant time pressure and stress. Fatigue is a threat that is often overlooked by EMS leadership and personnel as “just part of the job.“

The number of fatigue-related safety incidences involving EMS personnel and their patients is on the rise. Recent research shows that more than half of emergency medical services (EMS) personnel report severe mental and physical fatigue while at work, poor sleep quality, and poor recovery between shifts. Half of EMS personnel obtain less than 6 hours of sleep per day. The industry has a fatigue problem, yet few have developed solutions informed by the evidence or best practice. Learn more.


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Arkansas Joins National Collaborative for Bio-Preparedness

(02/12/18) The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) has completed Data Use and Analytic Agreements with Biospatial, Inc., to join the states of Illinois, Kansas, Florida, Mississippi and Rhode Island in the National Collaborative for Bio-Preparedness (NCBP). Arkansas 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.

Greg Brown, ADH branch director for trauma and emergency response, envisions linking multiple data sets within the NCBP, including Hazmat Responses, Urgent Care, Trauma System and Hospital Discharge data. A high priority is the linkage of eCrash reports to EMS records. Mr. Brown states, “This project is incredibly valuable to the Arkansas Department of Health, and without the integration of the eCrash data, we will not be able to provide the actionable information that we need to look at outcomes and trauma-related deaths and injuries. We also feel that with the high rise in opioid use and Narcan administration that their opioid dashboard is invaluable."

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 NASEMSO news release.

Call for Volunteers: CAAS Standards Revision Committee

(02/15/18) The Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS) is an independent, not for profit accrediting organization that exists to encourage and promote the highest standards for medical transportation systems. CAAS is now preparing to review and revise the existing CAAS Accreditation Standards and is seeking applications from individuals willing to participate on the CAAS Standards Revision Committee.

The objective of the CAAS Standards Revision Committee is to review the existing CAAS Accreditation Standards Version 3.0, and to develop proposed revisions or additions to the standards as necessary. If you are interested in participating, please complete the online application form no later than Mar. 9, 2018.

New Infographic — EMS Providers: How to Stay Safe on the Job

(01/09/18) EMS providers are critical to public health and safety. This National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) resource, co-branded with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Office of EMS, recommends ways that EMS providers can prevent injuries. Download the infographic.

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