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NASEMSO Program Manager Kevin McGinnis Named Recipent of Richard DeMello Award

(09/18/17) Kevin McGinnis, NASEMSO Program Manager and Communications Technology Advisor has been named to receive the Richard DeMello Award, the highest award of the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) at a recent awards program.

McGinnis, also Communications Technology Advisor for NAEMT, NAEMSP, NAEMSE, and NEMSMA, will formally receive the award at the Radio Club of America Annual Dinner in Pittsburgh later this year.

The award recognizes McGinnis for demonstrating the highest levels of personal and professional conduct and performance in the local, state, and national public safety communications arena. McGinnis' understanding of both rural and metropolitan response makes him unique to the community. He is a leader in work to improve EMS response nationwide. He has been diligent in his efforts to have EMS recognized on the national public safety communications platform. Thanks to his willingness to work long hours and spend time away from home, EMS has a prominent role in the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network as FirstNet is being developed.


Kevin McGinnis accepts the Richard DeMello Award. From left: Doug Aiken, NPSTC Vice Chair; Kevin McGinnis, NASEMSO Representative to Governing Board and FirstNet Board Member; Ralph Haller, NPSTC Chair; and
Paul Patrick, NPSTC Vice Chair.

NASEMSO Releases National Model EMS Clinical Guidelines, Version 2

(09/15/17) NASEMSO has announced the release of the National Model EMS Clinical Guidelines, Version 2. This set of clinical EMS guidelines is an updated and expanded version of the guidelines originally released in 2014. Version 2, completed Sept. 15, 2017, has undergone a complete review and update of the original core set of 56 guidelines, and includes 15 new guidelines. The effort was led by a core team from the NASEMSO Medical Directors Council, along with representatives from eight national EMS physician organizations. The Co-Principal Investigators are Dr. Carol Cunningham and Dr. Richard Kamin. Countless hours of review and edits were contributed by subject matter experts, as well as EMS stakeholders who responded with comments and recommendations during two public comment periods. The guidelines were created as a resource to be used or adapted for use on a state, regional or local level to enhance patient care. The development of these guidelines was made possible by funding from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Office of EMS and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Maternal and Child Health Bureau’s EMS for Children Program. See press release.

NASEMSO Announces Comment Period for the Revision of the EMS Scope of Practice Model

(08/03/17) NASEMSO is soliciting feedback on revised portions contained in the 2007 National EMS Scope of Practice Model that is now available on the project web site. An expert panel selected from members of the EMS community considered updated background information and a systematic review of literature, including the following five key areas as priority topics: use of opioid antagonists at the BLS level; therapeutic hypothermia following cardiac arrest; pharmacological pain management following an acute traumatic event; hemorrhage control; and use of CPAP/BiPAP at the EMT level.

Content regarding EMS levels and skill sets is still under discussion and will be addressed in future versions. 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. Individuals or organizations that wish to provide input should enter comments here. The national engagement period will conclude Oct. 7, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. EDT. Download press release.

First Official REPLICA Meeting to Be Held on Oct. 7-8 in Oklahoma City

(08/03/17) The Recognition of EMS Personnel Licensure Compact (REPLICA) participating states have announced that the first full meeting will be held on Oct. 7-8, 2017, at the Oklahoma Museum of Fine Arts in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Member state representatives will be officially seated on the Interstate Commission for EMS Personnel Practice (Interstate Commission).

In addition, the public is invited to participate in a public hearing on Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, as part of the second day of Interstate Commission’s meeting. REPLICA member states include Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wyoming.
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Download news release for further details (08/031/17)
> NASEMSO Responds to Questions Regarding the Revision of the National EMS Scope of Practice Model (08/08/17)

 

 

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NSC and BWH Offer New Fatigue Cost Calculator

(10/04/17) According to the National Safety Council (NSC) and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), "Sleep deficiency is a hidden cost of our technology-driven, 24/7 society. Approximately 70% of Americans report that they routinely get insufficient sleep. The issue is pervasive in the workforce, with 30% of U.S. workers and 44% of night shift workers reporting less than six hours of sleep on average. In addition, undiagnosed and untreated sleep disorders are common. The Institute of Medicine estimates that 50¬70 million people in the U.S. are living with a sleep disorder. The Brigham and Women’s Hospital Sleep Matters Initiative and the National Safety Council have developed an online fatigue cost calculator that estimates the cost of sleep deficiency for individual businesses. The cost calculator asks users to enter their workforce size, industry and location. This information is used to predict the prevalence of sleep deficiency and common sleep disorders among employees. The calculator draws from peer-reviewed scientific literature to further estimate costs associated with these conditions. Costs of sleep health education and sleep disorder screening programs are factored in to estimate the economic impact of improving employees' sleep health. Read the methodology, and access the NSC Fatigue Cost Calculator.

DOT Expands Use of Consumer Protection Services to Receive Air Ambulance Complaints

(10/02/17) The Department of Transportation is accepting consumer complaints with regard to air ambulance operator service practices that are in the regulatory purview of the Agency via its Aviation Consumer Protection Division (ACPD). Consumers can use the Agency’s web form available online, write, or call the ACPD 24 hours a day at 202-366-2220 (TTY 202-366-0511) to record complaints. (Calls are returned Monday through Friday, generally between 7:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Eastern time.)

According to the DOT, all complaints are entered in DOT's computerized aviation industry monitoring system, and are charged to the company in question in the monthly Air Travel Consumer Report, which appear to be airline and airport centric at present. This report is distributed to the industry and made available to the news media and the general public so that consumers and air travel companies can compare the complaint records of individual airlines and tour operators. Complaints are reviewed to determine the extent to which carriers are in compliance with federal aviation consumer protection regulations. This system also serves as a basis for rulemaking, legislation and research.

JEMS/PennWell Announces "Adopt an EMS Family Program" to Assist EMS Families Severely Impacted by Hurricane Harvey

(09/07/17) To assist EMS families severely impacted by the Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana, JEMS is activating its “Adopt an EMSFamily Program," established in August 2005 during Hurricane Katrina. This program is designed for EMS agencies, their staff, and other participating individuals to provide direct, personal support to individuals in EMS agencies who were significantly affected by a large-scale disaster. More specifically, it gets gift cards to families that need supplies, food, clothing, and other necessities essential to them in their time of deepest need. While we have found that many families in need frequently request gift cards like American Express, Home Depot, LOWES or others to purchase essential items, many do complete areas on the family request form and provide ages, sizes and special request by age, sex and size, particularly for their children. Read a letter from A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P, Editor-in-Chief, JEMS, explaining the program, and download the family request form.

IAEM-USA and NEMA Develop Information Portal to Support Hurricane Harvey Response and Recovery Effort

(09/05/17) The USA Council of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM-USA) and the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) on Aug. 31 announced the development of the Public Private Partnership Unified Information Portal in support of Hurricane Harvey efforts. The purpose of this tool is to provide situational awareness for public and private partners. It has been developed through a collaborative effort by members of the NEMA Information Sharing Task Force, IAEM-USA Digital Engagement Committee and through input from the National Business Emergency Operations Center (NBEOC) members.

“The Public Private Partnership Unified Information Portal is a valuable tool in the emergency management community’s effort to respond to the events in Houston and all impacted areas,” stated IAEM-USA First Vice President Nick Crossley, director, Hamilton County (Ohio) Emergency Management & Homeland Security. “The public and private sector are working closely together to address the needs of the victims of Hurricane Harvey, and by providing this valuable tool and information, citizens, businesses and government can share relevant information that can support life safety response today and community recovery later.” Learn more in the press release.

NREMT Seeks Applicants for Executive Director

(08/22/17) The National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) is searching for an individual with a unique vision, exceptional management abilities, and superior leadership skills to serve as its next executive director. Candidates with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree (graduate degree preferred) and the abilities and experience described in the published profile are invited to submit their application. Applications will be accepted through Oct. 16, 2017. More information is available online.

 

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