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Providence, RI
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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.

NASEMSO has partnered with a team led by University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine scientists to develop new fatigue guidelines published early online in the journal Prehospital Emergency Care. The aim of the guidelines is to mitigate the effects of fatigue with recommendations based on a comprehensive evaluation of the best available evidence related to numerous fatigue mitigation strategies such as using caffeine and napping during shifts.
Evidence Based Guidelines for Fatigue Risk Management in Emergency Medical Services are now online, and and all companion materials, including background information, systematic reviews, evidence tables, and expert commentaries are also available.

 

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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.

Information Concerning Utah Health Information Network (UHIN) and Their Successful Integration of EMS data with Their HIE

Note from NASEMSO: (01/17/18) The information we distributed below on the Utah Health Information Network (UHIN) was written by the project’s coordinator and reprinted at the request of the Office of National Coordinator for Health IT who awarded the grant for Utah to implement the system. NASEMSO acknowledges that several EMS software vendors can provide this capability, and references in the article should not be construed as a NASEMSO endorsement of a particular vendor. We apologize for the confusion.

(01/03/18) When you think of health information exchange (HIE), you probably think of doctors receiving hospital admission and discharge alerts, or accessing critical medical records. But in Utah, one ambulance service is using HIE in an innovative way. Gold Cross Ambulance in Salt Lake City, uses the data in Utah’s HIE for quality improvement and training.

Through ESO, its patient care reporting system (PCR is the emergency medical service industry’s equivalent to EHR), Gold Cross is one of the over 500 data sources submitting to UHIN’s CHIE, the state-designated HIE in Utah. The system-agnostic, bi-directional feed allows Gold Cross crew members to receive patient outcomes.
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