National EMS Education Agenda Website
NASEMSO Issue Brief: The Use of Naloxone in Out-of-Hospital Settings
(08/14/14) NASEMSO has released an issue brief on The Use of Naloxone in Out-of-Hospital Settings. This resource is intended as an informational guide on the use of naloxone in out-of-hospital settings and the rationale for including mandatory education and medical oversight for the use of naloxone by non-medical personnel. The National Association of State EMS Officials believes that the increase of substance abuse in the United States is a significant public health and public safety concern that warrants consideration of several related issues.
NASEMSO Member and Program Manager Quoted in Recent Article on Rural EMS
(08/14/14) NASEMSO Member Jack Fleeharty and NASEMSO Program Manager Kevin McGinnis were quote in a recent article, EMS Care Depends on Address, by Laura Nightingale, Journal Star. The article takes a look at the challenges surrounding ambulance service in rural areas.
The EMS and Highway Safety Connection: New Website Launched
NASEMSO is delighted that the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has created a website designed to promote collaboration between EMS and highway safety officials. The site recently became live and can be accessed at EMS and Highway Safety. One goal of the site is to encourage State EMS Offices to engage in the Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) process to reduce serious highway injuries and fatalities. The Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) is a data-driven, four to five year comprehensive plan that integrates the 4Es of highway safety: Engineering, Education, Enforcement and Emergency Medical Services (EMS).
For a number of years, NASEMSO has worked to promote such collaboration. The Highway Incident and Transportation Systems (HITS) Committee was established as a standing Committee of NASEMSO in 2008 in an effort to further promote EMS involvement in highway safety issues. In fact, HITS members provided input on the content for the new site when the developer presented the project at HITS Committee meetings in 2013. See HITS Committee & Projects for more information on NASEMSO activities in highway safety issues and projects.
FARE and EMS Experts Meet to Improve Understanding and Treatment of Anaphylaxis
Improving emergency department protocols, expanding knowledge of anaphylaxis and biphasic reactions, and enhancing training for emergency medical technicians (EMTs) to enable them to administer epinephrine are among the primary recommendations that will be made as a result of a recent Emergency Management of Anaphylaxis Summit organized by Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE). The results of the summit include recommendations that address understanding of anaphylaxis among those at risk and the general public, as well as recognition and treatment of anaphylaxis by pre-hospital and emergency department personnel. Download press release for complete details.
EMS News & Resources
DIMRC, EMSC, ASPR Announce New Online Guide for Children in Disasters and Emergencies
Developed by the National Library of Medicine's Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC), in collaboration with the Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Program and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), the Health Resources on Children in Disasters and Emergencies is a compendium of online resources related to medical and public health issues on this topic. Links are provided to both journal articles and to other documents and materials that may be useful in preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery activities. Its intent is to consolidate the multitude of resources available across a variety of organizations, websites, databases, and training sites, making the search for relevant materials simpler and more direct.
New Document Highlights Changes to Revised Ambulance Equipment List
(09/29/14) Mary Fallat, MD, University of Louisville, in collaboration with the EMSC National Resource Center, developed a document summarizing changes made in the recently published ground ambulance equipment list subsequent to when the list was last published in 2009. The Equipment for Ground Ambulances Joint Policy Statement was published in Prehospital Emergency Care 18(1):92-97, 2014.
The current list represents a consensus by numerous national and federal organizations, all of which appointed members to a joint task force to assist with defining the current standard for ground ambulances in the United States.
NHTSA Releases Notice of Request for Applications for Appointment to National EMS Advisory Council
(09/23/14) The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and its partners at the Departments of Health & Human Services (HHS) and Homeland Security (DHS) are soliciting applications for appointment or reappointment to the Department of Transportation's (DOT) National Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council (NEMSAC). The purpose of NEMSAC, a nationally recognized council of emergency medical services representatives and consumers, is to advise and consult with DOT and the Federal Interagency Committee on EMS (FICEMS) on matters relating to emergency medical services. More information on NEMSAC, including its previous recommendations, charter, and current membership, is available here.
Download notice of request for applications here. Application packages must be received by NHTSA on or before Dec. 1, 2014. Please direct questions to NEMSAC@DOT.gov.
Emergency Care Coordination Center Launches Newly Designed Website
The Emergency Care Coordination Center (ECCC), Division of Health System Policy, Department of Health & Human Services, has announced the launching of its newly designed website at www.phe.gov/eccc. The ECCC aims to lead the U.S. government's efforts to create an emergency care system that is patient- and community-centered; integrated into the broader healthcare system; high quality; and prepared to respond in times of public health emergencies. Visit the site to learn more about the ECCC's mission and current areas of focus.