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NASEMSO News 2013

Military Medic to Paramedic Webinar Now Available

(12/29/13) A collaborative discussion among several entities that included NASEMSO, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Office of EMS, the US Department of Defense, the National Registry of EMTs (NREMT), National Association of EMTs (NAEMT), the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the EMS Professions (CoAEMSP), and several local “bridge” programs highlighted current efforts in the recognition, credentialing, and transition of military personnel to civilian EMS. The session was recorded and is being made available here to any interested party. (Note: The actual webinar and companion ppt presentation are provided separately for convenience. Viewers are warned that the recording is a 69 MB wmv file. It is faster to download to your computer than to try and view in a web browser.)

New App Predicts and Compares ED Wait Times and Other Metrics Based on Medicare Data

(12/29/13) How well do hospital emergency departments measure up to others in a geographical area or to national benchmarks? Using data voluntarily submitted by the hospitals themselves to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), a new interactive news application called ER Wait Watcher shows how long it takes to get there (from the user’s current location and based on current traffic conditions obtained directly from Google), average wait times, average time for persons with a broken bone to receive pain meds, the average time for getting a CT scan for patients with stroke symptoms, the average time until admission to the hospital, how many left without being seen at all, and more.

The app also includes patient satisfaction scores and other hospital quality measures. According to a recent article in the health policy journal, Health Affairs, publicly releasing quality metrics can drive meaningful improvements in emergency care. Medicare Data Sets (last updated Dec. 12, 2013) of interest to state EMS and other health officials are available here. Learn more.

HHS Announces NPPA Grant Opportunity for FY 14

(12/29/13) HHS/Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) announces the anticipated availability of funds for Fiscal Year 2014 Mobilization for Health: National Prevention Partnership Awards (NPPA) Program. HHS/OASH grants under section 1703(a) of the Public Health Service Act as amended, which authorizes the Secretary to support grants for community health programs for new and innovative programs in health information and health promotion, preventive health services, and education in the appropriate use of health care. Grant announcement. FAQs.

Trust for America's Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Publish Report on Protecting Americans from Infectious Diseases

(12/18/13) The "Outbreaks: Protecting Americans from Infectious Diseases" report, recently released by Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, finds the nation's ability to prevent and control infectious disease outbreaks is hampered by outdated systems and limited resources. Findings show that a majority of states (33) score 5 or lower out of 10 key indicators of policies and capabilities to protect against infectious disease threats. Three states tied for the lowest score, achieving two out of 10 possible indicators - Georgia, Nebraska and New Jersey. New Hampshire had the highest score, with 8 out of 10. Download complete report or seek out specific state data using an interactive U.S. map.

FEMA and Partners Publish "Post Disaster Reunification of Children: A Nationwide Approach"

(11/26/13) FEMA, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the Department of Health & Human Services, and the American Red Cross has released "Post Disaster Reunification of Children: A Nationwide Approach." This document reflects the first U.S. attempt to establish a baseline foundation and whole community approach for reunifying children separated from their parents or legal guardians in the aftermath of a disaster. To ensure that this initiative was truly comprehensive, whole community partners from across the country were engaged in the development of "Post Disaster Reunification of Children: A Nationwide Approach," to include inter-governmental partners, pediatric experts, and voluntary, faith based, children and disability organizations, as well as other applicable stakeholders and advocacy groups. The report is posted in FEMA's LLIS website public document library and can also be downloaded here.

HHS Publishes HIPAA Guide for Law Enforcement

(11/18/13) The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, in cooperation with the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness & Response and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, has published a two-page HIPAA Guide for Law Enforcement. The purpose of the publication is to assist law enforcement when trying to obtain health information that is protected by the HIPAA Privacy Rule. The guide provides a basic description of the HIPAA Privacy Rule and identifies entities that are and are not required to comply. The guide also outlines several disclosure permissions that allow the disclosure of health information to law enforcement in common law enforcement situations, such as during an emergency response.

ACEP Releases National EMS Culture of Safety Strategy

(11/14/13) The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) released the National EMS Cultural of Safety Strategy document. This marks the completion of a 36-month cooperative agreement between the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), with support from the Health Resources and Services Administration's Emergency Medical Services for Children Program. It stems from a recommendation from the National EMS Advisory Council to provide guidance to the U.S. Department of Transportation and NHTSA's Office of EMS on safety issues facing the industry, and to develop a strategy for a new culture of safety within EMS.

NASEMSO Endorses Hartford Consensus II Document

(11/06/13) The National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) Board of Directors has formally endorsed, with comments, the Hartford Consensus II document that was developed to enhance survival from active shooters and intentional mass casualty events. The document encourages medical training for external hemorrhage control by law enforcement officers and includes an acronym to describe the needed response to active shooter and intentional mass-casualty events. The acronym is THREAT:

Threat suppression
Hemorrhage control
Rapid Extrication to safety
Assessment by medical providers
Transport to definitive care

The Hartford Consensus II document also promotes greater integration of EMS, fire, rescue, and law enforcement resources to optimize patient care. Read about the background here. NASEMSO letter and comments are available here.

Comments Accepted on HHS Guidance on Temporary Assignment of Personnel During Public Health Emergencies

(11/06/13) The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is accepting comments on proposed "Guidance for Temporary Reassignment of State and Local Personnel during a Public Health Emergency." Section 201 of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2013 (PAHPRA), Public Law 113–5, amends section 319 of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act to provide the Secretary of HHS with discretion to authorize the temporary reassignment of state, tribal and local personnel during a declared federal public health emergency upon request by a state or tribal organization or their designee. This proposed guidance addresses that provision. View the Federal Register Notice here. The guidance is available online here. The deadline for comments is Dec. 17, 2013.

Calling All NASEMSO Authors: Share Your Success

(11/06/13) NASEMSO members are accomplished professionals. Many frequently participate in system development activities, demonstration projects, clinical research, and more that are published in health, medical, and industry journals. NASEMSO and Washington Update would like to highlight these activities and accomplishments. Please send information related to published articles to NASEMSO Program Manager Kathy Robinson. Notices of state and/or national awards are also welcome.

Wanted: 2014 NASEMSO Calendar Items

(11/06/13) It’s that time of year again—refreshing the NASEMSO and WU calendar of events! While items are accepted any time during the year, if you know of upcoming dates and locations of state and national meetings that we should include, please feel free to email NASEMSO Program Manager Kathy Robinson and NASEMSO Website Content Manager Karen Thompson.

New State-by-State Report Examines Growing Concern Over Prescription Drug Abuse

(11/06/13) Overdose deaths related to prescription drugs now outnumber those from heroin and cocaine combined, signaling a rapid rise in prescription drug abuse since 1999. A new report by Trust for America’s Health, supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, highlights and scores states on 10 strategies states can use to address this epidemic. Twenty-eight states and Washington, D.C., scored six or less out of the 10 strategies. Two states, New Mexico and Vermont, are implementing all 10. South Dakota is using just two, the fewest of any state. The report calls for urgent action and provides recommendations for full-scale response to end this growing health threat. Use the interactive app to see how your state scored and view trends over time.

NASEMSO Congratulates Manz on NAEMT Lifetime Achievement Award

(10/23/13) Dan Manz, long time NASEMSO member and former state EMS director for Vermont, received the 2013 Rocco V. Morando Lifetime Achievement Award at the recent NAEMT General Membership meeting in Las Vegas, NV. Manz currently serves as the Executive Director at Essex Rescue in Essex Junction, VT. In providing this award, the National Association of EMTs recognizes Dan’s 40-year commitment to EMS and continuous involvement in the provision of direct patient care. He was a principal investigator in the National EMS Scope of Practice Model Project and has served on the national boards of NASEMSO and the National Registry of EMTs. He is considered a leading expert in the areas of EMS education, scope of practice, credentialing, and licensure and currently serves as the chairman of NASEMSO's Education Agenda Implementation Team. The Rocco Morando Lifetime Achievement Award is NAEMT’s most prestigious award.

FEMA Releases the NIMS Intelligence/ Investigations Function Guidance and Field Operations Guide

(10/23/13) FEMA has released the NIMS Intelligence/Investigations Function Guidance and Field Operations Guide, which provides guidance on utilizing and integrating the Intelligence/ Investigations Function, while adhering to the concepts and principles of the NIMS doctrine. The document includes information and tools intended for the Incident Command System practitioner that will assist in the decision-making process regarding the placement and implementation of the Intelligence/Investigations Function within the command structure.

This document can be used by jurisdictions and agencies for planned events, incidents, and the development of emergency planning efforts. This guidance aligns with NIMS to provide a common and standard understanding about the tools and resources needed to sustain, build, and deliver the core capabilities necessary to achieve a secure and resilient nation.

For more information on NIMS, visit FEMA’s NIMS website. Questions can be submitted to the National Integration Center at FEMA-NIMS@fema.dhs.gov or (202) 646-3850.

NCHRP Publishes Report on its Study of EMS Response to Motor Vehicle Crashes in Rural Areas

(09/25/13) The Transportation Research Board’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) has released a report of its study, "Emergency Medical Services Response to Motor Vehicle Crashes in Rural Areas." Information synthesized in the study was acquired through literature review, surveys of 14 state offices of EMS and state departments of transportation, and follow-up interviews with selected agencies. NASEMSO representatives who served on the panel overseeing the study included: NASEMSO Executive Director Dia Gainor; NASEMSO President Jim DeTienne (Montana); and Dean Cole (Nebraska). The NCHRP report is available online here.

NASEMSO Supports Safety Performance Measures for Non-Motorized Transportation

(08/15/13) The U.S. Department of Transportation is required to set performance measures on safety under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) section 1203(c)(4). A coalition of national organizations committed to the public health has noted that while overall traffic deaths have gone down, the number of bicyclist and pedestrian fatalities has risen for the past two years – both in terms of actual numbers and percentage of overall deaths - from 12 percent of all roadway fatalities in 2008 to nearly 16 percent in 2011.

Each year, approximately 700 bicyclists are killed and 52,000 are injured. MAP-21 has nearly doubled the amount of funding available to states for their Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP). NASEMSO has joined national organizations in a letter urging Transportation Secretary Foxx to establish safety performance measures for non-motorized transportation. Signatories have noted that without safety goals, there will be little incentive for states to target these funds to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety. The available HSIP funds provided under MAP-21 will allow states to focus some of their funds on bicycle and pedestrian safety without taking away from their safety efforts aimed at other road users.

NASEMSO Supports Efforts to Save Highway Trust Fund

(08/15/13) According to the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA), revenues for the federal Highway Trust Fund, which supports about half of the nation’s highway and bridge improvements, have not been increased in 20 years. As a result, the trust fund has teetered on the edge of insolvency for the past five years.
Absent action from Congress means the Highway Trust Fund faces another “fiscal cliff” in 14 months that threatens to eliminate federal highway and transit investment in 2015. This funding crash—and the uncertainty leading up to it—jeopardizes highway and traffic safety improvements, state transportation funding, and other programs at the US Department of Transportation and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that are extremely valuable to NASEMSO members. ARTBA has recently unveiled the “Transportation Construction Advocate App,” or “TransCon App” that gives individuals in the public and private-sectors a powerful, new tool to communicate with their elected officials about the importance of transportation investment to the U.S. economy and the need to fix the Highway Trust Fund. The app provides users with key information to convey to congressmen and senators while they are home during the August congressional recess, including “Talking Points” about the 90 percent cut the trust fund faces next year, as well as “Facts & Stats” about the industry’s economic impact in their state. Read recent testimony from the Congressional Budget Office on the status of the Highway Trust Fund. Click here for more information on the app. The House and Senate are in recess until Sept. 9, 2013. Contacting your congressional delegation during the recess will help elevate the need to stabilize federal surface transportation investment and set the stage for future action.

Survey Results Posted: State EMS Office Involvement in Domestic Preparedness Efforts

(08/15/13) NASEMSO announces "State EMS Office Involvement in Domestic Preparedness Efforts" is a report based upon an assessment of the 56 state and territorial EMS agencies, and is intended to ascertain the extent to which state and territorial EMS offices are represented and supported in ongoing multi-agency coordination for readiness and planning. The report includes sections on: (A) the integration of preparedness and response activities; and (B) funding, including the degree of engagement of state and territorial EMS offices with federal grant resources for preparedness and response activities. Download report.

NASEMSO Executive Vice President Beth Armstrong Reappointed to FEMA National Advisory Council

(08/09/13) The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on Aug. 9 announced the appointment of 10 new members and the reappointment of five members to the FEMA National Advisory Council (NAC). NASEMSO Executive Vice President Beth Armstrong was reappointed to another term and will serve through 2016. The NAC is an advisory committee established to ensure effective and ongoing coordination of federal preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation for natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters. Members represent the whole community including public health, tribal government and functional and access needs, and provide recommendations on a variety of issues within emergency management to the FEMA Administrator. FEMA news release

FirstNet Board Member and NASEMSO Program Manager Kevin McGinnis to Lead FirstNet Outreach to Tribal Leaders

(08/05/13) First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Chairman Sam Ginn announced that he has named FirstNet Board Member Kevin McGinnis to head the organization’s stakeholder outreach with tribes. McGinnis has begun meeting with tribal leaders. McGinnis is leading FirstNet outreach and education efforts with the sovereign tribes that have a formal government-to-government relationship with the U.S. government. He is focusing on gathering tribal requirements, priorities and concerns for design of a nationwide wireless broadband network dedicated to public safety. The network is intended to improve communication among police, firefighters and emergency medical services personnel, helping to save lives and solve crimes. Learn more.

NASEMSO Members Asked to Review Strategies to Increase Survivability in Mass Casualty Shootings

(07/26/13) NASEMSO has an opportunity to review, comment on, and/or endorse the Hartford Consensus II document. On Apr. 2, 2013, representatives from a select group of public safety organizations, including law enforcement, fire, prehospital care, trauma care and the military, convened in Hartford, Connecticut, to develop consensus regarding strategies to increase survivability in mass casualty shootings.

A concept document resulted and became known as the Hartford Consensus. The NASEMSO Board of Directors will be reviewing this document at its August or September Board meetings. Members are encouraged to review the document and forward any comments to the NASEMSO Medical Directors Council via Mary Hedges.

FEMA Releases Hurricane Sandy After Action Report

(07/25/13) FEMA today released its "Hurricane Sandy FEMA After Action Report," which reviews all aspects of the agency’s preparations for, immediate response to, and initial recovery from the October 2012 storm. The response and recovery from Hurricane Sandy provided a significant test of FEMA’s capabilities and those of its whole community partners.

Today, FEMA continues to support state, local and tribal partners as they work to recover and rebuild impacted communities. The final AAR document identifies both strengths and areas for improvement and provides recommendations for future response and recovery efforts. Download report here.

HHS and DOT Release Draft White Paper on EMS Innovation Opportunities

(07/15/13) The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) at HHS have jointly collaborated on the development of a draft white paper that presents one example model of the potential for cost savings if EMS systems adopted protocols and strategies to innovatively triage and treat patients.

The draft white paper, "Innovation Opportunities for Emergency Medical Services," can be downloaded here. The draft paper and model concept will be helpful as local, regional, tribal, and state EMS and health system planners prepare frameworks, options and funding strategies for innovative collaboration among health providers. Readers are encouraged to review the white paper and to provide the agencies with comments, suggestions or additional data. Comments on the draft paper can be submitted to nhtsa.ems@dot.gov.

Pew Charitable Trusts Spotlights EMS Challenges

(06/30/13) NASEMSO Executive Director, Dia Gainor is quoted in a new article by The Pew Charitable Trusts that highlights issues confronting EMS. In a recent profile, Stateline characterizes the nation's emergency medical services system as one subject to public budget cuts, a lack of a lead federal agency, differing state laws and requirements, and varying pay rates for pre-hospital providers, all of which creates a fragmented and underfunded system of care. The authors note that the relative "newness" of emergency medical services as a public service further hinders its funding and operations. Advocates, however, hope that large-scale disasters and emergencies, like the Boston Marathon bombing, will increase both the focus on and finances for this critical public benefit. Read Front-Line Heroes Subject to Budget Cuts, Pay Disparity.

NASEMSO Provides Revised Talking Points on Model Interstate Compact Project

(06/30/13) The Model Interstate Compact for EMS Personnel Licensure for State Adoption Project is one example of how EMS is able to evolve and emerge as a health care discipline that parallels other allied health professions. NASEMSO continues to lead the effort to establish a Model Interstate Compact and has revised a description of the project through Talking Points featured on the NASEMSO web site. Learn more.

First Responder Network Authority Schedules Consultations and Workshops on Design of Wireless Broadband Network Dedicated to Public Safety

(05/07/13) The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) on May 6 announced that the first in a summer-long series of consultations with states, tribes, territories and localities will take place May 15-16 in the Washington, D.C area. FirstNet will conduct regional workshops in six regions, meeting with representatives from each state individually during the consultation process. This portion of FirstNet’s outreach is designed to solicit input from attendees to help in the design of a public safety-grade next-generation wireless network that meets the specific communications requirements of police, firefighters and emergency medical services personnel in their respective jurisdictions.

“Our goal is to deliver high-speed data services to millions of public safety users to help them save more lives, solve crimes faster and keep our communities safer,” said Bill D’Agostino, General Manager of FirstNet. “Consultations are an essential step in building working relationships between FirstNet and the thousands of people who are stakeholders in its success. These meetings will provide valuable opportunities to listen and work collaboratively to build the first public safety-grade LTE network.” Learn details and view the workshop schedule.

FEMA Releases First Three of Five Planned National Planning Frameworks

(05/06/13) FEMA today released three of five National Planning Frameworks directed in Presidential Policy Directive 8: National Preparedness.

The Intergovernmental Affairs Advisory states, "These National Planning Frameworks document the roles and responsibilities of the whole community in all facets of national preparedness and illustrate how we work together to support one another before, during, and after an emergency. The benefit of this unified effort is a more informed, shared understanding of risks, needs, and capabilities across the whole community; and, in the end, a more secure and resilient nation."

FEMA received more than 5,000 comments from the public that went into the creation of the Frameworks. The new National Planning Frameworks include: Prevention, Mitigation, and Recovery. The National Disaster Response Framework was released in September 2011, and the National Protection Framework is under development. You can download the National Planning Frameworks, and view a tutorial at http://www.fema.gov/national-planning-frameworks.

NASEMSO President Participated in White House Forum on Military Credentialing and Licensing EMS Roundtable

Pictured at the Apr. 26 forum (left to right) are Tommy Loyacono, NREMT Chairman of the Board; Rear Admiral William Roberts, U.S. Navy, Medical Education and Training Campus, Fort Sam Houston; Jim DeTienne, Montana State EMS Director and NASEMSO President; and Drew Dawson, Director, U.S. DOT NHTSA Office of EMS Director.

(05/01/13) NASEMSO President Jim DeTienne was a panelist during the EMS specific breakout session of the April 26 White House Forum on Military Credentialing and Licensing EMS Roundtable. The event was held at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House grounds in Washington, D.C. At the opening session, First Lady Michelle Obama made an unannounced appearance, encouraging all four specialty areas meeting that day (EMS, transportation, advanced medical occupations, and academic credit) to learn from the successes of the information technology certification and veteran employment initiatives that have been underway at the White House’s urging.

The EMS Roundtable was well attended by high level representatives of the U.S. Armed Services, each of which provided an overview of their medic education programs, along with a Dean and staff from Lansing Community College who described their tailored bachelors of science program from returning service members to transition to paramedic and other health professions. Several national EMS associations, including NASEMSO, were also represented. The remaining discussion centered on action items the group could work on collectively, including better "translation" information for state EMS and elected officials to understand the issues of returning service members’ educational needs that could facilitate streamlined credentialing and licensure, enabling entry into the EMS workforce.

NASEMSO Managing Three Nationally Significant Grants/Cooperative Agreements

Just as the last NASEMSO Annual Meeting was concluding, the ink was drying on three nationally significant grant and cooperative agreements. The 2013 projects are:

  • Model EMS Guidelines. Funded by NHTSA, this two-year project will be completed by the Medical Directors Council. The purpose of this project is to develop national model EMS guidelines, intended to help state EMS systems ensure a more standardized approach to the practice of patient care, and to encompass evidence-based guidelines as they are developed. For more information on this project, contact Mary Hedges.
  • Statewide Implementation of a Prehospital Care Guideline. Funded by NHTSA, this is a three-year project with co-Principal Investigators Matt Sholl (Maine EMS Medical Director) and Peter Taillac (Utah EMS Medical Director). The objective of this grant is to support the use and further refinement of the National Evidence-Based Guideline Model Process, developed under the auspices of the Federal Interagency Committee on EMS and the National EMS Advisory Council. For more information on this project, contact Rachael Alter.
  • Model Interstate Compact for EMS Personnel Licensure for State Adoption. This project will initiate a 20-month process to develop a model interstate compact for states’ legislative use to solve the problem associated with day-to-day emergency deployment of EMS personnel across state boundaries. For more information on this project, contact Dia Gainor.

NPSTC Seeking Volunteers to Serve on EMS Working Group

(04/12/13) The National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) is seeking additional volunteers to serve on its Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Working Group. This group will be examining the role of technology in the EMS field. EMS agencies are especially interested in how the new Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) being constructed by FirstNet will be used.

The NPSTC EMS Working Group will be developing case studies and creating recommendations on how new technology and applications can improve pre-hospital care. Visit the NPSTC website to learn more or download the news release. If you are interesting in participating or have questions, please contact Barry Luke.

EMForum.org to Feature NASEMSO Program Manager Kevin McGinnis at Mar. 27 Webinar on FirstNet

(03/21/13) The topic for EMForum.org's Mar. 27 webinar will be "Introduction to FirstNet: An Update on the Public Safety Broadband Network," featuring guest speaker Kevin McGinnis, MPS, EMT-P. McGinnis, who was recently appointed to a three-year term on the First Responder Network Authority Board, is an NASEMSO Program Manager.

The webinar topic will be the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), created by Congress as an independent authority within the National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) for the purpose of establishing a single nationwide, interoperable public safety broadband network. The Mar. 27 webinar will begin at 12:00 noon Eastern time; click here for details.

President's Bioethics Commission Releases Report on Pediatric Medical Countermeasures

(03/20/13) The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues has released a report on Safeguarding Children: Pediatric Medical Countermeasure Research. The report was written in response to a request from Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who asked the commission to study the question of anthrax vaccine trials with children after receiving a recommendation from another federal committee that such research be initiated, pending ethical review. In this report, the Bioethics Commission concluded that the federal government would have to take multiple steps before anthrax vaccine trials with children could be ethically considered. In addition to recommending that pre-event trials with children not go forward in the absence of further testing on adults, the Commission clarifies other rigorous conditions that must be met before such pediatric research is ethically considered. Comments are welcome through the Commission's website at www.bioethics.gov

Government Technology Has Named NASEMSO Program Manager Kevin McGinnis as One of its Top 25 in Public Sector Innovation

(03/01/13) NASEMSO Program Manager Kevin McGinnis has been named one of Government Technology Magazine's Top 25 in its annual salute to the men and women who truly make government more efficient, more effective and friendlier to the citizens it serves. Government Technology annually publishes an issue that recognizes the hardest working and most innovative individuals in the public sector. Read the profile on Kevin McGinnis here.

Administration Releases Report Renewing National Commitment to Putting America's Heroes Back to Work

(02/26/13) A new report by the Executive Office of the President, "The Fast Track to Civilian Employment: Streamlining Credentialing and Licensing for Service Members, Veterans and their Spouses," details the barriers that veterans and their families face as they seek employment; the Administration’s commitment to help them leverage their skills to good, meaningful jobs; and the progress that has already been made. fact sheet | report

EMSC National Resource Center, ENA, and STN Release Interactive Inter Facility Transfer Toolkit

(02/23/13) Moving a very sick or critically injured infant or child from one facility to another facility is complex and stressful to child, family, and staff. Preplanned processes reduce the strain of unfolding events, ensure that the handoff of the pediatric patient's care is smooth, and increase the safety of the transfer.

To assist hospitals in developing preplanned processes for inter facility transfer of children, the EMS for Children (EMSC) National Resource Center (NRC), the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA), and the Society of Trauma Nurses (STN) have collaborated in the development of an Inter Facility Transfer Tool Kit. This free, downloadable resource is now available online. To take full advantage of the toolkit's interactive features, allow the tool kit to open in full screen mode.

NG9-1-1 Institute Seeks Nominations for 10th Annual 9-1-1 Awards

(01/08/13) The NG9-1-1 Institute annually seeks nominations for individuals and organizations that have made exceptional contributions to improving and advancing 9-1-1 services. The 2,000 member organization, in conjunction with the Congressional Next Gen 9-1-1 Caucus it supports, is proud to accept entries for the 2013 9-1-1 Honors Awards. Deadline for submitting nominations is Jan. 28, 2013. Complete details are posted here.

Comment Opportunity for National Culture of Safety Strategy for EMS

(01/04/13) The final draft of the National Culture of Safety Strategy for EMS document is being presented by ACEP to the National EMS Advisory Council at its January 29-30 meeting. NASEMSO Executive Director Dia Gainor has represented our association on the steering committee of this project since it began in 2010. This is anticipated to be the last public comment opportunity. Download the draft, obtain more information about the project, and find the link to provide comments from your state perspective here. If you would like your comments incorporated into a NASEMSO response, please e-mail Dia Gainor.

Canada National EMS Research Agenda Published

(01/03/13) The Paramedic Chiefs of Canada, in partnership with the Paramedic Association of Canada, are pleased to announce the official release of the Canadian National Emergency Medical Services Research Agenda. The purpose of this study was to identify barriers, current strengths and opportunities to conduct and use research in Canadian Emergency Medical Services, in order to make recommendations for the future research.

Two papers on the findings from the Canadian National EMS Research Agenda will be published in the Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine in early 2013. Abstracts of these studies are located in the 2012 CJEM supplement. A summary report can be located on the EMS Chiefs of Canada website here.