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REPLICA Becomes Official with its 10th Member State Enactment

(05/15/17) With the 10th member state enactment, the Recognition of Emergency Medical Services Licensure Interstate Compact (REPLICA) has become official. Governor Nathan Deal of Georgia signed Senate Bill 109 on today activating the nation’s first EMS licensure compact. States that have passed REPLICA to date include: Colorado, Texas, Kansas, Virginia, Tennessee, Idaho, Utah, Mississippi, Wyoming and Georgia.

Released in 2014, REPLICA’s model legislation creates a formal pathway for the licensed individual to provide pre-hospital care across state lines under authorized circumstances.

According to Keith Wages, president of the National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO), “REPLICA represents a collective, nationwide effort to address the problems faced by responders when needing to cross state borders in the line of their duties.” Wages highlighted the compact’s abilities to “increase access to healthcare, reduce regulatory barriers for EMS responders, and place an umbrella of quality over cross border practice not previously seen in the EMS profession.” Download news release.

NAEMT Releases Report on Level of EMS Preparedness for Disasters and Mass Casualty Incidents

(05/12/17) The National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) on May 11 released a report, National Survey on EMS Preparedness for Disaster and Mass Casualty Incident Response, based on the results of a 2016 national survey of EMS practitioners and managers. The findings offer insight into the level of proficiency and training of EMS practitioners who provide the medical response expected by communities during disasters and mass casualty incidents. Survey results found that the majority of EMS practitioners had some training in preparing to respond to major incidents, and most considered themselves proficient on response protocols. Yet the survey also revealed significant gaps in EMS preparedness for response to natural and man-made disasters and mass casualty incidents. To strengthen EMS preparedness, the NAEMT Board of Directors adopted a position statement calling for additional training for EMS practitioners and the establishment of Ambulance Strike Teams (AST) and Emergency Medical Task Forces (EMTF) within state and regional EMS systems and large EMS agencies.

NASEMSO Model EMS Clinical Guidelines, Draft Version 2, Accepting Public Comments until June 26, 2017

(05/10/17) The NASEMSO Model EMS Clinical Guidelines project team is delighted to unveil the draft Version 2 of the Model EMS Clinical Guidelines. The document may be downloaded here. In completing Version 2, the project team has reviewed and updated all existing guidelines, as well as added 15 new guidelines.

Version 2 of the Guidelines, similar to the original version released in 2014, was completed by a team of EMS and specialty physicians comprised of members of the NASEMSO Medical Directors Council and representatives from seven EMS medical director stakeholder organizations (AAEM, AAP, ACEP, ACOEP, ACS-COT, AMPA, and NAEMSP). In addition, all guidelines have been reviewed by a team of pediatric emergency medicine physicians, pharmacologists and other technical reviewers.

To Submit Comments: When submitting comments, please specify the guideline(s) and page number(s) to which you are referring. In addition, indicate if the comments are submitted on behalf of an organization or by an individual. The draft of Version 2 of the Model EMS Clinical Guidelines can be downloaded here. Please submit your comments to Mary Hedges at hedges@nasemso.org no later than June 26, 2017.

This project is supported by funding provided by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) Office of EMS and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Most project team members and reviewers have volunteered their time to develop this resource. These guidelines are intended to be a patient-centric resource for EMS medical directors and EMS systems of care. Because of the variety in scopes of practice for the different levels of EMS practitioners, the guidelines have been drafted without reference to the level of practitioner.

Office for Victims of Crime Rolls Out "The Vicarious Trauma Toolkit"

(05/09/17) The Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, recently published the Vicarious Trauma Toolkit (VTT). The toolkit represents the results of a collaborative effort of first responder and victim services to create, develop and pilot evidence-informed tools organizations can use to address the impact of vicarious trauma on their staff and volunteers.

The toolkit was piloted in seven communities across the United States, with representatives of fire, EMS services, law enforcement and victim services comprising the eight-member team.

The Compendium of Resources contains nearly 500 tools that organizations can use to become more informed about vicarious trauma, including policies, research literature, training materials and links to websites, podcasts, and videos. The VTT helps organizations address vicarious trauma by outlining a process by which they can become more vicarious trauma-informed.

A tool created specifically for the VTT, the Vicarious Trauma Organizational Readiness Guide (VT-ORG) is an assessment tool organizations can use that measures five areas of evidence-informed strengths of organizations that are healthy.

NASEMSO Announces Final Military to Civilian EMS Transition Project Resources

(04/26/17) A new report available from NASEMSO summarizes the key components of the Military to Civilian EMS Integration Transition project. The project was conducted by NASEMSO with funding support from the Office of EMS of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) and the EMS for Children Program at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The project comprised several distinct military-to-civilian integration components and deliverables. Download the individual components or the summary document. Download press release.

REPLICA Advocate Sue Prentiss Elected as Mayor of Lebanon, New Hampshire

(03/31/17) Sue Prentiss, MPA, paramedic, was elected by the Lebanon (New Hampshire) City Council to serve as mayor, after serving as assistant mayor for two years and a council member for five years. Prentiss is REPLICA advocate for the National Association of State EMS Officials, where she works to promote and implement interstate compacts for EMS. Prior to this position, she worked for six years as manager of emergency services for Concord Hospital's emergency department, and she served as New Hampshire's trauma coordinator between 1999 and 2010. NASEMSO congratulates Sue on her election! Learn more.

NAEMSE to Offer Five Scholarships Through the 2017 Richard Beebe/CAPCE EMS Memorial Scholarships

(03/30/17) The National Association of EMS Educators (NAEMSE) will award five scholarships for registration to attend the NAEMSE Instructor Course Level 1 at the 2017 NAEMSE Symposium in Washington, DC, Aug. 7, 2017, through the Richard Beebe/CAPCE EMS Memorial Scholarships. Scholarship recipients must be NAEMSE members. Applications will be available May 8-June 8, 2017, at www.naemse.org. Download flyer.

FirstNet Partners with AT&T to Build $46.5 Billion Wireless Broadband Network for America’s First Responders

(03/30/17) The Department of Commerce and First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) on Mar. 30 announced the selection of AT&T to build the first nationwide wireless broadband network dedicated to America’s first responders. This record-breaking public-private partnership is a significant investment in the communications infrastructure that public safety desperately needs for day-to-day operations, disaster response and recovery, and securing of large events.

It also will make 20 MHz of prime broadband spectrum available for private-sector development. For details, see the press release announcing the partnership and download the FirstNet Partnership Communications Toolkit.

NASEMSO in the Spotlight: Read FirstNet's Personal Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC) profile on NASEMSO, dated Mar. 1, 2017.

FirstNet Board Advances First Responder Procurement Process

(03/29/17) The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) has taken a critical step to position the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (“Network”) procurement for completion as soon as possible. During a recent special meeting, the FirstNet Board unanimously passed Resolution 84 authorizing the FirstNet CEO to take all actions necessary to ensure the timely award of the Network contract. Prior to the special meeting, the FirstNet Board, in accordance with FirstNet’s enabling statute, completed its review of the acquisition approach and the request for proposal(s) (RFP) process to identify a partner to build, operate, and maintain the Network. Read more.

NASEMSO Releases Guidance on Safe Transport of Children by EMS

(03/24/17) NASEMSO announces the release of Safe Transport of Children by EMS: Interim Guidance. The guidance is a result of the work of NASEMSO’s Safe Transport of Children Ad Hoc Committee, which is focused on establishing evidence-based standards for safely transporting children by ground ambulance. Download press release.

While there are a variety of products available to secure children being transported in ambulances, the EMS provider (and the children being transported) must depend on the manufacturer for determining if the restraint would operate as intended in an ambulance crash. Unlike the child restraints (car seats) used in passenger vehicles, which must meet the crash standards defined by the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 213, there are no required crash-testing standards for these devices in the United States.

NASEMSO is working with its partners to obtain funding to conduct the necessary crash-testing research to develop standards to be met by manufacturers. Until such research can be completed and standards developed, NASEMSO has issued Interim Guidance to maximize the safety of children in ambulances.

National Safety Council Accepting Nominations for its Excellence in Safety Awards

(03/21/17) Are you looking for ways for your company to be acknowledged for its outstanding safety performance? Does your CEO lead with safety and inspire others to do the same? Has your team improved its safety performance in the last year? Do you have a remarkable individual who deserves recognition for his or her efforts in safety? Learn more about the variety of individual, team and corporate awards offered by the National Safety Council, and submit your entries by May 5, 2017.

NASEMSO EMS Fatigue Project Highlighted in Latest NHTSA Report

(03/21/17) "Asleep at the Wheel: A National Compendium of Efforts to Eliminate Drowsy Driving" is the most recent installment of reports from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to create awareness and highlight efforts to combat the deadly consequences of drowsy driving. The report was released on Mar. 20, 2017, to coincide with the 10th International Conference on Managing Fatigue in San Diego, CA.

Long and short term actions and ideas previously identified by stakeholders were collapsed into a set of successful efforts and novel ideas organized across topics, including: research and development, public and private partnerships, public education and awareness, and vehicle technology. Within each topic area, the challenges to more effectively combat drowsy driving are identified.

The compendium also features the various efforts that contributors are taking to address each of these challenges, including NASEMSO’s efforts to develop evidence-based fatigue risk management guidelines for EMS. The report can be downloaded here.

NEMSMA Expands EMS Officer Credentialing Program

(03/07/17) The National EMS Management Association (NEMSMA) is expanding its EMS Officers’ Competencies and Credentialing program in 2017, rolling out the Managing EMS Officer exam at the Pinnacle EMS Leadership and Management Conference, August 7-11, 2017 in Boca Raton, Florida. The Managing EMS Officer exam will include both a written test segment and oral boards. This test also will be be available at EMS World Expo and the AAA’s Annual Conference. NEMSMA also offers preparation courses to help candidates understand the format and style of the examinations. Prep courses include a review of the Competencies and are routinely scheduled at exam locations before certification exams. Candidates can choose to take the prep course at any time before registering for the exam. Download NEMSMA press release for details.

2017 National EMS Week Planning Guides Now Available

(02/14/17) National Emergency Management Services (EMS) Week 2017 will take place May 21-27, 2017, and this year's EMS Week Planning Guide is available for order. Thisyear's theme is "EMS STRONG: Always in Service." The EMS STRONG campaign seeks to celebrate, unify and inspire the men and women of our nation’s emergency medical services. Created by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) in partnership with the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT), EMS Strong brings together associations, EMS services, sponsors and national media to honor the dedication of EMS practitioners nationwide. Download the bulk order form for multiple copies of the guide, or order one copy online. This information can be used throughout the year for public education and safety programs. For additional information, contact emsweek@acep.org.

Fatigue in EMS Expert Panel Meets Feb. 28-Mar. 2 to Review Findings and Develop Recommendations

(01/27/17) On Feb. 28-Mar. 2, 2017, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will host a meeting at NASEMSO Headquarters in Falls Church, Virginia. This meeting represents the final gathering of the full expert panel in regards to the project “Developing Fatigue Risk Management Guidelines for Emergency Medical Services.” The goal of meeting is to review the findings of the systematic review of literature and develop recommendations. More information on the project is available at www.emsfatigue.org.

Time will be set aside in the meeting to accept comments from registered attendees. Note: Space is extremely limited for in-person participation. The meeting agenda and remote participation information will be sent to registered participants via email as soon as it becomes available. Register now to attend.

Leslee Stein-Spencer to Receive NAMI Chicago's 2017 Community Service of the Year Award

(01/18/17) The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Chicago (NAMI Chicago) will present its 2017 Community Service of the Year Award to Leslee Stein-Spencer, director, Medical Administration and Regulatory Compliance Division, Chicago Fire Department (CFD), and National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) program advisor. The award will be presented at Light the Darkness, NAMI Chicago’s annual awards dinner, on Mar. 30, 2017, "in gratitude for Leslee’s incredible contributions to improving Chicago’s mental health crisis response system.” Leslee convened and collaborated with all of Chicago’s emergency response agencies to develop an improved plan for mental health response. In 2017, thanks to her efforts, Chicago will have the first-ever mental health awareness interdisciplinary training for all emergency service responders, including the CFD, Chicago Police Department, Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications, Mayor’s Office, medical-based staff, and NAMI Chicago. NASEMSO congratulates Leslee for her achievement.