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Drug Shortages

Coping Strategies & Best Practices | Summit Presentations | Resources

Drug Shortages in EMS: Coping Strategies & Best Practices

Drug Shortages in EMS: Coping Strategies & Best Practices, a summary report from the NASEMSO EMS Drug Shortages Summit held on Mar. 5, 2014, is available for download here. The NASEMSO Medical Directors Council sponsored the gathering of EMS medical directors, EMS practitioners and other subject matter experts to identify best practices for coping with this ongoing nationwide problem.

While the outcry over the crisis has faded, the total number of existing drug shortages has increased substantially and will continue for the foreseeable future, according to recent data presented at the NASEMSO Summit by Erin Fox, PharmD, Director of the University of Utah Drug Information Service. The report highlights steps taken by state EMS offices and ambulance providers in response to the problem.

EMS Drug Shortages Summit Presentations

The EMS Drug Shortages Summit was held in conjunction with the NASEMSO 2014 Mid-Year Meeting. Nationally known speakers updated participants on the status of this ongoing challenge and provide strategies for management of medication shortages in the prehospital environment. Presentations included:

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