November 27, 2018
November 27, 2018 (Falls Church, Va.) – The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health and the Georgia Department of Public Health have recently completed Data Use and Analytic agreements with Biospatial, Inc. These states will be submitting National Emergency Medical Services Information System (NEMSIS) data elements to the Biospatial Platform to both assist in national preparedness and enhance their ability to visualize and understand their data with other data layers of relevance. Read More
October 29, 2018
October 29, 2018 (Falls Church, Va.) The National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) partnered with the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine to develop “Evidence-Based Guidelines (EBG) for Fatigue Risk Management in Emergency Medical Services” published in the journal Prehospital Emergency Care in January 2018. 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. Now, as an adjunct to the guidelines, NASEMSO and the University of Pittsburgh have joined forces to produce an Implementation Guidebook to complement the scientific papers, which includes a condensed summary of each recommendation and sample policy statement templates that may be tailored/edited to the needs of local agencies. Read More
October 29, 2018
October 29, 2018 (Falls Church, Va.) The National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) has collaborated with the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) to provide a derivative work of their decision-making framework to compliment state-based rules and regulations related to EMS scope of practice. NASEMSO’s “Scope of Practice Model Decision-Making Framework for Emergency Medical Services” is now available on NASEMSO’s website at https://nasemso.org/projects/ems-scope-of-practice/. Read More
October 1, 2018
October 1, 2018 (Falls Church, Va.) – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Bureau of EMS, Trauma, and Preparedness has completed Data Use and Analytic Agreements to become the eleventh state to partner with Biospatial, Inc. MDHHS will be submitting National EMS Information System (NEMSIS) data elements to the Biopatial Platform to both assist in national preparedness and enhance the state’s ability to visualize their data with other data layers of relevance. Read More
September 27, 2018
The CAAS GVS Committee will convene two meetings in November to start development of the CAAS GVS V2.0 document. This new document will include updates from the V1.0 revision, as well as potentially incorporating a new Remount Standard. CAAS GVS V2.0 will have a July 2019 effective date.
Committee meetings are open to the public. Click here for more details
September 11, 2018
The update to the National Highway Institute’s (NHI) Web-Based Training (WBT) version of the National TIM Responder Training course is complete. The update focused on making the online version consistent with the March 2017 update to the in-person training materials and improving the functionality of the course. Read More
September 6, 2018
This new website has been designed to provide a wealth of information in a format that is compatible with a variety of operating systems and devices (e.g. laptop, tablet, smartphone).
August 30, 2018
WASHINGTON – The Office of Justice Programs’ Bureau of Justice Assistance today released the Fentanyl Safety Recommendations for First Responders’ companion training video Fentanyl: The Real Deal. The video was produced by U.S. Customs and Border Protection to help first responders protect themselves when the presence of fentanyl is suspected or encountered on the job. The video is available here.
August 30, 2018
The American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS-COT), American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), and the National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP) have previously offered varied guidance on the role of backboards and spinal immobilization in out-of-hospital situations. This updated consensus statement on spinal motion restriction in the trauma patient represents the collective positions of the ACS-COT, ACEP and NAEMSP. It has further been formally endorsed by a number of national stakeholder organizations. This updated uniform guidance is intended for use by emergency medical services (EMS) personnel, EMS medical directors, emergency physicians, trauma surgeons, and nurses as they strive to improve the care of trauma victims within their respective domains. Download the full article here.
August 30, 2018
DHHS, DHS, DOT, and the National Security Council Release Resource Document
Following the recent nerve agent poisonings in the United Kingdom, the emergency response community has requested information and advice to enhance preparedness. The US Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Department of Homeland Security’s Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office, Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Office of Emergency Medical Services, and the National Security Council have prepared a document, “Nerve Agent Information for Emergency Medical Services and Hospitals,” which serves as a refresher on standard protocols for recognizing, treating, and protecting oneself from nerve agent exposures. The document also compares and contrasts the clinical effects of nerve agents and opioids as an aid to distinguishing nerve agent exposure from the prevalent opioid overdose cases. Comprehensive follow-up guidance incorporating lessons learned from the United Kingdom incidents will be forthcoming. Download the document here.