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NASEMSO Announces a New Cooperative Agreement Project

March 23, 2023

NASEMSO is excited to announce the start of a new cooperative agreement project, funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Office of Emergency Medical Services, to take the critical initial steps to develop criteria to improve the safety of children transported by ambulance. This 15-month project will focus on drafting crash test methods intended to evaluate the safety of commercially available devices used to secure children in the back of an ambulance. Test methods will be drafted for three unique transport situations:

  1. supine pediatric patients (i.e., laying on their back on an adult sized cot);
  2. seated pediatric patients or child passengers; and
  3. supine neonatal patients.

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NASEMSO Program Manager Kathy Robinson Publishes an Article in Science Direct

March 22, 2023

NASEMSO is proud to announce that Kathy Robinson, program manager, is a co-author of the article, “Leadership and Trauma-Informed Care: Working to Support Staff and Teams.” The article was published in the Journal of Emergency Nursing in Science Direct. The other co-authors is AnnMarie Papa DNP, RN, CEN, NE-BC, FAEN, FAAN. The concept of “trauma-informed care” as a paradigm in public health and human services has evolved over the past 30 years. Can trauma-informed practices be used as a leadership tool to help address staff/colleagues as they grapple with the concerns associated with a complex health care landscape? Trauma-informed care shifts the focus from “What’s wrong with you?” to “What happened to you?” This powerful approach to addressing stress might help set the stage for caring and meaningful interactions among staff and colleagues before exchanges become fraught with blame and unproductive or toxic impacts on team-based relationships.

Results of EMS Fatigue Study Now Available

January 25, 2023

The National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) along with its partners at the University of Pittsburgh (“Pitt”) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are pleased to announce that the results of the experimental study on fatigue in EMS has been published in Sleep Health, the official Journal of the National Sleep Foundation. “The Emergency Medical Services Sleep Health Study: A cluster-randomized trial” supports the hypothesis that tailored sleep health education improves sleep quality and fatigue among EMS workers. Sleep Health is an evidence-based, multidisciplinary journal that serves as the foremost publication for manuscripts that advance the sleep health of all members of society. We are extremely grateful to our expert panelists, all study participants, and our organizational partners in EMS for their input and support throughout the project, which officially concluded in 2022. NASEMSO’s web site at emsfatigue.org continues to display all project materials and links related to these efforts. Thanks to generous support from Pitt, the manuscript is available as an open access article at https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2352721822001814?via%3Dihub.