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South Carolina EMS featured in COSSAP Newsletter for Innovation in Responding to Opioid Epidemic

November 15, 2022

The South Carolina Bureau of EMS and Trauma was one of the early pioneers among state offices of EMS in developing innovative programs to address the opioid crisis. The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program (COSSAP) recently featured a story recognizing the state’s early and sustained efforts. Following earlier naloxone-related initiatives such as their Law Enforcement Officer Narcan (LEON) and the Reducing Opioid Loss of Life (ROLL) program for firefighters, the EMS Bureau developed the Community Outreach Paramedic Education (COPE) program in 2019. COPE Teams are made up of a specially trained paramedic, a peer support specialist or professional addiction counselor and if available a law enforcement officer from the LEON program. Their goal is to visit an overdose survivor during the critical window for intervention following an overdose event (typically within 72 hours) to provide educational materials and a “warm handoff” to drug treatment and peer support.  For more information about South Carolina’s overdose initiatives, contact Arnold Alier, EdD, NRP at aliera@dhec.sc.gov. Read more in More Than Naloxone: Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Combats Substance Use Disorder in South Carolina.

In 2021, NASEMSO created the Opioid and Substance Abuse Disorder Committee to share EMS best practices in response to overdose patients.  For more information about the committee, visit NASEMSO Opioid & SUD Committee

NASEMSO Program Manager Rachael Alter Publishes Article in Prehospital Emergency Care

September 20, 2022

NASEMSO is proud to announce that Rachael Alter, program manager and staff liaison for the NASEMSO Pediatric Emergency Care Council, is a co-author of the article, “Pediatric Emergency Care Coordination in EMS Agencies: Findings of a Multistate Learning Cooperative.” The article was published today in the peer-reviewed journal, Prehospital Emergency Care. The other co-authors are Hol See Tsao, MD, MPH; Erica Kane, MPH; Toni Gross, MD, MPH; Lorin R. Browne, DO; Marc Auerbach, MD, MSci; Julie C. Leonard, MD, MPH; Lorah Ludwig, MA; and Kathleen M. Adelgals, MD MPH. In 2017, the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal Child and Health Bureau’s Emergency Medical Services for Children program implemented a performance measure for State Partnership grants to increase the percentage of EMS agencies within each state that have designated individuals who coordinate pediatric emergency care, also called a pediatric emergency care coordinator (PECC). The PECC Learning Collaborative (PECCLC) was established to identify best practices to achieve this goal. This study’s objective reports on the structure and outcomes of the PECCLC conducted among nine states.

NASEMSO Announces 2022 Abstract Awards

June 28, 2022

NASEMSO presented six awards in the 2022 Abstract Competition at its Annual Meeting in Charleston, South Carolina, on June 23, 2022. The purpose of the NASEMSO abstract competition is to foster EMS and trauma system research and performance improvement in state EMS offices. To be eligible for entry, at least one author of the abstract must be a member of a state EMS office, including EMSC staff and contracted medical directors. The North Dakota Department of Health, Division of EMS, received the top award for its joint project with the North Dakota EMS Association, on defining performance measures in rural EMS settings. A complete set of the abstracts, their authors and awards are available at https://nasemso.org/news-events/news/news-item/abstract-awards-2022/

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