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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.

NASEMSO Annual Meeting to Feature Author and Central Figure of American Sirens, the Story of Freedom House Ambulance

December 7, 2022

A person sitting in a car Description automatically generated with low confidenceThe NASEMSO Annual Meeting 2023, June 11-15, in Reno, Nevada, will feature paramedic and author, Kevin Hazzard, who will share his gripping account of Freedom House Ambulance as told in his latest book, American Sirens. What’s more, Freedom House paramedic John Moon, who is believed to have performed the first endotracheal intubation in the field, will be a guest of honor. He will join Hazzard to share the remarkable story of a largely forgotten group of Black men in Pittsburgh who became America’s first paramedics. Due to the vision of Dr. Pater Safar, the courage of medical director Dr. Nancy Caroline, and the determination of a group of unlikely individuals who in 1967 had been recruited off the inner-city streets in Pittsburgh, Freedom House Ambulance broke ground in EMS when they demonstrated how paramedics could perform advanced medical skills with the right training and support. Recently featured on Good Morning America, Hazzard and Moon share snippets of the birth of modern EMS.

The clip from Good Morning America: How 24 Black Men Became the Country’s First Paramedics

For more information about the NASEMSO Annual Meeting 2023, click  here.

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