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Partnership with Ninth Brain Announced

December 23, 2020

The National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO)  announces a strategic partnership with Ninth Brain that aligns with our mission to support our members in developing EMS policy and oversight, and providing vision, leadership and resources in the development and improvement of state, regional and local EMS, and emergency care systems. Ninth Brain will serve as NASEMSO’s Strategic Software Platform Partner for providing communication tools, a learning management system, credential tracking, forms/ checklists, and more.

NASEMSO Submits Comments to Proposed DEA Rules

December 3, 2020

Nearly 3 years after the ‘‘Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act of 2017’’ was signed into law, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) published proposed rules to implement the federal law. The Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act was supported by numerous EMS organizations, with the National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP) leading the effort. The intent (and result) was to ensure EMS clinicians could administer controlled substances outside the physical presence of a medical director pursuant to a valid standing or verbal order. This amendment to the Controlled Substances Act also created a new registration category for EMS agencies that handle controlled substances. In addition, it established standards for registering EMS agencies and new requirements for delivery, storage, and recordkeeping related to their handling of controlled substances. The DEA published the proposed rules to implement the Act on October 5, 2020, at DEA Proposed Rules. NASEMSO submitted comments to the proposed rules within the 60-day period provided. Those comments are available at NASEMSO Comments.

 

Invitation to Provide Feedback in 2021 Field Triage Guidelines Revision

November 10, 2020

The American College of Surgeons, with support from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is leading the revision of the 2011 Field Triage Guidelines. As a part of the revision process, we are seeking input on the current guidelines from a broad group of EMS stakeholders, at all levels and in all roles. To obtain insight into current use and perceived strengths and challenges of the current guidelines, we have developed an EMS Stakeholder Feedback Tool.
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MAZDA HEROES: HONORING THE HUMAN SPIRIT

October 10, 2020

Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) is giving away the 100th Anniversary Special Edition Mazda MX-5 Miata cars to 50 hometown heroes who have made a lasting impact on their respective communities. MNAO’s ‘Mazda Heroes: Honoring the Human Spirit’ (Mazda Heroes) spotlights first responders and others across the country who have selflessly uplifted those around them throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

 Submissions will be accepted until Sunday, October 25 at Mazdausa.com. The 50 Mazda Heroes will be formally announced on December 2 Readers can nominate themselves or someone else at www.MazdaUSA.com/mazda-heroes for a chance to be honored as a Mazda Hero.   

EMS COVID Resource Reporting Tool Released

August 25, 2020

The EMS COVID Resource Reporting Tool was created by the NHTSA Office of EMS to document, in one place, agency PPE needs and personnel shortages related to the COVID-19 crisis. This will allow the NHTSA Office of EMS to present an accurate and current picture of the nation’s EMS resource status and needs at the State and Federal levels. Click here to access the reporting tool: https://nemsis.org/ems-covid-resource-reporting-tool/

UNC Launches National Initiative to Support First Responders

August 13, 2020

Heroes Health is a new, app-based mental health support initiative supporting healthcare workers and first responders throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The app provides brief surveys each week to empower these workers to check in with themselves, track their mental health symptoms, and connect with wellness resources, from 24/7 crisis helplines to meditation apps and even links to retail discounts. Heroes Health is available free of charge through Google Play and Apple’s App Store to any healthcare worker or first responder in the United States with additional features for healthcare and EMS institutions that want to deploy it across their organizations. To learn more, please visit the Heroes Health Initiative website at https://heroeshealth.unc.edu.

NASEMSO Statement on Unity and Equity

June 19, 2020

The last several weeks have illustrated, in vivid detail, the brutality endured by people of color simply because of their race. Our society’s progress towards racial equality is clearly and appallingly inadequate, and far from the ideal espoused under the Constitution of the United States that all persons are created equal.

We have witnessed acts inflicted on people of color that have completely disregarded the basic tenets of humanity, security, ethics, and justice that we tell ourselves we and our country value. The tragedy does not end there. Racial minorities have suffered far worse from the COVID-19 pandemic than the white population. According to the Atlantic’s COVID Racial Data Tracker, “Black people are dying at a rate nearly two times higher than their population share.” Similarly, Native American and Hispanic populations have seen infection rates that are among the highest in the country.
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Opportunity for EMS Services to Participate in a Study Related to Risks of Fatigue

June 11, 2020

In a partnership with NASEMSO and the U.S. Department of Transportation, the University of Pittsburgh is leading a research study that seeks to examine the impact of a sleep health and fatigue education and training program tailored to Emergency Medical Services (EMS) clinicians. We are currently seeking EMS agencies to participate in the study intended to help mitigate risks related to EMS fatigue. 10.25 hrs of free CE credit (per individual) is available to participating agencies from NASEMSO. More information to enroll is available on the study flyer available here.

Fire and Emergency Medical Services Response to Civil Unrest

June 6, 2020

Civil unrest may occur as a period of social upheaval, following sporting events or during periods of heightened community tension. Fire and emergency medical services (EMS) personnel will be called to respond to these incidents, placing themselves at higher than anticipated levels of risk. The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEM) worked together to compile these best practices to assist you as you respond to civil unrest incidents in your community.

Bulletin available for download here.

NASEMSO Updates 2020 National EMS Assessment

May 30, 2020

Originally released in April, this new version provides updated details to three sections: State Medical Directors; Pediatric Safe Transport Devices; HRSA EMSC State Partnership Funding. Additionally, we are providing two versions of the document: 1) high-quality; 2) reduced file size (for sharing)

Click here to see the original press release