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Abstract Awards 2022

June 28, 2022

1st Place
Defining a Suite of Performance Measures for EMS in Rural Settings: North Dakota Rural EMS Counts Project

Authors: Christopher Price, MPA1; Lindsey B. Narloch, MS2; Antonio R. Fernandez, PhD, NRP3; Nikiah Nudell, MS, NRP4; Karen E. Jacobson, BA5; Shila Blend, PhD, RN-BC6; Brad Gibbens, MPA7; Jason Eblen, BUS, NRP; Howard Walth, RN, NRP8; J. Brent Myers, MD, MPH3; Remle P. Crowe, PhD, NREMT3

Affiliations: 1. Division of EMS, North Dakota Department of Health 2. North Dakota EMS Association 3. ESO, Inc 4. UC Health 5. Jacobson Consulting, LLC; 6. ND IT Department 7. Center for Rural Health, University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences 8. CHI St. Alexius Health

 

2nd Place
Preventing Ambulance Crashes in Massachusetts

Authors: Anna Massefski, MPH, EMT-B; Stephanie DeMarco (MA-OEMS); EMT-B; Ridgely Ficks (MA-OEMS), EMT-B

3rd Place
How Good is Good Enough: Establishing a Statewide Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Scope of Practice Surveillance Program

Authors: Amber Viitanen, MPH, William Clark RHIT, NRP, Scott Beckley, PhD, Matthew Pickler, Dale Knochenmus, Donnie Woodyard, Jr., MALL, NRP
Affiliations: All authors are from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Honorable Mention
Epidemiology of Interfacility Transports in Largely Rural State: Incident Descriptives & Associated Factors for Air Transports (Kansas)

Authors: Morgan K. Anderson1, Chad Pore2, Joseph House2, Douglas G. Butler, Jr.1 1. ImageTrend Clinical & Research Services, Lakeville MN 2. Kansas Board of EM

Honorable Mention
Pediatric Emergency Care Coordination in EMS Agencies: Findings of a Multistate Learning Collaborative

Authors: Hoi See Tsao, MD, MPH,1 Rachael Alter, BA,2 Erica Kane,3 Toni Gross, MD MPH,4 Lorin Browne, MD,5 Marc Auerbach, MD, MSci,6 Julie Leonard, MD MPH,7 Lorah Ludwig, MA,8 Kathleen M. Adelgais, MD,MPH2,9

1.Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX; Emergency Medical Services for Children Innovation & Improvement Center Fellow Representative
2.Emergency Medical Services for Children Innovation & Improvement Center, The University of Texas Austin, Austin, TX
3.Emergency Medical Services for Children at Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
4.Children’s Hospital of New Orleans, New Orleans, LAbr>
5.Medical College of Wisconsin, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
6.Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT
7.Department of Emergency Medicine, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, OH
8.Health Resources and Services Administration, Rockville, MD
9.Department of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, CO


Honorable Mention

Calls of Despair: An EMS Perspective on Suicide and Overdose in Rhode Island during COVID-19

Authors: James L. Thorndike1, EMT-B; Carolina Roberts-Santana2; Jason Rhodes2; Kenneth Williams1,2,3, MD, FACEP, FAEMS

1. Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University; 2. Rhode Island Department of Health Center for EMS; 3. Brown University Department of Emergency Medicine


Additional 2022 Abstracts

NASEMSO Celebrates 40th Anniversary and Releases Commemorative Booklet

June 20, 2022

The National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO), the lead national organization for emergency medical services, is celebrating its 40th-year anniversary during its Annual Meeting, June 19-23, in Charleston, South Carolina. In celebration of this momentous event, NASEMSO has released a commemorative booklet highlighting the organization’s leadership and history. In addition to a brief history of the organization, the booklet contains reflections by many past leaders, as well as pictures from organizational meetings, pictures of leaders, a historical listing of state directors, resolutions passed by NASEMSO, history of projects, memories of staff and friends, and a special in memoriam section. In addition, a section highlights the role of each council (Data Managers, Health & Medical Preparedness, Medical Directors, Pediatric Emergency Care, Personnel Licensure, and Trauma Managers) and provides pictures of their events. A limited number of print copies are available by request.

Read the full press release.

NASEMSO salutes all EMS professionals during National EMS Week

May 15, 2022

NASEMSO salutes all EMS professionals during National EMS Week, May 15-21.  Special events are planned across the country, and this year, each day is marked by a special focus:

  • Sunday is Health, Wellness, and Resilience Day to promote the health, wellness and resilience of EMS providers and patients.
  • Monday is Education Day, highlighting public education programs and EMS provider education
  • Tuesday is EMS Safety Day to promote Safety for the EMS provider, the patient, and the public
  • Wednesday is EMS for Children Day to highlight the special needs of caring for children
  • Thursday is Save-A-Life Day to promote Stop the Bleed, public CPR programs and other programs
  • Friday is EMS Recognition Day to recognize your local EMS heroes and those who save lives through the EMS system.

Thank you to all who serve!

Model Clinical Guidelines Version 3 Now Available

March 21, 2022

The NASEMSO Model EMS Clinical Guidelines project team is delighted to unveil Version 3 of the National Model EMS Clinical Guidelines. In completing Version 3, the project team has reviewed and updated all existing guidelines, as well as added four new guidelines. Version 3 of the Guidelines, similar to the original version released in 2014, was completed by a team of EMS and specialty physicians comprised of members of the NASEMSO Medical Directors Council and representatives from six EMS medical director stakeholder organizations. In addition, all guidelines were reviewed by a team of pediatric emergency medicine physicians, pharmacologists and other technical reviewers.

Andy Gienapp, MS, NRP, Joins NASEMSO as Deputy Executive Director

February 1, 2022

Andy Gienapp, MS, NRP, joined the National Association of Emergency Medical Services Officials (NASEMSO) as the deputy executive director, a newly created position. In this role, Gienapp will be responsible for providing strategic leadership to promote and expand NASEMSO’s presence and capacity as a national leader in emergency medical services. His immediate tasks will be managing the NASEMSO Workforce project and Strategic Plans for State EMS Offices project. To read NASEMSO’s full statement click here.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg Announces Comprehensive National Roadway Safety Strategy

January 27, 2022

The U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary today announced the federal government’s new comprehensive National Roadway Safety Strategy (NRSS), a roadmap for addressing the national crisis in roadway fatalities and serious injuries. Almost 95 percent of the Nation’s transportation deaths occur on its streets, roads, and highways. While the number of annual roadway fatalities declined for many years, progress plateaued over the last decade and now alarmingly fatalities have risen during the pandemic. The NRSS provides concrete steps that the Department will take to address this crisis systemically and prevent these tragic and avoidable deaths and serious injuries. Bolstered by historic funding included in President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the NRSS is the first step in working toward an ambitious long-term goal of reaching zero roadway fatalities. To read more about the key actions, click here.

Evidence Based Guidelines for Prehospital Pain Management

January 26, 2022

NASEMSO is pleased to announce the completion of Evidence Based Guidelines for Prehospital Pain Management, which have now been published in Prehospital Emergency Care. The 18-month project was conducted in collaboration with the National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP) and the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) EMS Committee.  The Principal Investigator was Dr. George LIndbeck. In addition, the National Association of EMS Educators (NAEMSE) will offer a webinar on the pain management guidelines on March 9, 2022, 1:00 PM ET.  The presentation is designed for EMS educators, prehospital clinicians, EMS medical directors and anyone with an interest in addressing acute pain of patients in the prehospital setting. Pediatric pain management will be included as well as person-centered approach to pain management and shared decision-making with patients. Speakers will briefly discuss how the GRADE process is used to develop evidence-based guidelines. For more detailed information about these guidelines and how they were developed, see the manuscripts recently published in Prehospital Emergency Care at  EBGs for Pain Management: Recommendations and EBGs for Pain Management: Literature and Methods. More information about the project is available at NASEMSO Prehospital Pain Management EBGs

Join NAEMSE, NASEMSO, NAEMSP, and ACEP for a webinar from 1:00-2:30 pm ET on March 9, 2022!

Read more & register here: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_2U3-W_jiQn2NZ3jYgXxObg

*Please note that this special event is not eligible for CEU*

NASEMSO Mourns the Loss of Jim DeTienne

January 4, 2022

Jan. 3, 2022 (Falls Church, Va.) – The National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) is mourning the loss of James “Jim” DeTienne following a brave battle with multiple cancers. Jim, an association past president, was frequently described as an EMS champion, mentor, colleague, and friend. To read more, click here.

NASEMSO 2021 Annual In Person Meeting Canceled

September 16, 2021

Sept. 9, 2021 – The NASEMSO Board of Directors made a difficult decision about proceeding with the Annual Meeting scheduled for November 14-18. The unabating pandemic, the workload the pandemic has placed on many state EMS offices, and state travel restrictions have severely affected likely turnout. After reviewing poll results from state directors which indicated few would be able to attend, the Board reluctantly voted  to cancel the meeting in Reno.  The decision had to be made at this juncture to avoid penalties from the hotel.

We fully intend to proceed with the NASEMSO Annual Meetings 2022 and 2023. Please click here to view those dates and to mark your calendars to attend.

Model Clinical Guidelines Version 3 – Now Available for Public Comment

September 1, 2021

The NASEMSO Model EMS Clinical Guidelines project team is delighted to unveil the draft Version 3 of the Model EMS Clinical Guidelines.

In completing Version 3, the project team has reviewed and updated all existing guidelines, as well as added five new guidelines. Version 3 of the Guidelines, similar to the original version released in 2014, was completed by a team of EMS and specialty physicians comprised of members of the NASEMSO Medical Directors Council and representatives from six EMS medical director stakeholder organizations (AAEM, ACEP, AAP-COPEM, ACS-COT, AMPA, and NAEMSP). In addition, all guidelines have been reviewed by a team of pediatric emergency medicine physicians, pharmacologists and other technical reviewers. 

As part of the process we invite you to provide public comment on this draft version by completing the form below before September 24, 2021.