October 1, 2018
October 1, 2018 (Falls Church, Va.) – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Bureau of EMS, Trauma, and Preparedness has completed Data Use and Analytic Agreements to become the eleventh state to partner with Biospatial, Inc. MDHHS will be submitting National EMS Information System (NEMSIS) data elements to the Biopatial Platform to both assist in national preparedness and enhance the state’s ability to visualize their data with other data layers of relevance. Read More
September 27, 2018
The CAAS GVS Committee will convene two meetings in November to start development of the CAAS GVS V2.0 document. This new document will include updates from the V1.0 revision, as well as potentially incorporating a new Remount Standard. CAAS GVS V2.0 will have a July 2019 effective date.
Committee meetings are open to the public. Click here for more details
September 11, 2018
The update to the National Highway Institute’s (NHI) Web-Based Training (WBT) version of the National TIM Responder Training course is complete. The update focused on making the online version consistent with the March 2017 update to the in-person training materials and improving the functionality of the course. Read More
September 6, 2018
This new website has been designed to provide a wealth of information in a format that is compatible with a variety of operating systems and devices (e.g. laptop, tablet, smartphone).
August 30, 2018
WASHINGTON – The Office of Justice Programs’ Bureau of Justice Assistance today released the Fentanyl Safety Recommendations for First Responders’ companion training video Fentanyl: The Real Deal. The video was produced by U.S. Customs and Border Protection to help first responders protect themselves when the presence of fentanyl is suspected or encountered on the job. The video is available here.
August 30, 2018
The American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS-COT), American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), and the National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP) have previously offered varied guidance on the role of backboards and spinal immobilization in out-of-hospital situations. This updated consensus statement on spinal motion restriction in the trauma patient represents the collective positions of the ACS-COT, ACEP and NAEMSP. It has further been formally endorsed by a number of national stakeholder organizations. This updated uniform guidance is intended for use by emergency medical services (EMS) personnel, EMS medical directors, emergency physicians, trauma surgeons, and nurses as they strive to improve the care of trauma victims within their respective domains. Download the full article here.
August 30, 2018
DHHS, DHS, DOT, and the National Security Council Release Resource Document
Following the recent nerve agent poisonings in the United Kingdom, the emergency response community has requested information and advice to enhance preparedness. The US Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Department of Homeland Security’s Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office, Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Office of Emergency Medical Services, and the National Security Council have prepared a document, “Nerve Agent Information for Emergency Medical Services and Hospitals,” which serves as a refresher on standard protocols for recognizing, treating, and protecting oneself from nerve agent exposures. The document also compares and contrasts the clinical effects of nerve agents and opioids as an aid to distinguishing nerve agent exposure from the prevalent opioid overdose cases. Comprehensive follow-up guidance incorporating lessons learned from the United Kingdom incidents will be forthcoming. Download the document here.
August 29, 2018
NASEMSO Announces Sept. 12 Webinar
(08/03/18) NASEMSO will host a webinar on “Occupational Health Surveillance for EMS Workers on Sept. 12, 2018, 1:00 p.m. EDT. This session will provide an overview of data elements in NEMSIS Version 3 standards that can be used to inform and improve EMS safety policy and practice, including safer ambulance design, and proper infection control and PPE practices. The abstract for this upcoming presentation is currently available on our web site. Dr. Matthew Groenewold of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, is the featured presenter. The session is open to all interested persons. Register online.
Other sessions that are currently available for review include:
August 3, 2018
(Falls Church, VA) – Portions of the air medical industry have recently made calls for action against a U.S. Senate Bill (S. 2812) introduced to provide consumer protections stating that it would “essentially create borders in the sky, preventing air ambulances from crossing state lines to get patients to the nearest, most appropriate medical facility.”