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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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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.