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Evidence-Based Guideline for EMS Administration of Naloxone for Opioid Overdoses produced by NASEMSO, NAEMSP and ACEP Collaboration

April 18, 2019

(Falls Church, Va.) The National Association of State Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Officials (NASEMSO), in collaboration with the National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP) and the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), announces the publication of the first evidence-based guideline for EMS administration of naloxone for suspected opioid overdoses. In spite of the dramatic increase in the number of opioid overdose events to which EMS personnel respond, there remain unanswered questions about the optimal use of naloxone, including: best possible route of administration; dosage (including timing of repeat doses); titration of naloxone until patient resumes sufficient spontaneous respiration versus resumes full consciousness; and if transporting patients to the hospital after a return of consciousness affects outcome. A primary objective of this project was to answer these questions through a rigorous, science-based approach and deliver an evidence-based guideline and model EMS treatment protocol for the prehospital management of patients with suspected opioid overdose.  The evidence-based guideline has been published by Prehospital Emergency Medicine and is available at Evidence-Based Guidelines for EMS Administration of Naloxone.

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Announcement of 2019 National EMS Weekend of Honor and Honorees

April 11, 2019

The National EMS Memorial Service (NEMSMS), the National EMS Memorial Foundation and the National EMS Memorial Bike Ride (NEMSMBR) will pay tribute to twenty-six EMS fallen from across the United States during the 2019 National EMS Weekend of Honor, scheduled May 17-19 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center located at 201 Waterfront St., Oxon Hill, MD 20745. The list of honorees from thirteen states can be found on the NEMSMS website via the following link: http://www.national-ems-memorial.org/the-national-ems-memorial-service-2019-honorees/

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CAAS Releases GVS V2.0 Draft for Public Comment #2

April 10, 2019

The Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS) formed a Ground Vehicle Standard Revision Committee to develop V2.0 of the GVS document. This Committee and associated GVS Work Groups have now spent thousands of man-hours updating and revising the GVS V2.0 Standard for new ambulances. In addition, V2.0 now includes a comprehensive standard for Remounts.

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National EMS Scope of Practice Model Now Available

April 9, 2019

The National EMS Scope of Practice Model represents the foundation for the knowledge and skills necessary for the four levels of EMS clinicians.  The 2019 version, just released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Office of EMS represents the first significant revision since the Model was first published in 2007. It identifies the minimum recommended practice expectations in advance of gaining field experience (and prior to supervised or individual work experience), not the limits for EMS practice determined by the state and/or EMS medical director. An expert panel considered data from a systematic review of literature, national evidence-based guidelines, and input from the EMS community over a period of 2 years.  Rationale for specific changes are described in the document. The 2019 National EMS Scope of Practice Model is now available at

https://www.ems.gov/pdf/National_EMS_Scope_of_Practice_Model_2019.pdf

EMS Week Planning Guides Available

March 7, 2019

EMS Week will be May 19 – 25, 2019, and this year’s theme is “EMS Strong: Beyond The Call.”

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) was instrumental in establishing EMS Week when President Gerald Ford declared November 3 – 10, 1974 as the first “National Emergency Medical Services Week.” This annual observance continued for four more years and was then reinstituted by ACEP in 1982. Around this time the observance of EMS Week was moved to September. In 1992 EMS Week was again moved to be the 3rd week in May. The move was made to separate EMS Week from Fire Prevention week in October. The rationale for the move was the majority of fire and EMS services felt having the two events back to back hurt the effectiveness of each program so EMS Week was moved to May.

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Wyoming Partners with Biospatial

February 26, 2019

The Wyoming Department of Health, Public Health Division has completed Data Use and Analytic Agreements to become the 17th state to partner with Biospatial, Inc. The Wyoming Department of Health will be submitting National EMS Information System (NEMSIS) data  elements to the Biospatial Platform to both assist in national preparedness and enhance the state’s ability to visualize their data with other data layers of relevance.

Andy Gienapp, Director of Wyoming’s Office of EMS, looks forward to using the EMS data to drive policy and system design.  He states, “You can’t do that unless your data is comprehensive, linked, and easily digestible. We think our agreement with Biospatial can help paint that picture for us, to give us the real picture of what’s happening in Wyoming, and then an opportunity to make a difference.” By linking EMS data to traffic and trauma data, the system can be evaluated to find what works in EMS to improve patient outcomes.

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Promoting Innovations in Emergency Medical Services National Framework Document Released

February 20, 2019

The “Promoting Innovations in Emergency Medical Services” Project was administered by the Mount Sinai Health System in collaboration with the University of California, San Diego Health System. It was funded and supported by the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Office of Health Affairs, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Health & Human Services.

This project was intended to respond to the call from a variety of stakeholders for the federal government to support the implementation and dissemination of innovative Emergency Medical Services (EMS) delivery models. Regulatory, financial, technological, and other barriers have posed challenges to innovation in EMS. The project involved broad stakeholder involvement over a multi-year period to develop a national framework document providing guidance to overcome commonly faced barriers to innovation at the local or state level, and foster the development of new innovative models of healthcare delivery within EMS. Read More

HHS launches innovative payment model with new treatment and transport options to more appropriately and effectively meet beneficiaries’ emergency needs

February 14, 2019

HHS launches innovative payment model with new treatment and transport options to more appropriately and effectively meet beneficiaries’ emergency needs

Supporting ambulance triage options aims to allow beneficiaries to receive care at the right time and place

Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (Innovation Center), which tests innovative payment and service delivery models to lower costs and improve the quality of care, announced a new payment model for emergency ambulance services that aims to allow Medicare Fee-For-Service (FFS) beneficiaries to receive the most appropriate level of care at the right time and place with the potential for lower out-of-pocket costs.  Read More

The need for EMTs and paramedics is growing, but finding people to fill the jobs isn’t easy

February 1, 2019

  • Northern Light Health’s medical transport and emergency care in Maine is currently about 10 percent understaffed.
  • EMTs and paramedics are in demand around the country, with some 37,400 jobs set to be added through 2026, a 15 percent increase.
  • About five years ago, there were 15 to 20 applicants per open position at Northern Light. Today, it’s not uncommon to post a job and have zero applicants.
  • The health-care industry has added 368,000 jobs over the past year, while unemployment continues to hover near historic lows.

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NHTSA: EMS 2050 Agenda Released

January 31, 2019

EMS Agenda 2050 describes a people-centered vision for the future of EMS

After more than two years of stakeholder and public input, the Office of EMS at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and its federal partners today released “EMS Agenda 2050: A People-Centered Vision for the Future of Emergency Medical Services.” The document describes a vision for evidence-based, data-driven EMS that is integrated with the rest of the nation’s healthcare system.

“The release of EMS Agenda 2050 marks a beginning, not an end. It is now up to all of us to work together to make this vision a reality,” said Jon Krohmer, MD, director of the NHTSA Office of EMS. “NHTSA and our federal partners appreciate the work of the Technical Expert Panel, project team, and everyone who contributed to this effort. They have provided an inspiring framework on which to build.”

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