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

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