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NASEMSO Statement on Unity and Equity

June 19, 2020

The last several weeks have illustrated, in vivid detail, the brutality endured by people of color simply because of their race. Our society’s progress towards racial equality is clearly and appallingly inadequate, and far from the ideal espoused under the Constitution of the United States that all persons are created equal.

We have witnessed acts inflicted on people of color that have completely disregarded the basic tenets of humanity, security, ethics, and justice that we tell ourselves we and our country value. The tragedy does not end there. Racial minorities have suffered far worse from the COVID-19 pandemic than the white population. According to the Atlantic’s COVID Racial Data Tracker, “Black people are dying at a rate nearly two times higher than their population share.” Similarly, Native American and Hispanic populations have seen infection rates that are among the highest in the country.
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Opportunity for EMS Services to Participate in a Study Related to Risks of Fatigue

June 11, 2020

In a partnership with NASEMSO and the U.S. Department of Transportation, the University of Pittsburgh is leading a research study that seeks to examine the impact of a sleep health and fatigue education and training program tailored to Emergency Medical Services (EMS) clinicians. We are currently seeking EMS agencies to participate in the study intended to help mitigate risks related to EMS fatigue. 10.25 hrs of free CE credit (per individual) is available to participating agencies from NASEMSO. More information to enroll is available on the study flyer available here.

Fire and Emergency Medical Services Response to Civil Unrest

June 6, 2020

Civil unrest may occur as a period of social upheaval, following sporting events or during periods of heightened community tension. Fire and emergency medical services (EMS) personnel will be called to respond to these incidents, placing themselves at higher than anticipated levels of risk. The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEM) worked together to compile these best practices to assist you as you respond to civil unrest incidents in your community.

Bulletin available for download here.

NASEMSO Updates 2020 National EMS Assessment

May 30, 2020

Originally released in April, this new version provides updated details to three sections: State Medical Directors; Pediatric Safe Transport Devices; HRSA EMSC State Partnership Funding. Additionally, we are providing two versions of the document: 1) high-quality; 2) reduced file size (for sharing)

Click here to see the original press release

NASEMSO Releases 2020 Specialty Systems of Care Assessment

May 27, 2020

(Falls Church, Va.) “Specialty Systems of Care: An Analysis of Statewide Practices Related to Time Sensitive Emergencies” is a new compilation from the National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) that focuses on the legal authority of states to organize and implement specialized systems of care for time sensitive emergencies such as stroke and chest pain. These elements are important to the matching of EMS and medical resources to patient needs and outcomes over a specified geographic area. The data was compiled from multiple interactions with state EMS officials, affiliated partners, and independent research to fill in several informational gaps from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The evaluation resulted in several key findings:

  • Efforts to improve cardiovascular care is occurring in all 50 states and the District of Columbia at varying levels.
  • Formal systems of care coordination at a statewide level involved 82% of all states.
    • Not all systems of care coordination is directed by the state lead agency for EMS.

Overall, findings were that systems of care coordination among the states is complex and multifaceted. State EMS authorities share responsibilities with other state agencies, regional boards and coordinating bodies, and community partnerships. Recognition of an event and the time to treatment is of utmost importance and a high priority to the EMS and emergency care community. However, limited federal support and funding from charitable foundations that has become available to compliment this effort are focused more on prevention, disease management, and hospital care than EMS response and systems coordination. The existence of multiple definitions, multiple standards, and multiple data registries has created some national diversity in how states coordinate specialty care.

The report is available from the NASEMSO website.

NASEMSO, NAEMSP and ACEP to Develop Pre-Hospital Pain Management Evidence-Based Guideline

May 21, 2020

(Falls Church, Va.) The National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO), in collaboration with the National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP) and the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), is leading a project to develop an evidence-based guideline (EBG) for the pharmacologic management of acute pain in the prehospital setting.  One of the most frequent conditions encountered by EMS professionals in the field is pain. While appropriate use of controlled substances is within the standard of care for treating pain in the prehospital setting, the opioid crisis currently facing the nation has fueled an urgent need to develop evidence-based recommendations on the prehospital use of analgesics. Read More

NASEMSO Annual Meeting Canceled

May 14, 2020

In light of the prolonged national SARS-CoV-2 emergency, the NASEMSO Board of Directors has canceled the 2020 Annual Meeting that was previously rescheduled to August 31 – September 3 in Reno, NV.

In an e-mail to members, Executive Director Dia Gainor wrote, “Discussions are currently underway on whether to pivot to virtual sessions. Input will be sought in the near future on what kinds of remote meeting events and presentations may be of interest and value to our members this fall.

As we pause to determine a path forward to meet the association’s needs, we continue to pray for the health and safety of our EMS responders, members, and partners.”

Additional information regarding registration refunds and credits, as well as future meetings will be posted on this website as they become available.

NASEMSO Releases 2020 National EMS Assessment

April 9, 2020

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and applause for first responders in the United States, the National Association of State Emergency Medical Services Officials (NASEMSO) has released the 2020 National EMS Assessment updating the 2011 assessment. The 2020 assessment provides a comprehensive accounting by state/territory of the numbers and types of all 911 ambulance services and emergency medical services (EMS) professionals. Read More

Indiana joins EMS Compact

March 17, 2020

On Friday March 13, 2020, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb signed legislation making that state the 20th to join the EMS Compact. The statute is effective 90 days from signing.

Dr. Michael Kaufmann, State EMS Medical Director said; This EMS Compact just makes sense for Indiana. We have borders with four other states and are hopeful that our entry into the Compact gives an incentive for our neighbors to join. My thanks to our legislature, our Governor and all the groups that supported this legislation.  Read More

Interstate Compact Operational to Help Response to COVID-19

March 13, 2020

At the regular meeting of the Interstate Commission for EMS Personnel Practice (EMS Compact Commission) on Tuesday March 10, 2020, the EMS Compact Commission approved use of the EMS Compact process effective Monday March 16, 2020 in response to personnel needs associated with COVID-19. This decision enables EMS personnel licensed in Compact member states (home states) to cross state borders using a privilege to practice and work in other Compact states (remote state) without getting an EMS license in the remote state.

EMS Compact Commission Chair, Joe Schmider (Texas) said; “We already know of EMS personnel in states around the country who are in quarantine from occupational contacts with suspected ill patients. For many EMS agencies, the loss of a few key personnel for two weeks, even if they don’t become ill, can stress daily operations. The EMS Compact was built in part for this exact scenario. We want the EMS Compact to be one more tool in the toolbox that states can use in responding to this evolving public health event.” Read More