News & Events


Spinal Motion Restriction in the Trauma Patient – A Joint Position Statement

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.

Nerve Agent Information for Emergency Medical Services and Hospitals

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.

Webinar on Health Surveillance of EMS Workers Using NEMSIS Data

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:

NASEMSO Responds to Ambulance “Borders in the Sky”

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.”
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EMS Strong

May 2, 2018

NASEMSO is a strategic association partner of EMS Strong 2018
Find out about EMS Strong & EMS Week here!
EMS Week: May 20-26, 2018

NASEMSO Contributes Report of its Activities on Response to the Opoid Epidemic for May 3 NSA Roundtable

May 1, 2018

NASEMSO has compiled a report detailing current programs that it has conducted in response to the national opioid epidemic to the May 3, 2018, Opioid Roundtable, hosted by the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) and the Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security in Washington, DC. U.S.

Download the NASEMSO report here

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NASEMSO Program Manager Kevin McGinnis Named as 2018 Top 10 Innovator in EMS

April 30, 2018

The winners of this year’s EMS10: Innovators in EMS awards were announced today following a closed formal presentation on Feb. 20, 2018, at an exclusive banquet, hosted as part of EMS Today 2018 in Charlotte, NC. A panel of professional EMS colleagues and peers selected the distinguished winners, who each displayed initiative, creative thinking, action-orientation and a desire to positively impact EMS, patients and their communities. See photo of winners.

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NASEMSO Joins the Road to Zero in Releasing Proposed Framework for Eliminating Deaths by 2020

April 19, 2018

NASEMSO – as a member of the Road to Zero Coalition and its Steering Group, managed by the National Safety Council – released a comprehensive report, “The Road to Zero: A Vision for Achieving Zero Roadway Deaths by 2050,” explicitly laying out strategies for ending all roadway deaths in the United States by 2050. It is the first time in the nation’s history that so many organizations – more than 600 – have collaborated to put forth a comprehensive plan to address motor vehicle fatalities, which have been increasing after years of decline. The report is released in the midst of a national discussion about infrastructure and the need to rebuild our nation’s transportation systems. Learn more.

GHSA releases updated “Guide for Effectively Partnering with State Highway Safety Offices”

April 18, 2018

The Governors Highway Safety Association is pleased to release the April 2018 edition of its Guide for Effectively Partnering with State Highway Safety Offices. First published in 2004, this comprehensive update builds upon the original document to help organizations identify how they can best collaborate with State Highway Safety Offices (SHSOs). The guide includes: a checklist for successfully partnering with SHSOs; case studies of innovative state partnerships; an overview of the ins and outs of how SHSOs work; and tips for executing both funded and non-funded partnerships.

RWJF Nurses Week Video Challenge — Submit by Apr. 24, 2018

April 12, 2018

The It Takes A Nurse Facebook community is organizing a special Nurses Week 2018 video contest to show the world how nurses change lives and transform communities! It’s very easy to enter – just film a 30-75 second video about how you (or a nurse friend!) are going above and beyond to promote healthy lifestyles and email it to Enter by April 24 for a chance to win (check out the contest guidelines here). The videos will be reviewed by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and we have exciting prizes! Shoot us a message on our Facebook page if you have any questions!