Model EMS Clinical Guidelines


The National Model EMS Clinical Guidelines Project was first initiated by NASEMSO in 2012 and has produced two versions of model clinical guidelines for EMS — the first in 2014 and the most recent version in late 2017. The guidelines were created as a resource to be used or adapted for use on a state, regional or local level to enhance prehospital patient care. These model protocols are offered to any EMS entity that wishes to use them, in full or in part. The model guidelines project has been led by the NASEMSO Medical Directors Council in collaboration with eight national EMS physician organizations, including: American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP), American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians (ACOEP), American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM), American Academy of Pediatrics, Committee on Pediatric Emergency Medicine (AAP-COPEM), American College of Surgeons, Committee on Trauma (ACS-COT) and Air Medical Physician Association (AMPA). Co-Principal Investigators, Dr. Carol Cunningham and Dr. Richard Kamin, directed the 2017 project as well as the original 2014 endeavor. Countless hours of review and edits were contributed by subject matter experts and EMS stakeholders who responded with comments and recommendations during two public comment periods.

The development of these guidelines was made possible by funding support from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Office of EMS, and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Maternal and Child Health Bureau’s EMS for Children Program. In addition, NASEMSO financially support this undertaking, as did many project team members who volunteered their own time and talent to ensure this project was a success.

The current version of the guidelines may be downloaded (PDF format) at National Model EMS Clinical Guidelines (v 2.2, January 5, 2019). If you would like the document in Word format to adapt for your own use, please send your request using the e-mail address below.

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Mary Hedges, MPA
Program Manager