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NASEMSO Announces Comment Period for the Revision of the EMS Scope of Practice Model

(08/03/17) NASEMSO is soliciting feedback on revised portions contained in the 2007 National EMS Scope of Practice Model that is now available on the project web site. An expert panel selected from members of the EMS community considered updated background information and a systematic review of literature, including the following five key areas as priority topics: use of opioid antagonists at the BLS level; therapeutic hypothermia following cardiac arrest; pharmacological pain management following an acute traumatic event; hemorrhage control; and use of CPAP/BiPAP at the EMT level.

Content regarding EMS levels and skill sets is still under discussion and will be addressed in future versions. National engagement provides interested parties with an opportunity to comment on the draft to ensure that the document reflects the collective expertise and experience of the whole community. Individuals or organizations that wish to provide input should enter comments here. The national engagement period will conclude Oct. 7, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. EDT. Download press release.

NASEMSO Program Manager Leslee Stein-Spencer Honored for EMS Contributions

(07/03/17) NASEMSO Program Manager Leslee Stein-Spencer, RN, MS, received the highest recognition ever offered to a civilian in the Chicago Fire Department, when CFD Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago officially named a new EMS Award and the EMS Sim Lab in her honor. Going forward, the recipient of the "Leslee Stein-Spencer Chazon Award of Visionary Excellence" will be selected annually during EMS Week for their ability to conceive, implement, and execute a program that improves EMS training, EMS response, or patient care outcomes.


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In addition to her health and medical preparedness work with NASEMSO, Stein-Spencer has served as the Director for the Medical Administration and Regulatory Compliance (MARC) Division of the Chicago Fire Department for more than 10 years. Prior to that, she served with distinction as the Illinois State EMS Director and was recently recognized by the Illinois Department of Public Health at the 2017 Integrated Public Health and Healthcare System Preparedness Summit with the Director's Lifetime Achievement Award.

Her visionary work in the field of EMS competency via simulation has been featured in the Journal of Emergency Services as a model for EMS and fire agencies across the nation. While we congratulate Leslee on her retirement from CFD, we are fortunate that she will continue work as a consultant and advisor with NASEMSO. Way to go, Leslee!

NASEMSO Program Manager Rachael Alter Published in Journal of Prehospital Emergency Care

(06/29/17) NASEMSO Program Manager Rachael Alter, EMT, QAS, has been published in the Journal of Prehospital Emergency Care. She is an author of the article, “Medical Oversight, Educational Core Content, and Proposed Scopes of Practice of Wilderness EMS Providers: A Joint Project Developed by Wilderness EMS Educators, Medical Directors, and Regulators Using a Delphi Approach.” (See abstract online.) The article reports on the results of the National Association of EMS Physicians Wilderness EMS Committee’s project to define the educational core content supporting scopes of practice of wilderness EMS providers and the conditions when wilderness EMS providers should be required to have medical oversight. This core content is a foundation for wilderness EMS provider scopes of practice and builds on both the National EMS Education Standards and the National EMS Scope of Practice Model, which is currently being revised under the auspices of NASEMO through an NHTSA grant. Congratulations, Rachael, on the publication.

NASEMSO Program Manager Kevin McGinnis to Serve on the Rural EMS Advisory Council

(06/29/17) NASEMSO Program Manager Kevin McGinnis, MPS, QAS, has been selected to serve on the Rural EMS Advisory Council being organized by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP), which provides leadership and funds to improve access to quality healthcare in rural communities. The purpose of the Rural EMS Advisory Council will be to inform FORHP on EMS issues and to provide an outside perspective on related grant programs. Congratulations, Kevin, on this appointment.

The 411

(06/21/17) Here's the latest update on NASEMSO projects and activities:

  • Fatigue in EMS – The team is heading down the home stretch with final evidence tables, guidelines, and performance measures expected this summer. Next up: experimental study on the effect of a fatigue management program on an EMS agency AND a free scheduling tool based on a biomathematical model of fatigue for EMS personnel!
  • National EMS Scope of Practice Model Revision – The Expert Panel met in Washington, D.C., on June 1-2, 2017. A systematic review of literature was discussed related to 5 important metrics: the use of opioid antagonists by all BLS personnel, hemorrhage control, targeted temperature management following cardiac arrest, the use of CPAP by EMTs, and pharmacological pain management. The Panel’s input is being incorporated into the first draft and a broader public engagement is anticipated in August 2017.
  • National Model EMS Clinical Guidelines – Draft Version 2 is now accepting public comments until June 26, 2017.
  • REPLICA – REPLICA member states have EXCEEDED the threshold needed to activate! Congratulations and thank youto Colorado, Texas, Virginia, Idaho, Kansas, Tennessee, Utah, Wyoming, Mississippi, Georgia, and Alabama!! Eight more states have introduced legislation that could bring the total to 38% of the nation. Advocate Sue Prentiss is still available to work with states that are supportive of or filing compact legislation to provide resources and informational needs. The member states are in the process of forming a REPLICA Commission to handle the day-to-day needs of the compact.
     
 

|EMS News & Resources

NREMT Seeks Applicants for Executive Director

(08/22/17) The National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) is searching for an individual with a unique vision, exceptional management abilities, and superior leadership skills to serve as its next executive director. Candidates with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree (graduate degree preferred) and the abilities and experience described in the published profile are invited to submit their application. Applications will be accepted through Oct. 16, 2017. More information is available online.

First Official REPLICA Meeting to Be Held on Oct. 7-8 in Oklahoma City

(08/03/17) The Recognition of EMS Personnel Licensure Compact (REPLICA) participating states have announced that the first full meeting will be held on Oct. 7-8, 2017, at the Oklahoma Museum of Fine Arts in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Member state representatives will be officially seated on the Interstate Commission for EMS Personnel Practice (Interstate Commission).

In addition, the public is invited to participate in a public hearing on Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, as part of the second day of Interstate Commission’s meeting. REPLICA member states include Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wyoming.
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Download news release for further details (08/031/17)
> NASEMSO Responds to Questions Regarding the Revision of the National EMS Scope of Practice Model (08/08/17)

Rhode Island Joins National Collaborative for Bio-Preparedness

(07/21/17) The State of Rhode Island Department of Health has completed a Data Use Agreement and Analytics Agreement with the University of North Carolina to join the National Collaborative for Bio-Preparedness (NCBP). Rhode Island will be submitting National EMS Information System
(NEMSIS) data elements both to assist in national preparedness and to enhance the state’s ability to visualize their data with other data layers of relevance. Download news release.

Florida Joins National Collaborative for Bio-Preparedness

(07/06/17) The State of Florida Department of Health has completed a Data Use Agreement and Analytics Agreement with the University of North Carolina (UNC) to join the National Collaborative for Bio-Preparedness (NCBP). Florida will be submitting National EMS Information System (NEMSIS) data elements both to assist in national preparedness and to enhance the state’s ability to visualize their data with other data layers of relevance.

NCBP was formed to enhance the nation’s bio-preparedness by establishing a network of observers of health and safety events to improve national preparedness. The NCBP and UNC are working closely with the National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) to develop and grow the Collaborative through state EMS offices.

NASEMSO has partnered with the NCBP because of the value the analytics can provide to the NEMSIS data that state EMS offices collect. The NCBP has created a pathway to contribute to state specific surveillance and offer real time value to state epidemiologists and state health officers. Download news release.

NASEMSO Joins National EMS Organizations to Oppose Elimination of EMSC Program

(06/12/17) The federal Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Program has been the only federal program dedicated to improving emergency medical care for children. The following organizations have issued a joint statement, opposing President Donald Trump's proposal to eliminate funding for the EMSC program in his fiscal year 2018 budget: the American Ambulance Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Emergency Physicians, Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs, Children's Health Fund, Emergency Nurses Association, National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians, National Association of State EMS Officials, National Center for Disaster Preparedness at the Earth Institute, National EMS Management Association and Save the Children. Read more.

FEMA Seeks Comments on Continuity Guidance Circular

(06/06/17) The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released the draft Continuity Guidance Circular, which guides whole community efforts to develop and maintain the capability to ensure continuity of operations, continuity of government, and enduring constitutional government during an emergency that disrupts normal operations. The draft document is now beginning a 30-day national engagement period. National engagement provides interested parties with an opportunity to comment on the draft documents to ensure that the final document reflects the collective expertise and experience of the whole community.

The national engagement period will conclude at 5:00 p.m. EDT on July 5, 2017. Review the draft Continuity Guidance Circular, and to obtain additional information online. To provide comments on the drafts, complete the feedback form and submit it to FEMA-CGC@fema.dhs.gov.

National EMS Scope of Practice Model Revision Launches

(06/02/17) The National EMS Scope of Practice Model Revision launched with a meeting of the Subject Matter Expert Panel (click on image above to see full size photo) on June 1-2, 2017, at the U.S. Department of Transportation Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Comments or questions that the EMS community or the public wish to submit to the expert panel and/or research team for consideration are welcome at any time! Submit comments or questions here.
 

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