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NASEMSO Model EMS Clinical Guidelines, Draft Version 2, Accepting Public Comments until June 26, 2017

(05/10/17) The NASEMSO Model EMS Clinical Guidelines project team is delighted to unveil the draft Version 2 of the Model EMS Clinical Guidelines. The document may be downloaded here. In completing Version 2, the project team has reviewed and updated all existing guidelines, as well as added 15 new guidelines.

Version 2 of the Guidelines, similar to the original version released in 2014, was completed by a team of EMS and specialty physicians comprised of members of the NASEMSO Medical Directors Council and representatives from seven EMS medical director stakeholder organizations (AAEM, AAP, ACEP, ACOEP, ACS-COT, AMPA, and NAEMSP). In addition, all guidelines have been reviewed by a team of pediatric emergency medicine physicians, pharmacologists and other technical reviewers.

To Submit Comments: When submitting comments, please specify the guideline(s) and page number(s) to which you are referring. In addition, indicate if the comments are submitted on behalf of an organization or by an individual. The draft of Version 2 of the Model EMS Clinical Guidelines can be downloaded here. Please submit your comments to Mary Hedges at hedges@nasemso.org no later than June 26, 2017.

This project is supported by funding provided by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) Office of EMS and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Most project team members and reviewers have volunteered their time to develop this resource.

These guidelines are intended to be a patient-centric resource for EMS medical directors and EMS systems of care. Because of the variety in scopes of practice for the different levels of EMS practitioners, the guidelines have been drafted without reference to the level of practitioner.

NASEMSO Announces Final Military to Civilian EMS Transition Project Resources

(04/26/17) A new report available from NASEMSO summarizes the key components of the Military to Civilian EMS Integration Transition project. The project was conducted by NASEMSO with funding support from the Office of EMS of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) and the EMS for Children Program at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The project comprised several distinct military-to-civilian integration components and deliverables. Download the individual components or the summary document. Download press release.

NASEMSO Releases Guidance on Safe Transport of Children by EMS

(03/24/17) NASEMSO announces the release of Safe Transport of Children by EMS: Interim Guidance. The guidance is a result of the work of NASEMSO’s Safe Transport of Children Ad Hoc Committee, which is focused on establishing evidence-based standards for safely transporting children by ground ambulance. Download press release. While there are a variety of products available to secure children being transported in ambulances, the EMS provider (and the children being transported) must depend on the manufacturer for determining if the restraint would operate as intended in an ambulance crash. Unlike the child restraints (car seats) used in passenger vehicles, which must meet the crash standards defined by the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 213, there are no required crash-testing standards for these devices in the United States.
 

 

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NASEMSO Releases New Report: Home State Regulatory Practices of Out-of-State EMS Agencies (Ground and Helicopter)

(05/18/17) NASEMSO is pleased to announce the release of a new report, Home State Regulatory Practices of Out-of-State EMS Agencies (Ground and Helicopter), which summarizes the findings from a 2016 survey of state EMS offices on licensure requirements, exemptions, and special conditions for ground and helicopter EMS agencies that are based out-of-state. Through the work of the NASEMSO Agency and Vehicle Licensure (AVL) Committee, issues with out-of-state agencies (OOS) performing regulated services in their states were identified. Within the charge of the committee, NASEMSO leadership approved a proposal to develop and execute a survey to further identify and verify the issues and challenges in order to, when appropriate, develop model language for rules or laws and/or policy solutions to effect more standardization among states on their approach to agency licensure. Download news release.

REPLICA Becomes Official with its 10th Member State Enactment

(05/15/17) With the 10th member state enactment, the Recognition of Emergency Medical Services Licensure Interstate Compact (REPLICA) has become official. Governor Nathan Deal of Georgia signed Senate Bill 109 on today activating the nation’s first EMS licensure compact. States that have passed REPLICA to date include: Colorado, Texas, Kansas, Virginia, Tennessee, Idaho, Utah, Mississippi, Wyoming and Georgia.

Released in 2014, REPLICA’s model legislation creates a formal pathway for the licensed individual to provide pre-hospital care across state lines under authorized circumstances. According to Keith Wages, president of the National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO), “REPLICA represents a collective, nationwide effort to address the problems faced by responders when needing to cross state borders in the line of their duties.” Wages highlighted the compact’s abilities to “increase access to healthcare, reduce regulatory barriers for EMS responders, and place an umbrella of quality over cross border practice not previously seen in the EMS profession.” Download news release.

NAEMT Releases Report on Level of EMS Preparedness for Disasters and Mass Casualty Incidents

(05/12/17) The National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) on May 11 released a report, National Survey on EMS Preparedness for Disaster and Mass Casualty Incident Response, based on the results of a 2016 national survey of EMS practitioners and managers. The findings offer insight into the level of proficiency and training of EMS practitioners who provide the medical response expected by communities during disasters and mass casualty incidents. Survey results found that the majority of EMS practitioners had some training in preparing to respond to major incidents, and most considered themselves proficient on response protocols. Yet the survey also revealed significant gaps in EMS preparedness for response to natural and man-made disasters and mass casualty incidents. To strengthen EMS preparedness, the NAEMT Board of Directors adopted a position statement calling for additional training for EMS practitioners and the establishment of Ambulance Strike Teams (AST) and Emergency Medical Task Forces (EMTF) within state and regional EMS systems and large EMS agencies.

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