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Look up a License!
NASEMSO has added a new web page that links to each U.S. state and territory website where verification of EMT and Paramedic licenses can be looked up online. The page is also linked from the Federation of Associations of Regulatory Board's (FARB) website.
NASEMSO Announces Release of EMS Domestic Preparedness Improvement Strategy
(01/29/15) NASEMSO has released the Emergency Medical Services Domestic Preparedness Improvement Strategy, consisting of goals, strategies, tasks, and activities to mitigate the ten most significant gaps in EMS preparedness and response. These goals, strategies, tasks and activities were structured to provide specific guidance and assign responsibilities to EMS organizations at the federal, national, state, tribal, and local levels.
In an effort to bring solutions to published EMS domestic preparedness gaps, the Department of Homeland Security Office of Health Affairs charged NASEMSO with leading a process to analyze and summarize specific published EMS preparedness reports and document implementable solutions to the identified gaps. NASEMSO seated an EMS Domestic Preparedness Strategy Group consisting of representatives of thirteen EMS stakeholder organizations, representing EMS at the federal, national, state, tribal, and local levels. Represented constituencies included state EMS officials, EMS physicians, emergency managers, 911 communication center leaders, private- sector ambulance companies, fire chiefs, local EMS managers, and federal representatives from the departments and various programs that have EMS leadership responsibilities. The group identified and prioritized the most significant gaps in EMS domestic preparedness. The strategy group also identified general solutions to each of the ten most important gap areas.
NASEMSO Sponsors EMS Strong Campaign, an Initiative to Unify and Inspire Men and Women of U.S. EMS
(02/23/15) The EMS Strong campaign seeks to celebrate, unify and inspire the men and women of our nation’s emergency medical services.Created by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) in partnership with the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT), EMS Strong brings together associations, EMS services, sponsors and national media to honor the dedication of EMS practitioners nationwide and to take National EMS Week into the future. NASEMSO is a proud sponsor of EMS STRONG. Learn more at www.emsstrong.org.
What Is EMS STRONG?
What Matters More: the stuff on the outside of a uniform or the stuff on the inside? by Jeff Lucia, NREMT-P (ret.), a Partner at the RedFlash Group.
EMS News & Resources
EMS Performance Measure Project Aims to Help Local Systems Improve; EMS Compass Initiative Looks to Communities for Input
(04/23/15) "EMS Compass, an initiative to improve systems of care though meaningful performance measures, is underway and will soon be looking for input from the public,” said Nick Nudell, EMS Compass project manager, at Tuesday’s closing session of the NASEMSO 2015 Spring Meeting. The initiative launched earlier this year with funding provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) through a cooperative agreement with NASEMSO. EMS Compass brings together many of the nation’s leading minds in EMS, healthcare and performance improvement, including the expertise of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI).
DHS S&T Releases Safety Resources for Ambulances
(04/13/15) The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) on Apr. 10 announced the release of two ambulance safety resources for EMS leaders, professionals and organizations nationwide. The documents aim to reduce the injury and fatality rate of EMS personnel. According to data from the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration, the fatality rate of EMS professionals is three times greater than the average in any other occupation. The first of the two resources released, the Ambulance Patient Compartment Human Factors Design Guidebook, recommends improved physical design standards. The second resource, the Research Study of Ambulance Operations and Best Practice Considerations for Emergency Medical Services Personnel, addresses operational procedures and practices while operating an ambulance.
NASEMSO Introduces Toward Zero Deaths Efforts to Reduce Highway Fatalities
(03/10/15) The NASEMSO joined the National Strategy on Highway Safety Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) effort, a vision of eliminating fatalities on our nation’s roads. The National Strategy on Highway Safety Toward Zero Deaths effort was created by a steering committee cooperative that includes organizations representing our nation’s highway safety system that have joined together to reduce annual traffic fatalities from more than 33,000 a year to zero. The TDZ Steering Committee, which included NASEMSO as one of eight organizational members, rolled out the TZD plan that provides engineering, enforcement, education and EMS organizations with initiatives, or safety countermeasures, that can be enacted by public agencies, businesses and individuals. Download NASEMSO press release.
GAO Releases Report on Drug Shortages
(03/04/15) The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has published GAO-15-202, "Drug Shortages: Better Management of the Quota Process for Controlled Substances Needed; Coordination between DEA and FDA Should Be Improved." The GAO was asked to examine shortages of drugs containing controlled substances, which have increased sharply in recent years. This report examines: (1) the trends in such shortages; (2) the effect on patients and providers;
(3) DEA’s administration of the quota
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