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NASEMSO Issue Brief: The Use of Naloxone in Out-of-Hospital Settings

(08/14/14) NASEMSO has released an issue brief on The Use of Naloxone in Out-of-Hospital Settings. This resource is intended as an informational guide on the use of naloxone in out-of-hospital settings and the rationale for including mandatory education and medical oversight for the use of naloxone by non-medical personnel. The National Association of State EMS Officials believes that the increase of substance abuse in the United States is a significant public health and public safety concern that warrants consideration of several related issues.

NASEMSO Member and Program Manager Quoted in Recent Article on Rural EMS

(08/14/14) NASEMSO Member Jack Fleeharty and NASEMSO Program Manager Kevin McGinnis were quote in a recent article, EMS Care Depends on Address, by Laura Nightingale, Journal Star. The article takes a look at the challenges surrounding ambulance service in rural areas.

The EMS and Highway Safety Connection: New Website Launched

(06/26/14) NASEMSO is delighted that the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has created a website designed to promote collaboration between EMS and highway safety officials. The site recently became live and can be accessed at EMS and Highway Safety. One goal of the site is to encourage State EMS Offices to engage in the Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) process to reduce serious highway injuries and fatalities. The Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) is a data-driven, four to five year comprehensive plan that integrates the 4Es of highway safety: Engineering, Education, Enforcement and Emergency Medical Services (EMS). For a number of years, NASEMSO has worked to promote such collaboration. The Highway Incident and Transportation Systems (HITS) Committee was established as a standing Committee of NASEMSO in 2008 in an effort to further promote EMS involvement in highway safety issues. In fact, HITS members provided input on the content for the new site when the developer presented the project at HITS Committee meetings in 2013. See HITS Committee & Projects for more information on NASEMSO activities in highway safety issues and projects.

NASEMSO Joins EMS Organizations to Comment on FCC Proposed Rule Making

(06/03/14) NASEMSO, the National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP), the National Association of EMTS (NAEMT), and the National EMS Management Association (NEMSMA) have
collaboratively joined forces to support proposed rules by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to require indoor location accuracy as a means to enhance the E911 system. As part of the Federal Docket No. 07-114, the group submitted formal comment and continues to monitor the proposal. Download comments here.

 

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FARE and EMS Experts Meet to Improve Understanding and Treatment of Anaphylaxis

(09/18/14) Improving emergency department protocols, expanding knowledge of anaphylaxis and biphasic reactions, and enhancing training for emergency medical technicians (EMTs) to enable them to administer epinephrine are among the primary recommendations that will be made as a result of a recent Emergency Management of Anaphylaxis Summit organized by Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE). The results of the summit include recommendations that address understanding of anaphylaxis among those at risk and the general public, as well as recognition and treatment of anaphylaxis by pre-hospital and emergency department personnel. Download press release for complete details.

NEMSAC Requests EMS Comments on Revisions to EMS Education Agenda

(08/22/14) The National EMS Advisory Council (NEMSAC) requests community input to the suggested revisions for the EMS Education Agenda for the Future. View the draft here and provide comments to NEMSAC@dot.gov by Sept. 5, 2014, using this tool. A second opportunity for input will take place later this Fall, and the formal recommendation vote will take place at the Dec. 3-4, 2014 NEMSAC meeting.

Healthcare Resources for Suspected Cases of Ebola Virus Disease

(08/14/14) The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) aim to increase understanding and encourage preparedness of emergency medical services agencies concerning the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). Download the HHS document that provides links to resources on this topic.

JNEMSLF Submits Concerns to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics about Under Reporting of EMS Work Place Data

(07/22/14) The Joint National EMS Leadership Forum (JNEMSLF), a group of federal agencies and national organizations, including NASEMSO, submitted to the Standard Occupational Classification Policy Committee, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, its proposal regarding changes to the broad group of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and Paramedics (29-2040) and creation of new detailed occupations under the broad group of EMTs and Paramedics (29-2040) to replace the existing detailed occupation EMTs and Paramedics (29-2041). The JNEMSLF has identified concerns about the current data collecting structure, which results in serious under reporting of critical EMS-related work place data. The JNEMSLF, which supports and represents professionals and agencies responsible for the EMS delivery in the United States, works collaboratively on issues of national importance impacting the provision of EMS at the community level and as part of U.S. disaster preparedness and response activities. Download comments here.

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