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Look up a License!

(02/17/15) 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 Announces Recent Advocacy Efforts

(01/08/15) The National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) is pleased to provide information related to resolutions approved by the membership at its 2014 Annual Meeting that serve to endorse highway safety initiatives and commemorate entities and individuals who have long-served EMS. The full text of each resolution is available at NASEMSO Resolutions.

  • Towards Zero Deaths: National Strategy on Highway Safety: The TZD National Strategy is intended to provide a roadmap for the future by identifying key safety focus areas to ensure the greatest progress and to unite efforts of highway safety advocates nationwide.
  • Ambulance Equipment and Crash Testing Standards and Related Safe Transport Recommendations for Children in Ground Ambulances: NASEMSO resolved to urge federal and organizational partners to support the development of evidence-based standards upon which EMS can make determinations of safe transport practices of children and equipment in ground ambulances.
  • Commemorating Anniversaries and Years of Service to EMS: NASEMSO recognized 30 year anniversaries of both the EMS for Children Program (EMSC) and the National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP) and recognition of Liz Sibley on her retirement as the executive director for CECBEMS.
     
 

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GAO Report 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
process, and (4) coordination between DEA and FDA to prevent and mitigate shortages.

NASEMSO Survey Asks for Input on National Strategy for EMS Specialty Certification

(02/24/15) A new strategy from the National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) proposes to bring multiple stakeholders to the table to provide meaningful input to states and provide greater consistency in the approach to EMS specialty recognition in order to allow practitioners to provide services to the full extent of their current knowledge, training, experience, and skills. Input is being sought from state EMS officials and EMS stakeholders; proposal, press release, and survey links are posted here. The survey deadline is Mar. 31, 2015. An EMS World article in support of the proposed national strategy for EMS specialty certification is available here.

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.

GSA Issues Change Notice 7 for Revision F of the Federal Specification for the Star-of-Life Ambulance

(02/03/15) The U.S. General Services Administration has issued Change Notice 7 for Revision F of the Federal Specification for the Star-of-Life Ambulance (KKK-A-1822F dated Aug. 1, 2007). The change notice is effective immediately. This is a cumulative change notice that replaces the separate, non-cumulative Change Notices 1-6. It combines Change Notices 1-6 into a single document for ease of use, and makes minor corrections to some references to the AMD Standards which were recently updated. Change Notice 7 does not implement the new SAE International (initially established as the Society of Automotive Engineers) standards. Proposed Change Notice 8 will propose implementation of the new SAE standards, and will be posted to the Federal Vehicle Standards website by Apr. 6, 2015, for a 45-day public comment period which can be accessed here.

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