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NASEMSO Board Approves EMS Domestic Preparedness Improvement Strategy
(10/01/14) The NASEMSO Board of Directors recently approved a final draft of an “EMS Domestic Preparedness Strategy.” The document describes processes and stakeholder responsibilities necessary to successfully solve the most significant and persistent gaps in EMS preparedness.
For each of the 10 identified goals, the approach emphasizes a team of EMS subject matter experts and EMS organizational representatives to lead the planning. This strategic approach to EMS domestic preparedness also considers the ability of private and public sector EMS provider organizations and governments to implement and sustain their preparedness efforts.
Rather than listing goals in order of priority, this strategy orders goals by four interdependent categories: (1) Development and Promulgation of EMS Strategy; (2) Creation of EMS Preparedness and Response Guidelines; (3) EMS Preparedness and Response Data, Assessments and Analysis; and, (4) EMS Preparedness Organizational Relationships, Responsibilities, and Structures. The draft is currently under review by the Department of Homeland Security and will be fully disseminated in the near future.
EMS Ebola Resource Section Added to NASEMSO Website
(10/01/14) Every day the NASEMSO national office receives volumes of information related to news, facts, the care of patients, and best strategies for the protection of health workers exposed to the Ebola virus. While we have been trying to circulate them to the state directors, we have learned that you are also receiving many of the same messages from your own sources including state health departments and the Health Alert Network.
Going forward, we will circulate urgent news as needed, otherwise we will continue to add resources to the NASEMSO website and announce their availability in upcoming issues of Washington Update. As we were going to print, the first U.S. case of a patient diagnosed with the Ebola virus has been reported in Texas.
There is no need for panic, but there is a need for proper planning and education to minimize the effect and spread of this deadly virus in the United States. The CDC media release and detailed explanation of the first confirmed case is available here, along with other resources.
Emergency Care Coordination Center Launches Newly Designed Website
(09/23/14) The Emergency Care Coordination Center (ECCC), Division of Health System Policy, Department of Health & Human Services, has announced the launching of its newly designed website at www.phe.gov/eccc. The ECCC aims to lead the U.S. government's efforts to create an emergency care system that is patient- and community-centered; integrated into the broader healthcare system; high quality; and prepared to respond in times of public health emergencies. Visit the site to learn more about the ECCC's mission and current areas of focus.
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