NASEMSO News 2016
NASEMSO Now Offers Quick Links to Human Trafficking Resources
(02/01/16) “One hundred and fifty years ago, our Nation codified the fundamental truth that slavery is an affront to human dignity. Still, the bitter fact remains that millions of men, women, and children around the globe, including here at home, are subject to modern-day slavery: the cruel, inhumane practice of human trafficking. This month, we rededicate ourselves to assisting victims of human trafficking and to combating it in all its forms." — Remarks from President Barack Obama, proclaiming National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, 2016. The NASEMSO Domestic Preparedness Committee has collected an array of resources intended to assist in your state’s efforts to educate EMS practitioners to recognize victims of human trafficking and find resources intended to assist them. More information here.
FDA Seeks Comments on Management Cybersecurity in Medical Devices
(02/01/16) The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued draft guidance
for industry and FDA staff on “Postmarket Management of Cybersecurity in Medical
Devices” that is now available for public comment. A growing number of medical
devices are designed to be networked to facilitate patient care. Networked
medical devices, like other networked computer systems, incorporate software
that may be vulnerable to cybersecurity threats. In addition to
the specific recommendations contained in the guidance, manufacturers are encouraged to address cybersecurity throughout the product lifecycle, including during the design, development, production, distribution, deployment and maintenance of the device. The exploitation of vulnerabilities may represent a risk to the safety and effectiveness of medical devices and typically requires continual maintenance throughout the product life cycle to assure an adequate degree of protection against such exploits. Proactively addressing cybersecurity risks in medical devices reduces the patient safety impact and the overall risk to public health. More information | Federal Register notice
NPHL Posts 50-State Compilation of State Laws Addressing Epi-Pen Use in Schools
(02/01/16) Most states have laws and policies on food allergy management in schools that include guidelines for the administration of epinephrine. A new 50-State Compilation from the Network for Public Health Law (NPHL) provides a summary of the state laws addressing EpiPen use in schools. The NPHL is comprised of federal, tribal, state and local public health agencies and officials; public health attorneys; public health advocacy organizations and individual advocates; public health researchers and organizations; policy-makers (including elected and appointed officials); and other organizations or individuals committed to using the law to improve public health. Details
NAEMSP Posts Toolkit for Supporters of H.R. 4365: Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act of 2016
(01/20/16) The Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act of 2016 (H.R. 4365) was introduced Jan. 12, 2016, by Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC). H.R. 4365 would codify the practice of allowing EMS providers to administer controlled substances per standing order by a physician medical director. In addition, it would allow the EMS agency to register for the DEA number, rather than rely on the physician medical director’s DEA registration. Download bill text here. On Jan. 20, the National Association of EMS Physicians posted a toolkit to encourage grassroots support of H.R. 4365, in order to gain co-sponsors and support for the bill. The toolkit, available here, provides a sample letter, talking points, a fact sheet, and contact information for the health care legislative aid for each office.
CAAS Achieves ANSI-Accredited Standards Developer Status
(01/12/16) The Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS) on Jan. 11 announced that it has achieved accreditation from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for its standards development program. Mark Postma, CAAS Chair, said, "We are incredibly proud of this achievement which demonstrates CAAS's ongoing commitment to quality and excellence in standards development."
ANSI fosters the U.S. standardization system by accrediting the procedures of standard-setting organizations and subsequently approving individual documents as American National Standards (ANS). More than 230 ANSI-Accredited Standards Developers are now engaged in the creation and maintenance of voluntary consensus standards that are being used in virtually every industry sector. As an ANSI-Accredited Standards Developer, CAAS may now submit its standards for approval as American National Standards (ANS).
NHTSA Administrator Dr. Mark Rosekind addresses the expert panel
and audience at the EMS stakeholder meeting on Fatigue in EMS inaugural meeting,
held Feb. 2, 2016 at the U.S. Department of Transportation.
NASEMSO's Fatigue in EMS Project to Hear Public Comments at Feb. 2 Meeting
(01/11/16) NHTSA will officially announce its new initiative with NASEMSO and the Carolinas Health System and will accept comments from the public about the development of voluntary fatigue risk management guidelines and resources tailored to the EMS occupation at a national stakeholder meeting on Feb. 2, 2016, in Washington, DC.
Brief presentations will address the potential dangers of drowsy and fatigued driving and the work of EMS practitioners, including the risk of traffic crashes and providing patient care, a summary of the project goals and methods for coming to consensus on EBG fatigue risk management guidelines, the plan for dissemination of EBGs, and additional project related activities and information.
A majority of the time in the meeting will be set aside to accept questions and comments from registered attendees. This is to ensure that the voluntary fatigue risk management guidelines will address the needs of the entire and diverse EMS community.
AAP Releases Policy Statement on Medical Countermeasures for Children in Public Health Emergencies, Disasters or Terrorism
(01/05/16) The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has issued a new policy statement, “Medical Countermeasures for Children in Public Health Emergencies, Disasters or Terrorism.” This policy statement provides recommendations to close the remaining gaps for the development and use of MCMs in children during public health emergencies or disasters. Children are a population highly vulnerable to the effects of exposure to such threats, because many vaccines and pharmaceuticals approved for use by adults as MCMs do not yet have pediatric formulations, dosing information, or safety information. The abstract is available on the AAP website, and the full PDF is posted here.