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NASEMSO Program Manager Rachael Alter Published in Journal of Prehospital Emergency Care

(06/29/17) NASEMSO Program Manager Rachael Alter, EMT, QAS, has been published in the Journal of Prehospital Emergency Care. She is an author of the article, “Medical Oversight, Educational Core Content, and Proposed Scopes of Practice of Wilderness EMS Providers: A Joint Project Developed by Wilderness EMS Educators, Medical Directors, and Regulators Using a Delphi Approach.” (See abstract online.) The article reports on the results of the National Association of EMS Physicians Wilderness EMS Committee’s project to define the educational core content supporting scopes of practice of wilderness EMS providers and the conditions when wilderness EMS providers should be required to have medical oversight. This core content is a foundation for wilderness EMS provider scopes of practice and builds on both the National EMS Education Standards and the National EMS Scope of Practice Model, which is currently being revised under the auspices of NASEMO through an NHTSA grant. Congratulations, Rachael, on the publication.

NASEMSO Program Manager Kevin McGinnis to Serve on the Rural EMS Advisory Council

(06/29/17) NASEMSO Program Manager Kevin McGinnis, MPS, QAS, has been selected to serve on the Rural EMS Advisory Council being organized by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP), which provides leadership and funds to improve access to quality healthcare in rural communities. The purpose of the Rural EMS Advisory Council will be to inform FORHP on EMS issues and to provide an outside perspective on related grant programs. Congratulations, Kevin, on this appointment. 

NASEMSO Joins National EMS Organizations to Oppose Elimination of EMSC Program

(06/12/17) The federal Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Program has been the only federal program dedicated to improving emergency medical care for children. The following organizations have issued a joint statement, opposing President Donald Trump's proposal to eliminate funding for the EMSC program in his fiscal year 2018 budget: the American Ambulance Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Emergency Physicians, Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs, Children's Health Fund, Emergency Nurses Association, National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians, National Association of State EMS Officials, National Center for Disaster Preparedness at the Earth Institute, National EMS Management Association and Save the Children. Read more.

FEMA Seeks Comments on Continuity Guidance Circular

(06/06/17) The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released the draft Continuity Guidance Circular, which guides whole community efforts to develop and maintain the capability to ensure continuity of operations, continuity of government, and enduring constitutional government during an emergency that disrupts normal operations. The draft document is now beginning a 30-day national engagement period. National engagement provides interested parties with an opportunity to comment on the draft documents to ensure that the final document reflects the collective expertise and experience of the whole community.

The national engagement period will conclude at 5:00 p.m. EDT on July 5, 2017. Review the draft Continuity Guidance Circular, and to obtain additional information online. To provide comments on the drafts, complete the feedback form and submit it to FEMA-CGC@fema.dhs.gov.

National EMS Scope of Practice Model Revision Launches

(06/02/17) The National EMS Scope of Practice Model Revision launched with a meeting of the Subject Matter Expert Panel (click on image above to see full size photo) on June 1-2, 2017, at the U.S. Department of Transportation Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Comments or questions that the EMS community or the public wish to submit to the expert panel and/or research team for consideration are welcome at any time! Submit comments or questions here.

NASEMSO Releases New Report: Home State Regulatory Practices of Out-of-State EMS Agencies (Ground and Helicopter)

(05/18/17) NASEMSO is pleased to announce the release of a new report, Home State Regulatory Practices of Out-of-State EMS Agencies (Ground and Helicopter), which summarizes the findings from a 2016 survey of state EMS offices on licensure requirements, exemptions, and special conditions for ground and helicopter EMS agencies that are based out-of-state. Through the work of the NASEMSO Agency and Vehicle Licensure (AVL) Committee, issues with out-of-state agencies (OOS) performing regulated services in their states were identified. Within the charge of the committee, NASEMSO leadership approved a proposal to develop and execute a survey to further identify and verify the issues and challenges in order to, when appropriate, develop model language for rules or laws and/or policy solutions to effect more standardization among states on their approach to agency licensure. Download news release.

REPLICA Becomes Official with its 10th Member State Enactment

(05/15/17) With the 10th member state enactment, the Recognition of Emergency Medical Services Licensure Interstate Compact (REPLICA) has become official. Governor Nathan Deal of Georgia signed Senate Bill 109 on today activating the nation’s first EMS licensure compact. States that have passed REPLICA to date include: Colorado, Texas, Kansas, Virginia, Tennessee, Idaho, Utah, Mississippi, Wyoming and Georgia.

Released in 2014, REPLICA’s model legislation creates a formal pathway for the licensed individual to provide pre-hospital care across state lines under authorized circumstances.

According to Keith Wages, president of the National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO), “REPLICA represents a collective, nationwide effort to address the problems faced by responders when needing to cross state borders in the line of their duties.” Wages highlighted the compact’s abilities to “increase access to healthcare, reduce regulatory barriers for EMS responders, and place an umbrella of quality over cross border practice not previously seen in the EMS profession.” Download news release.

NAEMT Releases Report on Level of EMS Preparedness for Disasters and Mass Casualty Incidents

(05/12/17) The National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) on May 11 released a report, National Survey on EMS Preparedness for Disaster and Mass Casualty Incident Response, based on the results of a 2016 national survey of EMS practitioners and managers. The findings offer insight into the level of proficiency and training of EMS practitioners who provide the medical response expected by communities during disasters and mass casualty incidents. Survey results found that the majority of EMS practitioners had some training in preparing to respond to major incidents, and most considered themselves proficient on response protocols. Yet the survey also revealed significant gaps in EMS preparedness for response to natural and man-made disasters and mass casualty incidents. To strengthen EMS preparedness, the NAEMT Board of Directors adopted a position statement calling for additional training for EMS practitioners and the establishment of Ambulance Strike Teams (AST) and Emergency Medical Task Forces (EMTF) within state and regional EMS systems and large EMS agencies.

NASEMSO Model EMS Clinical Guidelines, Draft Version 2, Accepting Public Comments until June 26, 2017

(05/10/17) The NASEMSO Model EMS Clinical Guidelines project team is delighted to unveil the draft Version 2 of the Model EMS Clinical Guidelines. The document may be downloaded here. In completing Version 2, the project team has reviewed and updated all existing guidelines, as well as added 15 new guidelines.

Version 2 of the Guidelines, similar to the original version released in 2014, was completed by a team of EMS and specialty physicians comprised of members of the NASEMSO Medical Directors Council and representatives from seven EMS medical director stakeholder organizations (AAEM, AAP, ACEP, ACOEP, ACS-COT, AMPA, and NAEMSP). In addition, all guidelines have been reviewed by a team of pediatric emergency medicine physicians, pharmacologists and other technical reviewers.

To Submit Comments: When submitting comments, please specify the guideline(s) and page number(s) to which you are referring. In addition, indicate if the comments are submitted on behalf of an organization or by an individual. The draft of Version 2 of the Model EMS Clinical Guidelines can be downloaded here. Please submit your comments to Mary Hedges at hedges@nasemso.org no later than June 26, 2017.

This project is supported by funding provided by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) Office of EMS and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Most project team members and reviewers have volunteered their time to develop this resource. These guidelines are intended to be a patient-centric resource for EMS medical directors and EMS systems of care. Because of the variety in scopes of practice for the different levels of EMS practitioners, the guidelines have been drafted without reference to the level of practitioner.

Office for Victims of Crime Rolls Out "The Vicarious Trauma Toolkit"

(05/09/17) The Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, recently published the Vicarious Trauma Toolkit (VTT). The toolkit represents the results of a collaborative effort of first responder and victim services to create, develop and pilot evidence-informed tools organizations can use to address the impact of vicarious trauma on their staff and volunteers.

The toolkit was piloted in seven communities across the United States, with representatives of fire, EMS services, law enforcement and victim services comprising the eight-member team.

The Compendium of Resources contains nearly 500 tools that organizations can use to become more informed about vicarious trauma, including policies, research literature, training materials and links to websites, podcasts, and videos. The VTT helps organizations address vicarious trauma by outlining a process by which they can become more vicarious trauma-informed.

A tool created specifically for the VTT, the Vicarious Trauma Organizational Readiness Guide (VT-ORG) is an assessment tool organizations can use that measures five areas of evidence-informed strengths of organizations that are healthy.

NASEMSO Announces Final Military to Civilian EMS Transition Project Resources

(04/26/17) A new report available from NASEMSO summarizes the key components of the Military to Civilian EMS Integration Transition project. The project was conducted by NASEMSO with funding support from the Office of EMS of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) and the EMS for Children Program at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The project comprised several distinct military-to-civilian integration components and deliverables. Download the individual components or the summary document. Download press release.

REPLICA Advocate Sue Prentiss Elected as Mayor of Lebanon, New Hampshire

(03/31/17) Sue Prentiss, MPA, paramedic, was elected by the Lebanon (New Hampshire) City Council to serve as mayor, after serving as assistant mayor for two years and a council member for five years. Prentiss is REPLICA advocate for the National Association of State EMS Officials, where she works to promote and implement interstate compacts for EMS. Prior to this position, she worked for six years as manager of emergency services for Concord Hospital's emergency department, and she served as New Hampshire's trauma coordinator between 1999 and 2010. NASEMSO congratulates Sue on her election! Learn more.

NAEMSE to Offer Five Scholarships Through the 2017 Richard Beebe/CAPCE EMS Memorial Scholarships

(03/30/17) The National Association of EMS Educators (NAEMSE) will award five scholarships for registration to attend the NAEMSE Instructor Course Level 1 at the 2017 NAEMSE Symposium in Washington, DC, Aug. 7, 2017, through the Richard Beebe/CAPCE EMS Memorial Scholarships. Scholarship recipients must be NAEMSE members. Applications will be available May 8-June 8, 2017, at www.naemse.org. Download flyer.

FirstNet Partners with AT&T to Build $46.5 Billion Wireless Broadband Network for America’s First Responders

(03/30/17) The Department of Commerce and First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) on Mar. 30 announced the selection of AT&T to build the first nationwide wireless broadband network dedicated to America’s first responders. This record-breaking public-private partnership is a significant investment in the communications infrastructure that public safety desperately needs for day-to-day operations, disaster response and recovery, and securing of large events.

It also will make 20 MHz of prime broadband spectrum available for private-sector development. For details, see the press release announcing the partnership and download the FirstNet Partnership Communications Toolkit.

NASEMSO in the Spotlight: Read FirstNet's Personal Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC) profile on NASEMSO, dated Mar. 1, 2017.

FirstNet Board Advances First Responder Procurement Process

(03/29/17) The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) has taken a critical step to position the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (“Network”) procurement for completion as soon as possible. During a recent special meeting, the FirstNet Board unanimously passed Resolution 84 authorizing the FirstNet CEO to take all actions necessary to ensure the timely award of the Network contract. Prior to the special meeting, the FirstNet Board, in accordance with FirstNet’s enabling statute, completed its review of the acquisition approach and the request for proposal(s) (RFP) process to identify a partner to build, operate, and maintain the Network. Read more.

NASEMSO Releases Guidance on Safe Transport of Children by EMS

(03/24/17) NASEMSO announces the release of Safe Transport of Children by EMS: Interim Guidance. The guidance is a result of the work of NASEMSO’s Safe Transport of Children Ad Hoc Committee, which is focused on establishing evidence-based standards for safely transporting children by ground ambulance. Download press release.

While there are a variety of products available to secure children being transported in ambulances, the EMS provider (and the children being transported) must depend on the manufacturer for determining if the restraint would operate as intended in an ambulance crash. Unlike the child restraints (car seats) used in passenger vehicles, which must meet the crash standards defined by the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 213, there are no required crash-testing standards for these devices in the United States.

NASEMSO is working with its partners to obtain funding to conduct the necessary crash-testing research to develop standards to be met by manufacturers. Until such research can be completed and standards developed, NASEMSO has issued Interim Guidance to maximize the safety of children in ambulances.

National Safety Council Accepting Nominations for its Excellence in Safety Awards

(03/21/17) Are you looking for ways for your company to be acknowledged for its outstanding safety performance? Does your CEO lead with safety and inspire others to do the same? Has your team improved its safety performance in the last year? Do you have a remarkable individual who deserves recognition for his or her efforts in safety? Learn more about the variety of individual, team and corporate awards offered by the National Safety Council, and submit your entries by May 5, 2017.

NASEMSO EMS Fatigue Project Highlighted in Latest NHTSA Report

(03/21/17) "Asleep at the Wheel: A National Compendium of Efforts to Eliminate Drowsy Driving" is the most recent installment of reports from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to create awareness and highlight efforts to combat the deadly consequences of drowsy driving. The report was released on Mar. 20, 2017, to coincide with the 10th International Conference on Managing Fatigue in San Diego, CA.

Long and short term actions and ideas previously identified by stakeholders were collapsed into a set of successful efforts and novel ideas organized across topics, including: research and development, public and private partnerships, public education and awareness, and vehicle technology. Within each topic area, the challenges to more effectively combat drowsy driving are identified.

The compendium also features the various efforts that contributors are taking to address each of these challenges, including NASEMSO’s efforts to develop evidence-based fatigue risk management guidelines for EMS. The report can be downloaded here.

NEMSMA Expands EMS Officer Credentialing Program

(03/07/17) The National EMS Management Association (NEMSMA) is expanding its EMS Officers’ Competencies and Credentialing program in 2017, rolling out the Managing EMS Officer exam at the Pinnacle EMS Leadership and Management Conference, August 7-11, 2017 in Boca Raton, Florida. The Managing EMS Officer exam will include both a written test segment and oral boards. This test also will be be available at EMS World Expo and the AAA’s Annual Conference. NEMSMA also offers preparation courses to help candidates understand the format and style of the examinations. Prep courses include a review of the Competencies and are routinely scheduled at exam locations before certification exams. Candidates can choose to take the prep course at any time before registering for the exam. Download NEMSMA press release for details.

2017 National EMS Week Planning Guides Now Available

(02/14/17) National Emergency Management Services (EMS) Week 2017 will take place May 21-27, 2017, and this year's EMS Week Planning Guide is available for order. Thisyear's theme is "EMS STRONG: Always in Service." 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. Download the bulk order form for multiple copies of the guide, or order one copy online. This information can be used throughout the year for public education and safety programs. For additional information, contact emsweek@acep.org.

Fatigue in EMS Expert Panel Meets Feb. 28-Mar. 2 to Review Findings and Develop Recommendations

(01/27/17) On Feb. 28-Mar. 2, 2017, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will host a meeting at NASEMSO Headquarters in Falls Church, Virginia. This meeting represents the final gathering of the full expert panel in regards to the project “Developing Fatigue Risk Management Guidelines for Emergency Medical Services.” The goal of meeting is to review the findings of the systematic review of literature and develop recommendations. More information on the project is available at www.emsfatigue.org.

Time will be set aside in the meeting to accept comments from registered attendees. Note: Space is extremely limited for in-person participation. The meeting agenda and remote participation information will be sent to registered participants via email as soon as it becomes available. Register now to attend.

Leslee Stein-Spencer to Receive NAMI Chicago's 2017 Community Service of the Year Award

(01/18/17) The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Chicago (NAMI Chicago) will present its 2017 Community Service of the Year Award to Leslee Stein-Spencer, director, Medical Administration and Regulatory Compliance Division, Chicago Fire Department (CFD), and National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) program advisor. The award will be presented at Light the Darkness, NAMI Chicago’s annual awards dinner, on Mar. 30, 2017, "in gratitude for Leslee’s incredible contributions to improving Chicago’s mental health crisis response system.” Leslee convened and collaborated with all of Chicago’s emergency response agencies to develop an improved plan for mental health response. In 2017, thanks to her efforts, Chicago will have the first-ever mental health awareness interdisciplinary training for all emergency service responders, including the CFD, Chicago Police Department, Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications, Mayor’s Office, medical-based staff, and NAMI Chicago. NASEMSO congratulates Leslee for her achievement.