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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.
Dia Gainor Featured in Pew Report on Ambulance Crashes
(12/01/16) NASEMSO Executive Director Dia Gainor is abundantly quoted in a Stateline article now available from the Pew Charitable Trusts. In “Lax Ambulance Rules Put Paramedics, Patients at Risk,” Gainor supports the need for better data and compliance with standards related to ambulance safety. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has found that 84 percent of EMS workers in the patient compartments of ambulances that crashed were not using their own restraints. Read more.
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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. This year'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 email@example.com.
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.
OSHA Seeks Your Input on Workplace Violence
(12/16/16) The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is considering whether to commence rulemaking proceedings on a standard aimed at preventing workplace violence in healthcare and social assistance workplaces perpetrated by patients or clients. Workplace violence affects a myriad of healthcare and social assistance workplaces, including psychiatric facilities, hospital emergency departments, community mental health clinics, treatment clinics for substance abuse disorders, pharmacies, community-care facilities, residential facilities and long-term care facilities. Professions affected include physicians, registered nurses, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, physicians' assistants, nurses' aides, therapists, technicians, public health nurses, home healthcare workers, social and welfare workers, security personnel, maintenance personnel and emergency medical care personnel. The RFI solicits more detailed information on topics such as effective strategies for reducing incidents of violence in various healthcare and social assistance settings. Comments and materials may be submitted online or via mail, facsimile or hand delivery. The submission deadline is Apr. 6, 2017. Details can be obtained via Federal Register Notice 2016-29197. The current enforcement procedures for investigating or inspecting workplace violence incidents can be downloaded here.
Video Infographic Released by National Academies on Integrating Military and Civilian Trauma Systems
(12/02/16) The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report, A National Trauma Care System: Integrating Military and Civilian Trauma Systems to Achieve Zero Preventable Deaths After Injury, presents a vision for a national trauma care system driven by the clear and bold aim of zero preventable deaths after injury and minimal trauma-related disability: to benefit those the nation sends into harm’s way in combat, as well as every American. View a two-minute video infographic summarizing key messages in the report. Download the report and learn more.
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