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Model EMS Guidelines Draft Posted for Public Review

(03/20/14) The draft Model EMS Clinical Guidelines are now posted at Model EMS Guidelines Project. The initial two-year effort is led by the NASEMSO Medical Directors Council and comprised of a team of physicians from the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP), American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians (ACOEP), American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM), American Academy of Pediatrics, Committee on Pediatric Emergency Medicine (AAP-COPEM), American College of Surgeons, Committee on Trauma (ACS-COT) and Air Medical Physician Association (AMPA).

While not yet a comprehensive set of EMS protocols, the Model Guidelines are intended to be a resource for EMS medical directors and EMS systems of care. They incorporate the latest evidence-based guidelines and will be updated over time. The Co-PIs, Drs. Carol Cunningham (Ohio State Medical Director) and Richard Kamin (Connecticut State Medical Director), are requesting input from the EMS community, as well as physician specialty organizations. Comments should be submitted to Mary Hedges, NASEMSO Program Manager, at hedges@nasemso.org no later than Apr. 30, 2014. The team will meet to review all comments the first week of May.

NASEMSO Poster Competition Slated for 2014 Annual Meeting

Interested persons are reminded that NASEMSO is conducting a poster competition in conjunction with the NASEMSO Annual Meeting, Cleveland, Ohio, Oct. 6-10, 2014. The goal of the poster competition is to foster and develop system research and performance assessment and improvement skills in State offices of EMS and Trauma.

Download the Call for Posters. Deadline for abstracts is Aug. 31, 2014. Questions should be directed to Terry Mullins.

 

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FDA Further Extends Expiration Dates of Meridian's DuoDote Auto-Injector Lots

(04/07/14) The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has announced a further extension of expiration dates of DuoDote auto-injector lots.
The lots of DuoDote that are specified in the alert can be used for up to two years past the
originally labeled expiration date, provided the products have been and continue to be stored under labeled storage conditions. Find out more.

Report Released on Drug Shortages in EMS: Coping Strategies and Best Practicies

(04/03/14) "Drug Shortages in EMS: Coping Strategies and Best Practices," a summary report from the NASEMSO EMS Drug Shortages Summit held on Mar. 5, 2014, has been released and is now available for download here, along with presentations from the summit. The NASEMSO Medical Directors Council sponsored the gathering of EMS medical directors, EMS practitioners and other subject matter experts to identify best practices for coping with this ongoing nationwide problem.

While the outcry over the crisis has faded, the total number of existing drug shortages has increased substantially and will continue for the foreseeable future, according to recent data presented at the NASEMSO Summit by Erin Fox, PharmD, Director of the University of Utah Drug Information Service. The report highlights steps taken by state EMS offices and ambulance providers in response to the problem.

New National Organization Fills Gaps for Public Safety Infection Control Officers

(04/03/14) Every emergency response employer in the United States is required by law to have a designated infection control officer (DICO). Individuals often are appointed to this position without being given any training or assistance on how to do the job. The National Association for Public Safety Infection Control Officers (NAPSICO) is a new non-profit association established to fill this gap and give DICO’s the tools they need to develop and manage an effective infection control program in their organization. Read more.

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