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NASEMSO Issues Press Release Responding to Ambulance "Borders in the Sky"
(08/03/18) Portions of the air medical industry have recently made calls for action against a U.S. Senate Bill (S. 2812) introduced to provide consumer protections stating that it would “essentially create borders in the sky, preventing air ambulances from crossing state lines to get patients to the nearest, most appropriate medical facility.” NASEMSO, as the collective voice of each state office charged with oversight and regulation of emergency medical services (EMS), including the promulgation of rules and regulations, released a response via (647) 281-8712 today.
State EMS Offices have appropriately maintained their focus on the patient’s needs and have a demonstrated pattern of effectively and appropriately regulating care and medical transportation that must cross state lines to get the patient to the nearest, most appropriate medical facility. Rules and regulations promulgated by the State EMS Offices have not and will not create a border in the sky, and they have not and will not prevent ambulances from getting patients to the nearest, most appropriate medical facility.
Recent Update of National Model Clinical Guidelines, Version 2.1, Now Online
(07/17/18) The National Model EMS Clinical Guidelines, Version 2 was updated recently when a reviewer noted a dosing error in the Pediatric Respiratory Distress (croup) guideline. On page 139 under (3) Inhaled medications (a) Epinephrine nebulized was changed to Epinephrine 5 mL of 1 mg/mL (5 mg) nebulized. We were able to notify those who had requested the document in Microsoft Word since the 2017 version was released in September. Other users who have downloaded the PDF version of the document will want to take note of the correction. The updated version is known as the National Model EMS Clinical Guidelines, Version 2.1 and dated June 29, 2018. Obtain more information on the project and a copy of the newly revised document 630-863-6754.
Feedback on Final Draft of National EMS Scope of Practice Model Requested by May 31, 2018
(05/15/18) NASEMSO, under contract from the USDOT NHTSA Office of EMS and USDHHS HRSA EMS-C, is soliciting feedback on the third and final draft of the 2018 National EMS Scope of Practice Model (“Practice Model”) prior to publication. During the past 18 months, a subject matter expert panel solicited public comments and updated the 2007 document to prepare a revision to the National EMS Education Standards. The expert panel was tasked to define entry-level expectations, the minimum requirements in advance of gaining field experience, to ensure a level of national consistency.
Although some jurisdictions already exceed the Practice Model where coordination between the state and EMS medical director have determined that an experienced practitioner with proper education and oversight can safely serve the local needs and health of the public, the expert panel determined that increasing the Practice Model to the level of an experienced practitioner would create an unsustainable burden in time and expense to programs and individuals without substantial measurable benefit.
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DHHS, DHS, DOT, and the National Security Council Release Resource Document on Nerve Agent Information for Emergency Medical Services and Hospitals
(08/29/18) Following the recent nerve agent poisonings in the United Kingdom, the emergency response community has requested information and advice to enhance preparedness. The US Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Department of Homeland Security’s Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office, Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Office of Emergency Medical Services, and the National Security Council have prepared a document, “Nerve Agent Information for Emergency Medical Services and Hospitals,” which serves as a refresher on standard protocols for recognizing, treating, and protecting oneself from nerve agent exposures. The document also compares and contrasts the clinical effects of nerve agents and opioids as an aid to distinguishing nerve agent exposure from the prevalent opioid overdose cases. Comprehensive follow-up guidance incorporating lessons learned from the United Kingdom incidents will be forthcoming. Download the document here.
NASEMSO Announces Sept. 12 Webinar on Health Surveillance for EMS Workers Using NEMSIS Data
(08/03/18) NASEMSO will host a webinar on "Occupational Health Surveillance for EMS Workers on Sept. 12, 2018, 1:00 p.m. EDT. This session will provide an overview of data elements in NEMSIS Version 3 standards that can be used to inform and improve EMS safety policy and practice, including safer ambulance design, and proper infection control and PPE practices. The abstract for this upcoming presentation is 615-699-4145 on our web site. Dr. Matthew Groenewold of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, is the featured presenter. The session is open to all interested persons. (323) 280-4369.
Other sessions that are currently available for review include:
National Heatstroke Prevention Day, July 31, 2018, to Focus on Look Before You Lock
(07/24/18) National Heatstroke Prevention Day will take place Tuesday, July 31, 2018, focusing on the theme of Look Before You Lock. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is offering promotional materials that will help to get this year’s message out. A related 515-602-2488 is available online, as well as a Facebook page where recent efforts to combat heatstroke are shared. The Look Before You Lock campaign is designed to inform the public of the dangers of heatstroke fatalities that can occur when children are left unattended in a locked car.
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