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Emergency Medical Services, more commonly known as EMS, is a system that provides emergency medical care. Once it is activated by an incident that causes serious illness or injury, the focus of EMS is emergency medical care of the patient(s).

EMS is most easily recognized when emergency vehicles or helicopters are seen responding to emergency incidents. But EMS is much more than a ride to the hospital. It is a system of coordinated response and emergency medical care, involving multiple people and agencies. A comprehensive EMS system is ready every day for every kind of emergency.

EMS Providers: How to Stay Safe on the Job
EMS News: EMS providers are critical to public health and safety. They are also at high risk for injuries at work, especially sprains, strains, falls, and exposures to body fluids. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) just released an infographic that aims to prevent these kinds of injuries and exposures to protect EMS providers, so they can help keep the public safe. "Thousands of EMS providers visit emergency departments or occupational health clinics each year for work related events. It is critical that we all take the necessary steps to ensure their health and safety, so they can perform their job when the public needs them," says Jon R. Krohmer, MD, Director of NHTSA Office of EMS.

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New Video Explains the Importance of EMS Data Collection and Use
The Office of EMS recently released a two-minute video that shows how EMS data is used to improve EMS systems and patient care at the local, state, and national levels.


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