Tag: EMS News

  • May 21st, 2020

This year, President Donald Trump declared that May 17 through May 23, 2020, should be known as Emergency Medical Services Week. “During Emergency Medical Services Week, we honor all of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) providers who play such a critical role in our Nation’s health and safety. These incredible professionals respond to daily calls […]

  • May 19th, 2020

“You are making a tremendous difference for our country,” Secretary Chao says in video message. In recognition of National Emergency Medical Services Week, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao recorded a video message honoring the people of EMS and their families for their sacrifice and dedication to their communities, especially during this unprecedented pandemic. […]

  • May 19th, 2020

EMS professionals have long served at the frontlines of our healthcare system, ready for any emergency. For nearly half a century, we have celebrated the dedication of our nation’s emergency medical services professionals during National EMS Week. This year we mark this occasion during a most extraordinary time. Instead of hosting awards ceremonies and recognition […]

  • March 1st, 2019

EMS Focus webinar hosted by NHTSA’s Office of EMS on March 11 at 2pm ET / 11am PT Released earlier this year, EMS Agenda 2050 presents a compelling vision for a people-centered EMS system. But how do we turn that vision into a reality? It will take deliberate actions at every level, from individuals, agency […]

  • September 18th, 2018

The Office of EMS seeks public input on current effort by October 1st, 2018 More than 350,000 people experience out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in the U.S. each year; less than half of them receive bystander CPR before professional first responders arrive, even though early CPR is known to greatly increase an individual’s chances of survival. CPR […]

  • September 5th, 2018

Following the recent nerve agents poisonings in the United Kingdom, the emergency response community has requested information and advice to enhance preparedness. “Nerve Agent Information for Emergency Medical Services and Hospitals” serves as a refresher on standard protocols for recognizing, treating, and protecting oneself from nerve agent exposures. The document also compares and contrasts the […]

  • May 21st, 2018

As an emergency physician, EMS medical director, and now director of the NHTSA Office of EMS, I have worked closely with EMS providers whose dedication to their patients and their colleagues often goes unrecognized. As we celebrate another EMS Week, I want to thank each of you, your families and all the people who make […]

  • May 7th, 2018

90-day public comment period is open for Request for Information to improve pre-hospital trauma care. Each year, nearly 200,000 people in the U.S. die from traumatic injuries. The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) estimate as many as 20% of these deaths could have been prevented. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), on […]

  • February 22nd, 2018

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, […]