Tag: Medical

  • May 29th, 2019

The National EMS Education Standards have helped educators, certifying bodies and regulators ensure that EMS providers receive an education that prepares them to perform their roles to the very best of their abilities. Now a full decade old since their release in 2009, the current education standards require an update to ensure that the education of new […]

  • 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 […]

  • January 17th, 2019

Officials from several agencies gathered in Washington in early December for a meeting of the Federal Interagency Committee on EMS (FICEMS), which helps coordinate EMS-related policy and planning issues across the Federal Government. The agenda included a discussion of some of the responses received to a recent Request for Information (RFI) about how to improve […]

  • January 17th, 2019

The opioid crisis has raised questions about the best way to address patients’ pain in the field. While there’s no evidence tying prehospital administration of narcotics to addiction or overdose deaths, finding alternatives to managing pain could reduce the amount of opioids in the field. At the same time, it is critical that patients’ pain […]

  • January 17th, 2019

At a forum in September in Washington, speakers challenged EMS leaders in the audience to begin making the changes necessary to achieve a truly people-centered EMS system. “Doing things that are truly people-centered will take hard work and create bruised egos,” said Andy Gienapp, director of the Wyoming Office of EMS. “But that’s our challenge. […]

  • 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 […]