A new paper published by the CDC further corroborates America's intensifying opioid abuse crisis through an emerging trend in EMS provider administration of Naloxone.
The paper, "Multiple Naloxone Administrations Among Emergency Medical Service Providers is Increasing," is newly e-published in the National Association of EMS Physicians' (NAEMSP) peer-reviewed journal, Prehospital Emergency Care.
In response to this paper of great significance to medical practitioners and lawmakers, NAEMSP President, Dr. Brent Myers said, "In the midst of an ever-worsening opioid overdose epidemic, this important study confirms that the number of cases with severe overdose is increasing. Our first responders are confronted with patients with life-threatening situations whose overdose is so extreme that they are requiring more than the standard dose of the reversal agent, naloxone. This study informs our pre-hospital providers and reinforces the need for policies to assure naloxone remains inexpensive and readily available."
The paper is available for free online.
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October 16, 2017 - The National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP) issues the following statement in response to the recent mass shooting.
We join the nation and the world in grieving for the victims of this tragic shooting and in profound gratitude for our first responders, who time and time again rise to the occasion and save lives in the most dangerous and horrific situations.
The security of the American public and the first responders is increasingly threatened by deadly attacks of all kinds. Despite two decades of declining firearm-related deaths, our country has been stunned by a recent escalation of gun violence, punctuated by two of the most lethal civilian mass shooting attacks in U.S. history within just the last year and a half.
Emergency responders across the nation unflinchingly put their lives on the line every day to protect and rescue Americans in their most vulnerable moments, but it's critical to acknowledge the equally serious danger of emergency responder suicide rates and the role that firearms play in these tragic fatalities.
As with all public health crises, federal and state governments must thoughtfully deliberate and boldly act on the best ways to address and deter the increasingly deadly problem of gun violence in America. NAEMSP urges Congress to advance bipartisan solutions and consider reasoned input from private industry and diverse stakeholders.
NAEMSP is a patient-centered group composed of nearly 2,000 highly-trained emergency medical care providers, partnering to provide leadership and foster excellence in the subspecialty of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) medicine. NAEMSP has emerged in recent years as a leading advocate on behalf of members and patients for issues such as ensuring the accessibility of life-saving medications. NAEMSP also publishes the peer-reviewed and top-ranked Prehospital Emergency Care journal, as well as a blog and podcast on breaking issues and developments in the EMS field.
To learn more about NAEMSP's advocacy on behalf of members and patients, please click here: http://www.naemsp.org/Pages/Advocacy.aspx
Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act of 2017 has passed the Senate. Click here for more information.
We are pleased to announce the 31 members who have been awarded FAEMS designation - six professional membes and 25 physician members.
On November 1, 2017, the White House announced the release of Fentanyl Safety Recommendations for First Responders. The increased prevalence of fentanyl and other synthetic opioids in the illicit drug market means that first responders need to understand how to protect themselves from exposure in the field. Law enforcement, fire, rescue, and emergency medical services (EMS) personnel must balance safety with mobility and efficiency when responding to scenes where the presence of fentanyl is suspected. More...
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Our advocacy team and advocacy partners are to be commended on their hard work to see this important issue come to fruition. Read the press release here.
"The National Association of EMS Physicians rejects violence in all its forms. We remain committed to working with advocates who are willing to think critically and act boldly regarding the increasing frequency of mass violence in our nation.
It is we who must prepare to respond to future mass casualty events while we grapple with evidence-based best practices to prevent these tragedies. We applaud the response of our colleagues across the country in recent months; in particular, we believe it's critical to emphasize the benefits of military and civilian cooperation in the treatment of trauma victims, as was evidenced most recently in Texas. The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine have powerfully endorsed enhanced integration of military and civilian trauma systems in order to best prepare our military for battle and assure the full resources of our nation are available for civilians who experience trauma."
Dr. Brent Myers, President, National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP)
Click here for an editorial piece in The Wilson Times, Our Opinion: A bipartisan effort helps first responders save patients' lives, about how this bill will save lives and sets an exemplary standard for bipartisanship.
NAEMSP President Brent Myers is quoted in the piece.
Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act (H.R. 304) signed into law by President Trump
NAEMSP® applauds the President signing into law the Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act (H.R. 304), which passed the House of Representatives in January and the Senate by unanimous consent on Friday, Nov. 17.
The bill reestablishes the ability of emergency medical care providers, such as paramedics, to administer certain life-saving medications to critical patients without unnecessary delay, which was put in question by recent U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) regulatory deliberations. NAEMSP® worked directly with the DEA once the federal agency stated its intentions to criminalize the use of standing orders, which would have made it illegal for EMS providers to dispense controlled medications - including treatments for life-threatening allergic reactions and severe pain - in a timely manner.
NAEMSP® also coordinated and worked closely with bipartisan allies in Congress to write and advance the Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act, which also establishes a framework to enable the DEA to oversee EMS consistently across the nation and also clarifies uniform protocols for EMS.
"This life-saving legislation is the product of three years of hard work and patient determination from NAEMSP® members, our partners ACEP and NAEMT and our advocates in Congress," said Dr. Ritu Sahni, Chair of NAEMSP®'s Advocacy Committee. "We are proud to have led this charge and we will continue to collaborate with the healthcare community and advocate for our patients and medical care providers across the nation."
Maia Dorsett, Phil Moy and Ritu Sahni represent NAEMSP in an impressive piece, The Little Bill That Could (Save EMS)," published Nov. 21,2017 in The Hill.
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