EMS Voluntary Event Notification Tool (E.V.E.N.T.) is a tool designed to improve the safety, quality and consistent delivery of Emergency Medical Services (EMS). It collects data submitted anonymously by EMS practitioners. The data collected will be used to develop policies, procedures and training programs to improve the safe delivery of EMS. A similar system used by airline pilots has led to important airline system improvements based upon pilot reported "near miss" situations and errors.
Any individual who encounters or recognizes a situation in which an EMS safety event occurred, or could have occurred, is strongly encouraged to submit a report by completing the appropriate E.V.E.N.T. Notification Tool. The confidentiality and anonymity of this reporting tool is designed to encourage EMS practitioners to readily report EMS safety events without fear of repercussion.
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To help improve health outcomes of patients who require emergency care, the National Institutes of Health has created a new Office of Emergency Care Research (OECR). The office is a focal point for basic, clinical and translational emergency care research and training across NIH.
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Movement of the Model Uniform Core Criteria continues as FICEMS continues to deliberate on the process and will likely take another six months before information on their decisions become public. In the mean time I wanted to make you aware that the National Disaster Life Support Foundation has decided to offer a free SALT training video which for $5 can also be viewed for CME credit. The URL is http://www.salttriage.org .
We are pleased to help the American Academy of Neurology expose its recently launched campaign for its new guideline publication, “Update: Evaluation and Management of Concussion in Sports."
for the full press release and more details regarding the campaign.
to visit AAN's Sports Concussion Toolkit
Click here for the AAN's update summary for clinicians
Click here for the full-length sports concussion guideline |4/17/2013|
for registration information for the EMS Subspecialty Certification Review Course in Seattle, in conjunction with ACEP's annual meeting. The course is October 11 - 13. ACEP's annual meeting is October 14-17.
We are pleased to announce a fellowship opportunity as NAEMSP® partners with Physio-Control. Click here for more information.
This is a reminder of the availability of the four-volume set of NAEMSP textbooks that will help physicians prepare for EMS subspecialty certification testing.
Click here to order your set today.
The deadline for all application submissions to the National Biodefense Science Board (NBSB) is extended from July 7, 2013, to August 4, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. The Office of the Secretary is accepting application submissions from qualified individuals who wish to be considered for membership on the NBSB; six members have membership expiration dates of December 31, 2013, therefore, six new voting members will be selected for the Board.
Nominees are being accepted in the following categories: Industry, Academia, Healthcare Consumer Organizations, and Organizations Representing Other Appropriate Stakeholders.
Please visit the NBSB Web site at www.phe.gov/nbsb<http://www.phe.gov/nbsb> for all application submission information and instructions. All members of the public are encouraged to apply.
More information can be found at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-07-05/html/2013-16178.htm.
Click here for more information on the Feb. 5-8, 2014, conference to be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.
JEMS is pleased to have Alexander Garza, MD, MPH as its opening Keynote speaker and Steve Berry, NREMT-P as its closing Keynote speaker. Two sessions of the event will feature highlights from the 2014 NAEMSP® Annual Conference and the best of research presented at the 2014 NAEMSP® Annual Conference.
Early bird registration ends December 16.
Click here for an important announcement from ABEM regarding an additional date for the EMS Subspecialty Exam. Information about an additional review course prior to this exam will be forthcoming from NAEMSP in the near future.
ABEM has opened additional dates for the EMS Certification examination on March 20, 21, and 22, 2014.
If you did not take the examination in October 2013 but you have an approved EMS certification application on file with ABEM, you may take the examination in March.
Click here for the full announcement.
Mark your calendars:
March 4 - Registration deadline
March 25 - EMS On the Hill briefing
March 26 - EMS On the Hill
The headquarters hotel for this event is:
NAEMT announces the its new ENGAGE! online legislative services site.
New ENGAGE! Legislative Service helps EMS advocacy efforts, and enables constituents to share EMS challenges with their congressional representatives. Click here
for more information.
We are pleased to announce the scheduling of another Subspecialty Certification Review Course (CRC) Sunday and Monday, Jan. 19-20, 2014, at the J.W. Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa in Tucson, Ariz., following the NAEMSP® Annual Meeting, which will be held Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 16-18.
Due to the popularity of the three course offerings in the fall of 2013 and ABEM scheduling another exam date in March, we are pleased to provide this additional opportunity. We hope to see you there!
to download and print the registration form.
The Food and Drug Administration released a proposed rule requiring all makers of certain medically important prescription drugs to notify FDA of permanent discontinuances or temporary interruptions in manufacturing that are likely to disrupt their supply, as required by the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act of 2012. The rule also would extend the early notification requirement to medically important biologic products. In addition, FDA today sent Congress a strategic plan for strengthening the agency’s ability to respond to imminent or existing drug shortages and for developing longer-term approaches to address the underlying causes of production disruption, also required by the FDASIA. The agency will accept comments on the provisions of the proposed rule until January 3, 2014.
The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) is announcing the completion and release of the National EMS Culture of Safety Strategy Document. The National EMS Culture of Safety Strategy initiative was part of a 36-month cooperative agreement between the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), with support from the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA), EMS for Children (EMSC) Program, and the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). The project stemmed from a recommendation from NEMSAC, a group created to provide guidance to the U.S. Department of Transportation and the NHTSA Office of EMS. The primary objective of the project was to identify the safety issues facing the industry, and develop a strategy for a new culture of safety within EMS.
The National Association of EMS Physicians® (NAEMSP®) and Physio-Control, the world leader in emergency medical response technologies, today announced Ryan Gerecht, MD, CMTE as the winner of the NAEMSP® / Physio-Control EMS Medicine Medical Director Fellowship. The purpose of the fellowship is to train individuals for a career as a clinically focused EMS medical director who is board-certified in EMS medicine, to expand the commitment of academic institutions to EMS medicine as a subspecialty and to graduate a fellow with a passion for EMS leadership on a national level.
Join us in congratulating Dr. Gerecht!
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Click here for urgent information for exhibitors of the 2014 NAEMSP Annual Meeting and the purchase of an attendee list.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed the second case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in the United States.
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The 2015 Call for Abstracts is now available.
Click here to submit your abstract (new submission site; requires new login/username set-up).
Submission deadline is August 15, 2014.
Submission deadline is July 14.
The Nominations Committee is conducting the Call for Nominations for the 2015-2017 Board of Directors slate.
The positions that will be elected by the membership in 2014 are: President-Elect, Secretary/Treasurer and three Physician Members-at-Large. The individuals elected for the offices will each serve a two-year term.
Click here for full details about open positions and the nomination process.
We look forward to your joining us in New Orleans!
January 22-24, 2015
Hyatt Regency New Orleans
New Orleans, Louisiana
Click here for information on the 2015 Annual Meeting as it becomes available.
Don't put it off; submit an article TODAY!
NAEMSP is always seeking articles for the next issue of NAEMSP® News. Please e-mail Joe DeLucia, editor, with articles by the following established deadlines for 2014:
Friday, October 24
Any submission is appreciated, preferably about 400 words. Anything related to EMS: book reviews, interesting cases, updates and news.
Joe DeLucia, DO, FACEP
NAEMSP® Newsletter Editor
NAEMSP is pleased to announce the availability of its online store. Click here to visit the Products page of the website to review available products, and click the link at the top of the page to make your purchase online.
The Members Only area of the website is now up, yet a couple of features may not yet be fully functional until later this week. We thank you for your patience as we continue to finalize the system upgrade.