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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During a recent ASPR webinar, now available for viewing, experts discussed the importance of planning and coordination in managing the response to drug shortages
Access to medications is a problem plaguing healthcare providers across the United States, and EMS systems have not been immune. From dextrose to epinephrine to sodium bicarbonate, many of the common drugs found on an ambulance have been on short supply the last few years, forcing agencies to adjust protocols and find alternatives.
In a recent webinar co-hosted by the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), experts discussed issues faced by communities and health systems confronting these shortages, including ethical considerations and the need for regional, collaborative discussions. Speakers included Capt. Valerie Jensen, RPh, Associate Director of the Drug Shortage Staff, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, US Food and Drug Administration; Jim Blumenstock, Chief Program Officer, Health Security, ASTHO; and Dan Hanfling, MD, Contributing Scholar, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Health Security, and Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine, George Washington University.
In addition, Judy Seaberg, Healthcare Preparedness Program Manager, Minnesota Department of Health, and Jeffrey Dichter, MD, a critical care specialist at Minnesota's Unity Hospital, presented a case study of how a specific drug shortage was handled at the state level through health care coalitions and at the bedside by making ethical and evidence-based changes to care plans.
Access the recording of the webinar, Clinicians and Coalitions: A Conversation about Finding Solutions for Medication Shortages, here. You will be asked to enter your name and email address prior to accessing the recording. The PowerPoint also can be accessed on ASPR TRACIE. The title page of the PowerPoint presentation has a link to the facilitated discussion and follow-up questions.
Also available is a new report developed by ASPR, EMS Infectious Disease Playbook, that unifies multiple sources of information addressing the full spectrum of infectious agents to create a concise reference resource for EMS agencies developing their service policies.
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