NAEMSP 4-Volume Textbooks
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.
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN-EMS Subspecialty Certification Review Courses
NAEMSP and ACEP are excited to announce the opening of registration for the two fall EMS Subspecialty Certification Review Courses.
to register online for Las Vegas (September 6-8; registration deadline August 30
to register online for Atlanta (September 20-22; registration deadline September 13
for more information and a registration form
for registration information for the third class this fall in Seattle, in conjunction with ACEP's annual meeting. The course is October 11 - 13. ACEP's annual meeting is October 14-17.
NHTSA Releases National EMS Advisory Council Summary Report
WASHINGTON – The National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Office of Emergency Medical
Services (EMS) today released a summary report of recommendations made by the
National EMS Advisory Council (NEMSAC) to both NHTSA and other federal EMS
leaders. The report combines information from numerous NEMSAC documents and
advisories and provides the council with a single resource for effectively
communicating their recommendations to all EMS stakeholders.
The report, an overview of
NEMSAC’s advisories and recommendations from 2010 through mid-2012, focuses on
three areas of priority outlined by the council — EMS safety, evidence-based
EMS, and performance-based funding and reimbursement.
NHTSA has already made progress on
several of the recommendations, including working on a formal strategy to
create a culture of safety in EMS; funding a three year project to improve the
statewide implementation of evidence-based guidelines; and facilitating a
project aimed at improving the quality of data available to NHTSA and other EMS
Since the 1960s, NHTSA has
provided tools and resources for improving EMS systems nationwide. NEMSAC
serves as an essential channel for input from the EMS community to NHTSA and
its federal partners. The recommendations outlined in the summary report are
based on this input and presented to NHTSA to assist the agency in fostering an
efficient and effective EMS system that improves patient outcomes.
The NEMSAC was chartered by the
Secretary of Transportation in 2007 to provide advice and guidance to the
Department and to the Federal Interagency Committee on EMS (FICEMS) on matters
relating to EMS.
The Summary Report can be
For more information about the
current NEMSAC membership, or upcoming meetings, visit www.EMS.gov/NEMSAC.htm.
Connect with NHTSA online via: Facebook.com/NHTSA | Twitter.com/NHTSAgov | YouTube.com/USDOTNHTSA | SaferCar.gov
SALT Triage Training Video Available Online
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 .
National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Website Unveiled
Today, CDC unveiled its redesigned National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) website. Intuitive and simple to navigate, the new NHSN site offers users and visitors:
- clear enrollment instructions
- one-stop information pages for each facility type (e.g., acute care page has links to all protocols, trainings, manual chapters, analysis tools, etc.)
- easy access to user updates/newsletter and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid rule information
- direct links to the NHSN application log-in page
- a new “About NHSN” page
We hope this update will better meet NHSN user needs and also make it easier for visitors to learn about NHSN and its value to the healthcare system. Please direct any feedback you have to firstname.lastname@example.org
. Please use “website feedback” in the subject line.
ECCC Has a New Home
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) is pleased to announce a new home for the Emergency Care Coordination Center (ECCC). The ECCC now resides within the Division of Health System
s Policy in ASPR’s Office of Policy and Planning. The ECCC initially had been housed within the ASPR’s Office of Preparedness and Emergency Operations in the Division of Mass Care. This transition into ASPR’s Policy Office reflects the ECCC’s evolution as a policy coordinator of emergency care issues that support the day-to-day emergency care enterprise. The transition also recognizes that emergency care needs to be fully integrated into health care systems. Seating ECCC within ASPR’s Division of Health System s Policy significantly increases the opportunities to forward the integration of emergency care into the evolving health system under the Affordable Care Act. On Feb. 4, ASPR announced the ECCC move in the Federal Register (embed link).
The ECCC was established within ASPR in January 2009, fulfilling requirements of Homeland Security Presidential Directive #21 (2007). The ECCC’s creation also responded to recommendations made in 2006 by the Institute of Medicine’s Future of Emergency Care series of reports Hospital-Based Emergency Care: At the Breaking Point; Emergency Medical Services: At the Crossroads, and Emergency Care for Children: Growing Pains. These documents describe our nation’s ECE as “fragmented,” “overburdened,” and “underfunded,” and challenged in many ways in its effort to provide high quality emergency care to the public on a day-to-day basis.
The overarching goal of the ECCC is to support an efficient and effective day-to-day functioning emergency care enterprise which is necessary if the system is to be prepared for disasters. The National Health Security Strategy, led by ASPR states, “national health security is achieved when the Nation and its people are prepared for, protected from, respond effectively to, and are able to recover from incidents with potentially negative health consequences.” Healthy, resilient communities with accessible, scalable, and high quality health care delivery systems are fundamental to achieving this state of security for the nation. Emergency care is an essential part of the nation’s health security.
ABEM Press Release: Board Certification in EMS
October 9, 2012
ABEM PRESS RELEASE: BOARD CERTIFICATION IN EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES
East Lansing, Mich.
The application period for the first EMS certification examination opened October 1, 2012, and will continue through June 30, 2013. The first EMS subspecialty certification examination will be administered October 23-25, 2013, at Pearson VUE professional testing centers.
ABEM is also preparing for the EMS Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Each physician who attains certification in EMS in 2013 will be
gin participating in EMS MOC in 2014. One component of MOC is Lifelong Learning and Self Assessment (LLSA). LLSA addresses issues of relevance to current practice. The LLSA tests are multiple-choice, open-book tests based on a number of relevant readings. ABEM encourages EMS organizations and individual physicians to submit suggestions for readings. The form for submitting articles and additional information are available on the ABEM website (there also are links from the home page).
The American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) certifies emergency physicians who meet its educational, professional standing, and examination standards. Its mission is to protect the public by promoting and sustaining the integrity, quality, and standards of training in and practice of Emergency Medicine. There are currently nearly 29,000 ABEM-certified emergency physicians. ABEM is not a membership organization, but a non-profit, independent evaluation organization. ABEM is one of 24 medical specialty certification boards recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties.
If you would like more specific information on the EMS Subspecialty Board exam, please click here.
NTIA Notice: State and Local Implementation Grant Program
NTIA issues this Notice to announce requirements for the State and Local Implementation Grant Program authorized by section 6302 of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (Act). The Notice describes the programmatic requirements under which NTIA will award grants to assist state, local, and tribal governments with planning for a nationwide interoperable public safety broadband network
NIH Creates Office of Emergency Care Research
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.
Click here for the full press release.
New Discovery Channel Series is Looking for True Stories
Left for Dead is a new Discovery Channel series about ordinary people who beat the odds and came back to life after being declared dead.
Currently, the Discovery Channel is searching for new stories to feature in upcoming episodes. It is looking for all types of stories, whether the potential victim was saved by a physical intervention in which the human body shut down to protect itself or by the help of a persistent medical services staff member. Using interviews, CGI effects and reenactments, the series will unravel the stories behind how each survivor managed to come back to life and will be filled with medical facts that are rarely reported in the news.
If you have a story/experience you'd like to share, please contact Claudina Del Guidice at email@example.com
or (646) 356-0709.
NAEMSP is an E.V.E.N.T Site Partner
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.
Click here for more information.
"Guidelines for the Field Triage of the Injured Patients" at NAEMSP®Annual Meeting.