California Chapter Statement on LA County EMS Directive #6

January 8, 2021

The California Chapter of the National Association of EMS Physicians (Cal-NAEMSP) is aware of the public concern expressed over the Los Angeles County EMS Agency Directive #6 – EMS Transport of Patients in Traumatic and Non-Traumatic Cardiac Arrest. Directive #6 does not represent a change in the existing standard of care for prehospital patients. It emphasizes existing policy that discourages the transport of patients in whom further resuscitation in the emergency department will not yield a change in the patient’s outcome.

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2021 NAEMSP/Stryker EMS Fellowship Awarded

We are pleased to announce Michael Lauria, MD, NRP, FP-C as the recipient of the 2021 NAEMSP/Stryker EMS Medicine Medical Director Fellowship.  Dr. Lauria will complete the fellowship at the University of New Mexico.

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EMS and Law Enforcement

EMS clinicians and law enforcement officers rely on distinct, yet complementary, skill sets in critical, rapidly changing situations. It is, however, the individual EMS professional who ultimately is charged with the authority and ability to evaluate patients’ medical needs. EMS professionals should always base medical decisions on the information available to them and never solely on orders from police.

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NAEMSP Statement on Prioritizing EMS Professionals’ Access to COVID-19 Vaccine

NAEMSP strongly encourages state and local governments creating COVID-19 vaccination plans to follow the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines which recommend that eligible EMS individuals be included in the highest priority group for COVID-19 vaccination. 

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Position Statement on Agitated Patients

NAEMSP has released a position statement - Clinical Care and Restraint of Agitated or Combative Patients by EMS Practitioners - as a joint position, which replaces the previous NAEMSP positions on patient restraint from 2002, which was updated in 2017.
The NAEMSP, NASEMSO, NEMSMA, NAEMT and APA recognize that emergency medical services (EMS) personnel frequently care for agitated, combative, or violent patients, who require clinical treatment and transportation. These situations are often complicated by alcohol use, substance use, or mental health illness. When clinical monitoring and treatment are indicated, these become health care issues.
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FAEMS - Class of 2020

We are pleased to announce the Class of 2020, Fellows of the Academy of EMS.
Click here for the press release.
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ABEM Releases 2022 Reading List

Click here for the 2022 LLSA Reading List.

ABEM is soliciting articles for the 2023 LLSA test. Article submissions may come from any content area of the EM Model. To be considered for inclusion in the 2023 LLSA test, recommendations must be received by April 1, 2021.

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Spinal Motion Restriction in the Trauma Patient – A Joint Position Statement

The American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS-COT), American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), and the National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP) have previously offered varied guidance on the role of backboards and spinal immobilization in out-of-hospital situations. This updated consensus statement on spinal motion restriction in the trauma patient represents the collective positions of the ACS-COT, ACEP and NAEMSP. Read more.

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