The National Association of EMS Physician supports the Federal Communication Commission’s Draft Fifth Report and Order and the Draft Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. It is a critical step in enabling EMS and first responders to quickly and accurately locate 911 callers. Deploying z-axis technology would identify the floor level for wireless 911 calls made from multi-story buildings, thus decreasing response times to provide faster medical attention, ideally improving outcomes and saving lives.
We are pleased to announce the Class of 2019, Fellows of the Academy of EMS.
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NAEMSP is thrilled to have received commendation from NAEMT for supporting their Advanced Medical Life Support course! Photo courtesy and copyright of NAEMT.
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October 23, 2019
Emergency medical services (EMS) are an essential public service and are often the health care safety net for many communities. However, many EMS agencies are closing for lack of volunteers, increased training requirements, and decreased resources, as highlighted on NBC News last night and detailed in this article by Erika Edwards https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-care/there-s-shortage-volunteer-ems-workers-ambulances-rural-america-n1068556. The National Association of EMS Physicians agrees that funding reform and cohesive community paramedicine systems are key factors in extending the reach of the health system to areas with shortages of hospitals and physicians. Reimbursement and salaries commensurate with rates of other health care team professionals allow for recruitment and retention of EMS providers in roles that will ensure a response to a 911 emergency, but that can also bring other healthcare services to these areas. EMS systems integrated with local health care can serve as a vital link to community residents, providing services such as home visits on discharged patients, connecting to EMS physicians through telemedicine, as well as emergency and urgent medical care.
NAEMSP's Board of Directors has considered the recommendations made to NHTSA by the National EMS Advisory Council (NEMSAC) regarding nomenclature for the EMS profession. After careful deliberation and the polling of its membership, it is providing its response.
Registraton is now open for the 2020 NAEMSP Annual Meeting. Click here for more information and to register today.
EMS agencies across the country rose to the challenge this summer when asked to create educational music videos as part of the NAEMSP CPR Challenge. In New York, Missouri, California and Alaska, EMS agencies created videos that not only teach bystanders how to do CPR, but also feature songs that can help them maintain the ideal rate for chest compressions (110 beats per minute). From “Baby Shark” to the “Rocky” theme song, every music video offered potentially lifesaving information in a fun and entertaining way. However, only one video could win the contest portion of the challenge, which ended June 15, 2019.
June 19, 2019
NAEMSP and the Emergency Medicine Foundation (EMF) are pleased to announce the recipients of their inaugural partnership to provide grants for prehospital research. Three proposals were selected for funding.
June 14, 2019
NAEMSP is holding a contest for EMS agencies across the country to educate the public on CPR best practices. One way for potential cardiac arrest bystanders to maintain the ideal rate for chest compressions—110 beats per minute—is to think of a song with the same rhythm. Three EMS agencies have entered the contest by creating educational music videos to songs with potentially lifesaving rhythms.
December 12, 2018
NAEMSP joins the entire medical community in its commitment to equitably distributing healthcare resources, particularly as it relates to emergency medical conditions. While further research is certainly needed, we encourage everyone to review this study objectively to determine how it should influence your local practice.
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January 28, 2019
The National Association of EMS Physicians® (NAEMSP®) recognizes that EMTs and paramedics are doing critical work for substantially less compensation than other first responders. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s recent comments reflects he understands this as well. While we do not offer specific guidance on compensation for our members nor the EMS community with whom we serve, NAEMSP® believes the EMTs and paramedics who provide life-saving care on a daily basis should be paid fairly and impartially with respect to fire and law enforcement colleagues. We appreciate that Mayor de Blasio is willing to continue to speak with ours and other organizations about equitable pay for all first responders. These heroes regularly perform in dangerous situations and risk their lives to help others, and when pay scales are based upon the threats faced by providers and value imparted to the community, these public servants’ contributions should be equally recognized.
January 23, 2019
The National Association of EMS Physicians® (NAEMSP®) is pleased to welcome new members to their Board of Directors.
August 5, 2019
NAEMSP mourns the victims of the recent shootings in Gilroy, CA; Southaven, MS, El Paso, TX, and Dayton, OH. Our thoughts are with the victims’ families and their communities. NAEMSP is grateful for the medical professionals and first responders who regularly risk their lives to help care for victims of disasters such as these. We encourage first responder self care and peer care; the Code Green Campaign® is a great resource. While it is unfortunate that we must prepare for such tragedies, NAEMSP remains committed to helping EMS physicians provide the best possible out-of-hospital care. For more information on deploying evidence-based lifesaving interventions, see our position statement on mass gathering medical care.
NAEMSP has been invited to provide international medical director training at DevelopingEM 2020. The one-day pre-conference workshop will focus on enhancing physicians’ expertise in real-world EMS issues.
Mark the date in your calendar to join DevelopingEM in Cartegena, Columbia, March 9-11,2020.
April 23, 2019
NAEMSP members joined other EMS professionals on Capitol Hill last week to advocate for issues affecting quality prehospital patient care. Drug shortages again emerged as a top concern, as emergency medical facilities across the country are forced to severely restrict use of certain IV fluids, anti-nausea medications, airway management medications and other essential emergency medications (EEMs), many of which have no suitable substitute.
May 16, 2019
The NAEMSP Education Committee is proud to release NAEMSP's Learning Management System (LMS).
Need free Physician AMA Category 1 CME? There are three bundles from which to choose.
Members can access the Learning Center (aka LMS) via the direct link that was provided in the May 16, 2019 announcement or from the home page of the website, under the Career Development.
- Airway and Ventilation
- System-Based Practice
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We hope our members find this new benefit valuable.
May 15, 2019
NAEMSP recently released an educational CPR music video and challenged EMS agencies across the country to do the same. The challenge is part of a contest intended to educate the public on CPR best practices ahead of National EMS Week, May 19-25, 2019.
Bystander CPR can be critical to survival from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Let’s help educate the public on CPR best practices by creating videos that showcase 100 to 120 beat-per-minute songs. We can help them find their own CPR earworm to (literally!) count on in emergencies. The creator(s) of the best video uploaded to Facebook or Twitter before June 15, 2019, with the hashtag #NAEMSPCPRChallenge will receive two free registrations to the NAEMSP 2020 Annual Meeting in San Diego, California!
February 14, 2019
Today, Feb. 14, Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex Azar, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Seema Verma, and Director of CMS’ Innovation Center (CMMI) Adam Boehler announced a new voluntary demonstration project around reimbursement for EMS services that promises to decrease unnecessary emergency department utilization, improve patient outcomes and generate savings to the health care system.
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.
The Council on Cardiopulmonary, Critical Care, Perioperative and Resuscitation (3CPR) Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Travel Stipends encourage and support the efforts of EMS chiefs, educators and other non-physician EMS leadership and encourage them to participate in Resuscitation Science Symposium (ReSS) and AHA activities at Scientific Sessions.
Started October 2015 by the Department of Homeland Security and with the cumulative effort of multiple organizations, the Stop the Bleed campaign seeks to improve public education in hemorrhage control, particularly in terrorism-related mass casualty events.
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It is necessary to define quality in emergency medical services (EMS) and create a common foundation and resource for leaders who work to improve the quality of EMS care. This includes EMS medical directors, quality researchers, EMS educators, those drafting quality metrics, electronic healthcare record (EHR) vendors, EMS stakeholder groups, and regulatory and federal entities working in the EMS quality space (e.g., NHTSA OEMS, HRSA, EIIC, AHRQ, NQF).
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A panel comprised of first responders, including Dr. Brent Myers, president of NAEMSP, gathered in Washington D.C. on Thursday, August 30, to discuss a recently released fentanyl safety video. The panel discussed the importance of such evidence-based resources designed to help ensure the overall safety of the first responder community.
December 4, 2018
NAEMSP has several inspiring and informative presentations lined up for its 2019 Annual Meeting, which will take place January 7-12 in Austin, Texas. The conference will reunite its keynote speaker, former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge, with the first responders who resuscitated him after his cardiac arrest in November 2017.