Blast Injuries and Bombings
Emergency Medical Service Dispatch Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Prearrival Instructions to Improve Survival From Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest
Lerner EB, Rea TD, Bobrow BJ, Acker JE 3rd, Berg RA, Brooks SC, Cone DC, Gay M, Gent LM, Mears G, Nadkarni VM, O’Connor RE, Potts J, Sayre MR, Swor RA, Travers AH; on behalf of the American Heart Association Emergency Cardiovascular Care Committee and the Council on Cardiopulmonary, Critical Care, Perioperative and Resuscitation. Emergency medical service dispatch cardiopulmonary resuscitation prearrival instructions to improve survival from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest: a scientific statement from the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2012: published online before print January 9, 2012, 10.1161/CIR.0b013e31823ee5fc.
Coping with Stress
As more cases of COVID-19 are reported in the U.S., the amount of guidance material being released can become daunting. The media isn’t necessarily helping either as the hype simply adds to the confusion, fear and unnecessary panic. As EMS professionals, we are trained to deal with infectious diseases, and we encourage you to refer to the CDC, WHO, NHTSA EMS.gov and your local and state regulatory institutions for the latest information on coronavirus.
For your ease of reference, NAEMSP has curated resources on our website to quickly link you to helpful information including EMS-specific information that may help you generate your own local protocols for issues such as alternative response configurations. Be sure to check back frequently for updates.
View COVID-19 resources.
Culture of Safety
Click here for the National EMS Culture of Safety Strategy Document, released 10/3/2013.
Disaster/Emergency Preparedness/Mass Casualty Events
- CDC Crisis and Emergency Risk Communications - This website contains a handbook for public information/communications during an emergency, as well as some useful checklists and reference sheets.
- CDC Emergency Preparedness Website - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention maintains a general website for emergency preparedness with links to information for both the general public and healthcare professionals.
- DHS Active Shooter Resources - The Department of Homeland Security has a website with links to numerous printed and video materials useful in preparing for active shooter events. The materials are designed for various audiences, including the general public, human resources departments, security and law enforcement personnel, and first responders.
- DHS National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (NDPC) - The NDPC operates in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to bring together members with different areas of expertise in emergency preparedness to provide training for emergency planners and responders. The consortium includes:
- -Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, AL
- -Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center, New Mexico Tech
- -LSU-NCBRT/Academy of Counter-Terrorist Education at Louisiana State University
- -Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service National Emergency Response and Recovery Training Center
- -National Nuclear Security Administration/CTOS-Center for Radiological/Nuclear Training
- -National Disaster Preparedness Training Center at the University of Hawaii
- -National Center for Emergency Response for Surface Transportation in Pueblo, CO
- FEMA Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) - The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, AL offers numerous emergency preparedness and response courses, open to multiple disciplines (emergency management, EMS/fire, government, HazMat, healthcare, law enforcement, public health, education, search-and-rescue). Most courses are free of charge to eligible agencies/organizations.
- HHS ASPR Preparedness Resources Website (TRACIE) - The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response has a resource website, TRACIE (Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange). TRACIE has a large database of searchable recommendations, checklists, and other resource documents about disaster and mass casualty issues. There are also discussion forums to network with other professionals involved in healthcare emergency preparedness and response.
- HHS ASPR Preparedness Website - The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response maintains a main website for public health emergencies, with current HHS news, links to guidance documents and resources, and information regarding ASPR grant programs.
Downloadable Disaster Medicine Mobile Applications
Mobile REMM (Radiation Emergency Medical Management)
Provides guidance for healthcare providers about diagnosis and treatment of radiation injury during emergencies along with important contact information.
WISER (Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders)
A mobile app that provides information on chemicals/hazardous substances, created by the National Library of Medicine with CHEMM (Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management) content produced by the HHS ASPR. Information is searchable and can be tailored in the app based on the selected role (first responder, HazMat, EMS, hospital provider, planner). The app can help identify unknown substances based on entered characteristics. Mass casualty triage procedures also included (START, SALT, JumpSTART).
NIH Disaster Information Management Research Center – Disaster Apps
Collated list of available mobile apps covering CBRNE/HazMat, medical, responder support and safety, psychological health, and other tools for both public/governmental agencies and private response organizations. Includes the “Show Me for Emergencies” app for those with hearing impairment or limited English proficiency, which uses icons for two way communication in a disaster situation.
Mass Casualty Events
Preparing for a Mass Casualty Event (for the public)
Planning and Response (for healthcare professionals)
National EMS Core Content
The National Association of EMS Physicians led a workgroup as part of the CDC sponsored Terrorism Injuries: Information Dissemination and Exchange project to develop a national guideline for mass casualty triage. The result of this effort is the Model Uniform Core Criteria a list of essential elements for a mass casualty triage system.
They also developed the SALT Triage mass casualty triage scheme. SALT Triage meets the guidelines of the Model Uniform Core Criteria and is freely available.
SALT Training Video - Click here to view a SALT training video provided by the National Disaster Life Support Foundation. For $5, it can be viewed for CME credit.
Drug Shortages - Pharmaceutical Backorder Reports
ED Crowding Metrics
EMS Agenda for the Future
EMS Agenda for the Future
EMS Research Agenda
EMS Board Certification Exam Review Guide
This review guide can be used as a companion to the two-volume NAEMSP textbook to aide those in preparing for the exam (delivered by ABEM in odd-number years).
Fireplace Safety Tips
The Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association (HPBA) requested we add to our website their frequently asked questions with regard to fireplace safety. Particularly, parents of young children need to take special precautions to protect against burns from glass-fronted fireplace inserts and stoves.
Health Information Exchange
Fact Sheet: Emergency Medical Services & Health Information Exchange: What do you need to know?
Health Information Exchange & Emergency Medical Services
EMS Makes a Difference: Improved Clinical Outcomes and Downstream Healthcare Savings – A Position Statement of the National EMS Advisory Council
Code of Federal Code of Federal Regulations HIPAA release of information section
HIPAA Fact Sheet
HPAI - Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza
Interagency Board's (IAB) published (April 2016) paper entitled TrainingTrigger: Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) that discusses the potential devastating economic impacts avian influenza could cause in the U.S. as well as activities first responder organizations can take to prepare for such an event.
IAB is a voluntary collaborative panel of emergency preparedness and response practitioners, representing all levels of government as well as operational, technical, and support organizations. The IAB provides a structured forum for the exchange of ideas to improve the Nation's ability to prepare for and respond safely to emergencies, disasters, and other critical incidents.
Next Generation 9-1-1
Position Papers - National EMS Management Association (NEMSMA)
Educational Preparation for EMS Leaders
Definition of EMS
Trauma Care Resources
As part of a research grant, University of Pennsylvania has developed a website, www.traumamaps.org, that shows access to trauma centers nationwide, with the intent of allowing medical professionals, government officials, and the public to become more aware of where trauma care resources are located, as well as identify areas that could be targeted for additional resources.
EMSC Support Letter template - "Wakefield Act"