EMSC Pulse

A digest of EMSC Program News and Activities

Issue #35 | March 21, 2019

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HHS Launches Innovative Model with New Treatment & Transport Options

Supporting ambulance triage options aims to allow beneficiaries to receive care at the right time and placeIn February, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (Innovation Center), which tests innovative payment …

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National EMS Week 2019 is May 19-25

Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Day on Wednesday, May 22. This year’s theme is “BEYOND the CALL.” Watch for further information in the coming weeks!

Nominations for 2019 National EMS Awards of Excellence are Open!

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Recognize the very best in EMS. Nominate a colleague for the National EMS Awards of Excellence!

Now through June 30, submit your nomination for the 2019 National EMS Awards of Excellence. Award recipients receive a cash award, a travel grant and free registration to EMS World Expo in New Orleans, LA, and national recognition.

Award categories are:

  • Paramedic of the Year, sponsored by Nasco
  • EMT of the Year, sponsored by Braun Industries
  • Educator of the Year, sponsored by Jones & Bartlett Learning
  • EMS Medical Director of the Year, sponsored by Bound Tree
  • Military Medic of the Year, sponsored by North American Rescue

Find nomination forms and selection criteria by visiting this site. Nominations open through June 30

NHTSA Office of EMS Partners with AHRQ to Research and Update Guideline for Treating Pain

The opioid crisis has raised questions about the best way to address patients’ pain in the field. While there’s no evidence tying prehospital administration of narcotics to addiction or overdose deaths, finding alternatives to managing pain could reduce the amount of opioids in the field. At the same time, it is critical that patients’ pain is not ignored, and safe and effective treatments are available to EMS clinicians.

To help address the issue, the NHTSA Office of EMS is working with AHRQ experts to examine the research and evidence related to prehospital management of acute pain by EMS. AHRQ has selected researchers at the University of Connecticut Evidence Based Practice Center to steer the effort, which will result in a report that will be used to update the evidence-based guidelines for prehospital analgesia in trauma, originally published online in 2013.

The National Quality Forum (NQF) Draft on Healthcare System Readiness Open for Comment

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The National Quality Forum (NQF) has posted a draft report (PDF) on Healthcare System readiness with the results of a systematic environmental scan as well as a conceptual framework, which includes the feasibility and strategy to focus future quality measurement on readiness. NQF members and the public may submit comments on the draft report through April 9 at 6:00pm ET.

NHTSA Recommends that Daylight Savings Time Should Signal Inspections

Daylight saving time has long been used as a reminder to check smoke detector batteries to protect your home from fire. It’s also a time to check for vehicle recalls. Every vehicle recall affects the safety of your car or truck and its drivers, passengers, and others on the road. So add checking for recalls to your spring and fall to-do lists.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends that you not only check batteries, but recalls for items such as vehicles, child safety seats and tires as well. See this web page for more information.

National Healthcare Coalition Preparedness Conference is calling for abstracts


The December 2019 Conference theme is “Taking Coalitions to New Heights.”

Abstracts must be submitted by April 12, 2019. For more information, click here.

March is Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month

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One of the most common types of TBI is a concussion. A concussion is caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth.

Resources include: the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the AAP and the Children’s Safety Network. Watch this great video to learn more about concussions and how it can affect your brain. Watch this video for more tips on how to buy the correct helmet for your child’s sport, as well as how to ensure proper fit.

General prevention tips:

  • Always use age and size appropriate, properly installed car seats and booster seats.
  • Wearing a well-fitting and sport appropriate helmet.
  • Use stair gates at the TOP and BOTTOM of stairs to prevent falls in infants and toddlers.
  • Go to playgrounds with soft material under the equipment such as sand and mulch, not grass or dirt.

New Report Details States' Emergency Preparedness

The 2019 Trust for America’s Health report, “Ready or Not: Protecting the Public’s Health from Diseases, Disasters and Bioterrorism”, tracks public health emergency preparedness related to disasters and disease outbreaks in the United States. The report documents progress in the nation’s level of preparedness as well as geographical areas still in need of improvement. The report also identifies specific action-steps, that if taken, would improve a state’s overall level of emergency preparedness. The 2019 report finds that states have made progress in key areas, including public health funding and participation in coalitions. However, performance in other areas, such as flu vaccination, hospital patient safety, and paid time off for workers, has not improved.

The EMSC Innovation & Improvement Center (EIIC) is supported in part by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Maternal and Child Health Bureau Emergency Medical Services for Children grant number U07MC29829. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S.Government.

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