Emergency Medical Services Section
Updates and Action Items
Updated Fire-Based EMS Toolkit Released
The IAFC and other national fire service organizations have released a new toolkit to assist you in explaining and defending the importance of fire-based EMS systems. This toolkit contains important information and resources which you can use to demonstrate the value of a fire-based EMS system to the public as well as members of your local government.
EMS Section Elections
The EMS Section will hold elections for the positions of vice chair, secretary, and director-at-large. If you're interested in running for any of these positions, please review the EMS Section Elections Manual (pdf) to learn how to declare your candidacy.
IAFC Submits Comments on CMS Ambulance Payments
On January 24, the IAFC sent comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to suggest ways to improve CMS' calculations of the cost for providing ambulance service.
FDA Releases Drug Shortage Mitigation Report
On October 31, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released their report on strategies for preventing and mitigating (pdf) drug shortages. The FDA Safety and Innovation Act (P.L. 112-144), which was passed in June 2012, required the FDA to create a drug shortage mitigation task force and report to Congress on the FDA's work to prevent and mitigate drug shortages. Please see the FDA's report to learn more about the FDA's approach to combating drug shortages.
ACEP Releases "EMS Culture of Safety"
The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) has recently released their report on building a culture of safety in the EMS industry (pdf). This report highlights important issues to consider in many key areas such as provider safety, patient safety, and community safety. See the newly released document (pdf) to learn how to build a culture of safety in your organization!
Flu Vaccine Recommendations for 2013
Are you concerned about the impact that the season flu might have on your fire department? Read the latest evaluations and recommendations from Kathy West, co-chair of the Emerging Diseases Committee, on this year's seasonal influenza vaccination options.
IAFC Submits Comments on Ambulance Service Costs
The IAFC sent comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to suggest ways to improve CMS' calculations of the cost for providing ambulance service. The IAFC also recommended question topics for CMS to consider in an upcoming survey to better measure the cost of providing ambulance service. Please see the IAFC's comments (pdf) for more information.
COAEMSP Releases Board Minutes
The Commission on the Accreditation of Educational Programs for the EMS Profession (CoAEMSP) recently held their quarterly board of directors meeting in which they discussed new training programs which they have recommended for accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Help Education Programs (CAAHEP), CAAHEP standards revisions, distance learning programs, and more. Please see the full minutes from their recent board meeting for further information.
Heart Safe Award Winners
The EMS Section would like to congratulate the Tulsa, OK Fire Department and the East Pierce, WA Fire and Rescue Department on being named the 2013 Heart Safe Community Award winners. Check out the Tulsa, OK and East Pierce, WA winning nomination to see the systems that they have in place!
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