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​NAEMSP® member, Scott Goldstein, DO, FACEP, brought to our attention a Smart phone application that may be of use to some of our members.  There are a variety of EMS-related applications available.

Click here​ for more information.​


We are pleased to announce a fellowship opportunity as NAEMSP®​ partners with Physio-Control.  Click here​ for more information.​​​​


This is a reminder of the availability of the four-volume set of NAEMSP textbooks that will help physicians prepare for EMS subspecialty certification testing.

Click here​ to order your set today.​​


NAEMSP and Physio-Control are pleased to open up the application process for a Fellowship.  Please click here for the full instructions, noting that only online applications will be accepted.​


Please submit articles to Editor Joe DeLucia at by the following dates:

August 2014 Issue - 7/25
December 2014 Issue - 10/24


We are pleased to open up nominations for the 2015 Fellowship Recognition Award to be presented at the 2015 NAEMSP Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA.  Click here for more information and to nominate someone today.  Deadline for nominations is October 1, 2014.​


We are pleased to open up nominations for awards​ to be presented at the 2015 NAEMSP Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA.  Click here for more information and to nominate someone today.  Deadline for nominations is October 1, 2014.


Special Operations Medical Association will be conducting its 2018 Scientific Assembly at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, NC, May 13-17, 2018.

Click here for the Call For Abstracts - deadline extended.
Click here​ to submit your abstract by Friday, Nov. 17 (4:00 p.m. EST).
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​WEBINAR:  Medication Shortages: Why They Happen and What to Do
Urgent Matters is teaming up with national experts to help you understand and prepare your organization for medication shortages. Register now to learn more about why medication shortages occur, their impact, and what you can do to mitigate the dangers for your patients. Featuring: Maryann E. Mazer-Amirshahi, PharmD, MD, MPH, Eric Lavonas, MD, and Michael Cohen, RPh, MS, ScD, FASHP.

Date: Tuesday, July 15
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM ET
The webinar is FREE and participants will receive 1 hours of CME credits for attending.
Click here to register.
For more information about Urgent Matters visit or e-mail us at
Physicians: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. The George Washington University Medical Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians. The George Washington University Medical Center takes responsibility for the content, quality, and scientific integrity of this CME activity.
The George Washington University Medical Center designates this activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.  Physicians should claim credit that commensurates with the extent of their participation in the activity.
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On behalf of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), I am pleased to announce the release of a new CDC Blast Injury mobile application to assist in the response and clinical management of injuries resulting from terrorist bombings and other mass casualty explosive events. This application provides clear, concise, up-to-date medical and healthcare systems information to assist healthcare providers and public health professionals in the preparation, response, and management of injuries resulting from terrorist bombing events and other mass casualty explosive events.

Thank you to each of you for your contribution to this effort.  
Download the mobile application for free today from the iTunes store:
For more information, please visit:
Blast Injury Mobile App page
Information for Health Professionals
Mass Casualties homepage
EPR “What’s New” page
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REGISTER NOW: Tourniquets and Hemostatic Dressings: The New Evidence-based Guideline

Second EMS Focus Webinar is August 5 at 2 P.M.

Tourniquets and Hemostatic Dressings: The New Evidence-based Guideline, the next webinar in EMS FOCUS: A Collaborative Federal Webinar Series, will take place on Tuesday, August 5, at 2 p.m. Eastern. This free webinar will provide a unique opportunity for you to learn about the new evidence-based guidelines for prehospital hemorrhage and to see how the guideline has been implemented in a local EMS system.
National experts in emergency medicine and trauma care will join the Office of EMS to discuss the lessons learned from Iraq and Afghanistan and how prehospital tourniquet application is saving lives of our warfighters overseas. The panel will address the guideline development process using external hemorrhage control as a model and will discuss suggestions for guideline implementation.
Download the tourniquet and hemostatic dressing guideline here to learn more about the guideline and to prepare your questions for the webinar panel.
"EMS leaders can advance their systems by using evidence-based guidelines, such as the guideline for external hemorrhage control, to make sure that their treatment protocols are based on sound research and data," said Drew Dawson, Director of NHTSA'S Office of EMS. "This webinar will provide a first-hand look at how to save lives in the prehospital setting by using tourniquets and hemostatic dressings and will give participants the chance to discuss these guidelines with the physicians who developed them and agencies who have already put the guidelines to use."
Attendees will be encouraged to participate in an open question-and-answer session, with the webinar and Q&A lasting approximately one hour. Every other month, the EMS FOCUS webinar series will provide a venue to discuss critical initiatives, issues, and challenges for EMS stakeholders nationwide.
Register for the webinar today. Please pass this e-mail along to your members, constituents, and any other interested members of the EMS community.
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NHTSA has released "A Joint Theater Trauma System & Joint Trauma System Review of Pre-Hospital Trauma Care in Combined Joint Operating Area – Afghanistan (CJOA-A)"

Click here to read the full report.

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CDC Twitter Chat: What U.S. Healthcare Facilities Need to Know to Prepare for Ebola Virus Disease

The recent Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa has increased the need for U.S. healthcare facilities to be prepared to handle potential patients with Ebola virus disease.  Additionally, two American citizens with Ebola virus disease have been medically evacuated to the United States to receive care in a U.S. hospital.  During this Twitter chat, CDC will answer clinicians’ questions on what steps U.S. healthcare facilities can take to prepare for the possibility of caring for a patient with Ebola virus disease.

Date: Friday, August 8, 2014
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern Time)
Tweet with: CDC Ebola Response Experts
How to Participate: Follow @CDCgov on Twitter and use hashtag #CDCchat
For more information visit:

Click here to read more from CDC-COCA.

Perfect for: Paramedics, EMTs, Physicians, Nurses, Guides, Ski Patrollers and Outdoor Leaders.  

Where: Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora. 

To Register: Click the link below, or visit WWW.UCHEALTH.ORG/EMS. Register by September 5th for early bird registration fees. Discount codes are available on the website. Physician = $225. PA/EMS/RN or other = $75. Student = $55.

Bonus: Medical professionals can earn an additional optional certification in Advanced Wilderness Life Support {AWLS}, September 19-20, 2014. CMEs and continuing education credits available. SEPTEMBER 19th CONFERENCE COST INCLUDED with AWLS! Physician = $695, all other medical professionals and students = $495.

Approved for 6.75 hours of AMA PRA-1 CME credits through the Wilderness Medical Society.

Click here for more information and to register.


Henry E. Wang, MD, MS, Professor and Vice Chair for Research of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Alabama School of Medicine, received grant award UH2-HL125163 from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute for the study “Pragmatic Trial of Airway Management in Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest.” In collaboration with the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium and the University of Washington Clinical Trials Center, the five-year effort will compare the effect of paramedic intubation and supraglottic airway insertion upon outcomes after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.

Congratuations, Dr. Wang!


Click here to review another Open Letter to All U.S. Healthcare Professionals, released on Nov. 12, 2014, regarding Key Messages About Ebola.


Click here to review an Open Letter to All U.S. Healthcare Professionals from Dr. Nicole Lurie, the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, regarding the current Ebola situation.

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The EMS Strong campaign seeks to celebrate, unify and inspire the men and women of our nation’s emergency medical services. Created by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) in partnership with the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT), EMS Strong brings together associations, EMS services, sponsors and national media to honor the dedication of EMS practitioners nationwide. Learn more at 

WHAT IS EMS STRONG?      (Direct link to article:

WHAT MATTERS MORE: the stuff on the outside of a uniform, or the stuff on the inside? 

Next time you’re getting dressed for work, take an extra moment for a good look in the mirror. What—and whom—do you see looking back at you? Look that person in the eye, take a deep breath, and ask some tough questions: 

What if today’s shift brings me face-to-face with a mother whose teenage son has hanged himself in the basement? This is a moment she’s going to remember forever. The way I break the news, the look on my face, my body language—those all matter as much as my words. Am I ready for that? 

What if today I find myself with a partner who cuts corners, who drives irresponsibly, whose personal triage system involves treating people differently based on the color of their skin, the shade of their religion, the hue of their sexual orientation? Am I prepared to do what I know is right? 

What if today’s shift brings nothing but mundane, routine calls that don’t use my skills or challenge me? Will I be professional and courteous, but nothing more? Or will I find or make opportunities to be the best part of someone’s day? 

What if today is the worst shift of my entire career? What if I find myself utterly exhausted, annoyed, sore, uncertain, discouraged or afraid? Where will I look for strength when mine is used up? 

Now, are you ready for a shock? The answers to these questions really don’t matter. What does matter is that you’re willing to ask them honestly and reflect on what they mean. What matters is acknowledging that sometimes you’re going to come up short, sometimes you’re going to be unsure of yourself, and sometimes even your best isn’t going to be enough, and you’re going to fail. In fact, if you answered those questions easily and with confidence, you’re probably fooling yourself. 

What matters is acknowledging that the stuff on the inside of the uniform will never live up to the stuff on the outside. The stuff on the outside is a legend, a myth, a façade. The stuff on the inside is human. 

What matters is how you face that realization, and how you find the balance between the human you are with the superhuman the rest of the world expects you to be. 

And where the two intersect, at the crossroads of human and superhuman you’ll find EMS Strong. 

EMS Strong is what draws a special few together to do incredibly important work, often under difficult circumstances, and many times with little thanks. 

EMS Strong is the bond you share with fellow first responders. Sometimes that bond is expressed in a silent nod of recognition, and other times it takes the form of war stories shared for the umpteenth time. But it’s always there. 

EMS Strong is the knowledge that you’re a part of something very special. It’s the belief in something bigger than yourself—bigger than your level of certification, bigger than the color of the patch on your shoulder, bigger than the logo on the union card in your wallet. 

EMS Strong is the well from which you draw the fortitude to maintain your composure when the going gets tougher than most people can imagine. 

EMS Strong is the willingness to keep learning and growing, as an individual and as part of a profession that’s evolving into a true partner in the healthcare continuum. 

EMS Strong is what allows people to trust you with their secrets, with their nakedness, with their safety, with their very lives or the lives of the people they love. And it’s what makes you able to accept the burden of that trust. 

EMS Strong is what draws you to help, what empowers you to face danger when others are running away. It’s there in those moments, big and small, when you find out what you’re made of. It’s what makes you proud. It’s what keeps you humble. 

EMS Strong is precious, but it doesn’t belong to you. It’s on loan to you, and you need to pay it back with interest for future generations. 

EMS Strong is us; EMS Strong is you. 

Now, stop talking to yourself in the mirror. It’s time to get to work.

JEFF LUCIA, NREMT-P (ret.), is a partner at the RedFlash Group. 


​On February 20, 2015 the National Association of EMS Physicians released a National Strategy to promote the development, implementation and evaluation of prehospital evidence-based guidelines that was developed as part of a cooperative agreement with the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration.  The full report and more information about the project can be viewed here​


Click here​ for ABEM's position regarding preparation for the EMS Certification Exam.


On March 16, 2015, a federal judge in California granted preliminary approval of a $4 million settlement between Macy’s West Stores, Inc., a third party logistics company, Joseph Eletto Transfer, Inc., and a class of approximately 612 truck drivers and helpers who claimed to have been misclassified as independent contractors.  Fuentes v. Macy’s West Stores, Inc., C.D. Cal., No. 2:14-cv-00790 (Mar. 16, 2015). 

Judge Otis D. Wright of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California gave tentative approval to the settlement, for which Macy’s would pay $3 million and Joseph Eletto Transfer, Inc. would pay $1 million to resolve the claims.

Plaintiffs filed a complaint in November, 2013 and removed to federal court in January, 2014, which alleged they were misclassified as independent contractors and denied the protection of the California Labor Code and sued for unpaid wages, failure to pay minimum wage, failure to pay overtime compensation, failure to provide meal and rest periods, failure to furnish accurate wage and hour statements, unfair competition and penalties under the Private Attorneys General Act.  


​Our friends at NHTSA have shared its May 12 news release regarding the appointment of National EMS Advisory Council (NEMSAC) 24 members.  Many of the newly appointed members are current and former NAEMSP members, including:

Current NAEMSP members:

  • Sabina Braithwaite (NAEMSP member since 1994)
  • Carol Cunningham (NAEMSP member since 1996)
  • Keith Monosky (NAEMSP member since 2009)
  • Manish I. Shah (NAEMSP member since 2010)
  • Lynn White​​ (NAEMSP member since 1992)
​Other NEMSAC members include:

  • Katrina Altenhofen
  • Shawn Baird
  • Steven Diaz
  • Eric Emery
  • Mary Fallat
  • Val Gale
  • Brett Garrett
  • Michael Hastings
  • Douglas Hooten
  • Sean Kaye
  • John LeBlanc
  • Nanfi Lubogo
  • David Lucas
  • Chad McIntyre
  • Anne Montera
  • Terry Mullins
  • Steven Pawlak
  • Vincent Robbins
  • Freddie Rodriguez
  • John Sinclair
Congratulations to these fine individuals!

Click here for more information on NEMSAC. 


​Our friends at EMS World Expo asked us to share its Call for Presentations for its Oct. 3-7, 2016, event, which will be held in New Orleans, LA.

Submission deadline is December 15, 2015.

Click here​ for more information.


Click here​ for a pdf of the following NAEMSP press release.​

San Diego, CA (January 13, 2016) — Yesterday, Representative Richard Hudson (R-NC) joined by Reps. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), Steve Cohen (D-TN), Blake Farenthold (R-TX), Joe Heck, M.D. (R-NV), Raul Ruiz, M.D. (D-CA) and Bruce Westerman (R-AR) introduced legislation that ensures the continued ability of emergency medical services (EMS) practitioners to administer controlled substances to countless individuals who are sick or injured enough to need them. 

NAEMSP® President Jane H. Brice, MD, MPH stated, NAEMSP® strongly supports Rep. Hudson’s legislation and applauds the Congressman’s leadership on this vital legislation.  The legislation ensures that life-saving EMS professionals are able to deliver emergency medication to the patients that so desperately need them.”

According to Congressman Hudson, "Without this solution, we risk sacrificing quality emergency care and endangering patients simply because law and regulation have not kept up with the evolution of modern medicine.  My legislation is an important clarification of law that allows our first responders to continue administering life-saving medications to patients when they need them most."

The unique nature of EMS is unlike other health care services governed by the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). There is a demonstrated clinical need for administering controlled substance medications, such as to treat active seizures or administer pain medicine.  Updating the CSA to recognize the existing delivery model of EMS is essential to protect patients.  It will provide the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) a firm statutory foundation from which to oversee the use of controlled substances in field EMS and prevent drug diversion while ensuring essential medicines are provided to patients in need. 

NAEMSP® looks forward to working with Rep. Hudson to enact the “Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act of 2016.”


The following organizations support passage of H.R. 4365:

American Ambulance Association (AAA)

Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS)

Association of Critical Care Transport (ACCT)

American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)

International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC)

International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF)

National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT)

National Association of Emergency Medical Physicians® (NAEMSP®)

The National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO)​


How EMS Can Help End Human Trafficking

Monday, January 25, 2016

2 p.m. Eastern, 1 p.m. Central, 
Noon Mountain, 11 a.m. Pacific

​Hundreds of thousands of men, women and children are impacted by human trafficking in the U.S. every year. EMS first responders can play a critical role in identifying key indicators and potentially saving lives with proper training and resources.

In honor of Human Trafficking Awareness Month in January, register to learn more from the Department of Homeland Security's Blue Campaign about: how to recognize potential victims, recommended action for EMS providers on the scene, and a new training video and materials made specifically for first responders. 

Click here to register.

Click here for more information.

EMS Focus Webinar hosted by NHTSA's Office of EMS​


For the past few years we’ve been telling you about the DHS Blue Campaign—an initiative to combat human trafficking.  Perhaps like you, I thought this had nothing to do with me until I recently read this online—

"My involvement began as I was receiving EMDR trauma therapy to recover from lifelong posttraumatic stress disorder. I was overwhelmed by flashbacks, night terrors, anxiety and depression that were triggered by the passing of my father, who began grooming and sexually assaulting me at the age of three, and then trafficked me on a regular basis, mostly in my home state of Pennsylvania, but also in New Jersey and Delaware, from age four to the time I entered school at the age of five. He photographed me pornographically at the age of twelve as I was forced to engage in sexual acts with an older female cousin. Throughout early childhood, there were other male perpetrators, and at the age of ten I was lured into the home of a middle-aged, female neighbor, who made sexual advances, then tied and sexually assaulted me. After this assault, she handed me five dollars to go buy ice cream. In my confused mind, I thought she loved me, yet being paid reinforced the devastation I had felt from being trafficked years before and actually seeing the money exchanged in return for my sexual slavery.”

This survivor lives less than 20 miles from my house.  

Emergency Medical Services personnel are on the true front lines of humanity, experiencing persons in their homes and communities unlike any other practitioner in the health care system.  YOU can make a difference through awareness and education to help identify victims of human trafficking and assisting them with resources.  In recognition of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month, NASEMSO has initiated a special section on its web site dedicated to human trafficking awarenessWe welcome links and resources to our page that will assist EMS personnel become champions in the fight against this form of modern slavery.  Please feel free to send to them to NASEMSO's Domestic Preparedness Committee via  ​


As the recent events in Paris so tragically demonstrate, we continue to face ongoing threats in an uncertain world. Active shooter events, the use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs), and the threat of complex attacks like those seen in Beslan, Russia; Mumbai, India; and now, Paris, France must be considered as at least plausible, if not probable.

A pre-planned, integrated response by all first responder disciplines is required in order to maximize effectiveness and improve the survivability of those injured in such attacks. Some of the considered actions may seem contrary to those responders indoctrinated in the time-honored doctrine of “scene safety trumps all”. The truth is that the first responder community now has decades of response and trauma data to be used as the foundation for evidence-based best practices.
Click here for the full article.

CDC has recently updated WISQARS to include 2013 data from the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS). These data are now available in the following WISQARS module: Violent Deaths.

Click here for full article.


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration bid farewell to an extraordinary colleague. As many of you know, Drew Dawson, director of the Office of EMS, retired from Federal service.

A former EMT and state EMS Director, Drew was instrumental in working with our Federal partners to provide coordinated support to the EMS community, both at the state and local level. Please join me in wishing Drew well and thanking him for 12 years of dedicated service as the director of the Office of EMS.
Click here for full article.

Core State Violence and Injury Prevention Program (CORE SVIPP)

CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (Injury Center) announces the availability of funding for the Core State Violence and Injury Prevention Program (CORE SVIPP, CDC-RFA-CE16-1602) This new funding opportunity will provide resources and support to focus on implementation, evaluation, and dissemination of injury and violence prevention (IVP) programs, practices, and policies with the best available research evidence. Core SVIPP will build on the state capacity that was established through the previous iterations of Core VIPP.
The overall purpose of the Core SVIPP FOA is to decrease injury and violence related morbidity and mortality, and increase sustainability of injury prevention programs and practices.
Click here for full article.

​Older adults seen by EMS after a fall may be more receptive to fall prevention information Among people aged 65 years and older, falling is the leading cause of emergency department visits. Emergency Medical Services (EMS) are often called to help older adults who fell, with most resulting in a transport to a hospital. “Older Adult Falls Seen by Emergency Medical Services Providers: A Prevention Opportunity” is a new CDC study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine (AJPM). This study’s main goals were to determine where falls occurred and under which circumstances patients were transported by EMS, as well as to identify future fall prevention opportunities.

Click here for full article.

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