A new paper published by the CDC further corroborates America's intensifying opioid abuse crisis through an emerging trend in EMS provider administration of Naloxone.
The paper, "Multiple Naloxone Administrations Among Emergency Medical Service Providers is Increasing," is newly e-published in the National Association of EMS Physicians' (NAEMSP) peer-reviewed journal, Prehospital Emergency Care.
In response to this paper of great significance to medical practitioners and lawmakers, NAEMSP President, Dr. Brent Myers said, "In the midst of an ever-worsening opioid overdose epidemic, this important study confirms that the number of cases with severe overdose is increasing. Our first responders are confronted with patients with life-threatening situations whose overdose is so extreme that they are requiring more than the standard dose of the reversal agent, naloxone. This study informs our pre-hospital providers and reinforces the need for policies to assure naloxone remains inexpensive and readily available."
The paper is available for free online.
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Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act of 2017 has passed the Senate. Click here for more information.
We are pleased to announce the 31 members who have been awarded FAEMS designation - six professional membes and 25 physician members.
Our advocacy team and advocacy partners are to be commended on their hard work to see this important issue come to fruition. Read the press release here.
Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act (H.R. 304) signed into law by President Trump
NAEMSP® applauds the President signing into law the Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act (H.R. 304), which passed the House of Representatives in January and the Senate by unanimous consent on Friday, Nov. 17.
The bill reestablishes the ability of emergency medical care providers, such as paramedics, to administer certain life-saving medications to critical patients without unnecessary delay, which was put in question by recent U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) regulatory deliberations. NAEMSP® worked directly with the DEA once the federal agency stated its intentions to criminalize the use of standing orders, which would have made it illegal for EMS providers to dispense controlled medications - including treatments for life-threatening allergic reactions and severe pain - in a timely manner.
NAEMSP® also coordinated and worked closely with bipartisan allies in Congress to write and advance the Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act, which also establishes a framework to enable the DEA to oversee EMS consistently across the nation and also clarifies uniform protocols for EMS.
"This life-saving legislation is the product of three years of hard work and patient determination from NAEMSP® members, our partners ACEP and NAEMT and our advocates in Congress," said Dr. Ritu Sahni, Chair of NAEMSP®'s Advocacy Committee. "We are proud to have led this charge and we will continue to collaborate with the healthcare community and advocate for our patients and medical care providers across the nation."
Maia Dorsett, Phil Moy and Ritu Sahni represent NAEMSP in an impressive piece, The Little Bill That Could (Save EMS)," published Nov. 21,2017 in The Hill.
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Today we remember Dr. Kevin Rodgers, President of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine and father, husband, and friend.
Through his many titles and roles through the years – a U.S. Army veteran, program director and professor of the Indiana University School of Medicine, and an instrumental figure in AAEM's education programs – he was able to play a role in thousands of lives.
Since AAEM President-Elect Dr. David Farcy announced his passing yesterday, an outpouring of voices have mourned this tragic loss and celebrated the impressive legacy of dedication and compassion that Kevin left behind in our hearts and in our world. We will dearly miss our friend and great champion of our emergency medical care community, and our hearts go out to his family and colleagues.
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