Using Data to Make a Difference
The EMS Compass initiative is not simply about designing performance measures for the present. EMS Compass will create a process for the continual design, testing and evaluation of performance measures—and guidance for how local systems can use those measures to improve—so EMS can continue to provide the highest quality care to patients and communities in the future.
About This Initiative
The goal of EMS Compass is to help EMS systems measure and improve the quality of care at the local, regional, state and national levels.
Funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Office of EMS and led by the National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO), the EMS Compass initiative has engaged a wide range of EMS stakeholders to develop performance measures that are relevant to EMS agencies, regulators, and patients. The measures will be based on the latest version of the National EMS Information System (NEMSIS) and will allow local and state EMS systems to use their own data meaningfully.
Please visit http://emscompass.org
The Emergency Medical Services Association of Colorado is dedicated to furthering the highest quality of Emergency Medical Services in the State of Colorado by assisting EMS providers to realize their potential through innovative life-long learning, goal driven advocacy, and promotion of EMS professionalism.
Advocacy – Communication – Education
As the only state organization dedicated Solely to EMS, EMSAC serves the EMS system. The association speaks with a unified voice to assure the best care for victims of trauma and those suffering from medical emergencies. The Colorado Legislature, the Prehospital Care Program office of the Colorado Dept. of Public Health and Environment, allied organizations such as the Colorado Search and Rescue Board and the American College of Emergency Physicians have all heard from EMSAC on many occasions.
When such organizations need the expertise and opinions of EMS professionals, they ask EMSAC. From position papers to legislation to public education, EMSAC is EMS in Colorado.
Whether it be a legislative committee considering the operation of emergency vehicles, the development of the Colorado trauma system, or the Prehospital Care Program planning the next ten year’s evolution of Colorado EMS, EMSAC offers the critical perspective of those who daily provide, manage and plan emergency care.
EMSAC publishes a newsletter which is considered by many members to be one the most valuable association services.
The EMSAC Star serves as a clearinghouse of the important Colorado-specific EMS information — it is the only source in the state for news and trends about professional EMS care in Colorado.
The Star features articles about new emergency medical procedures and research, a calendar of ongoing training events, updates on new or proposed changes in state EMS regulations, as well as opinion pieces about this young and evolving profession. It offers a column in which field EMTs and EMS agency managers can obtain answers to confusing medical, legal and management questions.
EMSAC was founded to provide continuing education to meet the state required needs of EMTs. True to our history, we continue today. We co-produce the Colorado State EMS Conference, which incorporates the state’s oldest annual EMS training conference: the EMSAC Conference and Annual Meeting. Drawing members and nonmembers alike, it is the greatest value in EMS conferences in Colorado.
As the needs of Colorado EMS providers evolve, so do we. EMSAC works with local EMS agencies and regional EMS councils to bring to them outstanding emergency medical continuing education — seminars and courses difficult to do on a local scale. We sponsor or cosponsor specialty educational events with hospitals, allied associations and other EMS educators.
In 1984, insightful emergency medical service leaders from a cross-section of the U.S. came together to form a new organization for the EMS physician responsible for medical care in the out-of-hospital setting. Their vision was to create a peer group organization which would serve as a resource and advocate for the EMS physicians and other EMS personnel. In the following months, a National Steering Committee and Advisory Board, comprised of well-known academic and community leaders in out-of-hospital care, established the groundwork for the National Association of EMS Physicians® (NAEMSP®).
Since its inception in 1984, the NAEMSP® membership has grown from a handful of dedicated founders to over 1,100 physicians, paramedics, nurses, administrators, educators, researchers and key EMS personnel. The membership continues to increase as the NAEMSP® represents the out-of-hospital emergency medical care community. As part of its ongoing commitment to improving out-of-hospital emergency medical care, the NAEMSP® promotes meetings, publications and products that connect, serve and educate its members. In addition, the Association acts as a resource and advocate of EMS related decisions in cooperation with organizations throughout the country and the community at large, including agencies of the Federal Government.
Since the birth of the NAEMSP®, EMS systems have continued to grow and develop. However, despite the best of intentions, many systems have developed enthusiastically without maintaining the perspective that EMS is the practice of medicine (by medical personnel) in the out-of-hospital setting. Since EMS physicians emanate from various disciplines (such as emergency medicine, family practice, pediatrics, surgery and cardiology) and non-physicians encompass an unlimited range of professions, it is the continuing role of the NAEMSP® to coordinate and focus advances in medical care, research and training in each of these fields as they relate to EMS.
Please visit http://www.naemsp.org/
The mission of the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) is to represent and serve emergency and mobile healthcare practitioners including emergency medical technicians, advanced emergency medical technicians, emergency medical responders, paramedics, advanced practice paramedics, critical care paramedics, flight paramedics, community paramedics, and mobile integrated healthcare practitioners.
Please visit http://www.naemt.org
The National Association of State EMS Officials is the lead national organization for EMS, a respected voice for national EMS policy with comprehensive concern and commitment for the development of effective, integrated, community-based, universal and consistent EMS systems.
A seamless nationwide network of coordinated and accountable state, regional and local EMS and emergency care systems. The systems use public health principles, data and evidence as a basis for safe and effective care in day-to-day operations as well as during catastrophic events.
NASEMSO supports its members in developing EMS policy and oversight, as well as in providing vision, leadership and resources in the development and improvement of state, regional and local EMS and emergency care systems.
We achieve our mission by the participation of all the states and territories, by being a strong national voice for EMS, an acknowledged key resource for EMS information and policy, and a leader in developing and disseminating evidence-based decisions and policy.
Please visit https://www.nasemso.org
National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians
It has been nearly four decades since President Lyndon Johnson’s Committee on Highway Traffic Safety recommended the creation of a national certification agency to establish uniform standards for training and examination of personnel active in the delivery of emergency ambulance service. The result of this recommendation was the inception of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) in 1970.
Since that time, out-of-hospital emergency medical care has continually evolved and improved. The EMT has been acknowledged as a bonafide member of the health care team. Excellent training programs have been developed and a vital focus has been placed on continuing education. National standards have been established. Ambulance equipment essentials have been set. National accreditation of paramedic programs has been achieved, and professional associations for the EMT have been organized.
Through every change, the NREMT has remained steadfast in upholding its mission to provide a valid, uniform process to assess the knowledge and skills required for competent practice required by professionals throughout their careers and by maintaining a registry of certification status. Consistent competency standards set by the EMS community mean patients can expect the same quality of care from competent EMS providers. Regardless of whether EMS providers are volunteers or career-based, or located in urban or rural settings, NREMT certification provides a national definition of the level of EMT competency—a standard for comparison.
The NREMT has done what was necessary to establish, implement and maintain uniform requirements for the certification and recertification of emergency medical technicians. The NREMT has also been involved in numerous national projects and its staff participates on major national committees, playing an active part in the ever-continuing process of improving standards of emergency medical services.
The Plains to Peaks RETAC (Regional EMS and Trauma Advisory Council) is a five County region including Cheyenne, El Paso, Kit Carson, Lincoln, and Teller. Our mission is to provide support and services to the EMS and Trauma agencies in the five Counties. These services include: education, training, grant funding services, equipment procurement and a variety of other services. In addition, the RETAC strives to be a voice for all stakeholders at the state office and through the legislature. We work closely with all stakeholders to keep them informed about issues at the state level and to provide input about how rules and regulations affect the provision of emergency services at the local level.