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Resources by Topic: Emergency medical services

Rural Healthcare Surge Readiness
Up-to-date and critical resources for rural healthcare systems preparing for and responding to a COVID-19 surge. Includes resources for emergency medical services, inpatient and hospital care, ambulatory care, and long-term care settings. Addresses a wide range of topics including healthcare operations, space, supplies, funding, and more.
Date: 07/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: COVID-19 Healthcare Resilience Working Group
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COVID-19 Resources for Fire and EMS
Includes links for important federal resources, financial and resource support, first responder behavioral health, and COVID-19 related webinars.
Date: 07/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Fire Administration
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American College of Emergency Physicians: COVID-19
Information to assist with patient care during the response to COVID-19. Addresses clinical assessment and management, testing, emergency department issues, EMS issues, and more.
Date: 07/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: American College of Emergency Physicians
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The EMS Compact
Information on the agreement enabling emergency medical service (EMS) personnel licensed in Compact member states to cross state borders to practice and work in other Compact states without getting an EMS license in the remote state. Describes ways in which this agreement may enhance communities' responses to COVID-19 when local resources are reduced. Includes a map showing locations of EMS Compact states and contact information for each member state's Compact Commissioner.
Date: 07/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Interstate Commission for EMS Personnel Practice
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Community Paramedicine Impact Reference Guide
Spreadsheet identifying journal articles that describe the impact of community paramedicine (CP) programs. Includes the article citation, a brief abstract, program services and impacts, and the country where it was implemented. Covers CP program impacts for patients, healthcare systems, healthcare providers, payers, and other stakeholders.
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: National Rural Health Resource Center, Paramedic Foundation
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Arizona READI
Discusses the Arizona Rural EMS Advanced Telemedicine Demonstration Initiative (AzREADI) program, which uses telemedicine to support rural emergency services by connecting EMS with physicians during service calls. Discusses challenges of providing EMS services in rural Arizona.
Date: 05/2021
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Arizona Public Media
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Rural and Urban Experiences with EMS Overdose Treatment
Results of a survey of 90 urban and rural emergency medical service (EMS) providers practicing in Indiana during the period from November 2020 to March 2021, to determine how many training hours they receive and how comfortable they are with treating opioid overdoses and general drug overdoses. Features survey responses with breakdowns by urban and rural location. Poster presented at the 2021 RTT Collaborative Annual Meeting.
Author(s): Brycen Ratcliffe, Robin Danek, Ellen Ireland, Eric Reyes
Date: 04/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Indiana University School of Medicine
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HHS ASPR Clinical Rounds
Offers Project ECHO webinars on COVID-19 critical care, and emergency department and emergency medical services (EMS) care. Includes a list of links to previously recorded webcasts and other resources focused on COVID-19 related topics.
Additional links: Past Session Materials
Date: 04/2021
Type: Tutorial/Training
Sponsoring organization: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
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Emergency Medical Services Personnel as Vaccinators: Status by State
Information from all states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and American Samoa, showing scope of practice by level of licensure for paramedics, advanced-emergency medical technicians, emergency medical technicians, emergency medical responders, and other intermediate levels. Features maps with shadings showing whether vaccination administration is always allowed, currently or temporarily allowed, never allowed, or under consideration for administrative or executive action. Information is current as of March 4, 2021.
Date: 03/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of State EMS Officials
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COVID-19 Resources for EMS
Resources to help emergency medical services (EMS) personnel appropriately and safely serve communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Addresses EMS workforce protection, vaccination, patient care, crisis planning, and more.
Date: 03/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organizations: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, NHTSA Office of EMS
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