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Resources by Topic: Emergency medical services

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: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: National Rural Health Resource Center, Paramedic Foundation
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2020 National Emergency Medical Services Assessment
Describes emergency medical services (EMS), EMS emergency preparedness, and 911 systems at the state and national levels, using data from a survey completed by representatives of 54 states and U.S. territories. Features statistics in categories including EMS organizations, response and patient care, workforce health and safety, disaster preparedness, and funding, including funding provided by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of State EMS Officials
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Infectious Agents Exposure Reduction Training for First Responders
Video outlining protocols and strategies for mitigating exposure to infectious agents. Content focuses specifically on COVID-19, but information can be applied to situations involving other highly infectious pathogens.
Date: 04/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organizations: University of Arizona Mel & Enid Zuckerman School of Public Health, Western Region Public Health Learning Network
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Exploring State Data Sources to Monitor Rural Emergency Medical Services Performance Improvement
Examines potential sources of data that State Flex Programs (SFPs) could utilize to analyze and improve rural emergency medical services (EMS). Discusses challenges facing rural EMS systems and the assessment of these systems by SFPs. Explores how SFPs can support rural EMS data collection initiatives.
Author(s): John Gale, Karen Pearson, Yvonne Jonk
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Flex Monitoring Team
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The Exchange Feature Issue: Preparing for and Responding to Wildfires and Planned Outages
Newsletter issue focusing on lessons learned by medical facilities and communities in Colorado and California during the wildfires of 2017 and 2019. Covers information useful for rural hospital emergency managers and administration, including mass sheltering, hospital evacuation, managing stress and compassion fatigue among workers, and community recovery.
Citation: Issue 10
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
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COVID-19 Healthcare Planning Checklist
Resource to help state, local, tribal, and territorial governments prepare for and respond to COVID-19. Identifies specific activities jurisdictions can undertake, including activities addressing safety and infection control, EMS, and hospital and healthcare delivery.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
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Template for Emergency Medical Services Informed Community Self Determination (ICSD)
Includes an agency pre-visit checklist, a sample Program Agreement, and evaluation tools to help outside evaluators report on issues that might affect a community's EMS performance and level of care. Intended for rural, relatively isolated areas with few EMS resource options.
Author(s): Kevin McGinnis, Gary Wingrove
Date: 02/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of State EMS Officials
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EMS in Dixie County, Florida: Driving Data for Improved Health
Video details how Dixie County, Florida used supplemental Flex funding to improve reporting quality data collection of its rural emergency medical services (EMS). Explores the way the county used the supplement funding to improve the rate of data collection and data quality of the county's EMS.
Date: 01/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Bringing it All Together for EMS in Wright County, Iowa
Video details how Wright County, Iowa used supplemental Flex funding to solidify their emergency medical services (EMS). Highlights the way the county used the supplement funding to initiate a project to design a sustainable EMS program that provides coverage to the whole county.
Date: 01/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Public-Safety Broadband Network: Network Deployment Is Progressing, but FirstNet Could Strengthen Its Oversight
Provides an overview of the implementation progress of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) public-safety broadband network and FirstNet's oversight of AT&T, which will install, operate, and maintain the network. Describes three areas of contract oversight that need to be strengthened and provides recommendations for improvement. Discusses broadband coverage differences in rural and non-rural areas.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 01/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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