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Resources by Topic: Emergency medical technicians and paramedics

Kansas Emergency Medical Services Association - COVID-19 Resources
Provides national, state, and county-level resources to help emergency medical services (EMS) agencies respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes information on N95 masks; funding; webinars and trainings; news updates; documents, such as EMS protocols and policies; and more.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Kansas Emergency Medical Services Association
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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, patient care, crisis planning, and more.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organizations: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, NHTSA Office of EMS
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CDC: Emergency Preparedness and Response
Presents resources for emergency preparedness and response pertaining to the COVID-19. Features an information exchange, webinars, trainings, and other resources for healthcare professionals and first responders.
Additional links: En Español
Date: 10/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Introducing the Rural Community Paramedicine Toolkit
Webinar recording presents the Rural Community Paramedicine Toolkit. Discusses benefits, lessons learned, and provides an overview of the community paramedicine model for rural communities. Features presentations from representatives of NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis, the William Bee Ririe Hospital, the Queen Anne's County Department of Health, the United Ambulance Service/United Training Center, and the United Ambulance Service.
Additional links: Audio Recording, PowerPoint Handout
Date: 09/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Rural EMS COVID-19 Preparedness Checklist
Provides a checklist for rural response agencies to evaluate their current level of preparedness and identify areas that need additional action to better respond to COVID-19. Covers planning, strategy, personal protective equipment and supplies, workforce and recruiting, and funding.
Date: 08/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: American Ambulance Association, Federal Healthcare Resilience Working Group
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Innovative Health Care Provider Roles
Discusses healthcare provider types that might have the potential to benefit rural communities including community health workers, community paramedics, patient advocates, health coaches, and dental therapists.
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Value
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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: 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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Guidance for Law Enforcement and First Responders Administering Naloxone
Provides guidance for naloxone administration by law enforcement and first responders during the COVID-19 pandemic. Details recommendations for administering both intranasal and intramuscular naloxone.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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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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