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Resources by Topic: Emergency medical technicians and paramedics

The Feasibility and Role of Community Paramedicine in Nebraska
Examines the feasibility of finding collaborative approaches among healthcare provider agencies and professions to potentially make Community Paramedicine in Nebraska a reality.
Author(s): Carrie Z. Crawford
Date: 05/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
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The Emergency Medical Services Workforce Agenda for the Future
Identifies components critical to developing an EMS workforce for achieving integrated, community-based EMS systems. Discusses health, safety, and wellness of the EMS workforce; education and certification; data and research; and workforce planning and development. Discusses rural and volunteer EMS workforce.
Author(s): Susan Chapman, Vanessa Lindler, Jennifer Kaiser
Date: 05/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
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An Introduction to Rural EMS Medical Direction in North Dakota
Addresses the challenges of medical direction for rural and frontier EMS agencies in North Dakota. Discusses the role, obligations, and responsibilities of rural physicians. A product of the ND Rural EMS Improvement Project.
Author(s): Curtis Sandy
Date: 2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: North Dakota Department of Health
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Volunteer Ambulance Service Sustainability: A Self-Assessment Tool
Assists volunteer ambulance services across the United States in recruiting and retaining volunteers. Includes self-assessment questions covering strengths, weaknesses, and long-term survivability. A product of the North Dakota Rural EMS Improvement Project.
Date: 2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: North Dakota Department of Health, SafeTech Solutions
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State Perspectives Discussion Paper on Development of Community Paramedic Programs
Summarizes the status of community paramedicine programs in 2010 and presents a synopsis of some of the opportunities and challenges state EMS offices will face as these programs are contemplated in local communities.
Date: 12/2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of State EMS Officials
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A Novel Emergency Medical Services-Based Program to Identify and Assist Older Adults in a Rural Community
Describes a program using EMS providers to screen older adults for common geriatric syndromes and provide referrals to case managers and community resources.
Author(s): Manish N. Shah, Thomas V. Caprio, Peter Swanson, et al.
Citation: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 58(11), 2205-2211
Date: 11/2010
Type: Document
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Rural Volunteer EMS: Reports from the Field
Explores the state of rural emergency medical services (EMS) by interviewing 49 local directors from all-volunteer rural services in 23 states. Addresses rural volunteers, recruitment and retention of EMTs, funding rural EMS agencies, billing, and more.
Author(s): Victoria A. Freeman, Stephen Rutledge, Michael Hamon, Rebecca T. Slifkin
Date: 08/2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: North Carolina Rural Health Research Program
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Challenges for Rural Emergency Medical Services: Medical Oversight
Examines the challenges faced by rural emergency medical service agencies in recruiting a medical director and providing medical direction for EMS personnel.
Author(s): Victoria Freeman, Rebecca Slifkin, Daniel Patterson
Date: 05/2008
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: The Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research
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Issues in Staffing Emergency Medical Services: A National Survey of Local Rural and Urban EMS Directors
Explores rural-urban differences in medical oversight and the recruitment and retention of emergency medical technicians and paramedics as reported by a survey of 1,425 local EMS directors.
Author(s): Victoria Freeman
Date: 05/2008
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: North Carolina Rural Health Research Program
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Rural Ambulance Crash: Literature Review
Reviews published research pertaining to ambulance crashes with a special emphasis on the rural environment. Provides an overview of the magnitude of the risk that rural ambulance operators face every time they respond to an illness or injury. Includes citations to the literature, with annotations.
Date: 2007
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
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