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Resources by Topic: Emergency medical technicians and paramedics

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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Distance Education in EMS: A Literature Review and Rural/Urban Comparison
Explores what is known about distance learning in EMS and how distance learning is being used to provide continuing education to EMS professionals in rural and urban areas. Includes recommendations for future development and application.
Date: 2007
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
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Rural and Frontier EMS Town Hall Meeting Summary
Highlights several town hall meetings that were conducted by the Rural EMS and Trauma Technical Assistance Center during which rural EMS providers identified issues of concern to their local agency. Topics covered include funding, advocacy, recruitment and retention, training, and public awareness of the emergency medical technician (EMT) profession.
Date: 2007
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
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Future of Emergency Care Series: Emergency Medical Services: At the Crossroads
Part one in a series of three reports from the Committee on the Future of Emergency Care in the United States Health System. Examines pre-hospital emergency medical services (EMS). Discusses issues specific to rural EMS and the rural EMS workforce.
Additional links: Read Online
Date: 2007
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health and Medicine Division (HMD), National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
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Emergency Medical Services in Frontier Areas: Volunteer Community Organizations
Provides information on paid and volunteer Emergency Medical Services (EMS) workers in frontier and rural areas. Discusses challenges facing volunteer EMS systems and provides examples of different types of programs from several states.
Date: 04/2006
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Frontier Communities
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Emergency Medical Services Education Agenda for the Future: A Systems Approach
Shares a vision for an emergency medical services (EMS) education system that emphasizes the integration of EMS within the overall healthcare system. Discusses a systems approach to EMS education to enhance consistency of instructional quality. Identifies limitations of EMS education and proposed solutions.
Date: 06/2000
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
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Resources to Support Mental Health and Coping with the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Provides a list of resources to support mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. Highlights resources for mental health professionals, community leaders, and American Indians and Alaska Natives, among other groups.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Suicide Prevention Resource Center
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The Virtual Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH): A Model for Idaho's Rural and Underserved Communities
Describes the virtual Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH), including benefits such as reduced cost of care and increased access to and quality of care. Discusses how telehealth and community health emergency medical services (CHEMS) will be used in the PCMH model. Includes contact information for Public Health District Small Rural Hospital Improvement (SHIP) Grant Project Managers.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Idaho Department of Health and Welfare
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