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Rural Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Trauma Organizations

American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)
Represents physicians who practice emergency medicine providing education, advocacy, and research opportunities. Oversees the Section of Rural Emergency Medicine that develops and shares information related to pre-hospital, initial primary hospital, and tertiary hospital care of rural emergency patients.
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American College of Surgeons (ACS)
A scientific and educational association of surgeons who work to set high standards for surgical education and practice. Sponsors the Rural Trauma Team Development Course and the ACS NSQIP Small & Rural Hospital Program. Maintains a listing of rural surgery training programs throughout the United States. Oversees the Advisory Council for Rural Surgery. Maintains the National Trauma Data Bank which contains the largest aggregation of trauma registry data in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Includes surgery workforce maps which show shortages of surgeons and physicians throughout the U.S.
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Center for Rural Emergency Services and Trauma (CREST)
Works to improve rural emergency services and trauma care in rural communities in New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine and surrounding areas. Sponsors an annual Northern New England Rural Emergency Services and Trauma Symposium.
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Comprehensive Advanced Life Support (CALS)
Provides an emergency medical training curriculum for medical teams in rural areas. Focus is on those who provide care in rural emergency departments including physicians, paramedics, nurses, and advanced practitioners.
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Emergency Medical Services for Children Innovation & Improvement Center (EMSC IIC)
Works to promote EMS and trauma system development at local, state, regional, and national levels to adequately prepare for the care of children.
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Insurance Institute for Highway Safety: Highway Loss Data Institute (IIHS-HLDI)
Focuses on reducing the loss of life, property damage, and injury from highway crashes. Publishes urban/rural comparisons regarding highway deaths.
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National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT)
A membership organization that represents the professional interests of EMS practitioners, including paramedics, emergency medical technicians, emergency medical responders, and community paramedicine. Provides accredited, continuing education courses for EMS practitioners, and the development of national standards.
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National Association of EMS Educators (NAEMSE)
Comprised of instructors, program directors, deans, training officers, EMS Physicians, EMS Nurses, and EMS State Officials. Promotes EMS education, develops educational resources, and advocates research and lifelong learning.
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National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP)
Comprised of over 1100 physicians, paramedics, nurses, administrators, educators, researchers, and key EMS personnel. Provides leadership for the EMS physician responsible for medical care in the out-of-hospital setting. Committees include Rural EMS, Mobile Integrated Healthcare Community Paramedicine, Wilderness EMS, and Emergency Preparedness.
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National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO)
Develops EMS policy and resources for national, state, regional, and local EMS systems. Includes a Rural EMS Committee with a focus on participation in the Joint Committee on Rural Emergency Care (JCREC).
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National EMS Management Association (NEMSMA)
Identifies, develops, promotes, and disseminates best practices in the management of EMS operations. Represents over 1,600 EMS leaders including fire chiefs, administrators, directors, managers, and supervisors from across North America.
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National Trauma Institute (NTI)
Provides statistics and research on trauma injuries. Includes links to CDC Injury Data.
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National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC)
A nonprofit membership association representing the interests of the volunteer fire, emergency medical services, and rescue services. Provides training, advocacy, education, resources, and programs. Addresses recruitment and retention challenges which include the aging of volunteer firefighters, longer commuting distances to and from work in rural areas, increased training requirements, time demand, and employers in rural areas less willing to let employees off to go on runs.
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Savvik Buying Group
Helps public safety organizations save money through purchasing supplies and equipment together on national contracts. Members include ambulance services, fire departments, first responders, police and sheriff departments, industry, clinics, hospitals, and other related agencies. Formerly the North Central EMS Cooperative.
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Technical Assistance and Services Center (TASC)
Assists states with all aspects of the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program (Flex Program), including Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) conversion, networking, integrating EMS services into rural medical delivery systems, and performance improvement. TASC is the technical assistance center for the Flex Program, and a program of the National Rural Health Resource Center.
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Last Reviewed: 12/29/2016