NAEMT Positions

The following documents represent the positions of NAEMT, as adopted by its Board of Directors, on issues of importance to the EMS profession. Active positions are listed below.

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EMS Ambulance SafetyOutlines general principles and requirements for ambulance safetyAmbulance Safety
Accreditation of Training ProgramsSupports the accreditation of paramedic training programs.Education/Certification/Licensing
Air Medical Transport SafetySupports the development and enforcement of evidence-based, mission appropriate safety standards for air medical transport.Injury Prevention
EMS Practitioner SafetyOutlines general principles and requirements for EMS practitioner safety.Injury Prevention
Mobile Integrated Healthcare Vision StatementVision statement on Mobile Integrated Healthcare (MIH) & Community Paramedicine (CP)Operations
Medical Direction of EMSSupports medical direction and oversight of all EMS systems.Operations
Operational Safety and Domestic Preparedness & PlanningOutlines general requirements for operational safety and domestic preparedness plansOperations
EMS in Healthcare ReformDescribes general EMS principles that should be included in the U.S. health care system.Operations
Validity of Diverse EMS ModelsSupports informed local decision making to identify the best EMS delivery model for each community.Operations
Recommended Operational Security Measures UpdateNAEMT Position Statement on Recommended Operational Security Measures UpdateOperations
EMS Patient SafetyOutlines general principles and requirements for EMS patient safety.Patient Safety
NAEMT Position Statement: EMS Reimbursement ReformOutlines the need for Medicare reimbursement reform to support quality patient careReimbursement
Medicare ReimbursementOutlines NAEMT's position on Medicare reimbursement to EMS services for care provided.Reimbursement
Public Safety Officers' BenefitsSupports extension of the Public Safety Officers' Benefits program to all EMS PractitionersRole of Government
Lead Federal Agency for EMSOutlines the necessity for the support of the Federal government in the EMS systemRole of Government
EMS as an Essential Public FunctionNAEMT believes that the essential life-saving public function fulfilled by emergency medical services (EMS) necessitates support by all levels of government to ensure its viability.Role of Government
Minimum State EMS Licensure RequirementsRecommends minimum state EMS licensure requirements.Role of Government
Use of Safety Restraints in EMSAdvocates for the use of available safety restraint systems to prevent injurty to EMS practitioners and their patients.Safety
EMS Patient and Practitioner Safety Bill of RightsTo ensure EMS care is safe for patients and practitioners.Safety
Emergency Cardiac Care in SchoolsSupports the development of emergency medical plans for schools that include ready accessibility of AEDs.Safety
Just Culture in EMSNAEMT supports and encourages the establishment of a “Just Culture” environment within all EMS agencies.Safety
Protecting EMS Patient Safety and Quality InformationNAEMT believes that EMS agencies should have access to & utilize mechanisms that encourage & promote the evaluation necessary for continued improvement in the delivery of emergency patient care.Safety
Pay and Benefits for EMSSupports equitable pay and benefits for all EMS practitioners.Workforce
EMT or Paramedic Participation in Capital PunishmentParticipation in capitol punishment contrary to fundamental goals and ethical obligations of EMS.Workforce
Illicit Drug Use by EMTs and ParamedicsOpposes illicit drug use by all EMS practitioners.Workforce