Advancing the EMS profession

EMS Safety Resources

Below are resources to raise awareness of the various types of safety issues EMS practitioners face and to help EMS practitioners protect themselves and their patients.

Violence PreventionFire and EMS Response to Civil UnrestUSFA and NHTSA Office of EMS compiled best practices to assist EMS practitioners as you respond to civil unrest incidents in your community.
Injury PreventionEMS Fatigue Risk Management and Project Research - What's New?Webinar presented by Dr. Daniel Patterson from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine on December 1, 2020 to review the current project's status and its three (3) phases.
Injury PreventionFire and EMS Response to Civil UnrestBest practices to prepare personnel, the station, apparatus, and the community for emergency response in a challenging environment.
Violence Prevention2019 NAEMT National Report on EMS ViolenceProvides information on the acts of violence against EMS practitioners and recommended actions that EMS agencies can take to protect and support their personnel.
Ambulance SafetyCAAS Ground Vehicle Standard for Ambulances v2.0Update includes the latest safety, quality and compliance requirements for new production ambulances.
Injury Prevention The Side-by-Side Lift and CarryA paradigm shift to save your back or the backs of your employees.
Injury PreventionImplementation Guidebook: 2018 Fatigue Risk Management Guidelines for EMSGuidance for implementing evidence-based guidelines for fatigue risk management in EMS.
Injury PreventionStudy focused on preventing EMS workplace violencePreventing EMS workplace violence: A mixed-methods analysis of insights from assaulted medics
Infection PreventionSurvey to explore the depth of US EMS practitioners’ highly infectious disease training and education.American Journal of Infection Control: Determining training and education needs pertaining to highly infectious disease preparedness and response: A gap analysis survey of US emergency medical services practitioners.
Injury PreventionEMS Providers: How To Stay Safe On The JobThe National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Office of EMS released a new resource to help EMS providers prevent injuries at work.
Injury PreventionFatigue in EMS Risk Management GuidelinesNASEMSO News release from January 11, 2018 regarding fatigue in EMS.
Injury PreventionFentanyl Safety GuidelinesNational Safety Council fentanyl safety recommendations for first responders.
Injury PreventionGuide for Developing an EMS Agency Safety ProgramA roadmap for EMS agencies to develop and implement a comprehensive workplace safety program, customizable to their agency type, size and needs.
Violence PreventionMitigation of Occupational Violence to Firefighters and EMS Responders June 2017Report by FEMA/US Fire Administration
Injury PreventionFact SheetEMS Workers: How Employers Can Prevent Injuries and Exposures
Ambulance SafetyImproving EMS Worker Safety Through Ambulance Design and TestingThis 7-part video series, jointly funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate, covers new crash test methods to improve worker and patient safety in an ambulance patient compartment.
Ambulance SafetyLights and Siren Use by Emergency Medical Services: Above All Do No HarmThis principle of medical care helps to guide medical decisions by reminding healthcare providers that while attempting to provide treatments to improve a patient’s outcome, there are risks that can cause harm.
Ambulance SafetyAnthropometric Database for the EMTs in the United StatesResults of a nationwide survey conducted by NIOSH between December 2013 and May 2015.
Patient SafetyNAEMT "Patient Safety in EMS" White PaperIdentifies Patient Safety Organizations (PSOs) as key to advancing a just culture for EMS
Ambulance SafetyNFPA 1917 standardThe Standard presents general requirements for ambulance design and performance, along with standalone chapters for ambulance components, including chassis, patient compartment, low voltage electrical systems and warning devices, and line voltage electrical systems.
Violence PreventionResults of Study on EMS ViolenceStudy by Drexel University on impact of violence on EMTs and paramedics
Injury PreventionEMS Cross-ChecksSuggested checklists for improved safety
Violence PreventionWhen Patients Become AttackersNAEMT News feature on EMS violence.
Ambulance SafetyA Research Study of Ambulance Operations and Best Practice Considerations for Emergency Medical Services PersonnelThis study addresses operational procedures and practices while operating an ambulance.
Ambulance SafetyAmbulance Patient Compartment Human Factors Design Guidebook This Ambulance Patient Compartment Human Factors Design Guidebook (the Guidebook) has been developed as a best practices guide to help augment that safer work and patient care environment.