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Celebrate National EMS Week
Honoring Our Past, Forging Our Future

May 19-25 marks the 50th anniversary of EMS Week. It's a time to show our gratitude toward to EMTs and paramedics who provide lifesaving care across the nation every day. EMS Week is also a time to educate the public about EMS, and the essential service we provide to communities.  This year’s theme is “Honoring Our Past, Forging Our Future.” NAEMT partners with the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) on EMS Week to encourage the nationwide recognition of EMS Week and contributions of EMS professionals.  Learn More



Episode 29 | Prehospital Antibiotics for Open Fractures. NAEMT Medical Director Dr. Doug Kupas, medical director for Geisinger EMS and co-director of Mobile Integrated Healthcare for Geisinger Health System, and Dr. Joey Johnson, associate professor of orthopedic surgery and director of clinical research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham discuss prehospital antibiotic administration for suspected open fractures. Hear their insights on open fractures causing significant morbidity for orthopedic patients and how early antibiotic administration has been shown to decrease infectious sequelae of these fractures. They discuss also how through prehospital administration of antibiotics, time to antibiotics has been shown to decrease while maintaining a strong safety profile. The Committee on Trauma and Orthopedic Trauma Association jointly backed a position statement on the use of prehospital antibiotics in suspected open fractures and conclude that the prehospital administration of antibiotics for open fracture prophylaxis is safe, inexpensive, and effective for decreasing the sequelae of open fractures.

Episode 28 | Community Population Health needs through MIH-CP Programs. Hear from Melinda Wilson, a community paramedic in a hospital-based EMS system in the East Tennessee Region, and Justin Duncan, CEO for Washington County Ambulance District in rural Missouri, as they discuss their respective Community Paramedic/MIH Programs. Both thriving and sustainable, our guests share aspects of their operations and other topics, such as grant funding, business models, data quality and results, Community Paramedic credentialling and certification, rural EMS, and ambulance and hospital ‘deserts’.

Episode 27 | Prehospital Obstetric Care: The Rise in US Maternal Morbidity/Mortality Rates. This edition of NAEMT Radio features Emily M. Nichols, MD, board-certified in both adult and pediatric emergency medicine who has worked in the cities of New York, Philadelphia, Baton Rouge, and New Orleans. She has also worked in community clinics across urban and rural settings in the US, Costa Rica, Belize, Haiti, Brazil, and South Africa. Dr. Nichols discusses this complex and multifaceted issue that is increasing maternal morbidity and mortality rates in the United States. Prehospital obstetric care plays a crucial role in addressing and mitigating challenges, such as access to care, health disparities, provider training and resources, communication and coordination, maternal health education, systemic and policy issues and more.

NAEMT Radio is hosted by NAEMT Member and Lighthouse Leadership Program Mentor – Rob Lawrence. View other NAEMT Radio episodes 



NAEMT EMS Recruitment Guide

Download Guide | In response to the ongoing, critical personnel shortages that our agencies are facing, NAEMT’s EMS Workforce Committee has collected some best practices and successful case studies of EMS agency recruitment strategies. Their work has been compiled into a new guide on Innovative Recruitment Strategies for EMS Agencies. This guide includes:

• Tips for starting a recruiting program.
• Case studies on what’s worked for EMS agencies.
• Practical advice on getting out the word about job openings and marketing your EMS agency using social media.




MIH-CP Survey

View Report | Over the past decade, NAEMT has compiled information on approximately 400 EMS agencies nationwide in over 40 states that have launched MIH or CP programs. In February 2023, NAEMT surveyed these agencies to determine the current status of their programs. NAEMT also asked other national associations to share the survey link with their networks of MIH-CP programs.



Employee Engagement

View Article | How Lancaster County EMS Built a Culture of Employee Engagement
When Clayton Catoe became director of Lancaster County EMS a decade ago, morale at the South Carolina agency was suffering. Under his leadership, Lancaster County EMS has built a strong culture of employee engagement, and the department is thriving. Today, the agency operates nine ALS trucks, has 116 full and part-time employees, and answers nearly 20,000 calls annually. Read the Full Story.

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