EMS Week 2017

It is during this third week of May each year that we stop to recognize all those who have chosen to serve in the emergency medical services field. It is a noble career and demanding of its practitioners. From medical first responders to EMTs, paramedics, administrators, managers and executive leaders, all those who provide the patient care and organizational leadership needed to respond to the urgent need of those suffering acute illness or injury, deserve to be recognized for the dedicated work they perform every day.

Begun in 1974 by then President Gerald Ford, EMS week was always meant to provide a particular time during the year when special acknowledgement would be given by all Americans to the important and difficult job EMS providers do every hour of every day. It is in that spirit I would like to extend the gratitude of the National EMS Management Association to the patient care practitioners of paramedicine throughout the country for their selfless actions and life-saving service. Regardless of their certification level, or scope of practice, these care-givers are the backbone and essential component of our nation’s EMS systems.

Whether career or volunteer, paramedicine practitioners are the people who respond at any time of the day or night, in all kinds of weather and in all sorts of environments, to aid those in need. We salute them for their special service to our society. We thank them for their tireless efforts to help others. And, we extend our sincere appreciation and gratitude to each and every one of them.

Vincent D. Robbins, FACPE, FACHE

NEMSMA Releases New Position Paper on Paramedicine Nomenclature

The National EMS Management Association (NEMSMA) has issued a new Position Paper promoting common language in the field of Paramedicine. NEMSMA is advocating that the term “Paramedicine” be used to describe the discipline of pre-hospital medicine (historically called EMS) and that the term “paramedic” become the standard reference to all individual providers.

For nearly half of a century US ambulance services and providers alike have used a variety of names to describe themselves and the work they do. A statement published by The National EMS Advisory Council in December, 2016 cited no less than 37 terms used today to describe this field of health care. Among other points, NEMSMA’s paper asserts that this plethora of terms has, “…perpetuated confusion amongst members of the general public, the media, law makers and insurance providers. There is no common appreciation of the expertise and breadth of services provided by the paramedicine industry and paramedic providers today.”

The NEMSMA position is intended to generate a national dialogue about the issue leading to positive change.

You can find the position paper at this link.

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