EMS Revisited: The Future of EMS

EMS Revisited: The Future of EMS

Article Dec 13, 2011

This is an excerpt from an article by John Hanlon, MD, Assistant Surgeon General, Public Health Services Special Assistant to the Adminstration, HSMHA, published in the July/August 1973 issue of EMS World Magazine. Click here to read the complete article.

One of the most encouraging and significant happenings at present is the establishment of emergency medical services as a high-priority issue. We have come to the realization that any really effective healthcare system has to include a comprehensive emergency care system.

So much is happening in both the public and private sectors that it is difficult to keep informed up to the minute. This has been a banner year for emergency health services in this country. In January 1972, the President, in his State of the Union message, directed the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare to be the lead agency in the development of new ways of organizing and providing comprehensive emergency medical care. This directive has resulted in the initiation by DHEW of a coordinated federal approach to meeting the problem.

In February 1972, an EMS Special Project Office was activated under the Administrator of the Health Services and Mental Health Administration. The ultimate goal of the Special Project Office is eventually to assure to all citizens of the United States access to quality emergency medical care in a system that is related to the community’s healthcare delivery system.

Leaders want to provide first responders with guidelines to follow when handling calls relating to human trafficking.
The study will assess Florida's Division of Emergency Management's response to Hurricane Irma and determine the lessons learned.
The state funding will provide 120,000 doses for first responders, including Pittsburgh park rangers.
The budget cut allowed the department to cross-staff, using firefighters to staff ambulances due to medical calls outnumbering fire calls.
Starting next year, the insurer will reimburse treatment that doesn’t require the emergency department.
One of the two Northern California wildfires have been fully contained due to cooler temperatures and light rain.
Kenneth Scheppke challenged longstanding traditions in patient care that have not withstood current scrutiny.

EMTs and other first responders who treated the wounded on scene of the Vegas shooting could be at risk for post-traumatic stress.

All EMS, fire, and law enforcement agencies in the county will participate in the drill along with 100 volunteers portraying victims of the shooting.
As the state begins facing the effects of the opioid crisis, medical professionals, law enforcement and prosecutors join the national discussion on possible solutions to the epidemic.
Only one of three in the country, the "rapid extrication team" assists in rescuing injured firefighters while local crews battle the forest fires.
The paramedic-staffed chase car would respond to ALS calls in a timelier manner and help alleviate several local fire departments' calls.
Las Vegas and Orlando massacres set a solemn tone for the normally festive event.
In a project to raise grant funding that began a year ago, the Richmond Ambulance Authority and VCU Health teamed up to provide 35 of Richmond’s Public Schools with Bleeding Control (BCON) equipment. 
Mercy Health's new two-story, 29,000 square foot center features a Level 1 trauma center, an expanded surgical area, and more comfortable patient and visitor access.