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.

Lee County, Fla. EMS will soon have its own substation in North Fort Myers. Chiefs for the North Fort Myers Fire District and Lee County EMS said it was time for a change because of overcrowding. 

EMS professionals are all taught to look for a MedicAlert bracelet or a necklace. This simple step has become much more complex in the information age, and we may not realize for what and where to look.
The drill involving over 200 people put multiple first responder agencies to the test.
The training was based on lessons learned from the Columbine shooting and taught school employees safety and security measures.
One third of the state's record-high 376 overdose deaths that occurred last year were caused by prescribed painkillers.
The training will be focused on prescribing buprenorphine, the drug used to assist patients in quitting their opiate addiction and relieve withdrawal symptoms.
One of the paramedics was treated after getting hit with shards of glass after the bullet went through the windshield, but the ambulance is not believed to have been intentionally targeted.
The drones are used to improve scene management by assessing areas that are difficult or dangerous for personnel to reach.
Dozens of firefighters and police officers join the annual week-long Brotherhood Ride to honor 20 first responders who have died in the line of duty in Florida.
The event will be held on August 20, with all proceeds going to Narberth Ambulance, an agency that provides emergency services to 145,000 residents.
Speakers presented on topics such as disaster relief, emerging pathogens, the opioid crisis and cyber security.
The state's Department of Health has established an agreement for UNC and NCBP to collaborate on providing public health data to NEMSIS to better prepare EMS for national emergencies.
State troopers rendered aid before turning them over to responding EMS units and New Castle County Paramedics.
Three people were fatally shot and at least 21 others were wounded in separate attacks from Saturday morning to early Sunday.