New Ambulance Design Standard to Make Ambulances Safer
GAITHERSBURG, Md. - The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), together with two federal partners, has updated the standard for ambulance design with the intent to make riding in an ambulance safer.
To maximize safety without compromising effectiveness, NIST, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate(DHS S&T), and the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) developed design guidelines for ambulance patient compartments after extensive research and development.
NEMSMA Announces EMS Officer Credentialing Initiative
The National EMS Management Association (NEMSMA) is developing the application, assessment, testing and credentialing process for prospective candidates to achieve recognition at their appropriate EMS officer level.
NEMSMA has retained a nationally recognized assessment and testing organization, familiar with the EMS field, to develop and validate a credible, valid, and reliable testing and credentialing process. NEMSMA anticipates implementation of testing and credentialing for the supervising EMS officer, to begin by the fall of 2016, followed shortly thereafter by the manager and executive levels.
NEMSMA recognized the need for standardized EMS officer competencies and credentialing when it published "Emergency Medical Services Management and Leadership Development in America: An Agenda for the Future" in 2008.
Medicare’s $30M Ambulance Rides
WASHINGTON (AP) - Medicare paid $30 million for ambulance rides for which no record exists that patients got medical care at their destination, the place where they were picked up or other critical information.
The mystery ambulance rides are part of a bigger problem with Medicare payments for transporting patients, according to a recently released federal audit.
The Department of Health and Human Services' inspector general's office also found that some urban ambulance services got paid for an average distance of more than 100 miles per ride. That contrasts with a national average of just 10 miles for urban ambulance rides.
Study Calls for Aggressive Treatment of High BP
WASHINGTON (AP) - Aiming lower saves more lives when it comes to controlling high blood pressure, says a major new study that could spur doctors to more aggressively treat patients over 50.
Alarms Sounded Over Phila. Fire Department's Aging Fire Trucks and Ambulances
The Philadelphia medic noticed smoke rising from the engine just as he steered his ambulance off I-95.
He and his partner were on their way to a medical emergency when their ambulance began to smoke.
Then, a bang - a "loud explosion," the medic remembered. They pulled over and scrambled from their seats as the smoke grew heavy and thick.
On the side of the road, they watched as flames licked up the side of the ambulance.
In the year since that fire in 2014, sources and records obtained by The Inquirer indicate that accident wasn't an anomaly - that an ambulance bursting into flames is just an extreme example of the deteriorating, sometimes dangerous fleet operated by the Philadelphia Fire Department.
Federal Disaster Response Resources Now Compiled Online
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released an online collection of the federal resources and capabilities available to help public health and medical emergency management officials during emergencies.
The HHS Response and Recovery Resources Compendium, sponsored by the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, is meant to aid officials as they guide communities in responding to and recovering from disasters.