The Asian Association of EMS (AAEMS) promotes and advocates prehospital care and EMS systems in different Asian communities. The organization was established in 2015 to address six primary issues in EMS:
- Creating opportunities for education and training for EMS physicians and EMS providers,
- Establishing EMS training standards and accreditation,
- Recruitment, retention and establishing career paths for EMS personnel,
- Undertaking research projects in prehospital care (discussed in more detail below),
- Collaborating with other associations and coalitions for the advancement of EMS systems, and
- Publishing the Asian EMS Journal.
The AAEMS has worked with various partners from around the world as host of the EMS Asia conference and has conducted a number of workshops, including the EMS leaders and medical directors workshop, dispatcher workshop, Global Resuscitation Academy, traumatic brain injury training, global EMS development and more. The organization provides a platform for policymakers to share their experiences with one another, as we believe this will improve the position of EMS in the Asian region in the near future.
As our motto “think global, do locally” shows, we want each Asian country to adopt strategies, guidelines, protocols and best practices on a local level. We hold this vision not just for EMS crews; we also need to help educate citizens, physicians, nurses and paramedics in order to develop comprehensive EMS systems. This can be accomplished by conducting and sharing research funding from each participating country, and publishing the results of that research in the Asian EMS Journal.
The Pan-Asian Resuscitation Outcome Study (PAROS) mainly focuses on out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA), bystander CPR, return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) and resuscitation rates. The primary goal for PAROS is to improve outcomes for OHCA across Asia. Similarly, the Pan-Asian Trauma Outcome Study (PATOS) analyzes data from the trauma registry, with the goal of improving trauma outcomes through evidence-based interventions and heightened community awareness. We also hope this will help to change the public recognition of trauma.
It is my pleasure to work toward finding ways to save lives in Asian countries where many different cultures, backgrounds and EMS systems exist. Each country has different issues, but AAEMS is the place to share and learn from these countries in order to improve lives across the entire Asian community. We recently held our first meeting in Seoul and succeed in sharing significant information with researchers, physicians, paramedics, EMTs and nurses from all over the world. The next meeting will be held in 2018, and I’m looking forward to meeting all of you there.