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EMS Compass Steering Committee to Hold Final Meeting, Discuss Performance Measures

September 6, 2016 – The EMS Compass Steering Committee will meet on Tuesday, September 20, to review the draft performance measures that have been released for testing and feedback and to discuss the future of the initiative.

The meeting will take place in Albuquerque, New Mexico, at the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque, co-located with the NASEMSO Fall Meeting. Members of the EMS community and the public who cannot attend in person can join via webinar.

Earlier this month, EMS Compass released draft performance measures for review and testing. They included measures in several clinical areas, including cardiac arrest, STEMI, trauma and pediatric respiratory problems. Also released were specific vehicle safety measures and patient safety measures examining medication dosing errors. The initiative’s leadership encourages EMS agencies to test the measures using their own data and to provide feedback.

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“The dedicated EMS professionals who make up the EMS Compass team have worked hard to develop evidence-based performance measures,” said Bob Bass, MD, who chairs the EMS Compass Steering Committee. “We look forward to hearing from local and state EMS systems that have tested the measures so we can make sure they can be meaningfully used by every EMS agency to measure and improve the care they provide to the community.”

The Steering Committee is also expected to discuss the future of EMS performance measures now that this phase of EMS Compass, a cooperative agreement funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Office of EMS and managed by NASEMSO, will come to an end this Spring.

“EMS Compass has not only developed a great set of draft measures for systems to use to start improving—the initiative has also created greater awareness of the importance of using data to make a difference,” said Dia Gainor, Executive Director of NASEMSO. “We want to collaborate with stakeholders across EMS to make sure that momentum isn’t lost, and that we continue to work together as a community to develop, refine and automate measures so that every EMS system is using them.”

Questions about attending the EMS Compass Steering Committee meeting or registering for the live broadcast of the meeting should be sent to Zoe Renfro at [email protected].

About EMS Compass

The EMS Compass initiative launched in 2014 with funding and guidance provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) through a cooperative agreement with NASEMSO.  Although funded as a two-year project, the goal of EMS Compass is not just to create and evaluate performance measures, but to develop a system for designing performance measures that can live on well beyond the timeline of the current initiative.

The EMS Compass performance measures will be based on the latest National EMS Information System (NEMSIS) compliant data points and will allow EMS agencies to use local and state data meaningfully to improve care.  

For more information about EMS Compass or to volunteer to be involved in the national effort, sign up to receive updates at, and follow the initiative on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter (@EMSCompass).