After years of practicing medicine based largely on theory and anecdotal evidence, EMS is now entering a new phase — one in which treatment decisions are based on research and data more than ever before. Evidence-based guidelines (EBGs) play a critical role in improving patient care and outcomes. But like any other change, implementing EBGs and incorporating them into prehospital practice is not always as simple as it might seem.
On Tuesday, March 22 at 1 p.m. EST, NHTSA’s Office of EMS will hold a webinar as part of the collaborative Federal series, EMS Focus, to share why local EMS systems should embrace EBGs and tips for how to implement them. The webinar will feature a panel of experts from the Federal, state and local levels, including Beth Edgerton, MD, MPH, Director of the Division of Child, Adolescent and Family Health for HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Matt Sholl, MD, Maine’s state medical director and Chris Souders, MD, associate medical director for the Houston Fire Department.
The panel will discuss:
- How evidence-based guidelines are changing EMS and improving patient care
- The challenges of educating providers on EBGs at the state and local levels
- Gaining buy-in for EBGs and incorporating the guidelines into EMS practice
“The development and implementation of evidence-based care is not only a crucial part of helping improve patient outcomes, but also part of the maturation and growth of EMS as a profession. A data-driven, research-oriented approach to patient care will advance EMS and ensure prehospital care is viewed as an integral piece of the healthcare continuum,” said Mike Brown, interim director of the NHTSA Office of EMS.
Attendees will be encouraged to participate in an open question-and-answer session, with the webinar and Q&A lasting approximately one hour. Every other month, the EMS Focus webinar series provides a venue to discuss critical initiatives, issues, and challenges for EMS stakeholders nationwide. Recordings of each webinar are available for viewing on the NHTSA Office of EMS website.
About the Office of EMS
NHTSA’s Office of EMS advances EMS by collecting and analyzing critical data about state and local systems, and by fostering collaboration among national, state, and local agencies engaged in guiding, improving, and standardizing EMS nationwide.