EMS Bureau Requests Public Comment on National EMS Education Standards Draft

National EMS Education Standards (Draft 1): Open for Public Comment Until Sept. 20

The National EMS Education Standards, first published in 2009, are being revised with the support of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The revision is a community-wide, collaborative effort being led by the National Association of EMS Educators and the RedFlash Group. The project’s Development Team met earlier in 2019 to review the recently released National EMS Scope of Practice Model and stakeholder input to produce a first draft of the revisions. This draft is now available and public comment can be provided until September 20 using this online form.

The National EMS Education Standards were created to outline the critical topics to be covered in the initial education of the four levels of EMS clinician: EMR, EMT, AEMT, and Paramedic. The revised EMS Education Standards will define the competencies, clinical behaviors, and judgments that EMS personnel must have to meet practice guidelines described in the updated National EMS Scope of Practice Model. The standards are meant to provide a high-level outline of those topics, not a curriculum; nor are they intended to limit EMS educational programs from going beyond the competencies contained within.

Other important issues, such as continuing education, specialty certifications, degree requirements or the nomenclature of EMS professionals are also outside the scope of this effort. For more information about the role of the National EMS Education Standards and the effort to revise them, please check out these Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

How This Draft was Created

A Development Team comprised of EMS education experts from across the country spent considerable time reviewing the new National EMS Scope of Practice Model and soliciting feedback from EMS stakeholder organizations. The revisions proposed in this first draft reflect those discussions, as well as current best practices in EMS and the people-centered vision for EMS described in EMS Agenda 2050.

The document is divided into three sections: the core education standards, clinical behavior/judgment, and educational infrastructure. This draft includes significant revisions to the pharmacology section, a reflection of the discussions surrounding medication errors during the Scope of Practice Model revision process. In addition, the National EMS Education Standards Revision Development Team endorsed the Scope of Practice Model’s recommendation that AEMT educational programs achieve accreditation by 2025.

Other sections where revisions have been proposed include:

  • Preparatory – EMS System Communications
  • Airway Management, Respiration, and Artificial Ventilation – Respiration
  • Assessment – Monitoring Devices
  • Clinical Behavior/Judgement – Assessment, Therapeutic Communication and Cultural Competency, Psychomotor Skills, Decision Making, Patient Complaints, Scene Leadership and Scene Safety

Most of the above revisions are relatively simple and involve making the language consistent throughout the document and across all provider levels. Due to universal, extensive and broad recommendations from the stakeholders, the team created task groups to evaluate specifically the education standards that involve Public Health and Behavioral Health and Wellness in EMS. Those groups have yet to propose revisions that can be seen in this draft, but they look forward to reviewing your input as the process continues.

This first draft for public comment also does not reflect any changes to the introductory matter or appendices of the original standards. Those will be addressed in future drafts and will be available for review during the next public comment period, expected in early 2020.

Provide Your Feedback

Complete this form and select NEXT to provide your comments on the draft of the revised National EMS Education Standards. The Development Team is looking for specific feedback on proposed changes, as well as general suggestions for further revision or specific comments on Public Health and Behavioral Health/Wellness. You are welcome to provide commentary on the entire document or any one section.

The Development Team will meet in October 2019 in Washington, DC, to review all comments and feedback. Questions or comments can be sent to [email protected]. Thank you for your participation.

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