By Mike McEvoy
The EMS Compass Project operated by the National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) with funding from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released their first four EMS performance measures for public comment. Agencies using NEMSIS version 3 electronic patient care reporting (PCR) are also invited to trial data collection for the proposed measures. The four measures open for public comment until August 26, 2015 are: percentage of stroke patients transported where the receiving hospital was prenotified, time elapsed from stroke recognition until hospital notification, percentage of stroke patients with documented stroke severity assessment and percentage of stroke patients with a documented field blood glucose. To comment on the proposed measures, go to http://emscompass.org/ems-compass-measures/.
MIKE McEVOY is the EMS coordinator for Saratoga County, New York, and the EMS editor for Fire Engineering magazine. He is a nurse clinician in the cardiac surgical ICU at Albany Medical Center, where he also chairs the resuscitation committee and teaches critical care courses. He is the chief medical officer and a paramedic/firefighter for West Crescent Fire Department and a paramedic supervisor for the Clifton Park & Halfmoon Ambulance. He serves on the EMS Section board of directors of the International Association of Fire Chiefs and speaks at nursing, critical care, fire, and EMS conferences worldwide.