Report on EMS safety and health surveillance system

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS) is pleased to announce publication of Feasibility for an EMS Workforce Safety and Health Surveillance System. This is the final report of a study funded by NHTSA’s Office of Behavioral Safety Research (OBSR) and conducted in collaboration with Federal and national EMS stakeholder organizations. This report discusses the challenges and possible solutions in conducting national epidemiological surveillance of EMS worker injuries and illnesses.

This feasibility study serves as a valuable supplement to ongoing national EMS workforce research. NHTSA continues to examine issues affecting the Nation’s EMS workforce. NHTSA and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) EMS for Children (EMS-C) program are collaborating with the national EMS community in the EMS Workforce for the 21st Century project, managed by the University of California San Francisco (UCSF).

Below is a copy of the final report as well as a NHTSA Traffic Tech which provides a summary of the study:

REPORT
http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/staticfiles/DOT/NHTSA/Traffic%20Injury%20Control/Articles/Associated%20Files/EMSWorkforceFeasibility3.pdf

TRAFFIC TECH
http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/staticfiles/DOT/NHTSA/Communication%20&%20Consumer%20Information/Traffic%20Tech%20Publications/tt326.pdf

Printed copies of the final report and the Traffic Tech will be available from NHTSA in the near future.

For further information regarding national EMS workforce issues please feel free to contact Gam Wijetunge at phone (202) 493-2793 or e-mail Gamunu.Wijetunge@dot.gov.

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