EMS Focus

These free webinars provide the EMS community with a unique opportunity to learn more about Federal EMS efforts and programs. Together with our Federal partners, the NHTSA Office of EMS will address issues important to the EMS community and share the latest news and information about federal resources and programs.



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EMS Past, Present and Future: Writing the Next Agenda



Join us in May for the next EMS Focus webinar, along with the authors of the 1996 EMS Agenda for the Future and EMSC, in a discussion of what lies ahead for EMS. This webinar will kick off by looking back at some of the profession's most significant accomplishments over the last two decades, followed by a conversation about how the industry can evolve over the next 30 years. Don't miss this opportunity to learn how associations, agencies and individuals can provide input in the planning process for the 2017 anticipated revision of the Agenda for the Future.


Beth Edgerton, MD, MPH, Director of the Division of Child, Adolescent and Family Health for HRSA's Maternal and Child Health Bureau
Theodore Delbridge, MD, MPH, Professor and Chair of the Emergency Medicine Department at East Carolina University's Brody School of Medicine
Dan Manz, Executive Director of Essex (Vt.) Rescue and former director of Vermont EMS

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Implementing Evidence-based Guidelines: How to take evidence-based patient care from paper to practice

(aired March 22, 2016)

Hear why local EMS systems should embrace evidence-based guidelines (EBGs) and tips for how to implement them. This webinar features a distinguished panel of speakers who will discuss how EBGs are changing EMS and improving patient care, the challenges of educating providers on EBGs at the state and local levels, and gaining buy-in for the guidelines and incorporating them into EMS practice.


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
Chris Souders, MD, Associate Medical Director for the Houston Fire Department
Noah Smith, MPH, EMT, NHTSA's Office of EMS

The Blue Campaign to End Human Trafficking

(aired January 25, 2016)

Learn about the Blue Campaign, the Department of Homeland Security's effort to end human trafficking. You'll hear from a former prosecutor of human trafficking cases and Homeland Security officials, who will describe how to recognize potential victims and what steps EMS providers should take on the scene.


Kathryn Brinsfield, MD, MPH, Assistant Secretary for Health Affairs and Chief Medical Officer
Scott Santoro, Blue Campaign Training Advisor
Noah Smith, MPH, EMT, NHTSA's Office of EMS

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Emerging Technologies - Strengthening the Continuum of Care

(aired October 8, 2015)

Leading experts discuss the impact that technological innovations will have in improving patient care, operations and collaboration among providers. Hear insight from the authors of the recently released Emerging Digital Technologies in EMS: Considerations and Strategies to Strengthen the Continuum of Care and a professor of pediatric critical care in a children's research hospital about the innovative ways that prehospital care can be improved with new technologies, including digital data, medical devices and software applications.

Benjamin Schooley, PhD., University of South Carolina
James P. Marcin, MD, MPH, UC Davis Children's Hospital
Noah Smith, MPH, EMT, NHTSA's Office of EMS

Using Data to Improve EMS Systems of Care

EMS FOCUS webinar hosted by NHTSA's Office of EMS

(aired July 28, 2015)

Data collection and use continues to be an important topic within EMS, across agencies and systems, at the local, state and national level. The July webinar will feature a roundtable discussion to address how EMS systems use data to benchmark performance and guide quality improvement efforts to provide better care for patients and communities.

N. Clay Mann, PhD, MS, EMS Data
Nick Nudell, MS, NRP, EMS Compass Initiative project manager
Noah Smith, NHTSA's Office of EMS
Alex Garza, MD, MPH, EMS Compass Initiative Steering Committee

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Analyze, Investigate, Document: NHTSA Addresses Ground Ambulance Crashes

(aired April 19, 2015)

NHTSA regularly investigates ambulance crashes, with detailed reports that reveal valuable information about ambulance crashes and safety across the U.S. Learn how NHTSA's Office of EMS is collaborating with a variety of partners to use this information and other data to improve the safety of all providers and patients in transit.

Drew Dawson, NHTSA's Office of EMS
Noah Smith, NHTSA's Office of EMS
Mirinda Gormley, NHTSA's Office of EMS

How FirstNet Can Help EMS Provide Better Patient Care

(aired February 19, 2015)

FirstNet Board members will explain why the FirstNet effort to build a nationwide public safety broadband network is important to EMS systems across the nation and provide an overview of current FirstNet activities, including consultations with the public safety community.

Kevin McGinnis, FirstNet
Amanda Hilliard, FirstNet
Drew Dawson, NHTSA's Office of EMS
Noah Smith, NHTSA's Office of EMS


Tourniquets and Hemostatic Dressings: The New Evidence-based Guideline

ems update
(aired August 5, 2014)

National experts in emergency medicine and trauma care join the Office of EMS to discuss lessons learned from Iraq and Afghanistan, how prehospital tourniquet application is saving lives, the guideline development process and suggestions for guideline implementation.

Richard Hunt, M.D., FACEP - National Security Council
Todd Rasmussen, MD FACS - Colonel USAF MC
Peter Taillac, MD, FACEP - Utah EMS Medical Director
Scott Youngquist, MD, MS - Salt Lake City Fire Dept.
Eileen M. Bulger, MD - American College of Surgeons
Drew Dawson, NHTSA's Office of EMS

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Federal Involvement in EMS:The Four Priorities

(aired June 2, 2014)

Take a detailed look into the top four priorities of the FICEMS Strategic Plan released in 2014. Addressed in this webinar: Veteran to Civilian EMS Credentialing, Evidence-Based Guideline Development, EMS System Preparedness and EMS Data Standardization.

Kathryn Brinsfield, M.D., MPH, FACEP and 2014 Chair of FICEMS
Drew Dawson, NHTSA's Office of EMS