Important Issues In EMS
The Office of EMS and the EMS community continue to advance these important issues in emergency response.
EMS & Post-Crash Care
As a primary part of providing care following a crash, EMS plays a critical role in the Safe System Approach detailed in the DOT’s National Roadway Safety Strategy.
EMS Collaboration with Public Safety, Emergency Management & Health Disciplines
EMS resides at the nexus of public health, public safety, healthcare and emergency management. Involvement with diverse systems and stakeholders makes collaboration essential.
Evidence-Based Guidelines & Performance Management
Data and research identify the specific procedures and protocols that lead to desired patient outcomes. In this way, the care EMS clinicians provide continues to evolve.
Managing Emerging Diseases
To respond to infectious diseases, EMS and 911 systems develop and adjust delivery models, standards of care and more. EMS systems are an essential part of the response to public health emergencies.
Planning for the Future: EMS Agenda 2050
This bold plan–the result of a collaborative, inclusive two-year effort–envisions innovative, people-centered possibilities that advance EMS systems nationwide.
Preparing the EMS Workforce
The nation’s EMS systems are only as strong and effective as their people. The Office of EMS develops resources for training, education, safety and clinician mental health and wellness.
State System Assessments
NHTSA supports evaluations of State EMS and trauma systems. States use the insights to find opportunities for improvement, enact legislation and secure additional staff.
Using EMS Data
The collection and application of data improves operations, provider safety and patient care. Learn about EMS incident data, how systems collect good data and key data standards.