EMS Research

I. Lesson Content
       a. National initiatives and resources that promote and enable EMS Research a.Federal Interagency Committee on EMS (FICEMS) included “data-driven and evidence-based EMS systems that promote improved patient care quality” as a strategic goal, published in 2014.
       b. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) supports the development of evidence-based guidelines through the use of standardization and improvement of EMS data collection using NEMSIS
       c. The National Institute of General Medical Sciences coordinates EMS research efforts, promotes ideas for research funding and collaboration
II. Practical use of research in EMS
       a. Ensures that care provided will glean the best, safest possible results and patient outcomes
              i. Reference: 37CARES in Action 
              ii. Supported by evidence and expert experience
       b. Demonstrates valueof EMS care with reportable outcomes
       c. Improves working conditions-safety research can be focused on EMS providers
       d. Encourages accurate and complete documentation
III. Describe the scientific method
       a. Ask a question
       b. Conduct literaturereview to seek answers
       c. Determine a hypothesis based on literaturereview
       d. Test the hypothesis
       e. Analyze the data to prove or disprove hypothesis, consider limitations
       f. Report findings, discuss limitations
       g. Repeat with adjustments or refine hypothesis and begin again

Instructor Documents:

Content Creator: Chris Hunt
CAPCE Course Number: 21-EMTP-F3-9301
NJ Course Number: 141126
Total CE Hours: 1
Level: Basic
EMT-CE uses the NEMSES guidelines as the foundation for every course outline.