EMS Research

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 value of 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 literature review to seek answers

c. Determine a hypothesis based on literature review

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: 18-EMTP-F3-9301

Total CE Hours: 1

Level: Basic

EMT-CE uses the NEMSES guidelines as the foundation for every course outline.