Advancing the EMS profession

EMS Safety Resources

Below are resources to raise awareness of the various types of safety issues EMS practitioners face and to help EMS practitioners protect themselves and their patients.



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Patient SafetyEMS Patient and Practitioner Safety Bill of RightsServes as a reminder of the rights of EMS patients and practitioners to have a safe environment when care is provided.
Injury PreventionPatient Safety in EMS NAEMT report to help the EMS community understand the important role of Patient Safety Organizations in supporting a just culture environment and improved safety policies.
Injury Prevention2017 Guide for Developing an EMS Agency Safety ProgramProvides a roadmap for EMS agencies to develop and implement a workplace safety program, customized to their agency type, size and needs.
Injury PreventionHow a Small EMS Agency Built an Industry-Leading Safety ProgramRead how Butler County EMS of Kansas team decided to make safety a top priority.
Patient SafetyHow safe is prehospital care? A systematic reviewIdentifies how the prevalence and level of harm associated with patient safety incidents (PSIs) in prehospital care are assessed; the frequency of PSIs in prehospital care; and the harm associated with PSIs in prehospital care.
Injury PreventionNational Emerging Special Pathogens Training and Education Center (NETEC)Website designed to meet the needs of emergency responders and other health care professionals to safely and effectively manage special pathogens.
Injury PreventionDeveloping Evidence Based EMS Fatigue Management GuidelinesNASEMSO provides an overview of the three phases of the Fatigue in EMS Evidence Based Guidelines project, including a demonstration of NASEMSO's new EMS Fatigue Risk Analyzer.
Violence PreventionFire and EMS Response to Civil UnrestUSFA and NHTSA Office of EMS compiled best practices to assist EMS practitioners as you respond to civil unrest incidents in your community.
Injury PreventionEMS Fatigue Risk Management and Project Research - What's New?Webinar presented by Dr. Daniel Patterson from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine on December 1, 2020 to review the current project's status and its three (3) phases.
Injury PreventionFire and EMS Response to Civil UnrestBest practices to prepare personnel, the station, apparatus, and the community for emergency response in a challenging environment.
Violence Prevention2019 NAEMT National Report on EMS ViolenceProvides information on the acts of violence against EMS practitioners and recommended actions that EMS agencies can take to protect and support their personnel.
Ambulance SafetyCAAS Ground Vehicle Standard for Ambulances v2.0Update includes the latest safety, quality and compliance requirements for new production ambulances.
Injury Prevention The Side-by-Side Lift and CarryA paradigm shift to save your back or the backs of your employees.
Injury PreventionImplementation Guidebook: 2018 Fatigue Risk Management Guidelines for EMSGuidance for implementing evidence-based guidelines for fatigue risk management in EMS.
Infection PreventionSurvey to explore the depth of US EMS practitioners’ highly infectious disease training and education.American Journal of Infection Control: Determining training and education needs pertaining to highly infectious disease preparedness and response: A gap analysis survey of US emergency medical services practitioners.
Injury PreventionEMS Providers: How To Stay Safe On The JobThe National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Office of EMS released a new resource to help EMS providers prevent injuries at work.
Injury PreventionFatigue in EMS Risk Management GuidelinesNASEMSO News release from January 11, 2018 regarding fatigue in EMS.
Injury PreventionGuide for Developing an EMS Agency Safety ProgramA roadmap for EMS agencies to develop and implement a comprehensive workplace safety program, customizable to their agency type, size and needs.
Violence PreventionMitigation of Occupational Violence to Firefighters and EMS Responders June 2017Report by FEMA/US Fire Administration
Injury PreventionFact SheetEMS Workers: How Employers Can Prevent Injuries and Exposures
Ambulance SafetyImproving EMS Worker Safety Through Ambulance Design and TestingThis 7-part video series, jointly funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate, covers new crash test methods to improve worker and patient safety in an ambulance patient compartment.
Ambulance SafetyLights and Siren Use by Emergency Medical Services: Above All Do No HarmThis principle of medical care helps to guide medical decisions by reminding healthcare providers that while attempting to provide treatments to improve a patient’s outcome, there are risks that can cause harm.
Ambulance SafetyAnthropometric Database for the EMTs in the United StatesResults of a nationwide survey conducted by NIOSH between December 2013 and May 2015.
Patient SafetyNAEMT "Patient Safety in EMS" White PaperIdentifies Patient Safety Organizations (PSOs) as key to advancing a just culture for EMS
Ambulance SafetyNFPA 1917 standardThe Standard presents general requirements for ambulance design and performance, along with standalone chapters for ambulance components, including chassis, patient compartment, low voltage electrical systems and warning devices, and line voltage electrical systems.
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