Honoring EMS Professionals: One Mission, One Team


By Angel MedFlight Contributor

They are dispatchers, first responders, firefighters, EMTs and paramedics. When there’s a medical emergency, they almost always get the first call. They provide medical care at the scene and en route to the hospital. They are Emergency Medical Services professionals and we at Angel MedFlight wish to recognize these daily heroes as part of National Emergency Medical Services Week, which runs May 19-25.

The Federal Interagency Committee for EMS says as of 2011 there were over 800,000 licensed or certified EMS workers in the United States and of those, about half were volunteers. These dedicated individuals are a part of an intricate EMS system which includes private and public agencies, various medical facilities such as trauma centers and hospitals, and administrators and government officials.

The concept of a National EMS Week began with President Ford declaring November 3-10, 1974 as the first “National Emergency Medical Services Week.” The American College of Emergency Physicians was instrumental in establishing the annual observance which continued for four more years and was then reinstituted by ACEP in 1982.  The observance dates were moved around some, but in 1992 EMS Week found its home in the third week of May.

Patrick Elmes is the Manager of EMS and Disaster Preparedness with the ACEP and he tells Angel MedFlight that the college began collecting and distributing  ideas and information for EMS Week in the early 1980’s.  “Today 25,000 EMS Week Planning Guides are distributed free of charge to EMS services, fire departments, rescue squads, volunteer groups, and emergency departments across the country, ” says Elmes.

The ACEP provides staff and financial support for the production and distribution of EMS Week promotional materials as a public service.

There are a number events planned round the country to celebrate this year’s EMS Week, the theme of which is “One Mission One Team.”  Elmes says there will be drunk driving awareness programs, safety demonstrations, blood pressure screenings, child safety seat clinics, EMS open houses and many more activities. There will also be proclamations at the civic, county, state and national levels, plus special observances for those who lost their lives on duty.

There are a number of challenges facing EMS today and the ACEP says chief among them is the advent and development of community paramedicine and mobile integrated healthcare programs. Elmes says another issue EMS faces is the exploration of evidence based research on improving patient care regarding spinal immobilization. Other challenges facing EMS are improving and standardizing education and of course, funding.

As we honor EMS personnel this week, Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance recognizes our own critical care flight nurses and paramedics and registered nurses for their commitment to quality patient care.

National EMS Week: May 20-26

Honoring Emergency Medical Services Professionals

It’s National EMS Week, and we are proud to honor valiant emergency services personnel everywhere.

More than 1,000,000 career and volunteer EMS professionals dedicate their days and nights to providing lifesaving services on medicine’s front lines. Working together toward a common goal of care, the EMS network drastically improves the survival and recovery for 25-30 million Americans who suffer sudden illness or injury each year.

What Is EMS?
A system of coordinated response and emergency medical care, the EMS network provides medical assistance from primary response to definitive care, and generally begins with a 911 call for help.

Who Are EMS Professionals?
Dispatchers, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, firefighters, nurses, physicians, and others trained in rescue, stabilization, transport and advanced treatment of traumatic or medical emergencies.

These highly-skilled professionals are unique in that many provide medical care outside of hospitals at injury scenes or in air/ground transport environments where time is of the essence and quick thinking is critical.

To hone their skills, EMS team members participate in thousands of hours of specialized training and continuing education. They are always prepared for rapid emergency response.

We Say Thank You!
National EMS Week reminds us of the tremendous value and accomplishments of EMS personnel and the role they play every day in our nation’s health and well-being.

Angel MedFlight would like to extend a special thank you to our own critical care flight nurses and paramedics, registered nurses and physicians for the incredible commitment to care you show on a daily basis. Because of your dedication and skill, we are fortunate to impact thousands of lives each year.


Celebrating MedEvac Hour as Part of EMS Week

As we celebrate National EMS Week (May 15-21), we want to highlight the unique and crucial role that critical care fixed wing, helicopter and ground transport play within the EMS system. Crews work daily to safely and efficiently serve the most critically ill and injured patients across the United States and around the world.

Did you know…???

• 46.7 million Americans live more than an hour away from a Level 1 or 2 trauma center.

• MedEvac helicopters transport approximately 400,000 patients annually, and are most often utilized for time-sensitive illnesses and injuries such as severe trauma, heart attacks or strokes.

• MedEvac fixed-wing aircraft transport an additional 100,000+ patients over longer distances annually.

• As of the close of 2009, there were more than 4,400 MedEvac pilots, 600 physicians, 5,500 nurses, and 5,300 paramedics/EMTs staffing MedEvac fixed- and rotor-wing aircraft in the U.S.

Source: Association of Air Medical Services

Celebrating EMS Week, May 15-21

EMS Week unites local communities and medical personnel to publicize safety and honor the dedication of those who provide lifesaving service at the front-lines of medicine.

EMS team members provide lifesaving care around the clock, every day of the year. Access to quality emergency care can drastically improve the survival and recovery rate of people experiencing sudden illness or injury, and EMS team members are the first line of defense.

The EMS system includes emergency physicians and nurses, EMTs, paramedics, firefighters, educators, administrators and others. Truly committed to their profession, EMS team members engage in thousands of hours of specialized training and continuing education to hone their lifesaving skills.

Thank you, EMS professionals, for all you do to save lives every day of the year!

Angel MedFlight is proud to recognize our own critical care flight paramedics. Thank you Jeff, Matt, Scott, Ed and Joe for your dedication and care. We couldn’t do it without you!


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