EMS Agenda for the Future: where we are...where we want to be.

T. R. Delbridge, B. Bailey, J. L. Chew, A. K. Conn, J. J. Krakeel, D. Manz, D. R. Miller, P. J. O'Malley, S. D. Ryan, D. W. Spaite, R. D. Stewart, R. E. Suter, E. M. Wilson

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During the past 30 years, emergency medical services (EMS) in the United States have experienced explosive growth. The American health care system is now transforming, providing an opportune time to examine what we have learned over the past three decades in order to create a vision for the future of EMS. Over the course of several months, a multidisciplinary steering committee collaborated with hundreds of EMS-interested individuals, organizations, and agencies to develop the EMS Agenda for the Future. Fourteen EMS attributes were identified as requiring continued development in order to realize the vision established within the Agenda. They are integration of health services, EMS research, legislation and regulation, system finance, human resources, medical direction, education systems, public education, prevention, public access, communication systems, clinical care, information systems, and evaluation. Discussion of these attributes provides important guidance for achieving a vision for the future of EMS that emphasizes its critical role in American health care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalPrehospital emergency care : official journal of the National Association of EMS Physicians and the National Association of State EMS Directors
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1998


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Emergency

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