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Emergency Medical Services at the Crossroads
FIGURE 4-1 The five primary integrated components of the EMS education system.
SOURCES: Adapted from NHTSA and HRSA, 2005.
and regional practice patterns can be incorporated within its framework (NHTSA, 2000).
While the Emergency Medical Services Agenda for the Future: Implementation Guide sought to update and adopt the National EMS Educationand Practice Blueprint, the Education Agenda suggested that the validity and utility of the Blueprint could be enhanced by separating the development of the core content and the scope of practice for the various provider levels. This approach allowed leadership for each of these elements to be assumed by the most appropriate group (see Figure 4-2) (NHTSA, 2000). The medical community is responsible for leading the development of the Core Content, with input from regulators and educators.
National EMS Scope of Practice Model
Based on the direction provided by the Education Agenda, the Blueprint was revised and renamed the National EMS Scope of Practice Model. This model defines, by name and by function, the levels of out-of-hospital EMS personnel based on the National EMS Core Content (NHTSA, 2000). Regulators are responsible for making these designations, with input from educators and physicians.
The National EMS Scope of Practice Model Task Force has created