Compare Maryland EMS To The White Paper

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Without a doubt, the “White Paper” is still relevant in the world of EMS, playing a huge role with the modernization in EMS systems today. Accident Death in Disability outlined the need to decrease the morbidity and mortality of trauma patient through discussing key points that need change to be built a successful EMS system. Since then, EMS systems have not only become proficient in assessing and treating trauma patients, but also have become proficient in the assessment and treatment of acute and chronic illnesses, mental health, and social issues in all populations.

Comparing Maryland EMS to the White Paper, the White Paper’s several recommendations to improve systems as a whole was built into the framework of Maryland EMS, and aided in the growth of our system. Since the White Paper, many improvements have been made. First, there is now a standard curriculum for EMT-Basics, EMT-Intermediate, and EMT-Paramedics through National Registry, with program accreditation guidelines developed by CoAEMSP. Specifically in Maryland, there is now a defined scope of practice written by physicians, implemented through standing-orders in a statewide protocols.
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Recommendations were provided in the following areas: adequate standards for ambulance design, and the construction of equipment and supplies, standards for qualifications and supervision of ambulance personnel, state level adoption of policies and regulations in ambulance services, pilot programs for providing physician-staffed ambulances, and programs to evaluate the need to place automotive and helicopter ambulance services in remotely populated areas where there is a lack of hospitals (Council, 1966, p. 15). Now there are standards and specifications for ambulances, and the equipment that goes in them, outlined by NFPA 1917: Standard for Automotive Ambulances and
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