WASHINGTON, DC — Mayor Vincent Gray and D.C. Department of Health (DOH) officials recently released the District's first Emergency Medical Services report, Moving EMS Forward 2010.
EMS providers play an integral role in addressing emergency health concerns in the community. The District's EMS infrastructure is an intricate system composed of trained professionals, transportation and communications networks, hospitals, trauma centers and specialty-care centers working in coordinated partnership to provide high-quality pre-hospital medical care to District residents.
Moving EMS Forward provides an overview of EMS and ambulance services in the District and details the various strides made toward improving continuing education standards, establishing a new District Scope of Practice Policy and adopting important quality-improvement measures through legislation, regulation and policy change. Report highlights include:
• The District consistently exceeded the national pass rate for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians certification exam.
• The national average for the first attempt at passage of this exam is 68 percent. The District surpassed the national rate with a 77 percent pass rate and continues to score high marks into 2011.
• In November of 2010, the District became the first jurisdiction to officially adopt the National EMS Scope of Practice for all EMS providers.
• By adopting new Scope of Practice policy, the District is now able to provide four EMS provider levels in accordance with the national model, which includes the Emergency Medical Responder, Emergency Medical Technician, Advanced EMT and Paramedic.