The State of Leadership Education in Emergency Medical Services: A Multi-national Qualitative Study.
- William Joseph Leggio
- Prehospital and disaster medicine
The National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP) advocates for a strong emergency medical services (EMS) role in all phases of disaster management--preparedness, response, and recovery. Emergency medical services administrators and medical directors should play a leadership role in preparedness activities such as training and education, development of performance metrics, establishment of memoranda of understanding (MOUs), and planning for licensure and liability issues. During both the planning and response phases, EMS leadership should advocate for participation in unified command, modified scope of practice appropriate for providers and the event, and expanded roles in community and federal response efforts. To enhance recovery, EMS leadership should strongly advocate for national recognition for EMS efforts and further research into strategies that foster healthy coping techniques and resiliency in the EMS workforce. This resource document will outline the basis for the corresponding NAEMSP position statement on the role of EMS in disaster management.