EMS Vitals , April 2020, Alaska State Office of EMS Newsletter

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APRIL 2020, Issue No. #21

Stay home if you feel sick.

Provider COVID-19 Resources

Find more COVID-19 resources on the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services COVID-19 webpage.

EMS Certification and Training Updates

Training, Education, and Certification Guidance

National EMS Assessment

The National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) just released the 2020 National EMS Assessment. [Read the full report from NASEMSO here.]

The assessment provides the following key findings:

  • More than 18,200 local EMS agencies respond to 911 calls for medical emergencies and injuries, utilizing nearly 73,500 ground vehicles such as ambulances and fire engines.
  • Local EMS agencies respond to nearly 28.5 million 911 dispatches every year in 41 states.
  • More than 750 services are licensed by state EMS offices to fly patients, using helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft to provide rapid transportation to critical care.
  • More than 1.03 million personnel are licensed as emergency medical technicians, paramedics, and other levels of EMS patient care capability within all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and American Samoa.
  • More than 9,300 physicians serve as local EMS Medical Directors, assuring that contemporary and quality care is provided to patients.
  • Sixty percent of 53 state EMS offices participated or expect to participate in mass casualty exercises involving a biological threat during the 18-month evaluation period.

Family Preparedness

Emergency Medical Services for Children Innovation and Improvement Center, Helping Families Stay Prepared for the Coronavirus

View the Coronavirus Family Readiness Infographic.


Have questions about the DHSS COVID-19 Response?

Questions? Please contact us.

Please email DHSSEOC@alaska.gov.

Call Line

For non-clinical questions, call Alaska 211 or 1-800-478-2221.

Careline 877-266-4357 AK Suicide Prevention + Help Line

Alaska Council on EMS

The Alaska Council on Emergency Medical Services

2020 Meeting Schedule:

May 1st, 9am
August 7th, 9am
November 6th, 9am

Teleconference # 1-800-944-8766
Participant Code 83001#

Alaksa Emergency Medical Services for Children Program
Pre-Hospital Pediatric Medical Consultation, EMS Providers Only: Alaska Native Medical Center 297-8809 & Providence Alaska Medical Center 212-3133
Alaska Council on EMS Implementation Task Force; Apply, Click Here