Evidence-based medicine has changed long-held beliefs in inpatient care treatment. How has evidence- based medicine changed EMS protocols in your community?

Evidence-based medicine has changed long-held beliefs in inpatient care treatment. How has evidence-
based medicine changed EMS protocols in your community?

Fire and Emergency Services Administration: Management and Leadership Practices, Second Edition
Chapter 1 Historical Foundations of Fire and Emergency Services

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Chapter Activity #2: A Second Example of Progress
In 1976, the US General Services Administration identified minimum requirements for new EMS
ambulances, and medical equipment companies began catering to the prehospital EMS market. As a
result, patient care devices became smaller, lighter, and more efficient. Local governments standardized
patient care protocols within their jurisdictions based on state and national requirements and
recommendations. Original patient care protocols were based on what little research had been done at
the time. Data collection from paper patient care reports was difficult to understand, and the
information acquired was incomplete and often inaccurate.
In the mid-1990s, electronic data collection systems, made possible by advances in medical
equipment, came into use. With the ability to collect good data and the emergence of quality
improvement programs to evaluate data, EMS providers learned that some accepted patient care
practices were not only ineffective but potentially harmful. Today, decisions concerning diagnostic and
therapeutic equipment and patient care protocols are based on research showing accurate, definitive
conclusions about the effectiveness of a product, drug, or treatment protocol. This practice is known as
“evidence-based medicine.”
Discussion Questions

1. Evidence-based medicine has changed long-held beliefs in inpatient care treatment. How has evidence-
based medicine changed EMS protocols in your community?

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2. Are the EMS protocols the same in adjoining cities, the county, or the state? If no, why not?
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PAPER DETAILS
Academic LevelHigh school
Subject AreaFire science
Paper Type Coursework
Number of Pages5 Page(s)/1375 words
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