Report Released on Drug Shortages in EMS: Coping Strategies and Best Practices


The National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) has released Drug Shortages in EMS: Coping Strategies and Best Practices. This report provides a summary of the NASEMSO EMS Drug Shortages Summit held on March 5, 2014.

The NASEMSO Medical Directors Council sponsored the gathering of EMS medical directors, EMS practitioners, and other subject matter experts to identify best practices for coping with this ongoing nationwide problem. While the outcry over the crisis has faded, the total number of existing drug shortages has increased substantially and will continue for the foreseeable future, according to recent data presented at the NASEMSO Summit by Erin Fox, PharmD, Director of the University of Utah Drug Information Service. The report highlights steps taken by state EMS offices and ambulance providers in response to the problem.

Click here to download the report along with presentations from the summit.