Emergency Medical Services: At the Crossroads

Committee on the Future of Emergency Care in the United States Health System, Institute of Medicine
Washington, DC, USA: National Academies Press; 2006

In June 2006, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released this report that describes the development of emergency medical services (EMS) systems in the US and the fragmented system that exists today. The report covers numerous topics, including: the role of EMS as a part of the overall health care system; preparedness and coordination at the federal, state, and local levels; funding and infrastructure investments; workforce trends and professional education; and research priorities and funding. By addressing the strengths, limitations, and future challenges of EMS, this report presents recommendations for improving the future of emergency medical services in the US.
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