Help with the Revision of the "Equipment for Ambulances" Nationwide Document
The American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS-COT), the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), the National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP), the Pediatric Equipment Guidelines Committee—Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Partnership for Children Stakeholder Group, and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) jointly published an "Equipment for Ambulances" document/list in 2009 in Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons, 94(7):23-29, July 2009 (attached). This list provides a national standard for the equipment needs of basic life support and advanced life support ambulances in North America.
The organizations listed above and the National Association of EMS Officials (NASEMSO) are soliciting input on a revision to the current list. After reviewing the document either by accessing one of the references above or entering the web link below, you will be able to reference the section or specific piece of equipment that you believe needs to be changed and provide a description of how it should be changed. Please provide specific wording as well as references that support your recommendation. Although it is possible to suggest a change without a reference, a lack of documentation or supporting materials will make it less likely that your comment(s) will be considered. There will be a succession of web pages that will allow you to enter all of this information. Please make sure that you identify the organization that you represent, as comments will initially be sent back to your home organization for review before being considered by the collective collaborative group. You may also invite other individuals or groups who have a vested interest in out-of-hospital emergency care to participate.
The online comment site can be accessed at http://web15.facs.org/atls_cr/Equipment_Ambulances/Equip_Ambulances_Revisions_Login.cfm. The comment period will be open until March 1, 2012.