NEMSQA releases revised EMS Compass Measures

Out of 14 proposed measures, NEMSQA finalized 11 in August 2019 and developed resources to assist EMS leaders in implementation


By EMS1 Staff

FORT WORTH, Texas — The National EMS Quality Alliance (NEMSQA) recently released revised EMS Compass Measures.

Originally developed by the National Association of State EMS Officials and funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the first 14 candidate measures were released for public testing in 2016.

(Photo/NEMSQA)
(Photo/NEMSQA)

NHTSA later extended a contract to the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) to review and revise the candidate EMS Compass Measures, which led to the creation of NEMSQA as an independent organization for improving EMS care.

Of the 14 proposed measures, NEMSQA finalized 11 in August 2019 and developed resources to assist EMS leaders in implementation.

“NEMSQA is excited to be part of the historic effort to identify and validate meaningful EMS quality measures that can support local, state and national efforts to improve clinical care and safety for patients,” said Michael Redlener, chair of the Measurement Development Committee and Board of Trustee.

The NEMSQA website provides data measurement tools for quality improvement managers, Brooke Burton, NEMSQA Trustee and Communications Committee chair, noted in a press release.

“We hope to build a network of quality professionals who will utilize and provide feedback on these measures, so we can continually improve the measure set, as well as our EMS systems,” she said.

For more information about the revised EMS Compass Measures, as well as the narratives for each measure, visit http://www.nemsqa.org/completed-quality-measures/.

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