ACS seeks feedback from EMS practitioners as it revises Field Triage Guidelines

The National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians is calling for EMS personnel to participate in the revisions


By Laura French

CHICAGO — The American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS COT) is seeking feedback from EMS practitioners of all certification levels and roles as it revises the 2011 Field Triage Guidelines. 

EMS practitioners can submit their input using ASC COT's feedback tool, which contains about 40 questions and takes an estimated 15 minutes to complete. With the goal of reaching as many EMS practitioners as possible, the ACS reached out to the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT), which is encouraging "robust participation" in the revision process, according to an NREMT press release. 

The American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS COT) and the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) are encouraging EMS practitioners to provide feedback as the ACS COT revises the 2011 Field Triage Guidelines.
The American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS COT) and the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) are encouraging EMS practitioners to provide feedback as the ACS COT revises the 2011 Field Triage Guidelines. (Photo/American College of Surgeons, National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians)

“The Field Triage Guidelines are essential to get the right patient, to the right place, at the right time to treat life-threatening injuries. The guidelines are only useful if they can easily be applied by the EMS practitioner in the field," said ASC COT Chair Eileen Bulger, MD, FACS, in a statement. "We ask that all providers share their experience with the current guidelines by completing the feedback tool. Your input will directly impact the revision process.”

NREMT Executive Director Bill Seifarth added that stakeholders also include medical directors, training officers, state EMS officials and more, and their input is also sought by the American College of Surgeons in their feedback tool.

“The National Registry is uniquely positioned to reach a number of EMS professionals who can provide a broad range of input for the Field Triage Guidelines update," Seifarth said in a statement. 

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