EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES: STATUS AND OPPORTUNITIES IN FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL INTERACTION

Community incentives for allocating more energy and material resources to emergency health services are addressed: visibility, definition of success, low level of competition, acceptance of paramedical personnel, and impact on the general health care delivery system (definition of health service marketing areas, improved communication and transportation, demonstration of the hospital-community interface). A review is presented of Federal agencies concerned with emergency health services: Department of Transportation, Office of Education, Appalachia Regional Commission, Bureau of Health Manpower Education, Department of Defense, Department of Health, Education and Welfare (Division of Emergency Health Services, Office of Comprehensive Health Planning, Health Facilities Planning and Construction Service, National Center for Health Services Research and Development, Regional Medical Programs Services), and other Federal programs related to emergency medical services (Office of Emergency Preparedness, Office of Civil Defense, Coast Guard, Office of Economic Opportunity). A new Federal agency or coordinating group is proposed to combine the activities of the various Federal agencies in the emergency health services field, and serve as the nucleus for establishing effective state and local relationships. It is also suggested that an academic center be established to serve as a clearinghouse for relevant literature, to conduct special studies, to offer expertise in the field, and to review existing and planned programs throughout the U.S. At the state level, there are decision-making, programming, and planning sources that can be coordinated as a focus for emergency health services development at the community level. The effort may be advanced by the establishment of a new type of medical specialist, one concerned with linking community emergency health service systems with hospital emergency rooms.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Presented at Annual Meeting of American Public Health Association, Minneapolis, October 1971.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Ohio State University, Columbus

    Division of Community Health
    Columbus, OH  United States  43210
  • Authors:
    • Keller, M D
    • Gemma, W R
  • Publication Date: 1971

Media Info

  • Pagination: 20 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00393725
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-027 110U
  • Files: HSL, USDOT
  • Created Date: May 31 1985 12:00AM