EMS Blueprint-Primary Health Care and Mobile Services
Although there is no common definition of emergency medical services (EMS), it is recognized that EMS integrates aspects of both health care and public safety services and reaches into areas including medical direction, clinical care, public education, prevention programs and research/evaluation. In Canada, over two million patients are treat by EMS annually. To put this statistic into context, five percent of Canada's population will use EMS annually.
Compound or exponential growth in the number of annual EMS patients, combined with an enhanced role in disaster management, pandemic response and other such operations requires the EMS re-examine its current state, outline future objectives, and devise an approach for achieving the redefined vision.
EMS in Canada is at a critical point in its evolution. Demographic and health care trends point to the increasing importance of EMS and emergency medicine to Canadians. EMS has the potential to increase the level of care it provides through greater training and enhanced technology. In addition, EMS has significant resources and knowledge that should contribute more to health care refom by easing staffing and emergency department space shortages through an expanded scope of practice, using its reserve capacities, and increasing the amount of mobile health services such as augmenting home care and other primary care areas. Finally, EMS should play a critical role in health promotion through educational incentives in injury prevention, CPR training and public safety.
In short, EMS is increasingly an essential health service in Canada and must continue to evolve with other health care professions. Creating a national policy framework for this continued evolution is the core purpose of this research.
The Emergency Medical Services Chiefs of Canada has written a document called "The Future of EMS in Canada: Defining the New Road Ahead". It talks about, with good detail, where EMS is looking to move forward. It is a very compelling document and it is encouraged to be read.
Each year SEMSA embarks on a "Trip of the Month" lottery that offers one (1) draw a month for either a trip or cash amount. It is in effort to raise funds for operations of the association. With such a positive reception, SEMSA has continued the success each and every year with lots of very well tanned winners...we may consider throwing in some sunscreen with the trips!
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Aboriginal Affairs (FNIHB)
SEMSA continues to work with the First Nation communities building relationships and partnerships in initiatives that have proven very prosperous. We do however, can only offer public information to SEMSA members ONLY!
If you would like some more information on projects or just general information, please feel free to contact our office.
SEMSA has met with Saskatchewan Health to discuss upgrading their system so as to be able to document and perform other functions on the internet, or electronically.