43rd National EMS Week May 21-27, 2017 EMS STRONG: ALWAYS IN SERVICE
In 1974, President Gerald Ford authorized EMS Week to celebrate EMS practitioners and the important work they do in our nation’s communities. EMS is now firmly established as an essential public function and a vital component of the medical care continuum. On any given day, EMS practitioners help save lives by responding to medical emergencies, including cardiac arrest, stroke, difficulty breathing, a fall or accident, drowning, drug overdose or acute illness. EMS may provide both basic and advanced medical care at the scene of an emergency and en route to a hospital. EMS practitioners care for their patients’ medical needs and show caring and compassion to their patients in their most difficult moments. With the development of mobile integrated healthcare and community paramedicine, EMS is also increasingly a valued participant in achieving the nation’s overall healthcare goals of improved patient health and lowered costs. EMS Week brings together local communities and medical personnel to honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of medicine’s “front line.” Given the challenges facing our nation’s healthcare system and the rapid pace of change, making sure the public and other stakeholders understand what EMS has to offer has never been more important. Help us celebrate our everyday heroes. Visit the following sites:
May 2017 is National Water Safety Month : Click on the link to see the National Water Safety website where you can find water safety tips, swimming rules and other excellent resources !!