Evidence-based EMS is the practice of delivering emergency medicine in the prehospital environment in a manner that is:
- Based on evidence, not tradition. Evidence includes both published clinical research and internal data analytics tools such as performance metrics and KPIs.
- Patient-centric; each patient is unique and treatments are based in a diagnostic assessment.
- Aimed at improving outcomes within the context of the greater healthcare community. For different patient populations, this could mean not going to the hospital; or delivering advanced critical care medicine as close to the point of injury/point of illness as possible; or providing minimum stabilization and rapid transport to definitive care at an advanced-level facility.
This blog will explore these concepts from the perspective and experience of a senior paramedic leader and educator.