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NHTSA's Assessment on the State of Wisconsin's EMS System Is In

November 13, 2012 - Run Time 23:18
Guest:  Brian Litza, State of Wisconsin EMS Director

The State of Wisconsin EMS system is comprised of 18,000 EMTs and Medical First Responders, 1,500 ambulances and over 700 licensed ambulance services and first responder groups.  That’s a robust system by many standards.

This past June the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, commonly known as NHTSA, sent a technical assessment team to Wisconsin to review the state’s EMS system.  This had been done two previous times once in 2001 and before that 1989.

The reassessment is a great thing for EMS in Wisconsin.  It presents a checkpoint of sorts for how things are going as compared to prior assessment visits and the state’s EMS strategic plan, offers stakeholders the opportunity to comment and to compare Wisconsin to what is happening in other states.

In the end, the 2012 reassessment produced a 48-page final report that offered 59 recommendations.  The Wisconsin EMS Unit and EMS Advisory Board have already begun to list and prioritize findings. 

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