"A best practice is a recommendation that is based upon experience, research, and/or data and is intended to
increase the probability of achieving a desired result."
Last Updated: April 17, 2017
The NH Best Practices Committee, a subcommittee of the Emergency Medical and Trauma Services Coordinating Board, is committed to assisting EMS service leaders and members by making operational guidelines available for reference and use. These guidelines are designed to be a foundation for developing department or service policies adapted specifically for local use.
The NH EMS Best Practices Project was initiated in 2005 from concerns by EMS leaders about the safety of our EMS Providers. With ever-evolving standards and risks, the Best Practices Committee recognizes that department leaders may need direction and assistance when attempting to create new guidelines and policies for their own service or department. These guidelines, originally published in 2008, are produced as a resource to you and your service to keep your membership and communities safe. When developing Best Practices guidelines, the Committee looks at existing policies, guidelines, and resource documents (local and national) that may be effective in New Hampshire.
The updated 2013 EMS Best Practices include enhancements to:
- "Operating on Limited Access Highways" SOG (high-visibility vests)
- "Use of Lights and Sirens" SOG
- "Securing Patients" SOG and,
SOG Additions to the Patient Care Section:
- Family Centered Pre-Hospital Care
- Concern for Adult/Elder Well-being
- Refusal of Care Instructions-Head Injuries
There will be many other issues and topics emerging in the future that impact EMS operations. It is the Committees' intention to evaluate this document, update, and add additional guidelines as necessary. If you have a concern or wish to raise a topic for further discussion by this Committee, please contact the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services, Field Services Coordinator and liaison to the Best Practices Committee, Kathy Doolan at Kathy.Doolan@dos.nh.gov, or by telephone at the Division office in Concord: 603-223-4281.
PLEASE NOTE: Many of the SOG's listed below have associated reference documents and RSAs also available on this site. Please be sure to review any and all associated items - they will be noted by SOG number. (Ex: SOG 1 is a document that relates to "Prehired Operator Review" listed under employment.
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