New Updates: 2019 EMS Industry Index Mid-Year Data

ESO Staff

If you’re looking for the most up-to-date data on the EMS industry’s top pressing issues, you don’t want to miss the mid-year update to ESO’s in-depth EMS industry index.

At the beginning of 2019, we released our second annual ESO EMS Index, an industry-wide report created to help EMS organizations compare their own agency performance to peers, helping highlight which areas are in alignment with national trends, which may need improvement or more intensive local monitoring, and which may need further assessment and evaluation. Using data from more than 1,200 agencies and 7.50 million patient records, the annual Index offers a quantitative, data-driven approach to help EMS organizations continually refine tactics, improve efficiency and outcomes, and allocate limited resources.

Why Update?

Knowing that the EMS industry is constantly evolving, it’s especially important to keep these benchmarks current, so ESO recently released the 2019 ESO EMS Index: Mid-Year Update. The updated report shows how the same metrics have changed in the first six months of 2019, based on around 3.8 million patient encounters conducted between January and the end of June 2019.

These updates covered the main metrics included in the original Index:

  • Stroke assessment performance
  • ETCO2 after advanced airway procedure
  • 12-lead EKG use
  • Aspirin administration documentation
  • Overdose cases
  • Influenza-like illness

How this Data Helps

Feedback from Index users indicate a wide range of uses for this industry data, such as when and how they perform stroke assessment, how they document aspirin administration, how they conduct training around 12-lead performance, and how they will prepare for flu season.

This view into the state of the industry can also help agencies answer bigger-picture questions such as:

  • Nationally, what performance metrics are improving, declining, and remaining stable?
  • Is my organization’s performance in line with other organizations around the country?
  • Are we above or below the national average when it comes to responding to overdose events?
  • How can we improve performance around any individual metric included in this Index?

Looking Towards 2020

ESO continues to gather and analyze feedback from EMS Index users to evolve the report to cover the most important and impactful topics, as well as incorporate additional data sets to reflect more useful results. Moving forward for 2020, we plan to continue to enhance and refine the Index, including expanding the ETCO2 metric to offer the actual values of ETCO2 recorded and the number of associated observations. Additionally, we plan on looking at the use of lights and sirens as a metric as it pertains to hospital transport.

Download the 2019 ESO EMS Index: Mid-Year Update now.

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