The Emergency Medical Services Agency Research Network (EMSARN) was established January 2010 by Dr. Patterson and colleagues. EMSARN was a five-year effort that included a network of EMS agencies from the United States and Canada. The overarching goal of EMSARN was to help improve quality, safety, and performance in EMS systems. EMSARN had five specific aims: 1) to characterize quality and safety conditions in EMS over a 5-year period; 2) produce comparative reports for participating agencies; 3) examine the reliability and validity of quality and safety measures/tools and develop new measures; 4) develop quality and safety toolkits; and 5) provide EMSARN agencies with technical assistance with data collection and interpretation/use of detailed reports.
From 2010 to 2014, more than 65 EMS agencies participated in EMSARN projects. Our investigators and project staff issued more than 200 detailed reports and 200 summary briefs to participating agencies. EMSARN projects have resulted in 11 peer-reviewed manuscripts and two book chapters (book chapters are in press as of June 2014). We complemented our research projects with more than 30 podcasts.
We are proud of EMSARN's accomplishments and humbled by the support received from the Center for Leadership, Innovation, and Research in EMS (www.clirems.org), the Pittsburgh Emergency Medicine Foundation (www.pemf.net), and Department of Emergency Medicine in the School of Medicine of the University of Pittsburgh (www.emergencymedicine.pitt.edu).
The EMSARN website will continue to be available. Our toolkits will continue to be available. Please don’t hesitate to email us with any questions about EMSARN and the research or products produced from this effort.