EMS Systems: Foundations for the Future


*Department of Emergency Medicine, Christiana Care Health System, 4755 Ogletown-Stanton Road, Newark, DE 19718. Fax: 302-733-1595; e-mail:roconnor@christianacare.org


Emergency medical services (EMS) occupy a unique position in the continuum of emergency health care delivery. The role of EMS personnel is expanding beyond their traditional identity as out-of-hospital care providers, to include participation and active leadership in EMS administration, education, and research. With these roles come new challenges, as well as new responsibilities. This paper was developed by the SAEM EMS Task Force and provides a discussion of these new concepts as well as recommendations for the specialty of emergency medicine to foster the continued development of all of the potentials of EMS.