The EMS Compass, a set of 14 quality measures EMS stakeholders can use to evaluate performance and improve systems of care, was updated this past August.
Initially released in 2016, the EMS Compass was revised by the National EMS Quality Alliance (NEMSQA). The August 2019 revision updates 11 of the 14 proposed measures of care within the topics of hypoglycemia, pediatrics, seizure, stroke, trauma and safety. Quality measures look at clinical process, patient experience and patient safety within these topics.
EMS Compass is intended to be a guide but is not a standard or requirement and is not intended to measure every aspect of EMS performance. NEMSQA plans to use feedback provided by EMS stakeholders to improve on the measure set in the future.
To support the 11 measures, NEMSQA also offers flowcharts, worksheets, frequently asked questions and a specification table. In addition, they provide electronic specifications for information technology departments with measure implementation and data extraction.
Funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, EMS Compass was originally developed by the National Association of State EMS Officials. The American College of Emergency Physicians took over the contract in 2017, and now the contract is managed by the NEMSQA.