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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 154-161

The 2017 International Joint Working Group white paper by INDUSEM, The Emergency Medicine Association and The Academic College of Emergency Experts on establishing standardized regulations, operational mechanisms, and accreditation pathways for education and care provided by the prehospital emergency medical service systems in India


1 Department of Emergency Medicine, Orlando Veterans Administration Medical Center, Orlando, Florida, USA
2 Department of Trauma and Emergency Care, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Patna, Bihar, India
3 Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Florida, Jacksonville, Florida, USA
4 Director and CEO Of AIIMS, New Delhi, India
5 Department of Research and Innovation, St. Luke's University Health Network, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA
6 Department of Emergency Medicine, SUNY Downstate/Kings County Hospital Medical Center, New York, USA
7 Department of Medicine, Dr.RPGMC Kangra at Tanda, HP, India
8 Scientist D, National Institute of Medical Statistics, ICMR, New Delhi, India
9 Department of Forensic Medicine, GMERS Medical College, Vadodara, Gujarat, India
10 Department of Surgery, Sarvodaya Hospital, Bokaro, Jharkhand, India
11 Former Director, National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers, Quality Council of India, New Delhi, India
12 Executive Director and CEO National Board of Examinations, New Delhi, India
13 Vice Chancellor, Pandit BD Sharma University of Health Sciences, Rohtak, Haryana, India
14 Department of Emergency Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
15 Department of Emergency Medicine, JPN Apex Trauma Centre, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
16 Department of Emergency Medicine, Jubilee Mission Medical College and Research Institute, Thrissur, Kerala, India

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Veronica Sikka
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DOI: 10.4103/JETS.JETS_7_17

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The government of India has done remarkable work on commissioning a government funded prehospital emergency ambulance service in India. This has both public health implications and an economic impact on the nation. With the establishment of these services, there is an acute need for standardization of education and quality assurance regarding prehospital care provided. The International Joint Working Group has been actively involved in designing guidelines and establishing a comprehensive framework for ensuring high-quality education and clinical standards of care for prehospital services in India. This paper provides an independent expert opinion and a proposed framework for general operations and administration of a standardized, national prehospital emergency medical systems program. Program implementation, operational details, and regulations will require close collaboration between key stakeholders, including local, regional, and national governmental agencies of India.


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