Drug Shortage Action Plans for EMS
Event Date: 04/18/2012 01:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time
The days of a fully stocked drug box are long gone for some agencies. There’s a national shortage of the most commonly used medications in EMS.

Speakers Jeff Beeson, DO, and James Augustine, MD, will outline the incident action plans they have initiated as a response to the shortage, and approaches to reduce risk to patients and providers. They will share information related to expanding supply by sharing, stretching supplies, using expired medicines, facilitating exchanges between hospital and EMS and tapping into disaster caches.

For EMS agency leaders and regional authorities, this discussion will include methods of cooperation with state boards of health, EMS, medicine and pharmacy.
James J Augustine, MD, FACEP, is an emergency physician from Naples, Fla. with 30 years of service in Emergency Medicine and EMS. He's a clinical associate professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. He currently serves a Medical Director role with Washington Township Fire Rescue in the Dayton, Ohio area; North Naples Fire in Florida; and with Riverdale Fire Services, Forest Park Fire EMS, City of Morrow Fire EMS, and Hapeville Fire in the Atlanta, Georgia area.

Jeff Beeson, DO, is the medical director for the Emergency Physicians Advisory Board, providing Medical Direction for the MedStar EMS system in Fort Worth, Texas. He's also an active emergency department physician at Huguley Memorial Hospital and John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, as well as Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas.
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