Completed Quality Measures

National EMS Quality Measure Set 

 

Re-Specified Measure Set

 

In August 2019, the NEMSQA Measure Development Committee and Board of Trustees approved the eleven measures included in the table below. These measures were reviewed and re-specified from their original release in the EMS Compass program. Using NEMSQA’s Measure Development Process, the measures went through rigorous research, specification, and testing phases. The testing phase included a public comment period.

 

It is not required that an agency use all measures in the measure set. Agencies and EMS professionals are encouraged to choose measures most meaningful to their patient population and implement those measures to improve performance and patient care. Data should be collected for an initial baseline period and results used to develop meaningful interventions to improve quality of care.

 

The following measures have been re-specified and approved for inclusion in the National EMS Quality Measure Set (NEMSQMS). Resources pertaining to each measure can be downloaded using the links in the table below. Additional resources developed to assist with measure use and implementation are posted beneath the table. Please note that some of these resources are posted both as individual measure packages within in the table and as resource-specific packages beneath the table.

 

Measure IDDescriptionTypeNational Quality Strategy Domain
Hypoglycemia-01Treatment Administered for HypoglycemiaProcessClinical Process – Effectiveness
Pediatics-01Pediatric Respiratory AssessmentProcessClinical Process – Effectiveness
Pediatrics-02Administration of Beta Agonist for Pediatric AsthmaProcessClinical Process – Effectiveness
Pediatrics-03Documentation of Estimated Weight in KilogramsProcessPatient Safety
Seizure-02Patient with Status Epilepticus Receiving InterventionProcessClinical Process – Effectiveness
Stroke-01Suspected Stroke Receiving Prehospital Stroke AssessmentProcessClinical Process – Effectiveness
Trauma-01Injured Patients Assessed for PainProcessPatient Experience
Trauma-03Effectiveness of Pain Management for Injured PatientsOutcomePatient Experience
Trauma-04Trauma Patients Transported to a Trauma CenterProcessClinical Process – Effectiveness
Safety-01Use of Lights and Sirens During Response to SceneProcessPatient Safety
Safety-02Use of Lights and Sirens During TransportProcessPatient Safety

 

  • Measure Specification Table: A quick-reference table that includes broad-view measure specifications (i.e., numerator and denominator criteria) for each measure.
  • Measure Worksheets: Detailed reference sheets for each measure, which include specifications, clinical guidelines, and rationale.
  • Measure Worksheets with NEMSIS Pseudocode: Measure worksheets with guidance for mapping measures/data to the National Emergency Medical Services Information System (NEMSIS) registry.
  • Clinical Quality Measure Flows: Graphical flowcharts demonstrating measure logic and the data collection process for each measure.
  • Project Summary with Measure Narratives: An overview of the EMS Compass 2.0 project and narratives for each measure, which include systems implications.
  • Frequently Asked Questions: Answers to commonly asked questions.
  • Change Log: A reference table that documents changes made during the re-specification project. This table can be helpful for entities that were using the original EMS Compass 2.0 measures.
  • Fact Sheet: An info page explaining why agencies and systems should migrate from EMS Compass legacy/candidate measures to the National EMS Quality Measure Set.

 

For IT Professionals and Implementation Leads

 

NEMSQA has developed the following electronic specifications and artifacts to assist IT professionals and/or implementation leads with measure implementation and data extraction. These artifacts may be downloaded and used as needed for measure implementation.

 

Measure IDDescriptionTechnical Files
Hypoglycemia-01Treatment Administered for HypoglycemiaTechnical Measure Package
Pediatics-01Pediatric Respiratory AssessmentTechnical Measure Package
Pediatrics-02Administration of Beta Agonist for Pediatric AsthmaTechnical Measure Package
Pediatrics-03Documentation of Estimated Weight in KilogramsTechnical Measure Package
Seizure-02Patient with Status Epilepticus Receiving InterventionTechnical Measure Package
Stroke-01Suspected Stroke Receiving Prehospital Stroke AssessmentTechnical Measure Package
Trauma-01Injured Patients Assessed for PainTechnical Measure Package
Trauma-03Effectiveness of Pain Management for Injured PatientsTechnical Measure Package
Trauma-04Trauma Patients Transported to a Trauma CenterTechnical Measure Package
Safety-01Use of Lights and Sirens During Response to Scene
Technical Measure Package
Safety-02Use of Lights and Sirens During TransportTechnical Measure Package