With wide input from the EMS community, NHTSA sponsored the development of a visionary planning document, "The EMS Agenda for the Future."19 This document defines EMS as the "intersection of public safety, public health, and health care systems" and as an essential component of the emergency care safety net. It proposes that EMS systems and providers play a role in illness and injury prevention. As a result, EMS systems have become involved in drowning prevention for children, social service referral and fall prevention for the elderly, and immunization of adults and children for infectious disease. 20 This concept will evolve significantly in the years ahead.
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