EMS research is a central mission of the EMS Performance Improvement Center. The EMS Performance Center is continuously involved in research with our stakeholders to improve system performance, clinical care, and to find better more efficient ways of delivering service. We routinely provide data and research guidance to individuals looking to advance our profession though science.

If you would like some more information about participating in EMS research please contact Dr. Tony Fernandez by email.

A Description of Prehospital Naloxone Administration in North Carolina

Poster Presentation at the annual meeting of the National Association of Emergency Medical Service Physicians

North Carolina

North Carolina
Data Requests

To make a formal data request or check on the status of a previously filed data request for North Carolina, please contact one of the staff of the North Carolina Office of EMS:

South Carolina

South Carolina
Data Requests

To make a formal data request for South Carolina, please fill out the SC EMS Data Request Form and submit it to Mr. Victor Grimes at

To check on the status of a previously filed data request for South Carolina, email Mr. Victor Grimes at

West Virginia

West Virginia
Data Requests

To make a formal data request or check on the status of a previously filed data request for West Virginia, please contact Interim Director Melissa Kinnaird at the West Virginia Office of EMS at (888) 747-8367.

The EMS Performance Improvement Center complies with all aspects of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) law, all state rules and requirements governing protected health information, as well as complies with all University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill policy regarding proper research methodology. All data requests must be approved by the respective states and by an Institutional Review Board (IRB).

Research is the first and most important step in obtaining the fundamental information needed to make sound decisions. To facilitate your quest to improve performance we have compiled links to some useful publications.

EMSPIC Research

wdt_ID Title Author Publication Year Link
1 Variation in the Use of 12‐Lead Electrocardiography for Patients With Chest Pain by Emergency Medical Services in North Carolina Bush, M., et al. Journal of the American Heart Association 2013
2 Pain treatment for older adults during prehospital emergency care: variations by patient gender and pain severity Platts-Mills, T.F., et al. The Journal of Pain 2013
3 The North Carolina EMS Data System: a comprehensive integrated emergency medical services quality improvement program Mears, G.D., et al. Prehospital Emergency Care 2009
4 Ambulance transport rates after motor vehicle collision for older vs. younger adults: A population-based study Hunold, K.M., et al. Accident Analysis & Prevention 2014
5 Accuracy of EMS Trauma Transport Destination Plans in North Carolina Moss, C., et al. Prehospital Emergency Care 2014
6 The 2012 Derecho: Emergency Medical Services and Hospital Response Kearns, R.D., et al. Prehospital and disaster medicine 2014
7 Over-commitment of EMS Personnel in North Carolina with Implications for Disaster Planning Watkins, C., et al. Prehospital Emergency Care 2014
8 A Geographic Information System Analysis of the Impact of a Statewide Acute Stroke Emergency Medical Services Routing Protocol on Community Hospital Bypass Asimos, A.W., et al. Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases 2014
9 Out-of-Hospital Stroke Screen Accuracy in a State With an Emergency Medical Services Protocol for Routing Patients to Acute Stroke Centers Asimos, A.W., et al. Annals of emergency medicine 2014
10 Probability of a Shockable Presenting Rhythm as a Function of EMS Response Time Renkiewicz, G.K., et al. Prehospital Emergency Care 2014