Japan is at a crossroads in the development of its Emergency Medical Services (EMS). At present, Japan has an essentially pure scoop-and-run, defibrillation system. However, there is a strong movement toward expanding the scope of paramedic practice to include more complex, Advanced Life Support (ALS) and trauma protocols to its nationally standardized pre-hospital protocols. The implications of introducing complex pre-hospital protocols guided by the use of existing scientific evidence to support such action is discussed in the context of Japan's unique opportunity to test many fundamental questions in pre-hospital medical care and the public's understanding and acceptance of these practices. Japan, a technologically advanced country that is not encumbered by entrenched "standards of care," has the opportunity to develop an efficient and rational EMS system.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Emergency Medicine