IAED Official Statements

March 16, 2020

Recently the EIDS Tool has been modified to deal specifically with the COVID-19 outbreak. In order to use the update tool, the agency must be on the latest version of ProQA (currently

In this updated version, the IAED has added the ability for agencies to add up to five (5) additional questions and/or (5) additional instructions as approved by the Medical Director.

The tool works in two separate modes:
Surveillance Mode: Simply records the findings.
Trigger Mode: When there is a positive answer to three (3) or more trigger questions, this mode activates a warning to alert the Emergency Dispatcher that there is “reasonable likelihood of Coronavirus”. This warning can then be shared with response personnel.

The IAED suggests that the tool is kept in Surveillance Mode until such time Health Care or Emergency Operation Center Administrators announce your service area is under pandemic conditions or other simila

January 23, 2020

Updated : February 11, 2020

Media Release IAED CBRN Fast Track Committee

RE: Novel coronavirus from Wuhan City, China (2019-nCoV)

The novel coronavirus originating from Wuhan City, China has now spread to several dozen countries, including localities in North America, Europe, Asia, and the Australasian region.

This virus has caused concern among global health authorities since it is believed to have recently jumped from animals to humans and there are now confirmed cases of human-to-human transmission - making it potentially very dangerous in human populations since there is currently no vaccine and little or no immunity.

Coronavirus is a species of virus that has several potentially deadly strains, including past spread of SARS-CoV (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) and MERS-CoV (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome). Known symptoms of the illness include fever, difficulty breathing, cough, and other milder respiratory symptoms s

June 18, 2015

Update: 18th June, 2015

This document outlines current facts and IAED recommendations regarding the recent MERS outbreak in Korea and China for AMPDS users

Background on the current MERS outbreak

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome  coronavirus (MERS-CoV) is an illness caused by a virus (more specifically, a coronavirus which are a large family of viruses that can cause diseases ranging from the common cold to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome). MERS-CoV predominantly affects the respiratory system (lungs and breathing tubes).

As of 3 June 2015, 1179 laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) have been reported to WHO since 2012. On the 20th of May, one case of MERS-CoV was reported from Republic of Korea. The cluster of (MERS-CoV) continues to evolve in South Korea, where 153 con

October 28, 2010

June 14, 2010

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Since the North American release of the MPDS version 12.1 in March of 2010, the Academy has received some inquiries regarding Protocol 28 - Stroke (CVA), and the required Stroke Diagnostic Tool. The following represents the Academy's official position on the use and rationale of this evolving protocol:


Since the actual treatment of ischemic stroke became a possibility and then a more viable reality in many EMS systems, the IAED has worked with several stroke centers, experts, and early on, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to concurrently evolve the Dispatch Life Support (DLS) treatment of stroke patients. A joint position statement was crafted by the Academy with the lead stroke researcher at NIH, Dr. John Marler. That document is included in the Principles of EMD textboo

October 28, 2010

October 22, 2010 [ Download PDF ]

Brett A Patterson
IAED Academics, Standards, & Research
For the Medical Council of Standards

Practically as soon as the new Guidelines for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC) were released by the American Heart Association (AHA) on October 18, 2010, the telephone and e-mail inquiries to the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch (IAED) began. It is truly exciting to see so much enthusiasm about the evolving clinical standards in our profession! This update is designed to keep you informed regarding the process of the Medical Priority Dispatch System™ (MPDS) protocol evolution with regard to current international standards of patient resuscitation.

First, it is very important to remind MPDS users of the Academy’s ongoing commitment to maintaining the Dispatch Life Support (DLS) s

October 27, 2010





Pre-Implementation Awareness Document

Date: March 22, 2010

Subject: Accelerator Stuck & Can't Stop Vehicle Protocol - Emergency Release

Due to re

March 22, 2007

Lancet Report

The recent Lancet study on cardiac-only bystander CPR demonstrates the growing evidence of the superior patient survival aspects of this relatively new resuscitation method. Cardiac-only resuscitation in a multi-center study in Japan demonstrated...


December 2, 2005

Dispatch Implementation of AHA/ERC/ILCOR CPR Guidelines into v11.2 of the MPDS are Underway

The American Heart Association (AHA), European Resuscitation Council (ERC), and other ILCOR-affiliated resuscitation councils have released their new Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Emergency Cardiovascular Care in the December 13, 2005 issue of the AHA journal Circulation, and the November 28, 2005 issue of the ERC journal Resuscitation. The new guidelines have been...

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