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University of Iowa News Release

May 12, 2005

UI Hospitals And Clinics Honors Emergency Medicine Professionals

The staff of the Emergency Treatment Center (ETC) and Level I Trauma Center at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics will honor emergency medical services (EMS) providers during Emergency Medical Services Week May 15-21.

The event recognizes EMS providers such as paramedics, emergency medical technicians (EMTs), first responders, fire fighters, nurses, physicians and the police and raises public awareness about health and safety issues, including how to prevent injuries and what to do in a medical emergency.

EMS week includes National Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Day on Wednesday, May 18, which highlights the essential need for specialized emergency care for children.

UI Hospitals and Clinics is certified by the American College of Surgeons as a Level I Trauma Center with pediatric commitment. This designation means that UI Hospitals and Clinics is equipped with a team available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for critically injured patients who may require emergency care, surgical intervention and the state's most comprehensive level of trauma care.

UI Hospitals and Clinics serves as a major referral center for critically injured adult and pediatric patients. The Center admits more than 1,400 patients for traumatic injuries every year. The Emergency Medical team sees more than 30,000 people each year, admitting over 7,000 of those as patients.

The Emergency Medical Services Learning Resources Center (EMSLRC), established in 1978, develops and conducts comprehensive statewide educational programs in emergency medicine for physicians, physician assistants, nurses, EMTs and paramedics. Since its initiation, the Center has provided EMS programs for more than 70,000 physicians, physician assistants, nurses, EMTs and paramedics, and community citizens in 16 different states and three foreign countries.

The Paramedic Specialist Training Programs are conducted twice annually beginning each January and July. The next class begins July 5, and applications are being accepted. The nationally accredited program consists of three components: the didactic portion, which includes 15 weeks of intensive classroom work at UI Hospitals and Clinics, followed by clinical and field internships where a number of skill competencies are required to be completed.

The trauma management courses include Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS), dedicated to the first hour of trauma management when rapid assessment and resuscitation can be initiated in order to reduce mortality and morbidity. The program is designed for physicians who have primary responsibility for managing the critically injured patient.

Trauma Nursing Core Courses are taught to registered nurses (RNs) who work in the emergency care setting. Assessment, signs and symptoms, diagnostic procedures, triage and nursing interventions of various types of trauma management are discussed and demonstrated.

In addition, the EMSLRC conducts Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support courses designed to provide EMT-Basics, EMT-Intermediates, paramedics and RNs with specific knowledge related to the pre-hospital assessment and care of the trauma patient.

The Center has added other courses to meet the expanding educational needs of pre-hospital medical care. The Critical Care Paramedic Training program is designed for experienced paramedics and offers hands-on critical care instruction. The Advanced Medical Life Support course features hands-on physical assessment of patients and is aimed directly at paramedics and EMS nurses. Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) for Experienced Providers is designed to challenge experienced providers rather than repeat information in the ACLS provider course. The Pediatric Education for Pre-hospital Professionals (PEPP) course was developed specifically to increase the knowledge and skills for EMS providers who care for children in the out-of-hospital setting.

More than 6,000 participants attended EMSLRC courses during fiscal year 2003-04.

The Emergency Treatment Center offers a comprehensive range of specialty services available 24 hours a day through UI Hospitals and Clinics. Patients served by the ETC are evaluated, stabilized and, when appropriate, referred to specialists for further care. The ETC is currently in the midst of a renovation and expansion project to meet the needs of patients now and in the future.

More information about EMS Week is available online at www.acep.org/webportal/Advocacy/EMS/EMSWeek/default.htm.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at http://www.uihealthcare.com.

STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Marketing and Communications, University of Iowa Health Care, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room E110 GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Moore, 319-356-3945, thomas-moore@uiowa.edu.