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University of Iowa News Release

May 6, 2004

Emergency Medical Services Week To Celebrate 30th Anniversary

Specialists in emergency medicine at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics will honor emergency medical services (EMS) professionals during Emergency Medical Services Week, May 16-22.

The national observance highlights the dedication of the 750,000 EMS specialists who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of the medical "front line." This year's event will commemorate the 30th anniversary of National EMS Week.

"EMS workers are there when we need them to provide immediate lifesaving care and transportation," said Eric Dickson, M.D., head of the UI Department of Emergency Medicine. "EMS is part of a total system of health care providers that includes the bystander who calls 9-1-1, the medical first responders, ambulance care and transportation, emergency helicopter transport, the hospital emergency department, specialty care centers, rehabilitation, and injury prevention/public education programs. All of these components make up the community emergency medical system."

Activities throughout Iowa and the nation during EMS Week will feature the life-saving work of physicians, nurses, paramedics, emergency medical technicians, first responders, firefighters and the police. EMS providers also will educate the public about injury prevention, safety awareness and medical emergencies.

EMS Week observances will also be held in conjunction with National Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Day, Wednesday, May 19. This event will highlight the essential need for specialized emergency care for children. An Emergency Medical Services awareness exhibit will appear in the main lobby of UI Hospitals and Clinics from May 13 through May 20.

UI Hospitals and Clinics is an American College of Surgeons-verified Level I Trauma Center and serves as a major referral center for critically injured adult and pediatric patients. UI Hospitals and Clinics admits more than 1,400 patients for traumatic injuries every year. Almost 32,000 patients overall received care in the Emergency Treatment Center during the last fiscal year. A trauma registry, multidisciplinary trauma teaching conferences and collaborative research with the UI Injury Prevention Center round out the available resources of the center.

The Emergency Treatment Center (ETC) at UI Hospitals and Clinics continues to evolve with the recent addition of a new Chest Pain Center. On July 1, 2004, the first class of the state's only emergency medicine residency program will begin their program in the ETC. This year also marks the 25th anniversary of AirCare, the institution's emergency medical helicopter transport service.

The Emergency Medical Services Learning Resources Center (EMSLRC) was established in 1978 to develop and conduct comprehensive statewide educational programs in emergency medicine. Through the EMSLRC, specialists in emergency and critical care education provide a variety of EMS-related programs locally for UI Health Care staff and on an outreach basis throughout Iowa and the nation. 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 two foreign nations.

UI Hospitals and Clinics is certified by the American College of Surgeons as a Level I Trauma Center with pediatric commitment. The designation means University of Iowa Health Care provides a team around the clock for critically injured patients who may require emergency care and surgical intervention.

Pediatric commitment means the center is equipped to meet the Level I trauma needs of children. In addition, UI Hospitals and Clinics is verified by the Iowa Department of Public Health as a Resource Trauma Care Facility reflecting the state's most comprehensive level of trauma care.

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

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