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University of Iowa News Release

May 11, 2006

Emergency Medical Services Professionals To Be Honored

Emergency medicine specialists at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics will be among those honored across the nation next week during the 32nd annual Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week celebration.

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) is organizing the event throughout the nation May 14-20. The event brings together local communities and medical personnel to publicize safety and honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of the medical "front line."

On the local level, EMS professionals are now using the latest educational tools in their field in the Patient Simulation Lab at UI Hospitals and Clinics. The lab features sophisticated mannequins with remarkably lifelike internal anatomy that can be programmed remotely using a computer to mimic realistic airway, cardiac, traumatic and medical emergencies. The simulators talk and breathe, as well as provide heart sounds and a pulse.

"This center and its mannequins will dramatically improve the quality of education and training of paramedics, nurses, medical students and resident physicians," said Eric Dickson, M.D., professor and head of the UI Department of Emergency Medicine. "Even seasoned emergency medicine physicians already practicing in the state of Iowa will be challenged to assess and treat the most critical of simulated cases in the lab."

Nationally, EMS Week will feature hundreds of grassroots activities coast to coast that will be planned around this year's theme, "EMS: Serving on Health Care's Front Line," which underscores the commitment and dedication of the 750,000 EMS providers who serve their communities. 

The weeklong series of events will include national and local activities to honor EMS providers -- paramedics, emergency medical technicians, first responders, fire fighters and police -- to raise public awareness about health and safety issues, including how to prevent injuries and what to do in a medical emergency. Other highlights of EMS Week include:

--May 17 -- Annual Emergency Medical Services for Children Day. This day focuses on drawing national attention to the essential need for specialized emergency care for children to ensure that every child in the nation receives the highest quality emergency care possible, from primary prevention to acute care and rehabilitation.

--May 27 -- Annual National Moment of Silence. The National EMS Memorial Service in Roanoke, Va., organizes this national event to honor and remember the nation's EMS providers who have made the ultimate sacrifice and given their lives in the line of duty. All EMS and communications agencies participating observe 60 seconds of radio silence on this day at 8 p.m. (ET).

For more information, contact the ACEP at 800-798-1822, touch 6, or by e-mail at Also, visit ACEP's EMS Week Web site at

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