January 30, 2006

Contact: Luke Frank, Senior Public Affairs Representative,505/272-3679; 505/907-9525 (cell)

ALBUQUERQUE , NM In the initial moments following a mass-casualty incident, frontline medical personnel must respond swiftly and decisively. Accordingly, the Center for Disaster Medicine is offering Basic and Advanced Disaster Life Support Training February 14-16 in Albuquerque , NM .

The Basic Disaster Life Support Course is slated Tuesday, February 14, at a cost of $50. The advanced course will be February 15 & 16 at a cost of $100. UNM tuition remission is accepted registration deadline is Saturday, February 4. Both courses, which will be held at New Mexico Expo and TVI Workforce Training Center , are accredited by the AMA and the New Mexico EMS Bureau for continuing education credits.

The three-day event, presented by the Center for Disaster Medicine and UNM Department of Emergency Medicine, will offer hands-on training in mass-casualty infectious diseases, chemical exposures and trauma. Training will include the use of cutting-edge patient simulators engineered and programmed to react physiologically to various medical conditions and treatments.

Moreover, specific training components will be provided by members of the New Mexico Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT), who provided life-saving medical care in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and the New Mexico Urban Search and Rescue Team, who went door to door in New Orleans to rescue and treat Katrina victims.

For more information or to register for the courses, call 272-6240 or visithttp://hsc.unm.edu/cdm/CDM/CDM_BDLS_Training.shtmlorhttp://hsc.unm.edu/cdm/NDLS/NDLS.html.