The New Mexico DMAT Continues to Provide Medical Assistance to Victims of Hurricane Frances

The New Mexico Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) is still providing medical assistance in Florida to the victims of Hurricane Frances.  The team is operating a field hospital on the grounds of the Martin County Memorial Regional Medical Center in Stuart, Fla., near where the eye of the hurricane first came ashore last week.  The New Mexico DMAT was activated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and deployed to Florida on Friday, Sept. 3, to await the arrival of the storm.

The 33-person team is operating on rotating eight-hour shifts and as of 5 p.m. EDT yesterday have treated 121 patients.  The New Mexico DMAT is based at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center and is sponsored by the UNM School of Medicine's Emergency Medicine Department.  DMAT is made up of volunteer nurses, physicians, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, pharmacists, and logistics, security and communications specialists who train to give urgent medical care at the scene of medical disasters.

The New Mexico DMAT has been one of the most active teams of its type since its creation and has previously been deployed to other hurricanes, floods, and earthquakes, and to ground zero in New York following the Sept. 11 attack.

Contact: Sam Giammo, 272-3322

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