NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 9, 2010 Contact: Luke Frank, Media Relations Manager, 505/272-3679; cell 505/907-9525EMS Medical Direction ConsortiumExpands Medical Emergency CapabilitiesALBUQUERQUE, NM – Complex medical emergencies in the field received a shot in the arm this month with the formation of UNM’sEMS Medical Direction Consortium. EMS medical directors throughout central New Mexico have organized within UNM’s Department of Emergency Medicine to provide on-call medical direction and field responses 24 hours a day, among other services. The newly formed Consortium brings together multiple EMS medical directors who serve as faculty members within the department, including those from the State of New Mexico EMS Bureau; the Albuquerque, Rio Rancho and Bernalillo County fire departments; Lifeguard and PHI air medical services; Bernalillo County Sheriff’s SWAT Team; Valencia County Dispatch Center; and the UNM EMS Academy itself. Emergency medical service agencies anywhere in New Mexico can contract with the consortium to provide full-time medical direction, or specific functions, such as on-line medical direction, assistance with quality assurance and/or special skill development, or short-term medical direction coverage. Other EMS medical direction services include consortium-developed medical protocols, training, EMS walk rounds and 24-hour on-line physician access. The Consortium, in collaboration with the UNM EMS Academy, also sponsors the Department of Emergency Medicine’s EMS Fellowship – a focused year of specialty training to board-certified/board eligible emergency physicians planning to become career EMS medical directors. The Fellowship is designed to give a broad introduction to all aspects of EMS Medical Direction, including ground EMS, air medical transport, tactical medicine and disaster medicine, as well as international and wilderness EMS. A new physician field-response program through the consortium enables UNM emergency medicine physicians to assist partnering EMS agencies in the field with complicated clinical cases, mass-casualty incidents, education and quality assurance. UNM emergency physicians will respond in fully-equipped vehicles to provide expertise not generally available to traditional EMS services, including advanced pharmacology, airway management and ultrasound. EMS Fellows will provide primary response, while core EMS faculty physicians will provide backup and supervisory response – all with the stated goals of teaching and learning; enhanced patient care; improved safety; and improved system design and function. “Every emergency situation is unique, so emergency medical responders face an enormous range of challenges in the field – and not all medical,” offers Darren Braude, M.D., consortium coordinator and EMS Fellowship director. “The EMS Medical Direction Consortium is a great system for pooling resources, knowledge and expertise to assist our front line responders. These folks are very well-trained and experienced, and rarely need our help. But when they do, we want to be there – in person.” For more information on UNM’s EMS Academy, please visithttp://hsc.unm.edu/som/emsacad/.