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Section of Prehospital and Disaster Medicine

Mission:

The Section of Prehospital and Disaster Medicine is dedicated to the improved health and welfare of the community by promoting excellence in out-of-hospital care, preparedness and injury prevention.

Vision:

The Section of Prehospital and Disaster Medicine aspires to serve the community’s health and preparedness through excellence in design and oversight of emergency medical services, the education of learners of all levels, and innovative research. The Section will serve as a resource of expertise at home and abroad.

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Access to emergency care is a public trust.  Whether it's a child who has chased a ball into traffic, a loved one who has just suffered a stroke, or a stranger who has just collapsed in full cardiac arrest, all citizens trust that competent emergency medical care is just a phone call away.

The core mission of the emergency medical services (EMS) system is patient-centric and where patients are involved, physicians must demonstrate leadership to help ensure that patients receive the timely and competent care they deserve.  The faculty of Emory's Department of Emergency Medicine, Section of Prehospital and Disaster Medicine are practicing emergency medicine physicians, who are EMS fellowship trained and dedicated to the health and welfare of the community by promoting excellence in out-of-hospital care, preparedness and injury prevention.

Read about the Section in the Autumn 2010 Atlanta Magazine article "911 - When Good Medicine is Needed Outside the Walls of the Hospital and Clinic" (PDF 258KB)

Overview:

Emory’s Section of Prehospital and Disaster Medicine serves the community by providing medical oversight for the 911 ground and air ambulance responders in the City of Atlanta/Fulton County/Atlanta Region. As part of Emory’s Department of Emergency Medicine, faculty and staff teach emergency medicine residents and medical students, and conduct research to improve EMS operations and improve care in the out-of-hospital environment. The Section also hosts a post-graduate Fellowship in EMS, which provides training in emergency response systems and disaster preparedness to board prepared emergency medicine physicians. It also serves as a National Disaster Life Support Regional Training Center, providing disaster preparedness and response education and training to learners at every level and multiple disciplines.

The Section has strong partnerships with the CDC funded Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center (PERRC) and the Department’s CDC funded Center for Injury Control. The Section also collaborates with Emory’s Emergency Medicine Research Center to facilitate investigations of the Neurological Emergencies Treatment Trials (NETT) network, specifically RAMPART (Rapid Anticonvulsant Medications Prior to Arrival Trial) and ProTECT III (Progesterone for Traumatic Brain Injury: Experimental Clinical Treatment.) The Section is a full partner of the Emory Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response (CEPAR) which reports to the University president and serves as the center for Emory enterprise-wide planning for and coordinated response to catastrophic events. CEPAR partners with the community to address all hazards, including natural disasters, human-caused catastrophic events and public health emergencies. The Section also collaborates with the Georgia Poison Center to provide all-hazards preparedness and response education and training to the community.

Section faculty have contributed to the development of interactive risk stratification tools (SORT, Strategy for Off-Site Rapid Triage) adopted by the CDC, HHS and Microsoft during the 2009 Pandemic and have partnered to create the CDC funded Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival (CARES). This initiative of the CDC, AHA and Emory collects standardized, confidential out of hospital cardiac arrest survival data, and shares it with the local EMS providers and communities, giving them the opportunity to evaluate, benchmark and improve their survival rate from sudden cardiac death. CARES is now adopted by more than 40 communities in 18 states. Section faculty have provided consultation for state agencies as well as the CDC, the WHO, USAID and the IOM on projects related to emergency response.

Contact Us

1599 Clifton Road, Suite 2.113
Atlanta, GA 30322
Phone: 404.712.1331
Fax: 404.712.1329
prehospital.disaster@emory.edu