University Emergency Medical Services, or University EMS, serves the University of Arizona campus and its students, faculty, staff and visitors. Operations run seven days a week, 24 hours a day, during the fall and spring semesters.
University EMS, which began as a student club a few years ago, responds primarily on an EMS-equipped golf cart. The organization has members from a variety of majors, ranging from physiology and nutrition to education and communications, although most are studying in health care fields. All units responding to medical emergencies on campus consist of two Arizona-certified emergency medical technicians.
University EMS operations are based out of the Kaibab-Huachuca Residence Hall, where crews receive 911 call information from the UA Police Department communications center. On the scene, immediate basic emergency medical care is provided until the Tucson Fire Department or Southwest Ambulance arrives to further treat and transport the patient. Monthly continuing education courses are held and weekly mock drills are performed to keep members current on protocols.
University EMS also provides contract medical standby services at campus events and functions such as Commencement.
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