Drexel UniversityDrexel EMS (DUEMS)
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3201 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA , 19104
Organization Telephone: 215-895-1550
Organization Website: www.drexelems.org
Total Enrollment : 23000
Undergrad Enrollment: 13000
Graduate Enrollment : 10000
Campus Type: Urban
Students Living on Campus: 11000
Heart Safe Community: no
Athletic Conference: Colonial Athletic Association (CAA)
School Website: www.drexel.edu
Year Founded: 2010
Volunteer Members: 28
Paid Members: 0
Paid Administrator: No Paid Administrator
Portable AEDs: 3
Mounted AEDs: 0
Primary Coverage Area: Campus Wide • Surrounding Area
Population Served: 15000
Number of QRS Vehicles: 1
Number of Golf Carts: 0
Number of Utility Vehicles: 0
Number of Bikes: 4
Number of Other Vehicles: 1
Total Vehicles: 4
Vehicle Details: BLS equipped bicycles
Annual Call Volume: 300
% Of Calls On Campus: 90
% of Calls Off Campus: 10
Dispatch Method: Radio (No Tones)
Dispatched By: Department of Public Safety
Average Response Time (min): 2.6
Medical Direction Prvided By: Affiliated ER
Funding Sources: Department of Public Safety, Office of Campus Activities
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|1||EMS club grows into role aiding students in need
By Amanda Shooster
The Emergency Medical Services team at Drexel University has grown at a tremendous rate since it began in March 2010.
The EMS at Drexel is a student-run organization that operates Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.
The most common issue that EMS responds to is intoxication, but the organization has also assisted in more severe issues such as car accidents, assaults and unexpected health problems.
"This is one of the few, if not the only organization, that helps students in such a unique way, and that unique way is that we are helping with their health care," Ekta Panjrolia, a senior biological sciences major and the secretary of Drexel EMS, said.
October is the busiest month of the year, with 10-15 calls per weekend; other months average five to 10 calls per weekend.
The EMS organization works hand in hand with the Philadelphia Fire Department to ensure the safety of Drexel students. The EMS members are the first to arrive at the scene to assist in immediate and necessary care until the fire department can arrive to aid in further medical treatments.
"We do actually make a difference," Dylan Stempel, a sophomore health sciences major and probationary member of Drexel EMS, said.
Two members handle each call: a primary crew member and a secondary crew member. The primary crew member treats the patient's injuries and alleviates sickness while the secondary crew member gets information from witnesses.
Currently, work is underway for the members of Drexel EMS to start teaching CPR classes on campus.
"It is a more positive environment, should something happen, that there are more people around that know how to do CPR because it is being taught on campus," Eric Williams, a pre-junior nursing major and the captain of Drexel EMS, said.
The future of the group depends on a continuation of the growth of the program and its members.
"We are really growing as an organization. We actually won Student Organization of the Year last year," Stempel said. "It is a great way to get involved on campus in a nontraditional way."
Currently, the organization has 30 active student volunteers. To be considered an active member of the organization, students are required to work two shifts per month and one special event per term.
"The Drexel community should see that this is an organization run by students who are volunteers and who do this only for the purpose of helping students in our community," Panjrolia said.
Panjrolia joined the club one year ago after witnessing a student who needed medical attention on campus. She, not being medically trained, could not do anything except call Drexel Public Safety. Shortly after this incident, she saw a poster on campus advertising the organization. Within a few months she was taking emergency medical technician certification classes at the University of Pennsylvania.
Drexel EMS requires each member to have an EMT certification, preferably from Pennsylvania, but it will accept individuals who are certified in other states. Recently, a CPR first responder's branch was created to allow other interested students to take part in the organization before fully committing to become EMT certified.
In an emergency, Drexel EMS can be reached by calling Public Safety at 215-895-2222. The crew members will report to the scene of an incident within four minutes of being notified.
This organization is funded in several different ways: the Student Activity Fee Allocation Committee, by working sporting events and Campus Activities Board concerts, and through donations from the public.
Allison Brophy, a junior nursing major, is the chief of Drexel EMS.
|2||BBQ increases EMS awareness
By Azwad Rahman
Drexel Emergency Medical Services hosted its first barbecue on the Race Street Lawn May 17 in order to increase student awareness of its services.
“The main goal of this event is to increase our campus image. People need to know more about us on campus because our shifts are primarily at nighttime. We’re definitely aiming to educate people on different problems on campus,” Allison Brophy, chief of Drexel EMS, said.
“We wanted to do something where it was less formal, where we could hang out and talk to everyone and really show everyone what we do. We wanted to spread some awareness about what we do on campus,” Hendrik Bilek, EMS public relations officer and freshman nursing major, said. “Part of my initiative was to get more people involved so we can grow as an organization.”
The event included activities such as “drunk-goggle potato sack races,” which aimed to emulate to students how it feels to be very intoxicated and then challenged them to race around cones in potato sacks. There were also demonstrations done by the Drexel EMS staff, who showed how they would put someone on a backboard to transport them into an ambulance.
Volunteers were asked to help make it clearer how safe they were on the backboard. EMS showed the policy regarding the backboard, including standard questions they ask patients.
“A huge part of talking to a patient is to get an idea of how they’re doing. Emotionally, mentally, are they still with you? If they start fading on you, it can keep them in track,” Stephan Botes, a junior mechanical engineering major and Drexel EMS member, said.
“This was definitely interesting for me, watching all the demos. I had never seen anything like that before,” Amber Beckley, a freshman biology major, said.
“[I was] actually coming back from a run, and [I] saw something was here, and [I] wanted to stop by and see what was going on,” Saagar Jadeja, a senior biology major, said.
The University honored Drexel EMS as the Student Organization of the Year the day before the barbecue.
“It was a long time coming. It was a lot of work that members did that wasn’t being recognized. A lot of people didn’t know that we existed. I don’t think we tried to get any recognition, and we finally decided that we’ve been putting so much effort in, so why not go for it?” Brophy said.
Drexel EMS operates from Thursday to Saturday from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. every week. They act in all medical emergencies on campus as well as other situations such as fires and elevator entrapments. They are licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health for quick-response services such as resuscitation and controlling bleeding. If patients need further assistance and need to be transported to a hospital, an ambulance is called.
“We originally required that applicants to Drexel EMS be EMT certified, but recently we re-evaluated our organization as a whole and decided it would be beneficial to also accept applicants who are CPR certified or first-responder certified,” Brophy said.
Most of the members are EMTs who need to recertify every three years. EMTs are capable of basic life support service, while paramedics working in an ambulance can provide advanced life support similar to a doctor in a hospital. Student organizations can also request Drexel EMS to be on standby for medical emergencies during events.
“We are setting up scheduled training in order to keep up with our competency. We’re partnering up with Hahnemann Hospital and Drexel Med Emergency Medicine. They’re going to provide our continuing-education courses, and they’ll start regularly hosting EMT training courses. They offer a discount for Drexel students,” Brophy said.
“I started my EMT training because I wanted to contribute more and be more of a part of a team,” Valerie Alcaraz, a freshman biology major and member of Drexel EMS, said.
Because Drexel EMS is recognized as a service provider of the state, it strictly follows the HIPAA protocol. “Sometimes there’s a fine line between what the University feels that it should know and what we can actually tell them. There have been numerous times where we had to tell them what exactly HIPAA is and how we have to follow it. It’s really us as health care providers that cannot give that information,” Brophy said.
“A majority of the calls that we do get are within the Drexel vicinity. We cover streets going up all the way to Chestnut and Spring Garden and Baring,” Alcaraz said. She looked over to the Panhellenic High Heel Derby, a Greek life charity happening at the same time, and pointed out three people whom she remembered helping earlier that year.
The barbecue ended at 7 p.m. “I want to make this a tradition. think we definitely had a good turnout of people, but it was a struggle having two events going on, and then there’s the location. I’m glad about the members that came out and gave Drexel EMS a good representation. It was definitely a learning experience for us,” Brophy said.
“I think it was nice and relaxing, and it was nice that it was on a Friday afternoon. People want to get out of class and they want to hang out, and that’s why we’re here,” Sera Chowdhury, a freshman economics major who attended the event, said.
Image courtesy of Ajon Brodie
|3||Drexel University Emergency Medical Services Named Drexel Student Organization of the Year
Press Release - May 17, 2013
On May 16th, Drexel EMS was awarded Student Organization of the Year at Drexel’s Annual Student Life Award Ceremony. Student Organization of the Year is the most prestigious award to be given or a campus organization. This was Drexel EMS’s first time being nominated for this award since our start up in 2010. Four members were invited to a sit down dinner and to accept the award.
In the photo from right to left: Domenic Ceccanecchio, Vice President Public Safety; Allison Brophy, Chief Drexel EMS; Eric Williams, Captain Drexel EMS; and David Ruth, Dean of Students.
Following the awards ceremony, on May 17th, Drexel EMS hosted their first annual campus wide spring bbq. Information about that event can be found in a separate local news article.