Emergency Medical Services

Albany Medical Center Hospital’s division of EMS brings together the educational resources of the Albany Medical College & Department of Emergency Medicine and the clinical resources of AMCH. This partnership helps public safety organizations in unique ways, providing up-to-date clinical and management education, and expanded-scope prehospital medical protocols.

Albany Medical Center operates the region’s premier Level I adult trauma center, a designation that enables AMC to treat patients with the most serious injuries. A close relationship with Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center, which operates the region’s only Level I pediatric trauma center, means that both adults and children can get the most skilled trauma care in the region without being routed to separate locations.

Emergency VehicleMedical Command for the Albany Medical Center Hospital Division of EMS is provided by physicians from the Department of Emergency Medicine.  In Albany, Emergency Medicine residents provide medical direction for ALS calls within the six county REMO region. Emergency Medicine faculty members from the Department of Emergency Medicine also provide on line supervision and backup via radio/phone. Emergency Medicine attendings/residents respond to specific EMS calls 24 hours per day. These EMS physician responds to all calls that might require complicated airway management, cardiac arrests, major fires, entrapment, MCIs. Paramedics may also request the physician for other calls as well. 

NEWLY accredited EMS Fellowship program which is offered through the Department of Emergency Medicine. This program aims to prepare the individual to pass the board exam in EMS and to assume a leadership role in EMS

Medical Direction for several Fire department & EMS Agencies around the region, including: City of Albany Fire and Emergency Services, City of Schenectady Fire Departments, Mohawk Ambulance Service, LifeNet of NY - AirMethods (Albany, Glenn and Ticonderoga bases) and other agencies around the Capital District of NY. 

Public Access Defibrillation - (PAD)
Albany Medical Center Department of Emergency Medicine (Division of EMS), has early on promoted the use of portable defibrillator technology.  It serves as the Medical Director for several local organizations, businesses, recreational facilities and other
workplaces. NYSDOH Public Access Defibrillation. REMO Regional EMS PAD.

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), a specific heart condition called sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) claims the lives of an estimated 250,000 Americans each year. Unlike a heart attack, which is caused by a blockage in an artery, SC
A is an electrical malfunction of the heart typically associated with an abnormal heart rhythm known as ventricular fibrillation (VF). Defibrillation, delivery of an electrical current to the heart, provides the only effective treatment for ventricular fibrillation; however, defibrillation is most effective if received in the first few minutes after SCA occurs. For every minute that goes by without defibrillation, the chance of survival decreases by 7-10 percent. After 10 minutes, survival is very unlikely
While many ambulances carry defibrillators, it takes an average of nine minutes for them to reach a cardiac arrest victim. As a result, fewer than five percent of victims survive. Due to this small window of time, defibrillators in the workplace are essential because building security, high-rises, large campuses, heavy urban traffic and other hindrances often make it impossible for emergency medical services to arrive in time to successfully treat an SCA victim.

If you or your organization is interested in obtaining more information regarding on Public Access Defibrillation, you can call 518-262-3773.

Trauma Rounds

Albany Medical Center Hospital offers "Trauma Conference" on the 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month (08:00 in Huyck Auditorium). It is a biweekly multidisciplinary conference to present and discuss interesting trauma cases. Cases are presented and discussed by representatives from emergency medicine, surgery, surgery sub-specialties, radiology and EMS.