Emergency Medicine

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Clinical Care

Emergency medicine focuses on the immediate decision making and action necessary to prevent death or further disability in pre-hospital settings by directing emergency medicinal technicians and in the emergency department. Emergency physicians provide immediate recognition, evaluation, care, stabilization and disposition of a generally diversified population of adult and pediatric patients in response to acute illness and injury. A high-pressure, fast-paced and diverse specialty, emergency medicine requires a broad base of medical knowledge and a variety of well-honed clinical and technical skills.

IU School of Medicine faculty practice and teach primarily in the emergency departments of Eskenazi Hospital, IU Health Methodist Hospital and Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health and have extensive pre-hospital responsibilities and work in partner with Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services (EMS).

The care provided by the emergency physicians is episodic in nature and involves a full spectrum of physical and behavioral conditions.

Emergency Medicine Clinical Services

Medical Toxicology is active in community and medical staff education and a clinical toxicology rotation is available to medical students and house staff. Medical Toxicology supports an inpatient clinical toxicology consult service at the department’s academic sites. Faculty members who are board-certified medical toxicologs operate this service.

iEMSC focuses on improving the quality of emergency care for children and seeks to integrate children’s interests into the existing EMS system. Faculty members in the Department of Emergency Medicine’s division of out-of-hospital care serve as the program directors and as members of the advisory board.

The Indiana Poison Center (IPC) is an independent, nonprofit agency providing coverage and services for the entire state of Indiana. It serves as both an emergency telephone service and an information resource center, available to the general public and healthcare professionals 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Faculty members in the Department of Emergency Medicine’s division of toxicology collaborates with the Indiana State Department of Health and IU Health staff to operate this Regional Poison Control Center.