MedicAlert Foundation to offer Free Continuing Education Program for EMS Professionals - Endorsed by the National Association of Emergency Medical Service Educators (NAEMSE)

TURLOCK, California (September 15, 2010) - MedicAlert Foundation, a nonprofit organization providing 24-hour emergency medical information and identification services, in partnership with the National Association of Emergency Medical Service Educators (NAEMSE), will offer a free Emergency Medical Information Services (EMIS) training program to EMS professionals. Approved for Continuing Education (CE) credit through the Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS), the training materials will be available through the MedicAlert Foundation website. EMS Educators can also call 1-800-ID-ALERT (1-800-432-5378) to order training materials.

"The training materials were a result of a successful collaboration between MedicAlert Foundation and the NAEMSE" says Andrew B. Wigglesworth, MedicAlert Foundation's President & CEO. "Improving emergency medical care is a core objective for both our organizations, so we are delighted to provide this vital training program to EMS educators nationwide. Our goal is to get a copy of this free program in the hands of every EMS educator."

The MedicAlert EMIS continuing education program is designed to highlight the benefits of accessing medical information and identification services on behalf of patients, which in many cases, will lead to improved patient outcomes.

"The MedicAlert EMIS program will greatly benefit EMS educators and professionals, as well as their emergency response patients - the information provided will teach emergency responders how to retrieve critical patient information, which is of the upmost importance in pre hospital care " adds Joann Freel, Executive Director of NAEMSE.

Pre-approved for 1.0 hour of CE credit, NAEMSE will issue the CECBEMS continuing education credits to EMS professionals who complete the EMIS training. The training program is formatted as a classroom presentation and can be requested through MedicAlert Foundation's Professional Education department at education@medicalert.org.

About the National Association of EMS Educators (NAEMSE)

The National Association of EMS Educators is a 501(c) nonprofit educational association that has been incorporated since 1995. It is a professional membership organization that is made up of over 3,000 EMS educators, both nationally and internationally, that include Instructors, Program Directors, Deans, Training Officers, EMS Physicians, EMS Nurses and EMS State Officials. Visit www.naemse.org for more information.

About MedicAlert Foundation

MedicAlert Foundation pioneered the first emergency medical information and identification service in 1956 to provide people with a simple but effective method for communicating their medical conditions. Since the organization's founding, the Foundation has provided services and products that help to protect and save lives for its 4 million members worldwide. For more than 50 years, the nonprofit has relayed vital medical information on behalf of its members to emergency responders so they receive faster and safer treatment. MedicAlert IDs alert emergency personnel to a member's primary health conditions. In addition to its 24-hour emergency response service, MedicAlert Foundation also provides family and caregiver notification so that members can be reunited with their families. Visit www.medicalert.org for more information.

Friday, September 17, 2010