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Life Saving Education For Lifesavers

The Emergency Medicine Learning & Resource Center (EMLRC) prepares Florida and the nation for emergencies and disasters by educating and training emergency care providers through its Florida Emergency Medicine Foundation (FEMF). We proudly serve the entire spectrum of emergency care professionals, ranging from EMTs and paramedics to nurses, advanced practice providers and physicians.

In other words: we provide lifesaving education for lifesavers.

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Of the 8.2 million visits to emergency departments in Florida last year, 22% were for children under 18 years of age. Caring for children in emergency situations requires specialized knowledge, equipment and tools. Your donation will help us expand our list of pediatric programs, such as ABC’s of Pediatric EMS and Unfamiliar Pediatrics: A Closer Look, and pediatric-specific tracks at conferences.

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Unrestricted individual and corporate contributions allow us to respond quickly and meet the changing needs of the emergency medicine industry. Current public health crises and initiatives often influence those needs. In 2019, we’ll be focusing on:

Opioid Crisis

In 2017, opioid overdoses claimed the lives of 47,872 individuals in America. Florida’s opioid-related death rate has also increased by 109% since 2013. Solving the opioid crisis will take years of coordinated effort, but emergency responders and clinicians are uniquely situated to assist in prevention and recovery efforts now. Your donation will help us educate our lifesavers on how they can help.

Human Trafficking

88% of sex trafficking survivors had encountered a health care professional during captivity and 63% of these survivors were seen in an emergency department—but none were freed as a result of their encounter. Help us educate emergency care providers on how to identify signs & symptoms presented by victims, and what they can do to intervene.

Bleeding Control

In a mass casualty incident, hemorrhage control can be the difference between life and death. The frequency of these incidents in recent years has prompted a nationwide effort of educating civilians and emergency care providers on successful hemorrhage control techniques. Your donation will help us launch and sustain a “stop the bleed” program for our community, state and region.


Emergency care providers bear witness to horrific situations the general population may witness once or twice in their lifetimes. Emergency physicians report some of the highest burnout rates and a new study suggests that first responders are more likely to die from suicide than in the line of duty. Last year we launched an EMS Wellness webinar series; help us launch more wellness programs by donating now.

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