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USM students to learn emergency medicine from LifeFlight of Maine crew

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**Helicopter’s arrival will be confirmed Friday morning -- is dependent on weather or a potential emergency response requiring its services **

USM students to learn emergency medicine from LifeFlight of Maine crew — helicopter to land at USM’s Gorham Campus on 9/27

GORHAM, Maine — On Friday, September 27 at approximately 9:30 a.m., a helicopter from LifeFlight of Maine will land on Hodgdon Field at the University of Southern Maine’s Gorham Campus as part of a class being taught on emergency medicine. 

WHAT:  Students from the University’s Emergency Medical Response class, led by Assistant Professor Dominique Ross, Ph.D., L.A.T., A.T.C., in USM’s Exercise, Health and Sport Sciences program, will learn about the initial critical care that the LifeFlight medical professionals provide. **Weather and situation permitting, the students will experience an on-site visit from the helicopter. 

WHEN: Friday, September 27, 2019, 9:30 a.m. 

WHERE: The event will take place at Hodgdon Field, USM’s Gorham Campus (located behind Bailey Hall). For directions and parking information, view: And view here for the Google Map locator.

USM Department of Exercise, Health and Sports Sciences — SPM 216 Emergency Medical Response course

This course covers the topics prescribed by the American Red Cross in their emergency medical response course, including respiratory and cardiac emergencies, wounds, poisoning, sudden illness, burns and other topics. Successful completion of the certification requirements will lead to Emergency Medical Response and CPR for the Professional Rescuer certifications from the American Red Cross. 

LifeFlight of Maine critical care medical teams are afforded a scope of care and practice that allows all of the initial care in a trauma center hospital emergency department to be delivered directly at the scene. Flight crews must maintain annual training and education competencies in all aspects of critical care medical transport, exceeding 150 hours annually.

Situated in Maine’s economic and cultural center, the University of Southern Maine (USM) is a public university with 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students taking courses online and at campuses in Portland, Gorham and Lewiston-Auburn. Known for its academic excellence, student focus and engagement with the community, USM provides students with hands-on experience that complements classroom learning and leads to employment opportunities in one of the nation’s most desirable places to live.