At the Center for Emergency Medical Services (EMS), emergency personnel have access to the most advanced technology and undergo rigorous training so they’re always performing at their best. Because of this, our skilled providers are able to identify and treat medical issues with confidence, which is key to ensuring a patient’s transport to the medical center goes as smoothly as possible. We’re always looking for ways to help improve the overall proficiencies of EMS providers.


The Center for EMS supports EMS providers with advanced training, online EMS education, and technology for emergency care. Developed alongside The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s time-critical disease experts in trauma, burn, STEMI, stroke and critical care, our training brings national leaders spearheading research and medical advancement to the prehospital environment.

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The Center to STOP-COVID

Eugene Oltz, PhD, Ann Scheck McAlearney, ScD, MS, Ashish Panchal, MD, and Linda Saif, PhD, MS, serve as multi-principal investigators for the Center to STOP-COVID, a new Serological Sciences Center of Excellence supported by a five-year, $10 million grant from the National Cancer Institute in the National Institutes of Health. The effort will study the long-term effect of COVID-19 on first responders, health care workers and the general population.

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Influence of cooling duration on efficacy in cardiac arrest patients (ICECAP)

Neurological death and disability are common outcomes in survivors of cardiac arrest. Therapeutic cooling of comatose patients resuscitated from shockable rhythms markedly increases the rate of good neurological outcome, but poor outcomes still occur in as many as 50%. The benefit of cooling in those resuscitated from asystole and pulseless electrical activity has not been shown in a randomized study.

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Ohio CARES: The Ohio Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival

Founded in 2016, Ohio CARES is a nonprofit statewide organization that enables the collection and analysis of data on patients who suffer an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. This information is continuously collected to provide communities, EMS systems and hospitals with a simple, secure, confidential and efficient method to track key performance and outcome measures on these critically ill patients. Data metrics include detailed information on resuscitation performance, such as bystander CPR rate, bystander AED use, EMS response times, survival to hospital discharge and neurological recovery of the patient. The ability to measure performance and outcomes is crucial in determining whether local community interventions are effective. Ohio CARES helps communities identify their “weak links” in the chain of survival and thereby focus on strengthening them.

Ohio CARES enables every community, EMS system and hospital in Ohio to participate in CARES. For many communities, involvement in CARES is cost prohibitive. However, an investment in the statewide Ohio CARES program distributes the cost across many agencies and systems. This enables the enhancement of care throughout the state of Ohio at a fraction of the total cost to individual entities. In addition, the data generated by Ohio CARES results in an important storehouse of cardiac arrest data that enables local and statewide interventions to improve clinical care.

Heartmobile Project

The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center is a pioneer in developing emergency medical services. In 1969, James Warren, MD, an Ohio State physician, initiated the Heartmobile project in cooperation with the Columbus Division of Fire. Dr. Warren demonstrated that patients could be successfully resuscitated from cardiac arrest in an out-of-hospital setting. He went on to demonstrate that firefighters could be trained in advanced resuscitation techniques.

The Center for EMS is dedicated to maintaining our ties to this important piece of Columbus and national history, and is a major contributor to the Heartmobile project, focused on the restoration of this landmark.

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