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Media Advisory: Johns Hopkins Emergency Department to Staff Medical Tents at Baltimore Grand Prix - 08/31/2011

Media Advisory: Johns Hopkins Emergency Department to Staff Medical Tents at Baltimore Grand Prix

Release Date: August 31, 2011

As a public service, the Johns Hopkins Department of Emergency Medicine is providing doctors, nurses and paramedics to staff medical tents at the Baltimore Grand Prix, slated for Sept. 2-4, at the request of Baltimore City officials and event organizers.

Officials and organizers cite Hopkins’ expertise in planning and operating emergency medical services at a large public gathering as the reason for their request. More than 100,000 spectators are expected to attend the three-day racing event in downtown Baltimore.

“Johns Hopkins has a long-standing tradition of assisting the city of Baltimore with our high-level expertise in emergency planning and response,” says James Scheulen, chief administrative officer, Department of Emergency Medicine. “This is a great way for us to again show how much we appreciate being part of Baltimore and that we are here to serve the community with the best medical care in the country.”

Specifically the department will staff three emergency medical tents that will be set up on the inside of the viewing area of the race track. Hopkins medical personnel will staff the tents for 12 hours each day, from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. The medical tents will offer emergency medical services to visitors and spectators attending the event.

The Department of Emergency Medicine will provide doctors and nurses for the tents, while the Johns Hopkins Lifeline critical transport service will provide nurses and paramedics.

Michael Millin, M.D., M.P.H., an emergency physician at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, will lead and oversee the Hopkins’ staff and operations at the medical tents.

Millin, who serves as the medical director for the BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport fire and rescue department and is a medical officer with a Federal Disaster Medical Assistance Team, says he expects the staff to respond to a wide range of medical emergencies typically seen at mass gatherings during warm weather. These include heat-related illness, dehydration, cuts, abrasions, and joint or bone injuries.

But, he says, the Hopkins staff will be ready to respond to almost anything, including a sudden, large surge of patients.

“We’ll have a highly trained and experienced staff on board, and I’m confident we’ll be able to handle anything that comes at us. That’s what we do,” says Millin. “Our focus, as always, will be providing top-level emergency medical care to the people who need us.” 

For the Media

Media Contact: Mark Guidera