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National Audiovisual Center, U.S. Department of Commerce

The National Audiovisual Center (NAC) is the central source for purchasing or renting the more than 8,000 Federally produced audiovisual programs available to the public. Requests for information may be made by mail or telephone. Catalogs and referrals to free loan sources are provided free of charge. Several of the catalogs cover health-related topics, including such areas as alcohol and drug abuse, dentistry, emergency medical services, industrial safety, medicine, and nursing. The Center uses a master Data File to research audiovisual availability. DATABASE: The Center maintains a data file containing information on all audiovisual materials produced by the Federal Government which are available to the public.

Review Date: November 21, 2008

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American Association of Poison Control Centers

The American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) is a nationwide organization of poison centers and interested individuals. The objectives of AAPCC are to (1) provide a forum for poison centers and interested individuals to promote the reduction of morbidity and mortality from poisonings through public and professional education and scientific research and (2) set voluntary standards for poison center operations. Activities provided by AAPCC include development of public and professional education programs, certification of regional poison centers and poison center personnel, and interaction with private and government agencies whose activities influence poisoning and poison centers.

Review Date: April 18, 2014

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American Board of Emergency Medicine

Founded in 1979, the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) is one of the 24 certifying boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). The ABEM is an independent, non-profit organization whose certificate states that a physician has successfully completed a rigorous program of graduate medical education and training, and then passed an examination designed to assess his or her knowledge, skills, and experience.

Review Date: March 08, 2013

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American College of Emergency Physicians

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), founded in 1968, is a medical specialty organization of over 22,000 members, 53 chapters, and 26 sections that focus on critical issues, such as injury prevention, trauma care, pediatric emergency medicine, EMS, toxicology, cruise ship medicine, and disaster medicine. The organization monitors and advocates on emergency medicine issues, conducts continuing medical education, produces public education materials on a wide variety of health and safety topics, recommended clinical standards for emergency medicine and EMS, and funds research fellowships in emergency medicine.

Review Date: August 26, 2010

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American Red Cross, National Headquarters

The American Red Cross has prepared people to save lives through health and safety education and training. From first aid and CPR training to swimming and life guarding, disaster education, HIV/AIDS education and Babysitter's Training, American Red Cross Preparedness programs help people lead safer and healthier lives. The Red Cross constantly strives to respond to the preparedness concerns of Americans at home, in school and in the workplace. Innovative programs also include teaching lay persons and professionals how to use automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to save victims of sudden cardiac arrest.

Review Date: December 20, 2011

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Angel Flight Mid-Atlantic

This nonprofit organization of more than 5,000 pilots and other volunteers is dedicated to serving U.S. communities by providing free air transportation on private aircraft to financially and medically needy people who cannot access or afford regular commercial transportation to health care. Angel Flight's mission is to "ensure that no needy patient is denied access to distant specialized medical evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, or rehabilitation for lack of a means of long-distance medical air transportation."

Review Date: January 09, 2009

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Children's Angel Flight

This agency manages and coordinates no-cost charitable child transport patient programs on behalf of children who need access to medical research centers and disease-specific treatment programs. Some medical institutions and programs being served by CAF include: University of Florida, Clinical Research Center; Eastern Virginia Medical School; Palestine Children's Relief Fund; National Institutes of Health; American Academy of Dermatology; University of Texas Medical School; St. Lukes Hospital (St. Louis, MO); Baylor College of Medicine; and Adoption Exchange Association. CAF helps sponsor National Patient Transport Helpline (NPATH)--1-800-296-1217-- a referral service for child patients on charitable long-distance air medical transport options.

Review Date: February 12, 2009

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Corporate Angel Network, Inc.

Corporate Angel Network (CAN) arranges free air transportation for cancer patients, bone marrow donors/recipients, and stem cell donors/recipients traveling to recognized treatment centers throughout the U.S. Patients are flown by CAN's participating corporations, using empty seats on their corporate jets. CAN, a not-for-profit organization, responds to inquiries from the public by telephone, mail, and electronically. Patients must be ambulatory and not on any life-support, such as oxygen or IV. Financial need is not a requirement for eligibility.

Review Date: January 27, 2012

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Emergency Medical Services for Children

The Federal Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Program is designed to ensure that all children and adolescents, no matter where they live, attend school, or travel, receive appropriate care in a health emergency. The Program also supports two resource centers: the EMSC National Resource Center (NRC) and the National EMSC Data Analysis Resource Center (NEDARC). The NRC works with states to identify the resources needed to organize and implement EMSC activities throughout the nation. NEDARC assists EMSC grantees and state EMS offices in developing their own capabilities to collect, analyze, and utilize EMS and other healthcare data to improve the quality of care in state EMS and trauma systems.

Review Date: April 18, 2014

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Lifeline Pilots

Established in 1981, LifeLine Pilots’ mission is to facilitate free air transportation through volunteer pilots for financially distressed passengers with medical and humanitarian needs.

Review Date: September 16, 2010

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Mercy Medical Airlift

Mercy Medical Airlift (MMA) functions to ensure that no financially needy patient is denied access to essential distant specialized medical evaluation, diagnosis, treatment or care for lack of a means of long-distance medical air or ground transportation. MMA provides a means of charitable or charitably-assisted long-distance patient (and escort) transportation via private aircraft, commercial airlines, fixed-wing long-distance air ambulance and ground transport.

Review Date: April 29, 2011

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Miracle Flights for Kids

Founded in 1985, Miracle Flights for Kids® is a national, 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization dedicated to helping low income very sick children overcome financial obstacles that prevent them from accessing proper medical care and second opinions. Miracle Flights for Kids® strives to forge the necessary alliances with sponsors and corporations to provide the means to get sick kids to and from treatment. Miracle missions are coordinated by purchasing commercial airline tickets for sick kids and their parents.

Review Date: November 14, 2011

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National Academies of Emergency Dispatch

Formed in 1988, the Academy's main function is that of a standard-setting organization for all aspects of Emergency Dispatch. NAED is also an academic Academy with the mission statement: "To conduct an on-going review of the current standards of care and practice in Emergency Dispatch and evaluate the tools and mechanisms used to meet or exceed those standards." NAED's membership currently exceeds 39,000 certified members. Membership in the Academy includes continuously improved support functions and a quarterly journal that addresses current emergency dispatch topics.

Review Date: October 17, 2011

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National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians

The National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) was formed in 1975 to serve as the professional organization for EMTs, paramedics, instructors, and administrators. Services and activities include exchange of information among State affiliate associations and members, conferences and workshops, continuing education programs, awards and grants, professional placement, government and public relations programs, insurance packages, accreditation of paramedic education programs, and consumer product discounts.

Review Date: November 24, 2008

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National Native American EMS Association

The mission of the National Native American EMS Association is to provide support to all EMS, rescue and Public safety organizations that provide services on Native American and Alaska lands. NNAEMSA's goal is for significant improvements in the quality of patient care to all people within each EMS service district.

Review Date: February 14, 2010

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The American Trauma Society

The American Trauma Society (ATS) is dedicated to the elimination of needless death and disability from injury. For over 40 years, ATS has served as an advocate for the trauma care system, trauma prevention programs, and the victims of trauma and their families throughout the United States. ATS’ goals are to prevent injury whenever possible, and to ensure optimal treatment of trauma when it does occur.

Review Date: December 20, 2011

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