AAMC Nurses complete training as emergency responders
On October 18, 2014, AAMC nurses Ann Barnes, Maria Reinitz and Denise Matteson completed their training as MD Responds volunteers.
MD Responds is the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) for the State of Maryland. The MRC is a nation-wide network of volunteer programs that respond to local emergencies and ongoing public health efforts. The Office of Preparedness and Response, part of the Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, oversees MD Responds.
During a disaster or public health emergency, MD Responds volunteers may deliver a variety of necessary medical services, such as providing direct care to individuals seeking medical attention at relief shelters and assisting with mass medication distribution efforts. Volunteers may also assist their communities with ongoing public health needs (e.g., immunizations, screenings, health and nutrition education, volunteering in community health centers and local hospitals).
Membership is open to anyone over 18 years of age who is able and willing to assist in the event of an emergency, participate in annual exercises and drills, and support ongoing public health outreach initiatives. A decision to register does not require or imply 24 hour availability; volunteers can choose to respond to an incident based on their availability.
More information is available here.