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Emergency Care: MD-1 Vehicles

Physicians team up with emergency services

Mercyhealth’s emergency field vehicles, called MD-1, offer additional physician-level field support to EMS on critical calls. Our four-wheel-drive MD-1 vehicles are used to drive directly to a scene where physician support is necessary to help stabilize a patient prior to transfer or if the EMS crew requires additional patient care capabilities en route to the hospital. There are currently four MD-1 vehicles staffed by residency trained emergency medicine physicians. Vehicles are stationed in Rock, Walworth, and Winnebago counties. A fourth vehicle is used as a spare and for prolonged incidents.

For 24/7 Emergency response, MD-1 can be contacted by the dispatch center upon incident commander request at 1-800-MD-REACT.  MD-1 does not respond to citizen requests and will only respond upon formal request of an authorized emergency service.  MD-1 will respond automatically as determined by the on call physician with EMS agencies under Mercyhealth Medical Direction.  Agencies not under our medical direction will need to formally request a response.  Agencies and patients are not billed for our services.

Each MD-1 is a certified emergency vehicle equipped with:

  • Emergency lighting and siren
  • Public safety radios
  • Maps and GPS navigation
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Extrication equipment
  • Rehab supplies
  • LUCAS 2 mechanical (hands-free) CPR device
  • Zoll X Series monitor/defibrillator
  • Glidescope video intubation unit
  • Medications with secure storage
  • Chest tubes
  • Tourniquets
  • Field amputation equipment
  • Triage kit
  • Comfort items for patients and EMS crews

MD-1 does not replace EMS teams already in the field. It serves as additional support in field trauma cases.

MD-1 has been a welcome addition to the community and has received state and national attention. News and recognition of MD-1 has been shared via:

  • FM and AM radio interviews
  • Gazette newspaper articles
  • Local Vision TV interview
  • Farm rescue training article
  • Numerous community events
  • Fire department open houses
  • National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP) conference lecture
  • Describing the program to interested individuals at gas pumps

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