The Stanford Emergency Medical Service (StEMS) is a student group of certified EMT-Basics that provides standby medical service to the students, faculty, and community at campus events. StEMS operates under the oversight of the Stanford University Department of Public Safety and receives medical direction from Dr. Marc Gautreau of the Stanford's Department of Emergency Medicine.
StEMS provides standby medical services for many campus events, including athletic events such as football, and social events, such as campus-wide parties. When requested for an event, the number of teams required is determined in advance. StEMS teams consist of at least two EMT-1 each and are stationed throughout the event to provide medical assessment and treatment as needed. StEMS as a whole provides non-transport BLS (basic life support) and if necessary can work together with ALS (advanced life support) to provide the best level of care to our patients. Each team carries oxygen and an AED, in addition to trauma equipment, and is able to provide full BLS service to anyone in need.
All our members are at least EMT-1 (EMT-Basic) certified and are affiliated with Santa Clara County EMS. We require all our members to have a current EMT-certificate as well as a CPR for the professional rescuer certification by either the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association. StEMS is dedicated to a high level of professionalism and requires continuing education from all its members.
Starting in 2017, StEMS is now offering free hands-only CPR classes to all Stanford community members. These classes take about 20 minutes and do not result in a certification, however, they are a great way to learn the skills necessary to save a life. They are also a lot of fun.
To learn more about our classes and to request a StEMS Hands-only class for your group, visit the Hands-Only CPR page.