On April 29, 2016, the Florida Advanced Surgical Transport (FIU-FAST) team officially joined the FIU family through a partnership with the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (HWCOM) and FIU’s Department of Emergency Management. This all-volunteer team of highly trained medical professionals and support staff now has access to the expertise of medical faculty, health professionals, and additional resources to help serve the community.
The only civilian team of its kind in the nation, the FIU-FAST team can supplement local hospital critical care and ICU capabilities following a terrorist attack, natural disaster, or other major incident. The team has the ability and training to set up a ten-bed intensive care unit to perform life-saving surgical procedures and critical care, as well as transport critical care patients to and from hospitals in civilian or military planes.
The original FIU-FAST Team, founded in 2007, is led by Steve Williams and staffed by nearly 100 volunteer health professionals including trauma surgeons, critical care doctors, nurses and other support personnel.
The new partnership will help expand the original team’s resources, provide additional training opportunities and help recruit new members. FIU medical and nursing students will be able to train so they can graduate with the necessary certifications to be part of the team. The new FIU-FAST team is supported by community partners that include Baptist Health South Florida, the Batchelor Foundation, Florida Blue, Leon Medical Centers, and Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.
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When disaster strikes, the Florida International University-Florida Advanced Surgical Transport team (FIU-FAST) is ready to respond.