Emergency Services Institute

The WakeMed Emergency Services Institute (ESI) is a hospital-based institute that focuses on  

  • Research
  • Training 
  • Injury Prevention
  • Regional Disaster Planning and Preparedness

The ESI provides healthcare emergency management planning and strategies, staff training courses, equipment assessments, technical assistance, model plans and processes, and research related to clinical emergency medical services. Established in 2004, the ESI is a premier, dedicated institute that is viewed as a national model.

The ESI is responsible for the North Carolina trauma system’s Capital Regional Advisory Committee (Capital RAC, or CapRAC). The mission of the RAC is two-fold: to implement strategies to improve trauma care in the region and to develop regional medically-based disaster initiatives. 

ESI has grown quickly and features the

Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) Division

EH&S is WakeMed’s service team that responds and prepares others to respond to emergency situations in order to provide a safe and functional physical environment for all of WakeMed Health & Hospitals. The team oversees the following programs:

  • Emergency Management
  • Hazardous Materials and Waste Management
  • Life Safety (Fire)
  • Medical Equipment Safety
  • Workplace Safety

ESI Clinical Research Unit

The ESI Clinical Research Unit is currently conducting a number of grant-sponsored research projects, with a specific focus on simulation, training and interventions designed to improve outcomes for pediatric and adult resuscitation and disaster medical care. The ESI Clinical Research Unit also coordinates all of WakeMed’s trauma-related research, with current projects evaluating falls risk interventions, community penetrating trauma, and traumatic pediatric cardiac arrest.

ESI Special Operations Teams

The ESI provides medical and decontamination teams to support the operations of all WakeMed Health & Hospitals facilities, particularly in response to a special event or disaster. Additionally, the ESI provides medical teams that can provide first aid services for community events.