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Division of Cardiology

Emergency Medical Services Role in SUDDEN

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) are a vital component of the SUDDEN Project.
Wake EMSSUDDEN has fostered relationships with numerous EMS agencies throughout North Carolina and is currently expanding into South Carolina and Georgia. As this project expands from strictly research to actionable interventions, we believe our relationship with EMS will grow stronger as we work together to reduce the incidence of out-of-hospital sudden unexpected death (OHSUD).

What do we need from EMS Agencies?

EMS trip data provides valuable information that allows SUDDEN researchers to determine not only who dies suddenly, but also where these events occur. To extract the data, SUDDEN helps set up an automated, electronic query of EMS clinical software based on 29 NEMSIS compliant data elements. The process is easy to set up and very low maintenance.

What do we provide to EMS Agencies?

SUDDEN is currently in the process of developing three standardized, geocoded reports – OHSUD incidence, related comorbidities, and victim demographics – that will be distributed to each participating EMS agency quarterly. Customizable reports may also be requested to gain a deeper look at OHSUD victims.


SUDDEN believes EMS will play an important role in the prevention of out-of-hospital sudden unexpected death.

Current Partnerships

We currently have active partnerships with the following North Carolina and South Carolina county EMS departments:

North Carolina

  • Franklin County EMS
  • Guilford County EMS
  • Lincoln County EMS
  • Medic: Mecklenburg County EMS
  • New Hanover County EMS
  • Onslow County EMS
  • Randolph County EMS
  • Rowan County EMS
  • Surry County EMS
  • Wake County EMS

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South Carolina

  • Charleston County EMS Department
  • Berkeley County EMS
  • Dorchester County County EMS

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