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May 2, 2002

Venture provides emergency medical help for boaters

UPMC Health System recently announced a joint venture with StarMD, LLC, that enables emergency medicine physicians to provide direct assistance to recreational boaters of Trade Wind Yachts.

The service offers recreational boaters first-aid equipment and puts them in immediate contact with an emergency medicine physician in the event of an emergency.

The contacted physician uses information provided by StarMD to track the patient out at sea and decide if immediate medical attention is needed. Ted Delbridge, assistant professor of emergency medicine at Pitt's School of Medicine and medical director of UPMC Presbyterian's emergency department, will serve as medical director of the program.

Trade Wind Yachts provides sailing vacations, sailing courses and a variety of yacht management services.

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