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NMDOH Health Alert Network Warning


New Mexico Department of Health Warns of Recent Cases of Wound Botulism in Southern New Mexico Heroin Users
New Mexico Department of Health announces a suspected case of wound botulism in a heroin user from New Mexico. Clinicians should be on the alert for cases of wound botulism, especially in injection drug users, specifically subcutaneous or intradermal injection of drugs ("skin popping") and black tar heroin users.   
Enciso- As always ensure your PPE is really available and used correctly. Sanitize with an appropriate disinfected after incidents.   

EMS Award Nominations


Honoring Excellence in New Mexico
Emergency Medical Services
The EMS Bureau is pleased to announce the call for 2017 EMS Award Nominations.   All members of the EMS Community are urged to consider potential candidates.  Please review the following categories and submit your nominations for consideration.  This is your chance to recognize someone outstanding in your agency and profession.  ANY INDIVIDUAL MAY SUBMIT NOMINATIONS.  
Please indicate clearly the category for which the nomination is being made.  No more than two typewritten pages of background narrative and documentation should be provided to support your nomination.  Nominations and supporting documentation become the property of the EMS Bureau and will not be returned.

Winners will be honored at the 2017 New Mexico Fire and EMS Expo awards dinner held in Socorro.



2017 EMS Award Nomination Form

Child Ready Home Safety Tool

The University of New Mexico, Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Child Ready Program presents the  “Home Safety Tool”.  This interactive and visually engaging tool will take you through a home, room by room and in the front and backyard, to discover safety tips to prevent common childhood injuries at home.   

Children losing their life to a preventable injury is a global epidemic.  Even more children are treated in emergency departments for a multitude of preventable injuries.  These are often serious injuries that can affect them for a lifetime.  This tool is designed to educate parents, families and caregivers to keep children safe from tragedies such as drowning, car crashes, burns, falls and many more.




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Background checks

Background checks will be required on every initial licensure beginning July 1, 2015.  Further, background checks for renewal of licensure will also begin July 1, 2015. However, due to the volume of background checks to be processed the EMS Bureau will require fingerprint backgrounds by the following alphabetical schedule:

  • Renewals due 03/31/17 (last name A-M)
  • Renewals due 03/31/18 (last name N-Z)
  • Renewals due 03/31/19 (last name N-Z)
  • Renewals due 03/31/20 (last name A-M)

A few facts about the program: 

The cost will be $44.00 for EMS Caregivers; none of this money will go to the EMS Bureau or DOH.  It will be collected at the 3M Cogent vendor location.

A list of the 3M Cogent vendor locations and other information about the process is available at

Once the Bureau initiates the program, equivalent criminal history screenings will now be accepted up to 9 months following the equivalent background check. 

Click here for answers to frequently asked questions available on the NM EMS Bureau Website

You can also go directly to the NM EMS Bureau Website for complete details on background checks:


Automatic External Defibrillators

New Mexico State Police have now equipped their patrol units with Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs). This is an integral part of the Department of Public Safety’s mission assisting in the early recognition and treatment of cardiac emergencies. Often times State Police are first on the scene of a medical emergency incident before Fire and Rescue or EMS, with the addition of AEDs to their units, the chances of individuals surviving sudden cardiac events is greatly increased. The New Mexico Emergency Medical Systems Bureau recognizes the Department of Public Safety for their role in first response and the cardiac arrest chain of survival.

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