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EMT, Patient Killed in Rollover Crash in Nevada
Las Vegas (KNTV) - Two people died when an ambulance rolled over near Las Vegas Boulevard and the 215 Beltway. Nevada Highway Patrol says that an EMT in his 50s and patient in his 60s were killed. The driver of the ambulance was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries. NHP Troopers, @LVMPD_Traffic and First Responders from @AMRLasVegas have finished the escort of the fallen AMR First Responder from the scene of last nights Fatal Crash. Rest In Peace Sir. #⚫️🔴⚫️ #⚫️🔵⚫️ #nhpsocomm pic.twitter.com/zVxGKnLERu — NHP Southern Command (@NHPSouthernComm) February 13, 2018 NHP says that the ...
Source: JEMS Operations - February 13, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Joyce Lupiani, KNTV Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

Toddler Dies after Ambulance is Hit by Drunk Driver
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Police in North Carolina say the toddler who was badly hurt after an ambulance crash has died. A news release from the Winston-Salem Police Department Monday night says it was informed at 6:05 p.m. Monday that the boy had died at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Authorities offered no additional details. The boy was being taken to the hospital around 1 a.m. Sunday when a drunken driver hit the medical transport, causing it to roll over on its side, police said. Gary Oakes of Wise, Virginia, said in a brief phone interview Monday that his 3-year-old grandson had been under medical care be...
Source: JEMS Operations - February 13, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

FirstNet Brings High Quality, Efficient Care Directly to the Patient
FirstNet brings a high-quality, efficient communications network to the field Photos courtesy FirstNet Senior Public Safety Liaison, Kyle S. Richardson Ask any EMT or paramedic why they do what they do, and I can almost promise you they'll all give some form of the same answer: They went into this field to help people. Quality patient care and positive outcomes are at the very core of EMS. Today's EMS responders have tremendous capabilities to provide care to our patients, and to a very limited degree that capability is enhanced using mobile broadband communication with our medical direction system. Unfortunately, befo...
Source: JEMS Operations - February 13, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Brent Williams, EMT-P Tags: Communications & Dispatch Operations Source Type: news

A Day in the Life of a Susquehanna Valley (Pa.) EMS Paramedic
LANCASTER, Pa. (FOX43) -- When paramedics respond to the call, every second counts. "We have to be ready every day for anything that happens," said paramedic, Adam Marden. That's a major part of the job for paramedics like Marden. He's been an emergency responder since he was 16 years old and has spent nearly the last 20 years at Susquehanna Valley EMS. Marden gave Fox43 a look at how EMT's and paramedics respond to calls in Lancaster County. On the ride, they responded to a diabetic call and an emotionally distressed individual needing help. Local police were on the scene when they arrived, which happens on cal...
Source: JEMS Operations - February 13, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Jennifer Ready, Fox43 Tags: News Videos Operations Source Type: news

Helicopter Crash in Grand Canyon Leaves 3 Dead, 4 Injured
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A helicopter crash that killed three British tourists and left four others critically injured happened on tribal land in the Grand Canyon where air tours are not as highly regulated as those inside the national park. The group of friends was in Las Vegas to celebrate a birthday and took a helicopter sightseeing tour of the Grand Canyon on the Hualapai reservation, family and friends said. Killed were veterinary receptionist Becky Dobson, 27; her boyfriend Stuart Hill, a 30-year-old car salesman; and his brother, Jason Hill, a 32-year-old lawyer. Unlike the national park, air tours on the Huala...
Source: JEMS Operations - February 13, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Felicia Fonseca, Associated Press Tags: Rescue & Vehicle Extrication News Source Type: news

Beyond Lucid Technologies Deploys the MEDIVIEW ePCR and BEACON Prehospital Health Information Exchange in Colorado, Ohio, and Oklahoma
CONCORD, CA: Beyond Lucid Technologies, an award-winning health-and safety technology firm that makes software to connect EMS agencies and the care facility they serve, is proud to announce that in January 2018, it deployed the MEDIVIEW electronic patient care record platform (ePCR)—and its companion data access portal, the MEDIVIEW BEACON Prehospital Health Information Exchange, for export and integration of EMS data with care facilities—in Colorado, Oklahoma, and Ohio.                        The COLORADO deployments include a fire service in greater...
Source: JEMS Operations - February 6, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Beyond Lucid Technologies Tags: Operations Industry News Source Type: news

In Roanoke, Va. Overdoses Cause Longer Response Time, More Strain on EMS
  ROANOKE, Va. (WSLS) - The opioid epidemic is hitting home at Roanoke Fire-EMS. The city's first responders are seeing more opioid-related overdoses than in years past. "That is causing a stress on our system. You're seeing our performance indicators slightly dip. We're not able to get there as quick because our units our busier, they're tied up," said David Hoback, chief of Roanoke Fire-EMS. In 2017, Roanoke Fire-EMS responded to more than 23,000 EMS calls -- that's a 5 percent increase in the demand for EMS services compared to 2016. Chief Hoback says some of t...
Source: JEMS Operations - February 6, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Alison Wickline, WSLS Tags: News Videos Operations Source Type: news

Leading Ambulance Manufacturers Braun Industries and Demers Ambulances Joining Forces
Beloeil, Quebec, and Van Wert, Ohio – Demers Ambulances, a Quebec-based leader in the design, manufacturing, and distribution of ambulances in Canada, is merging with Braun Industries, Inc., a leader in custom ambulance manufacturing based in Ohio serving customers throughout the U.S. The combination of expertise, trusted leadership, safety-driven products, values and cultures creates a leading player within the evolving specialty vehicle industry. The terms of the merger are not disclosed. Demers is a Quebec entrepreneurial success and the oldest continuous ambulance manufacturer in North America with ambulance...
Source: JEMS Operations - February 2, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Demers Ambulances & Braun Industries Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops Industry News Source Type: news

Leading Ambulance Makers Demers and Braun Announce Merger
Beloeil, Quebec, and Van Wert, Ohio – In a major industry move, Demers Ambulances, a Quebec-based leader in the design, manufacturing, and distribution of ambulances in Canada, is merging with Braun Industries, Inc., a leader in custom ambulance manufacturing based in Ohio serving customers throughout the U.S. In a press conference held to announce the merger, Demers and Braun officials emphasized the great synergy between the two manufacturers; both are third-generation family businesses with deeply-rooted family values, a commitment to safety and a passion for their people. Innovation & Growth The goal of ...
Source: JEMS Operations - February 2, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Evidence-Based Guidelines for Combatting Fatigue in EMS
Evidence-based recommendations for combatting fatigue in EMS The job of an EMS clinician is stressful and shifts are often filled with anxiety, regardless of call volume, leading to personnel suffering mental fatigue and disrupted sleep. Photos Matthew Strauss On June 16, 2017, an EMT was criminally charged for the death of her patient. The EMT was driving an ambulance when she fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into a tree. The 55-year-old male patient died on scene. 1 On May 24, 2017, an ambulance crashed in Duanesburg, N.Y. The 64-year-old patient died on scene. News reports suggest that the driver fell asleep at ...
Source: JEMS Operations - February 2, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: P. Daniel Patterson, PhD, MPH, MS, NRP Tags: Operations Source Type: news

Hands On Product Reviews February 2018
Versatile, Variable Lighting Paramedics and EMTs like tools that can do many different jobs, because we never know what we're going to see on scene. Will you need a spotlight to help search an area, a floodlight to illuminate an entire room, or a clip light that can direct light exactly where you need it? The versatile Pelican 3410M Right Angle Light can do all three, allowing you to switch between spot, floor or both beams, and you can adjust the output for high, medium and low settings with a single push-button switch. Its glow-in-the-dark body makes it very easy to find during a power failure, and its magnetic clip make...
Source: JEMS Operations - February 1, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Fran Hildwine, BS, NREMT-P Tags: Columns Operations Equipment & Gear Source Type: news

Zurich ’s Air Medical Program Flies Seven ECMO Missions in Ten Days
In a ten day period in January, Rega aircraft in Zurich, Switzerland transported and cared for a total of seven patients, including a two-year-old child, with the most severe cardiovascular and pulmonary disease. This was made possible by a small, portable heart-lung extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) machine, which is compatible with both the ambulance jets, and the two types of helicopters used by Rega. Since 2009, Rega has been the only air rescue organization in Switzerland to have its own ECMO equipment. The devices have been instrumental in the care and transport of 25 intensive care patients annually. That&r...
Source: JEMS Operations - February 1, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT P Tags: Cardiac & Resuscitation Patient Care Operations Source Type: news

Philadelphia's Safe Injection Site Plans Spark Questions
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia wants to establish safe havens where people can inject drugs, an effort to combat skyrocketing opioid overdoses in the city. They would be places where people could shoot up under the supervision of medical professionals who could administer an overdose antidote if necessary. But there are more questions than answers on how it would work and what it would look like, and if it could even legally get up and running. "We know from other centers that they save lives," Public Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley said in announcing the plans this week. "But it is complicated...
Source: JEMS Operations - January 28, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Kristen De Groot, Associated Press Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

Choosing the Best Air Ambulance Medical Transportation Company: 10 tips that may help
Choosing the best out of many can be a tedious task but is very important. Many factors go into deciding the best. Comparison on different standards can be daunting. Fortunately, AMB life makes it easier for you by providing you with a global portal containing both local and global ambulance providers along with their ancillaries. However, the task of picking the rightful one ultimately rests with you. There are few things that must be looked for while taking the above decision.   Look for license and/or accreditation: An outdated aircraft is never desirable whatever be the costs and services offered. Furthermore, it...
Source: JEMS Operations - January 27, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: AMB Life Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops Industry News Source Type: news

New National Standard Unifies Active Shooter/Hostile Event Response Plans
Las Vegas.  Orlando.  New York.  Boston.  Sandy Hook.  These are all names that need little description to many of us when it comes to recalling an “active shooter” or “hostile event” incident – where one person, or a group of people, decided that it was time to kill and maim as many innocent people as possible.  But what about FreightCar America, Memorial Tire and Auto, or the Melbourne Square Mall?  Those were also places that had this type of incident occur within the last three years, but because of limited national airtime, might be incidents that you&rs...
Source: JEMS Operations - January 26, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Gregory Bogosian, Blauer.com Tags: Major Incidents Operations Source Type: news

CMC Marks 40th Anniversary with a Refreshed Brand, New Website, and Game-Changing 2018 Product Roadmap
CMC Rescue, the California-based company that’s dedicated to helping save lives and keeping people safe, today marked its 40th anniversary year with the introduction of a refreshed name, a new website and plans to introduce a series of groundbreaking products for both the rescue and rope access markets throughout 2018. According to CEO Rich Phillips, CMC Rescue will go forward as CMC, a company rooted in rescue that is now equipped with a brand identity that accurately reflects the expanded range of its business, and its commitment to providing all work-at-height professionals with innovative life safety gear and ...
Source: JEMS Operations - January 26, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: CMC Rescue Tags: Industry News Administration and Leadership Equipment & Gear Source Type: news

Federal Agencies Investigate Tesla "Autopilot" Crash
DETROIT (AP) — Two federal agencies have dispatched teams to investigate the California crash of a Tesla Model S electric car that may have been operating under its semi-autonomous "Autopilot" system. It's the second time the National Transportation Safety Board and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have investigated the performance of Autopilot, which keeps a vehicle centered in its lane at a set distance from cars in front of it and also can change lanes and brake automatically. The safety board sent two investigators to Culver City on Tuesday, according to spokesman Peter Knudson, while ...
Source: JEMS Operations - January 25, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Tom Krisher & Dee-Ann Durbin, Associated Press Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

Ohio EMS Agencies Report Saline Shortages
Ohio (FOX8) - The Ohio Division of EMS said early results of a survey show about 148 EMS agencies across the state are experiencing a shortage of saline solution often used in IV bags. The division said about 43% of the 346 EMS agencies who responded to their survey reported to be impacted by the nationwide saline fluid shortage. The fluid is primarily manufactured by a company located in Puerto Rico where production was disrupted for months after Hurricane Maria devastated the island and knocked out nearly the entire electrical grid. Parma Fire Department has not felt the impacts of the shortage, but is preparing for...
Source: JEMS Operations - January 24, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Adrienne DiPiazza, Fox8 Tags: News Videos Operations Source Type: news

While You're Taking Care of Others, Who's Taking Care of You?
It’s late Monday afternoon, you’ve been running back-to-back calls, you missed breakfast and lunch was a fleeting thought. Now, finally, a break! You’re starving and the monster in your stomach insists on grabbing the first thing it can find. That’s when you see the famous golden arches. Fifteen minutes later you’ve easily consumed 1,000 calories. Worse yet, you’re now irritable and still hungry. Sound familiar? Unfortunately, this is the norm for EMS providers. After all those carbs and fat, you’re tired, sluggish and regret begins to step in. How do we get back to feeling better?...
Source: JEMS Operations - January 23, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Sandy Roth, EMT-P Tags: Operations Source Type: news

Paramedic Dies in Possible Fatigue-Related Ambulance Crash
MIAMI COUNTY, Ind. (WNDU) - A paramedic from Mishawaka died Monday morning after an ambulance hit a car while transporting a patient. Indiana State Police say the driver of the ambulance allegedly fell asleep prior to the crash. It happened at around 3:45 a.m. on U.S. 31 at State Road 218 in Miami County, Indiana.   A preliminary investigation found that Christine Wesner, a 26-year-old from Wyatt, was driving the ambulance southbound and failed to stop at a red light. The ambulance hit a Dodge Dart driven by Joseph Farrar, a 30-year-old from Brownsburg. The ambulance rolled onto its side, and 32-year-old paramed...
Source: JEMS Operations - January 23, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Kim Shine, WNDU Tags: News Videos Operations Source Type: news

Step-by-Step Drone Preconference to be Offered EMS Today
You saw it on the news yesterday: An unmanned drone, launched by Australian lifeguards, dropped a lifesaving raft with pinpoint precision to two ocean swimmers in distress well before lifeguards could reach them. Now you can see it at the upcoming EMS Today Conference in Charlotte Feb. 20-23. The Drones & Artificial Intelligence (AI) as Tools for Public Safety is a full-day workshop that will present this type of lifesaving drone and more. You'll hear from industry-leading drone expert Douglas Spotted Eagle; from consulting, education and implementation group, Sundance Media Group (SMG); and Andreas Clae...
Source: JEMS Operations - January 20, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT P Tags: Rescue & Vehicle Extrication Operations Equipment Gear Source Type: news

Drone Rescue Executed off Australian Beach
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A flying drone has dropped a flotation device to two teens caught in a riptide in heavy seas off the Australian coast in what officials describe as a world-first rescue. Monty Greenslade and Gabe Vidler got into trouble on Thursday at Lennox Head, 750 kilometers (470 miles) north of Sydney. They were about a kilometer (0.6 mile) from lifeguards who were about to start training with the new drones, equipped with a camera, rescue gear and six rotors. After a friend raised the alert, lifeguard Jai Sheridan said he piloted the drone to the swimmers and dropped a rescue pod minutes faster than l...
Source: JEMS Operations - January 18, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Rod McGuirk, Associated Press Tags: News Operations Equipment & Gear Source Type: news

Crestline ’s 2018 Ambulance Product Guide
Crestline Coach, a global leader in ambulance and specialty vehicle manufacturing, released its annual product showcase ebook. The downloadable eBook provides an inside look into how Crestline product is manufactured to be the safest and most durable product in the marketplace. Readers will also learn how Crestline is continuing advances in ambulance safety and patient care through unparalleled designs and industry firsts. “At Crestline, we combine the ingenuity and craftsmanship of our talented staff with the latest in manufacturing automation, tools and processes to produce and deliver a superior product. Our ma...
Source: JEMS Operations - January 18, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Crestline Coach Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops Industry News Operations Source Type: news

48 Injured, Mostly Children, in German School Bus Accident
BERLIN (AP) — A bus carrying children to school in southern Germany hit multiple cars and then slammed into the side of a building without braking, injuring 48 people early Tuesday, including 10 seriously, police said. The injured were 43 children and the bus driver, as well as other adults who were aboard the bus, said Mannheim police spokesman Christoph Kunkel. Three helicopters and 10 ambulances rushed to the scene in the town of Eberbach, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) east of Mannheim, to bring the injured to area hospitals for treatment. The bus crashed just after 7 a.m. as it was driving around a left-hand ben...
Source: JEMS Operations - January 16, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: Rescue & Vehicle Extrication News Source Type: news

Colleagues Remember Mecklenburg County, N.C. Paramedic
CONCORD, N.C. (WSOC) - Family, friends and co-workers said their final goodbyes to a paramedic who was shot and killed in Concord. A large processional and funeral was held Friday afternoon for Rebekah Hart-O'Sullivan who authorities said was shot and killed by her husband.   (Source: JEMS Operations)
Source: JEMS Operations - January 16, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Stephanie Tinoco, WSOC Tags: News Videos Administration and Leadership Operations Source Type: news

Demers Ambulances Selected by MedStar Mobile Healthcare as Lead Proponent to Build 60 Ambulances for Texas
January 11, 2018 – Demers Ambulances, a North American leader in ambulance manufacturing, has been selected as the lead proponent to build 60 ambulances for MedStar Mobile Healthcare, a high-performance emergency medical services and mobile healthcare system based in Fort Worth, Texas. Demers Ambulances and its local dealer partner expect a finalized contract within the next few weeks. It is anticipated that the initial rollout of the new Demers ambulances will begin early in the summer, with MedStar-wide implementation of the first production build by end of 2018. Under the terms of the agreement, Demers will manufa...
Source: JEMS Operations - January 12, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Demers Ambulances Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops Industry News Source Type: news

American Academy of Nursing Releases Position Statement on Nurse Fatigue
Washington, D.C.–– The American Academy of Nursing today released its position statement recommending policies and practices that promote adequate, high quality sleep for nurses to contribute to safe nursing practice and patient care. The U.S. healthcare system requires critical nursing services around the clock, leading to many nurses working overnight hours and having irregular shifts. The human bodies’ circadian rhythm naturally promotes activity during the day and sleep at night. Long and irregular shift hours, such as a 12-hour work day, disrupts this natural sleep cycle, and has the chance to affect...
Source: JEMS Operations - January 12, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: American Academy of Nursing Tags: Operations Industry News Source Type: news

San Diego's Hepatitis A Outbreak Spreads to Utah, Officials Say
SPANISH FORK, Utah (AP) — Thousands of people may have been exposed to hepatitis A in Utah amid a widening outbreak that originally spread from a large epidemic in San Diego, health officials said Wednesday. Infected workers may have exposed customers at two Salt Lake City area restaurants and a convenience store, authorities said. All three locations were linked to a Utah outbreak that began in August among Salt Lake City's homeless population and illicit drug users. Tests connected it to an outbreak in San Diego that killed 20 people and sickened hundreds more, said Salt Lake County Health Department spokesman Nich...
Source: JEMS Operations - January 11, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

In One Wisconsin Town, Volunteers are 'Tripling Up' on Public Safety
PALMYRA, Wisc. (TMJ4)  - In Palmyra, Wisconsin, a town of about 1,800 people, a firefighter is a police officer is an EMT. They're hiring people to be public safety officers and do every job. If you're sick or hurt and you call 9-1-1, you want someone there quickly. Across the country, budget cuts are making it more difficult to staff departments and keep up with demand. Palmyra doesn't have many emergencies, but when they do, the expectation is the same. "When you're in that situation, you want them there, you know, yesterday," said Heidi Deuster. Read more... (Source: JEMS Operations)
Source: JEMS Operations - January 11, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Casey Geraldo, TMJ4 Tags: News Videos Administration and Leadership Operations Source Type: news

California Residents Rescued from Burn Areas As Storms Bring Mud, Flooding
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Crews rescued residents from inundated homes Tuesday as mud and debris from wildfire-scarred hillsides flowed through neighborhoods and onto a key Southern California highway during a powerful winter storm that dropped record rain across the state. Helicopters were being used even during the downpours because roads were blocked, Santa Barbara County spokeswoman Amber Anderson said. "The primary issue right now is access. We've got trees and power lines down," she said. Rain water pools where a Fountaingrove neighborhood home once stood Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, in Santa Rosa, Calif. Storms b...
Source: JEMS Operations - January 9, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Christopher Weber, Associated Press Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

EMS Agency in Cumberland County, Pa. Purchases Tactical Vests for Providers
MT. HOLLY SPRINGS, Pa. (WHTM) – A local EMS is taking their protection into their own hands. Yellow Breeches EMS in Cumberland County is now equipped with 15 bulletproof vests. They say there was no specific incident that spurred them; it’s just an extra protective measure.   Assistant Chief Cam Baer says the safety of her staff is a top priority. “I hope to never have to use it, but I’ve been on a few incidences where I probably should have had it,” Baer said. “They were police incidents, not that we were being shot at or anything. Having it makes me feel more secure, that I have ...
Source: JEMS Operations - January 9, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Miranda Ruiz, WHTM Tags: News Videos Operations Equipment & Gear Source Type: news

High Water 2018 Floodwater Rescue Conference set for April 6-8
OKLAHOMA CITY - High Water 2018, a three-day floodwater rescue conference for firefighters, EMS and other first responders will be April 6-8, 2018, at Oklahoma City’s RIVERSPORT Rapids whitewater center in downtown Oklahoma City. During this three-day event, first responders will learn both new and proven water rescue skills, refresh basic skills, and have the opportunity to hear nationally recognized presenters. Classroom sessions will cover topics such as high-water vehicle use, search dog use in floodwater, GPS and floodwater searching, hydrology review and more. A variety of water-based courses will take place...
Source: JEMS Operations - January 9, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation Tags: Industry News Operations Source Type: news

Z-Medica Officially Launches QuikClot Control+
Wallingford, CT, Lake Buena Vista, FL – Z-Medica, LLC, a leading developer and marketer of hemostatic devices, announces today that QuikClot Control+ is now commercially available. The announcement is being made in advance of the 2018 EAST Annual Scientific Assembly of the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma (EAST), January 9-13 at the Disney Contemporary Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, where Z-Medica will be exhibiting. Cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in June of 2017 under the de novo classification process, QuikClot Control+ is the first and only hemostatic dressing cleared for ...
Source: JEMS Operations - January 9, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Z-Medica Tags: Industry News Equipment & Gear Source Type: news

In Va. EMS Agencies Prepare for Cold Weather Calls
BLACKSBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) While many are doing their best to stay warm, emergencies can happen. And if people need help, ambulances are ready to keep them warm. According to the Blacksburg Volunteer Fire Department, it's usually when it snows or is icy on roads and walkways that more calls come in. But recent frigid temperatures can make many calls much harder. Squad Chief David English explained, "If a patient is trapped outside, like in a vehicle, and it takes some time to extricate them out of the vehicle, or maybe they just fell on the ice or in the snow somewhere, there's other considerations that we need to ...
Source: JEMS Operations - January 4, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Eamon O'Meara, WDBJ7 Tags: News Videos Operations Source Type: news

Yellow Ambulance Uses Binder Lift on 500lb Patient Wedged in Tub
Daviess County, KY: The Situation: When Dinah Chapman of Yellow Ambulance responded to a call of a man stuck in a tub, she didn't realize just how stuck he was. When she and the rest of her crew arrived in the patient's bathroom, they found a 500-pound man wedged in the bottom of his Jacuzzi-style tub. "Not only was he naked, he was also wet," Chapman recalled. "We had plenty of hands on deck, but in that small bathroom, there wasn't enough room to get eight people around him." As the smallest responder on scene, Chapman was the one to balance on the side of the tub and maneuver around the patient. From...
Source: JEMS Operations - January 4, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: BinderLift Tags: Industry News Operations Equipment & Gear Source Type: news

Two-Time Olympian and Patient Champion Announces Collaboration with Air Medical Transport Provider Angel MedFlight
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Six-time Olympic gold medalist, Amy Van Dyken-Rouen is announcing her 2018 collaboration with Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance. As a patient advocate for spinal cord injuries (SCI), Van Dyken-Rouen is teaming up with the medical transport provider to share her positive message with healthcare providers, critical care patients, and their families. Since her spinal cord injury in 2014, Van Dyken-Rouen has emerged as a powerful champion for the patient community she calls "differently-abled". Six-time Olympic gold medalist Amy Van Dyken-Rouen is collaborating with the Angel MedFlight t...
Source: JEMS Operations - January 3, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Angel MedFlight Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops Industry News Source Type: news

Hands On Product Reviews January 2018
Pen for Your Pants Pocket Pens are one of those items EMS folks always need to have on hand. Providers often fall into two groups regarding pens: One group carries high-quality pens which get deconned when needed, and the second group carries cheap pens which are disposed of when soiled. Yet another concern is the volunteer who often responds in jeans and a T-shirt coming from their local civilian job. The new Pokka Pen is specifically designed to be carried in a pants pocket and provide a high-quality writing experience. Measuring at a compact length of 3 3/8" when stored, the Pokka Pen won’t jab you in the leg...
Source: JEMS Operations - January 2, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Fran Hildwine, BS, NREMT-P Tags: Columns Equipment & Gear Source Type: news

Implementing Tactical EMS in a Rural EMS Agency
Photo David Bowers   How a rural EMS agency implemented a tactical EMS program The police officer was waiting for the EMS crew when they exited the ambulance. “We have an active shooter at the middle school with multiple patients,” he said, holding an AR-15 replica training rifle. “The immediate area has been cleared but is not secured.” “Copy that,” said Brian Carr, a captain with Jackson Hole Fire/EMS (JHFEMS), before turning to his partner who was already to donning his tactical gear. “Let’s go!” As Captain Carr and his partner, paramedic Chris Stiehl, followe...
Source: JEMS Operations - January 2, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Will Smith, MD, NRP, FAWM Tags: Major Incidents Training Operations Source Type: news

Study Attempts to Attach a Price Tag to Aeromedical Overtriage
This study was a retrospective review of records from the trauma registry at a Level 1 trauma center in Palm Beach County, Fla. The study population was adult patients (> 18 years old) receiving a trauma alert activation upon arrival to the hospital between 2011 to 2015. Exclusion criteria included nonsurvivable injuries, major burns and those who were dead upon arrival. After exclusion criteria was applied, 4,288 patients were included within the study. The researchers first divided the study group between patients transported by air vs. ground, then performed statistical analyses to determine if there was a difference...
Source: JEMS Operations - January 1, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Sean J. Britton, MPA, NRP Tags: Columns Operations Source Type: news

You ’ve Got to Know the Territory to Find the Patient
Three valuable skills for locating patients every time My dog and I had our morning walk today through a neighborhood I’d been meaning to get to know better. It’s a new development, an offshoot from a more established area. I started to turn down Abbey Mill Boulevard, but Google Maps set me straight, sending us a half-mile further to Abbey Mill Drive. I derived three benefits from this jaunt: a happy dog, some good exercise and a better map of the area in my head. Who hasn’t been blindsided by similar road names when traveling to the scene? (It’s usually at night, in a blizzard and coming from the l...
Source: JEMS Operations - January 1, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Kate Dernocoeur, NREMT Tags: Columns Operations Source Type: news

Pro Bono: Can You Really Protect All Patient Information?
Patient privacy can only go so far Many communication practices play an important role in ensuring that a patient receives prompt and effective prehospital healthcare. Due to the nature of these practices, as well as the unique environment of EMS field medicine, the potential exists for the patient’s protected health information (PHI) to be disclosed “incidentally.” Incidental disclosure is part of the normal course of providing care to the patient, or, put another way, is “incident to” that care. A bystander may overhear an EMS provider’s conversation with another provider about the pat...
Source: JEMS Operations - January 1, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Steve Wirth, Esq., EMT-P Tags: Columns Administration and Leadership Operations Source Type: news

Israeli EMS Innovations
This article highlights those advances and innovations.   A Coordinated Effort Most Israelis serve in the military for a mandatory period of time, and then continue to serve at least once a year in reserve duty. Reserve duty can include as many as five different deployments per year, depending on a person’s rank and position. Because of this, there’s ongoing crossover between the military and civilian arenas. Often, what a person learns in one area is applicable in both. (Source: JEMS Operations)
Source: JEMS Operations - January 1, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Dov Maisel, EMT-P Tags: Operations Equipment & Gear Source Type: news

Deputy Recalls Rescuing 8-Year-Old Boy From Frozen Pond
NEW HARMONY, Utah (AP) — A Utah sheriff's deputy said Tuesday he was desperate and numb from the cold as he punched and stomped his way into a frozen pond on Christmas Day to pull out an 8-year-old boy who had fallen through the ice while chasing his dog. With cuts on his forearms, Washington County sheriff's Sgt. Aaron Thompson said at a news conference that rescuers believe the child was in the 37-degree water for about 30 minutes until the deputy rescued him. "I couldn't feel anything. I didn't notice anything when I was doing it," Thompson said. "I knew that time was of the essence. I had a very sh...
Source: JEMS Operations - December 26, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

Priority Ambulance Promotes Terry Johnson to Southeast Regional President
Priority Ambulance today announced the promotion of Terry Johnson to Southeast Regional President as part of the company’s operational leadership strategy to position the company for further growth. The Southeast region includes Priority Ambulance’s significant footprint in Georgia and East Tennessee. “Since he joined the Priority Ambulance family of companies, I have been impressed with Terry’s tremendous leadership and innovative, dedicated approach to operations management,” said Priority Ambulance CEO Bryan Gibson. “Based on past performance and his incredible potential, I am confide...
Source: JEMS Operations - December 21, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Priority Ambulance Tags: Operations Industry News Source Type: news

Firefighter Dies, Thousands More Take on California Blaze
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — One of the thousands of firefighters battling a series of wildfires across Southern California has died, but authorities gave no hint of how. San Diego-based Cory Iverson was assigned to the blaze northwest of Los Angeles, which has become the fourth largest in California history. Iverson, 32, was an engineer with a state fire engine strike team. He died Thursday. Dozens of police and fire vehicles escorted a hearse carrying Iverson's flag-draped body to the county medical examiner's office in Ventura. Iverson had been with the state since 2009, said Fire Chief Ken Pimlott of the Californ...
Source: JEMS Operations - December 15, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Operations Source Type: news

Bombing Highlights NYC Subway System's Vulnerability
NEW YORK (AP) — The crude pipe bomb that exploded beneath the streets of New York this week served as a chilling reminder of the vulnerability of the city's subway system, a 24-hour-a-day operation with 472 stations and more than 5 million daily riders. While police say the nation's largest subway system has some of the tightest security possible that still allows busy New Yorkers to get where they're going, they acknowledge they can't be everywhere or anticipate every kind of attack, particularly in this era of lone-wolf terrorism. "It's very difficult, and it's getting harder," John Miller, the New York P...
Source: JEMS Operations - December 13, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Colleen Long and Larry Neumeister, Associated Press Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

In their Down Time, Denver Paramedics Crochet for a Good Cause
DENVER (CBS4)– A pair of Denver Health paramedics have come up with a way to pass the time between emergencies. It isn’t busy work, rather handiwork with a purpose. When they are not on a call, they are answering a calling to help others. Denver Health Paramedic Ame Lozano will tell you her job is often fast-paced and always unpredictable. “It can get stressful sometimes,” Lozano told CBS4 Health Specialist Kathy Walsh. But then, sometimes, there can be silence for the rest of the shift.    (Source: JEMS Operations)
Source: JEMS Operations - December 13, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Kathy Walsh, CBS4 Tags: News Videos Operations Source Type: news

CertaDose Wins Johnson & Johnson Innovation Award For Advancing Safety in Healthcare
Denver, CO and San Antonio, TX -- One of the most common mistakes made in emergency rooms is giving children the wrong dose of medicine. Emerging medical device start-up CertaDose, Inc. was recognized by Johnson & Johnson Innovation LLC as having a potential solution for this problem and named the winner of its QuickFire Challenge: Advancing the Safe Use of Healthcare Products.  CertaDose was selected out of nearly 100 applicants from across the world, based on its potential to significantly reduce pediatric medication dosing errors and affect change in the practice of emergency medicine with its color-coded ...
Source: JEMS Operations - December 12, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: CertaDose Tags: Industry News Equipment & Gear Source Type: news

Life Link III Announces Marshfield Clinic Health System as New Consortium Member & Plans for New Base of Operations in Marshfield, Wisconsin
Minneapolis, MN - Life Link III is pleased to announce that Marshfield Clinic Health System will be joining as a member of the Life Link III consortium and plans to establish a new base of operations in Marshfield, Wisconsin with initial coverage beginning in early 2018 with full operations ramping up in the following months. Marshfield Clinic Health System marks the tenth member of the Life Link III consortium, a unique model which focuses on collaboration across competing health care providers to advance access to critical care. The Marshfield base will be a 24-hour operation, establishing Life Link III’s eigh...
Source: JEMS Operations - December 12, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Life Link III Tags: Industry News Operations Source Type: news

EMT Speaks Out After Helping Gunshot Victim in Road Rage Shooting
HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- It was dramatic video we first brought you on ABC13 Wednesday afternoon, a road rage shooting on Westheimer Road that left an innocent bystander hurt. Eyewitness News reporter Erica Simon was just feet away as this all unfolded, and now she's speaking with the EMT, credited with saving the victim in all of this. Some say Bre Jackson was in the right place at the right time. She calls it simply doing her job as she left Chipotle. "I had just grabbed lunch and I heard gunshots as soon as I walked out of the door. I immediately went to my car to seek shelter and as I was driving out trying to ex...
Source: JEMS Operations - December 12, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Erica Simon, ABC13 Tags: News Videos Operations Source Type: news