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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

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

Denver's EMS System Responds to Growing Traffic Problems
DENVER, Colo. (KUSA) - Paramedics experience the same headaches battling backups during rush hour - only their dilemmas are more life or death than just getting home in time for dinner.  The Denver Health Paramedic Division has a deadline to reach anywhere in the city in under nine minutes for 90 percent of their calls. It’s part of an agreement with the City and County of Denver and for some surrounding areas.   To make sure that’s possible, they're using new technology and changing where ambulances are staged before they respond to calls.  "The easy answer is put more resources into our s...
Source: JEMS Operations - December 7, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Anusha Roy, KUSA Tags: News Videos Operations Communications & Dispatch Source Type: news

A Tried and True Approach to Escaping from Sinking Vehicles —And The Guy Behind the Testing
He’s affectionately called “Dr. Popsicle,” a label that stuck from a magazine article about this modern-day Houdini who can escape unscathed from frigid water and sunken vehicles, although he doesn't go down into the cold depths shackled in chains. It’s his job, his interest, and something the media likes to cover because it’s “sexy,” which means his research doesn’t have to clamor for attention. He’s been featured in several big-name magazines and television channels, including a feature article in Outside, which, in 2003, described him resolutely skiing into frigid wa...
Source: JEMS Operations - December 4, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Audrey Frazier Tags: Training Rescue & Vehicle Extrication Operations Source Type: news

Developing EMS Quality Indicators in Nordic Countries
Measuring EMS quality in the Nordic countries Nordic Collaboration Editor's note: Although we usually present a single piece of research in this column, this month we instead present an important article on efforts to benchmark EMS quality in Nordic countries-Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Iceland. Prehospital services are in transition in the Nordic countries, with similar trends worldwide. Increase in population, longer life expectancy and a rapidly growing elderly population increase the need for healthcare, including EMS and out-of-hospital care. The percentage of growth in the number of calls to Norw...
Source: JEMS Operations - December 1, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Janne K. Kj øllesdal Tags: Operations Source Type: news

Drug-Related Behavioral Issues Pose Health Risks to EMS Providers
Drug-related behavioral outbursts pose health risk to providers You and your partner are dispatched to a restroom in a public park for a 26-year-old unresponsive male. Bystanders had called 9-1-1 after finding the man. On arrival, you initially find "Patient A" obtunded, but he begins to respond as he's moved, so you and your partner can provide medical care. As he becomes more alert, the patient becomes increasingly agitated and aggressive. He begins to intentionally strike his head on the floor, causing his upper lip and mouth to bleed. Attempting to load him onto the stretcher, he bites your part...
Source: JEMS Operations - December 1, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Christine McGuire-Wolfe, PhD, CIC, CPH, EMT-P Tags: Operations Source Type: news

Hands On Product Reviews December 2017
Stethoscope Safe Storage The stethoscope is one of the tools we use on almost every patient. Some EMS providers carry a stethoscope draped around their neck, others in their pants pocket or in their first-in bag. The problem with storing a stethoscope in a first-in bag is the high probability of something breaking the diaphragm and rendering it useless as an assessment tool. Firefighter paramedic Greg Sumner invented Stethosafe after getting tired of finding broken stethoscopes in his airway bag. Stethosafe is like a helmet for your stethoscope; the rigid plastic cover quickly slips around the stethoscope head to preven...
Source: JEMS Operations - December 1, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Fran Hildwine, BS, NREMT-P Tags: Columns Operations Equipment & Gear Source Type: news

Drone Interrupts Fire Surveillance Efforts
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Forestry officials diverted a surveillance plane from its assigned path because a drone hovered above a northern Arkansas wildfire, prompting them to caution people that airborne efforts to take unique photographs endanger pilots and those working below. State Forester Joe Fox said Wednesday that he doesn't believe a drone operator deliberately interfered with firefighting efforts in Tuesday's incident, but he is worried that the danger will increase as more hobbyists obtain aircraft. "When there's a fire, people drive out and want to watch it. It's just a natural curiosity," Fox sa...
Source: JEMS Operations - November 30, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Kelly Kissel, Associated Press Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

Apprio Team Fortifies FEMA ’s Center for Domestic Preparedness in Response to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria
Washington, D.C. — Apprio, a leading provider of specialized technology solutions, particularly for the health, defense and homeland security markets, today announced the company’s training support staff performed program management and training support for Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) activated Personnel Mobilization Center (PMC) at the agency’s Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) in response to hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Under the contract, Apprio’s training staff played a vital role in the coordination and scheduling all of the support required to tra...
Source: JEMS Operations - November 29, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Apprio, Inc. Tags: Operations Industry News Source Type: news

3 Dead After Medical Helicopter Crash in Eastern Arkansas
DEWITT, Ark. (AP) — A pilot and two medical personnel were killed when a medical helicopter that was flying to a hospital in eastern Arkansas crashed in a rural area Sunday night. No patients were on board at the time. The cause of the crash is not yet known but federal agencies are investigating. Arkansas County Sheriff Todd Wright said a witness saw the helicopter spiral out of the sky about 7:55 p.m. Sunday, disturbing thousands of geese to the point that "they were louder than she had ever heard before." The helicopter crashed on a levee adjacent to Hampton Reservoir near Lodge Corner in Arkansas County...
Source: JEMS Operations - November 21, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

Four Residents Still Missing in Pa. Senior Center Fire
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Four people are missing and presumed dead following last week's fire at a Pennsylvania senior living community. The massive blaze tore through Barclay Friends Senior Living Community in West Chester late Thursday, injuring more than two-dozen people and displacing 133 residents. The cause is still unknown. Officials previously had suggested that not all the residents had made it out alive, but they didn't reveal the number of missing until Monday afternoon. A husband and wife as well as two other elderly women hadn't been found "and we aren't expecting good news," Chester County District...
Source: JEMS Operations - November 21, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Anthony Izaguirre, Associated Press Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

Medical Helicopter Crashes in Arkansas, Three Crew Members Killed
Arkansas (ABC News) - A medical helicopter crashed in eastern Arkansas on Sunday, killing three crew members on board, authorities said. The air ambulance was not transporting patients at the time of the crash, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The helicopter belonged to Pafford EMS, according to a statement posted on the company's Facebook page. Read more... (Source: JEMS Operations)
Source: JEMS Operations - November 20, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Karma Allen, ABC News Tags: News Videos Operations Source Type: news

Rescue Efforts Continue in Athens Outskirts after Massive Flash Flooding
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Flash floods turned roads into raging torrents of mud and debris on the fringes of Greece's capital Wednesday, killing at least 14 people, inundating homes and businesses and knocking out a section of a major highway. There were fears the death toll could rise further as rescue crews searched for potentially missing people in flooded homes and streets on the western outskirts of Athens. The flooding came after a severe overnight storm brought driving rain to the area. Roads turned into muddy rivers that carried away vehicles, tossing them into piles on roadsides and against fences and buildings....
Source: JEMS Operations - November 15, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Elena Becatoros, Associated Press Tags: Rescue & Vehicle Extrication News Source Type: news

DT Research Announces First Complete Vehicle Mount Tablet Solution Purpose-built for First Responders, Field Service and Military
PHILADELPHIA, IACP 2017 - October 23, 2017 – DT Research, the leading designer and manufacturer of purpose-built computing solutions for vertical markets, today announced a complete vehicle mount tablet solution that includes a 12.5 inch Full HD display tablet (optional 4K Ultra HD) with a slim folding keyboard cradle. This is the first rugged tablet and vehicle mount solution designed by one manufacturer to ensure guaranteed compatibility and seamless interoperability for superior information capture/transfer and mobile communications through a dual pass-through antenna. The light, durable and highly reliable IP65 m...
Source: JEMS Operations - November 10, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: DT Research Tags: Operations Industry News Equipment & Gear Source Type: news

In Baltimore, Combined Police/EMT Response Tactics Get Medical Care to Patients Quickly
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — From a small Texas church to Las Vegas to Harford County, recent mass shootings have horrified people across America, and their growing frequency is changing the way police and paramedics respond together. (Source: JEMS Operations)
Source: JEMS Operations - November 7, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Mike Hellgren, WJZ Tags: Major Incidents News Videos Operations Source Type: news

TeamEMS: Enriching Lives of Emergency Medical Professionals
Steamboat Springs, CO: On any given day, at any given time, a life-changing traumatic event can inflict pain and suffering. Auto accidents, violent crimes, recreational mishaps, intoxicated negligence, and more can lead to death or long term disability. These events have the potential to permanently transform lives, often in painful and negative ways. At any given moment, professionals in every corner of our country are prepared and ready to respond to these victims. Every time an incident occurs, a large and vast pool of professionals jump into action without hesitation or question. Their titles and licenses are of no con...
Source: JEMS Operations - November 7, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Team EMS Tags: Industry News Operations Source Type: news

Crestline Awarded $23.7 Million Contract For BCEHS Ambulances
NSaskatoon, SK, Canada – Crestline Coach, a global leader in ambulance and specialty vehicle manufacturing, has secured a multi-year deal with BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS). Manufacturing is currently underway at Crestline’s production headquarters, situated in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, with delivery scheduled to begin early 2018. BCEHS is a long-standing customer of Crestline Coach, purchasing over 750 ambulances and specialty vehicles since 1995. Crestline and BCEHS worked closely to develop two prototypes to meet BCEHS’s urban and rural fleet needs. The prototypes are similar in design to BCEHS...
Source: JEMS Operations - November 7, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Crestline Coach Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops Industry News Operations Source Type: news

Public Schools in Richmond, Va. Equipped with Stop The Bleed Kits
RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — It’s every parent’s worst nightmare — a shooting at your child’s school. It’s something we all hope never happens, but now, local school staff are being equipped to respond if the worst were to ever occur. 8News got a look inside Richmond Public Schools as the new ‘bleed kits’ were delivered. Richmond Ambulance Authority and VCU Medical Center delivered the so-called “bleed kits,” or hemorrhage control kits, to Richmond Public Schools. The kits have essential tools to respond to an emergency. (Source: JEMS Operations)
Source: JEMS Operations - November 3, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Whitney Harris, WRIC Tags: News Videos Patient Care Operations Source Type: news

Chicago Paramedic Has Responded to Calls from Every Ambulance in the City
Chicago (FOX32) - A Chicago paramedic reached a personal milestone on Wednesday, one that was decades in the making. Terry Sullivan wanted to handle at least one emergency call from every one of the city's 75 ambulances. Paramedic Terry Sullivan responded to a call early Wednesday morning in ambulance number 75 in West Englewood. It's the ambulance that helped him hit his goal, handling a call in every one of Chicago’s firehouses that has an ambulance. Read more... (Source: JEMS Operations)
Source: JEMS Operations - November 2, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Larry Yellen, FOX32 Chicago Tags: News Videos Ambulances & Vehicle Ops Operations Source Type: news

Artificial Intelligence and EMS
Advances in artificial intelligence impacts EMS In the early 1980s, Jack Stout wrote a series in JEMS introducing the concepts of fractile response times, system status management (SSM) and high-performance EMS. For the next 15 years, he worked tirelessly to explore new thinking about how EMS was delivered.1 Jack showed us that knowledge is gained by capturing data, and that the insights gained could give us powerful information and make us more efficient. SSM was revolutionary because Jack showed us all how to correlate computer aided dispatch data, incident dates, times and locations to predict peak times in order to sch...
Source: JEMS Operations - November 2, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT P Tags: Columns Operations Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Hands On Product Reviews November 2017
Professional Polo What defines the EMS uniform? In England, Australia, the Netherlands and many other countries, there's a national EMS uniform and everyone knows who the medics are. In the U.S., uniform styles are as diverse as the population. Some agencies wear navy blue with metal badges, others wear flight suits and still others wear polo shirts and khaki pants. The overarching mandate is for uniforms to be professional, durable and functional. The new Performance Pro Polo from Blauer thoroughly addresses these mandates. The no-fade fabric resists pilling and wrinkles, while the no-curl collar maintains a professional ...
Source: JEMS Operations - November 2, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Fran Hildwine, BS, NREMT-P Tags: Columns Operations Equipment & Gear Source Type: news

Groundbreaking Data Collected on Mental Health of First Responders
Groundbreaking data collected on mental health of first responders Operational Stress Carleton RN, Afifi TO, Turner S, et al. Mental disorder symptoms among public safety personnel in Canada. Can J Psychiatry. Jan. 1, 2017. [Epub ahead of print, visit http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0706743717723825.] Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other operational stress injuries (OSI) are both ubiquitous and harmful within the public safety community. Although recent focus has given rise to increased awareness to mental health issues, barriers to the development of evidence-informed prevention and treatment regimens continue to exi...
Source: JEMS Operations - November 2, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Randy Mellow Tags: Columns Operations Source Type: news

Pro Bono: Preventing Ambulance Contamination
What you can do to prevent patient claims of contracted illness We've all heard the saying, "Cleanliness is next to godliness." But in healthcare, it also can be considered a legal obligation. This month, we examine the potential liability of an EMS agency to a patient claiming harm from contamination in an ambulance. In over 20 years as an EMS attorney, I've never had to defend a client in a lawsuit by a patient claiming to have been harmed by a contaminated ambulance. Nobody in our firm has had to defend such a case. Since I'd like to think our EMS law practice at Page, Wolfberg & Wirth is a microcosm of wh...
Source: JEMS Operations - November 2, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Doug Wolfberg Tags: Columns Administration and Leadership Operations Source Type: news

Fragmented Ambulance Services in Sri Lanka Evolve into A Modern System
Fragmented ambulance services evolve into a modern system Situated in the Indian Ocean, separated from India by the Palk Strait, Sri Lanka is the 25th largest island in the world (See Figure 1). Its complex geographical features-peaks, plateaus, valleys, rivers and tropical forests-are subject to a variety of natural hazards, including floods, landslides, cyclones and tsunamis.1 With ancient cultural roots going back to the 6th century B.C., Sri Lanka's modern colonial history began with Portuguese, Dutch and British settlements in the 16th century. By 1815, Britain was the sole colonial power. In 1948, Sri Lanka became an...
Source: JEMS Operations - November 2, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Nuwan Chamara Ekanayaka, EMT-I Tags: International Operations Source Type: news

Pittsburgh River Rescue
Pittsburgh's elite river rescue EMS divers bring medicine to the water Pittsburgh sits at the confluence of the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio rivers. Centered around the point where the three iconic rivers meet, the city has expanded across the hills and valleys that surround the water. The port of Pittsburgh is the second busiest inland port and the 17th busiest port in the country. The rivers and their tributaries encompass more than 24 miles of navigable waterways within the Pittsburgh pool.1 During the summer months, thousands of recreational boaters and fishermen join the commercial barges and tugs that move their c...
Source: JEMS Operations - November 2, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Simon Taxel, NREMT-P Tags: Rescue & Vehicle Extrication Operations Source Type: news

Best Practices for Controlled Substance Monitoring
Toward a new best practice for controlled substance monitoring Of all the things we do in EMS, there aren't all that many opportunities to make a difference each day. Many of our patients need little more than transport to an ED, whether for primary care or chronic medical problems. Thus, when any of us gets the chance to administer morphine or fentanyl to a patient with third-degree burns, or to push midazolam in a case of status epilepticus, or to use an induction agent like ketamine for a difficult airway, we may just get to make a difference. We may feel a sense of gratitude, too, for our ability to use those controlle...
Source: JEMS Operations - November 2, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: William Gleason, EMT-P Tags: Administration and Leadership Operations Source Type: news

Haven Life Launches Emergency Services App, LifeLink, to Provide Protection Beyond Life Insurance
NEW YORK /PRNewswire/ -- Some apps are amusing. Some are addictive. Some are distracting. But few are potentially life saving. This one is. Today, life insurance startup Haven Life announces the availability of LifeLink - a free-to-all mobile app* that, with the touch of a button, connects users with 9-1-1 and instantly shares an accurate location. While emergency response teams do an incredible job saving lives, the reality is they are limited in their location-service technology because of an infrastructure that was established for landlines. The FCC estimates that more than 70% of 9-1...
Source: JEMS Operations - November 2, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Haven Life Tags: Operations Industry News Source Type: news

United Hatzalah and IDF 669 Unit Hold Collaborative Training Drill in Multiple Locations
On Monday evening, the IDF’s elite search and rescue unit known as 669 held an active drill in cooperation with United Hatzalah EMS personnel and Israel’s Search and Rescue Units. Volunteers from Beit Shemesh, Rehovot, Ramla and Lod, joined together with the helicopter evacuation unit of 669 in order to practice emergency evacuations under a variety of conditions in the field. The drill took place in two locations simultaneously, simulating the need for multiple extraction points during a time of crisis. The EMS personnel were required to treat the “victims” in the field and prepare them for transp...
Source: JEMS Operations - October 31, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: United Hatzalah Tags: Training News Operations Source Type: news

City of London Police deploys Panasonic Toughpad Tablets to Allow More Time for Operational Policing
BRACKNELL, UK -- When the City of London Police force wanted to deploy mobile technology to help officers spend more time with the public and reduce time-consuming administration and costs it turned to Panasonic and its rugged FZ-M1 Toughpad tablets. After a series of pilot tests with different teams from the police force, the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 tablets were issued to 318 uniformed police officers. Alongside the police radio, the tablets are the primary tool for officers when carrying out their duties. As well as being able to use the touchscreen and stylus to enter information directly onto the device, the off...
Source: JEMS Operations - October 23, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Industry News Equipment & Gear Source Type: news

Reduce Risk of Drug Diversion with NarcLock: Cost-Effective Narcotics Storage with Audit Trails
New York, New York: TEC Solutions, a New York City-based security consulting firm specializing in wireless applications, offers EMS agencies a cost-effective solution for reducing exposure to drug diversion with narcotics storage: NarcLock. Using programmable smart keys and locks, agencies can manage access to narcotics stored in lock boxes, safes, cases, vaults, and more. Detailed audit trails are stored in both the key and lock every time access is attempted, increasing accountability and decreasing the risk of drug tampering. Unlike similar products on the market, there is no wiring or battery required for NarcLock s...
Source: JEMS Operations - October 19, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: TEC Solutions Tags: Product Announcements Industry News Equipment & Gear Source Type: news

Testing Confirms Fentanyl-Resistant Glove
Minerva, Ohio — PH&S Products received notification from the Akron Rubber Development Lab (ARDL) that its ResQ-Grip premium nitrile examination grade gloves were successfully tested for resistance to fentanyl. This test proves the gloves will provide protection from fentanyl exposure for law enforcement officers, first responders, healthcare workers, and others who might come into accidental contact with the drug. “We were confident in the ability of our ResQ-Grip gloves to protect from accidental fentanyl exposure, and are pleased that testing by ARDL has now verified it,” said Brett Sarbach, Gene...
Source: JEMS Operations - October 18, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: PH & S Products Tags: Industry News Equipment & Gear Source Type: news

H & H Medical Introduces the H*VENT Vented Chest Dressing
H&H Medical Corporation, a leading provider of emergency trauma products, is proud to announce the introduction of our newest product in our chest seal line, the H*VENT vented chest dressing. Open chest wounds that develop into a tension pneumothorax, commonly referred as a sucking chest wound, can be life threatening if not treated immediately by the first responder. The H*VENT from H&H Medical Products is an innovative chest seal that treats not only the presence of air in the chest (pneumothorax) but also allows fluids such as blood to be released from the chest (hemothorax). The unique six-port design of the H*...
Source: JEMS Operations - October 16, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: H & H Medical Tags: Patient Care Industry News Equipment & Gear Source Type: news

AMR Activates Disaster Response Teams from Across the U.S. to Help with Devastating Northern California Wildfires
SACRAMENTO ― American Medical Response (AMR) has deployed disaster response teams from California and across the United States in support of the disastrous wildfires plaguing Northern California. AMR is also mobilizing teams to provide emergency assistance through its agreement with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). AMR’s National Command Center was activated on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 and will remain functional throughout the entire deployment. Briefing and pass down with Sonoma County AMR and Stanislaus/San Joaquin Strike Team. AMR’s California operations have already deployed 36 ambulances,...
Source: JEMS Operations - October 13, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: American Medical Response Tags: Major Incidents Ambulances & Vehicle Ops News Operations Source Type: news

ZOLL Showcases New Ventilator Capabilities at AMTC 2017
CHELMSFORD, MASS.—ZOLL Medical Corporation, an Asahi Kasei Group Company that manufactures medical devices and related software solutions, will offer Air Medical Transport Conference 2017  (AMTC) attendees the opportunity to experience the new capabilities of its mechanical ventilation devices in booth 901 October 16-18 at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas. Respiratory Care—Launching New Capabilities Using ZOLL’s EMV+ Ventilator, participants will experience firsthand how lungs adapt to each ventilator mode. With its unique Smart HelpT technology, ZOLL ventilators provid...
Source: JEMS Operations - October 13, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: ZOLL Tags: Airway & Respiratory Cardiac Resuscitation Equipment Gear Operations Source Type: news

Flirtey Partners with Pioneering Ambulance Service to Launch First Emergency Drone Delivery Program in United States
RENO, Nev. -- Flirtey, the leading drone delivery service, and REMSA, a community-integrated emergency medical services provider, today announced a partnership to launch the first automated external defibrillator (AED) drone delivery service in the United States. Cardiac arrest is the leading cause of natural death in America, with more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cases each year, according to the American Heart Association. For every minute that a victim of cardiac arrest waits to receive defibrillation, their odds of survival decrease by about 10 percent. By using drones to deliver AEDs, Flirtey's technology will i...
Source: JEMS Operations - October 13, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Flirtey Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops Cardiac Resuscitation Patient Care Operations Industry News Source Type: news

New Wearable Safety Light Helping Save Lives of Firemen and First Responders
Milwaukee, Wisc. - In a 13 year study conducted by the National Fire Protection Association, 74 percent of all firemen and first responders struck by a vehicle were hit by non-department vehicles. Several cases involved lack of visibility. Guardian Angel have developed latest wearable safety LED advancement to keep officers and first responders safer on duty: the ‘Elite Series’ personal safety lights. When dealing with inherently high-stakes industries, such as law enforcement, EMS, military and rescue, they worked with professionals in the field to better understand the risks and learned that visibility can of...
Source: JEMS Operations - October 11, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Archangel Device, LLC Tags: Industry News Equipment & Gear Source Type: news

Family, Friends Remember Minn. EMT Killed in Semi Crash
ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) - The family of Marina Challeen, the 24-year-old paramedic killed when her ambulance crashed with a semi on Interstate 694, told Fox 9 she was a “champion of the underdog” who would help anyone who needed it. She will be remembered as a good person, who loved comic books and Star Trek. “You cannot say goodbye to somebody like Marina,” the family said in a statement. “She was accepting of people for who they were, looked for the best in everybody and loved to share and celebrate that best. She had a love of helping and healing people and for listening. You cannot say...
Source: JEMS Operations - October 11, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Fox9/KMSP Tags: News Videos Administration and Leadership Operations Source Type: news

Post Tragedy Coping Skills: 10 Important Tips for Developing Resiliency and Coping with Stress
The tragedy that occurred in Las Vegas, as well as the hurricanes that beset Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida and Puerto Rico have placed tremendous stress on responders in multiple ways. Responders, by nature proud individuals who often avoid showing their stress and concerns to others, while able to cope with small, periodic tragedies and fatalities, can become overtaxed by the types of incidents we've seen occur in the months of August, September and October. Not only were responders confronted with the multiple challenges of the hurricanes, but more than 400 emergency responders have lost their homes and all of t...
Source: JEMS Operations - October 10, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Philip Callahan, PhD Tags: Operations Mass Casualty Incidents Source Type: news

FDNY EMT Struck and Killed in Hit and Run; Family Offers $25,000 Reward to Identify Driver
NEW YORK (WABC) -- There are some wounds that never heal and some scars that never disappear. For 22-year-old Avril Liang, this is her pain of losing her only sibling - her best friend, and not knowing who the killer is. The Bay Ridge woman says if her brother could hear her, she would ask him one question. "'How am I doing?' I want to know if I am doing right by everybody, and that I'm doing okay," she says. Kevin Liang was an FDNY EMT. He was off-duty riding his motorcycle when he was killed by a hit and run driver on the Kosciuszko Bridge. Just 27 years old, his family says he had his whole life ahead of...
Source: JEMS Operations - October 10, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: CeFaan Kim, WABC Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

Man Steals Ambulance From Hospital, Leads Sheriff's Deputies on Chase
  MT. CLEMENS, Mich. (WXYZ) - Macomb County Sheriff's Deputies were able to arrest a suspect accused of stealing an ambulance from a hospital in Mt. Clemens over the weekend. According to deputies, the 21-year-old man stole the MedStar ambulance around 6:30 p.m. when providers dropped off a patient. Read more... (Source: JEMS Operations)
Source: JEMS Operations - October 9, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: WXYZ Detroit Tags: News Videos Operations Source Type: news

Hands On Product Reviews October 2017
Ready-to-Go Training Kits Your department just decided to enhance the training program and offer certification courses in addition to the required continuing education classes. There are now hundreds of new items on your to-do list: You need to address curriculum, recruiting, staffing, scheduling and ordering the equipment required for the course. The new Loaded ALS, BLS and Medication Training Packs from DiaMedical let you take several items off your to-do list. Complete and customizable, these packs have everything you need, from airway to Zofran (simulated, of course). The BLS Pack includes a complete set of oropharyng...
Source: JEMS Operations - October 4, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Fran Hildwine, BS, NREMT-P Tags: Columns Operations Equipment & Gear Source Type: news

We Need to Change Our Approach to Substance Abuse in EMS
Diversion policies may be thought of as the downstream side of a system's approach to controlled substance management. The upstream side, including human resources and occupational health processes for recognizing and testing individuals at risk, may be worth some attention, too. Long-term Consequences Discovering and reporting drug diversions may result in career-ending consequences for our friends and colleagues. However, closing our eyes to this problem may result in even more devastating consequences, including loss of life. It may also lead to potential injury and death of partners, patients, and bystanders, when emer...
Source: JEMS Operations - October 4, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Neal Richmond, MD Tags: Columns Operations Source Type: news

Firefighters Help Develop Innovative New Patient Lifting Device
This article tells the story of recent innovations in patient lifting and transport that were designed in partnership with, and specifically for, emergency responders. (Source: JEMS Operations)
Source: JEMS Operations - October 4, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Chuck Marble Tags: Patient Care Operations Source Type: news

Fresh Perspectives on Safer Patient Lifting and Moving
Lifting and moving are among the most important but dangerous endeavors in which EMS providers engage. The consequences of a misstep can be devastating and long-lasting. Consider the case of a healthy paramedic in a large municipal service. He was a former kickboxer and avid weightlifter at the time of his injury. On the day he was injured, he was taking a patient down a flight of stairs on a flexible Reeves stretcher. As he and his partner were descending the stairs, the patient moved, causing the EMS crew and patient to fall. The paramedic sustained a serious injury to his back. Due to the typical "I don't need help...
Source: JEMS Operations - October 4, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Niklavs Eglitis, BS, NRP Tags: Patient Care Operations Source Type: news

Austin-Travis County EMS Leads the way with Sustainable, Cost-Efficient Ambulance Innovations
Two of the biggest cost drivers for any EMS agency are vehicle maintenance and fuel costs. Some key suggestions for increasing fuel efficiency and reducing fuel and maintenance costs include reducing speed, avoiding excessive idling and removing excess weight. Obviously, many of these suggestions present challenges to any EMS agency. In most cases, our normal course of operations run contrary to these tips. Austin-Travis County EMS (ATCEMS) has always searched for new and innovative solutions for greater safety, improved efficiency and reduction in operational costs-all while having little to no negative impact on service ...
Source: JEMS Operations - October 4, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Michael O. Benavides, EMT-P Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops Operations Source Type: news

Micro BVM Launches the Pocket EXT tube
JERUSALEM, Israel -- Micro BVM, a leading designer of advanced emergency field medical equipment, announced today the launch of its latest product - the Pocket EXT tube.  The Pocket EXT tube is a game-changer in the industry and is the only extension tube on the market that can expand up to 75 cm (30"). The Pocket EXT tube revolutionizes the way in which providers can transport intubated patients.  Currently, providers ventilating an intubated patient using a bag valve mask (BVM), must position themselves directly above the patient.  Using the Pocket EXT tube, providers can position th...
Source: JEMS Operations - October 3, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Micro BVM Tags: Industry News Equipment & Gear Source Type: news

Las Vegas EMS Agencies Respond to Mass Shooting
Las Vegas, Nev. (KTNV) - As of this writing, 58 people were killed and 515 were injured after a mass shooting at the Route 91 music festival on the Las Vegas Strip Sunday night. According to AMR MedicWest Director Damon Schilling, it's a scenario that emergency medical crews have prepped for, given Las Vegas' image as a prominent tourist destination. But they hoped the day would never come when they would have to put their training to use. "You can train mentally as much as you can, but until you actually face the situation, you'll never know how you'll respond," he said. As news of the shooting spread, para...
Source: JEMS Operations - October 3, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Joyce Lupiani, Bryce Riley, KNTV Tags: Major Incidents Mass Casualty Incidents News Videos Operations Source Type: news

Las Vegas Hospitals See Impact of Mass Shooting
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The victims just kept coming. In cars, in ambulances waiting four or five deep, from the walking wounded to the barely alive, they arrived in droves. "I have no idea who I operated on," said Dr. Jay Coates, a trauma surgeon whose hospital took in many of the wounded after a gunman opened fire from his 32nd-floor hotel suite Sunday night on a country music concert below. "They were coming in so fast, we were taking care of bodies. We were just trying to keep people from dying." It was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, with at least 59 killed and 527 injured, some...
Source: JEMS Operations - October 3, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Amanda Lee Myers, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Mass Casualty Incidents Patient Care Operations Source Type: news