FirstWatch Acquires ZOLL Data Systems ’ Resource Planner Application
Carlsbad, Calif.: FirstWatch, the leading data analytics and improvement firm serving EMS and public safety, announced the acquisition of ZOLL Data Systems’ RescueNet Resource Planner software. Resource Planner helps build optimized schedules to boost productivity and shift coverage while working to improve crew morale, by taking into account personal shift preferences. “We’ve been big fans of Resource Planner for years,” said Todd Stout, president and founder of FirstWatch. “We have several FirstWatch customers who are power users of Resource Planner and they are excited to share their bes...
Source: JEMS Operations - August 13, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: FirstWatch Tags: Operations Industry News Press Releases Source Type: news

AT & T and RapidDeploy Team Up to Advance Emergency Response Capabilities With Cloud-Based Solutions
DALLAS — AT&T* and RapidDeploy formed a new relationship that enables AT&T to provide Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) access to RapidDeploy’s cloud-based Computer-Aided Dispatch (CAD) platform. RapidDeploy is a modern update to the dispatch solutions currently used by PSAPs. Hosted in the cloud and browser-based, RapidDeploy’s CAD platform is cost-effective, scalable and easy to deploy, making it a viable solution for agencies of all sizes. “AT&T has a proven track record of serving as the nation’s trusted 911 solutions provider. By working together, we can help speed public...
Source: JEMS Operations - August 7, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: AT & T (press release) Tags: News Operations Industry News Source Type: news

Empress EMS to Be Featured in 'Nightwatch Nation,' Premiering Thursday, August 16 at 10pm ET/PT on A & E
Yonkers, NY–A&E Network’s hit series goes deeper with “Nightwatch Nation,” a new nonfiction series from executive producer Dick Wolf and 44 Blue Productions. The series follows EMTs and paramedics from Empress EMS in Yonkers, New York, and three other cities across the country.  Real-life heroes risk their lives to work the busiest and most unnerving shift of the day, the overnight. “Nightwatch Nation” premieres Thursday, August 16 at 10pm ET/PT. Over ten episodes, the EMTs and paramedics tackle emergencies on every level, bringing viewers along for the ride while also experienc...
Source: JEMS Operations - August 7, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Empress EMS (press release) Tags: News News Videos Operations Source Type: news

Six Simple Exercises to Stay Fit for Your Shift
Today is one of those days when the EMS world is quiet. You're caught up on trip sheets, station duties are completed, you've had breakfast, now what should you do?  Sounds like the perfect time for a nap! However, you promised yourself you would try to be more active and healthier. Unfortunately, that can't happen right now because you're at work and you don't want to get sweaty should a call be dispatched. Sounds like a great reason to take that nap, right? Wrong! That's just an excuse; how often do we get sweaty during a cardiac arrest or other taxing call? There are simple things you can do to receive the ben...
Source: JEMS Operations - August 6, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Sandy Roth, EMT-P Tags: Operations Source Type: news

Motorola's FirstNet Ready LTE Device Enables Secure Real-Time Data Sharing
CHICAGO--Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) continues to support the rollout of FirstNet with the FirstNet Ready™ LEX L11 handheld device. The company’s public safety LTE device is designed for use on FirstNet – the nationwide public safety LTE communications platform dedicated to America’s first responders – or similar global public safety networks. FirstNet is being built by AT&T in public-private partnership with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority). Motorola Solutions is a core member of the AT&T team selected by the FirstNet Authority to deliver FirstNet. Motorola...
Source: JEMS Operations - August 6, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Motorola (press release) Tags: Operations Industry News Source Type: news

Boston EMS Help in Arrest of Breaking and Entering Suspect
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Source: JEMS Operations - August 6, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Boston25 News Tags: News News Videos Operations Source Type: news

South Carolina Man Arrested After Chasing Paramedics with Ax
SPARTANBURG COUNTY, SC (WSPA) - An Upstate man is accused of chasing paramedics with an axe.  The Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office arrested Jacob Robertson. Deputies responded to a home on Gwinn Mill Road in Pauline Thursday for a barricaded suspect.  They say Robertson chased paramedics with an axe and rammed an ambulance with a van before trying to steal it. Read more at WSPA. (Source: JEMS Operations)
Source: JEMS Operations - August 4, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Nickelle Smith (WSPA) Tags: News News Videos Operations Source Type: news

Mississippi EMTs Train for Dangerous Situations on the Road
WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Every day on the road, we see EMTs rushing to medical emergencies, or to the hospital. While drivers are supposed to get out of the way, American Medical Response in South Mississippi trains their drivers to deal with any possible scenario. "We have precious cargo," said EMT Courtney Cotter. "We have the medic. We have the basic. And then we have the patient, which is the most important thing." Cotter has worked as an EMT for AMR for about four years. She has seen first hand how people react to emergency vehicles, and it's not always what you...
Source: JEMS Operations - August 4, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Dave Ryan (WLOX) Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops News News Videos Source Type: news

Chicago FD Unveils 5 New Ambulances To Address Shortage and Delays
  CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago is facing a health crisis in the form of an ambulance shortage, leading to costly delays. An ambulance that was miles away finally arrived 24 minutes after it was dispatched – four times longer than the state’s recommended response time of six minutes. (Source: JEMS Operations)
Source: JEMS Operations - August 3, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Pam Zekman (CBS) Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops News News Videos Operations Source Type: news

'Nightwatch: First Responders' Short-Form Series to Premiere This Week
Beginning August 2nd on A&E, two of the stars of A&E’s hit series Nightwatch, Dan Flynn and Titus Tero, are stepping out of their ambulance and crisscrossing the country to shadow first responders of all types. Each episode of the short-form series NIGHTWATCH PRESENTS: FIRST RESPONDERS will feature the famous New Orleans EMS duo answering the invitation of highly-specialized first responder units, getting to know the responders and engaging in live rescue drills. Whether rushing into a burning structure in the woods of Slidell, Louisiana, pulling a victim from the raging currents of the Mississippi in Baton ...
Source: JEMS Operations - August 1, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P Tags: Operations News Source Type: news

Braun Industries Welcomes Back Bulldog Fire & Emergency Apparatus for New Ambulance Sales
Van Wert, OH – Braun Ambulances is proud to welcome back Bulldog Fire Apparatus to the Braun family. Effective July 31, 2018, Bulldog Fire Apparatus rejoined Braun’s national dealer network as an Authorized Sales and Service Center. They will provide Braun ambulance sales and service to customers in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.   “We are pleased to have Jeff Mazza and his team at Bulldog Fire Apparatus back with Braun,” says Chad Brown, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Braun Industries. “Knowledgeable of both the Braun and Demers ambulance brands,...
Source: JEMS Operations - July 31, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Braun Industries Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops News Industry News Source Type: news

RedSky Emergency Vehicles to Handle Braun Ambulance Sales in California
Van Wert, OH – Braun Ambulances is proud to welcome RedSky Emergency Vehicles to the Braun family. Effective July 16, 2018, RedSky became an official dealer partner with Braun Industries. This partnership recognizes RedSky as the Authorized Sales and Service Center for Braun ambulances in the state of California. “We are beyond excited to welcome RedSky Emergency Vehicles to the Braun family,” said Chad Brown, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Braun Industries. “RedSky is the first new dealer since our merger with Demers Ambulances in February 2018. RedSky has been a valued dealer...
Source: JEMS Operations - July 31, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Braun Ambulances Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops News Industry News Source Type: news

49th Floor Patient Extrication in Miami
The City of Miami Fire Rescue Firehouse 4 and TRT (technical rescue team) responded to a workplace accident at the Brickell Flatiron building yesterday. A patient was extricated from the 49th floor with a crane due to extent of their injuries, poor access/egress, and concerns for any delays of patient transport. (Source: JEMS Operations)
Source: JEMS Operations - July 31, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: City of Miami Fire Rescue Tags: Rescue & Vehicle Extrication News News Videos Source Type: news

Pittsburgh Children's Hospital Adds New Ambulance to Transport Critically Ill Kids
It’s purple and blue and though colorful and pint-sized, it’s an ambulance. An ambulance designed just for children. The Transport Team at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh is responsible for transporting kids from places all over the world. The team transports patients by helicopter, airplane and ambulance from as far as Washington, D.C.; Buffalo, New York; Richmond, Virginia; and Osaka, Japan. To improve patient care, UPMC Children’s unveiled a new state-of-the-art ambulance dedicated to transporting critically ill babies and children within 150 miles of Pittsburgh. R...
Source: JEMS Operations - July 28, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Taylor Andres Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops News News Videos Source Type: news

Soldiers Test Army's Newest Transport Telemedicine Technology
FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- Army Medicine is developing a technology to improve patient triage and communication during medical evacuations -- and looking for units willing to test the system.  The 44th Medical Brigade and Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, have already signed up to user test Medical Hands-free Unified Broadcast, or MEDHUB. MEDHUB leverages wearable sensors, accelerometers and other technology cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to improve the communication flow between patients, medics and receiving field hospitals. Read more at United States Army   Military Techno...
Source: JEMS Operations - July 26, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: U.S. Army Tags: News Operations Mobile Integrated Healthcare Source Type: news

Two Alameda County Sheriff's Investigators Survive Potentially Lethal Fentanyl Exposure
Photo San Francisco Chronicle Two undercover Alameda County sheriff's investigators survived what could have been a fatal overdose of fentanyl last week following an accidental exposure while on duty, sheriff's officials said Tuesday. The investigators, a sergeant and a detective, are part of the Alameda County Narcotics Task Force. Read more at San Francisco Chronicle   Should Naloxone Be Available to All First Responders? By Jeffrey M. Goodloe, MD, NREMT-P, FACEP; Michael W. Dailey, MD, FACEP & A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P Prehospital Naloxone Administration for Opioid-Related Emergencies by Ian R. Drenna...
Source: JEMS Operations - July 25, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Megan Cassidy, San Francisco Chronicle Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

Practitioner Mental Wellbeing: Can We Be More Proactive?
As many within our profession begin to address the issue of practitioner mental health, we as paramedicine leaders should become more engaged in the topic. Part of our responsibility as managers of EMS organizations is to provide as safe a workplace as possible, and to help our providers maintain good mental health and overall wellbeing. It’s not only the right thing to do; caring for our colleagues, is cost effective and reduces long-term expenses that result from lost work days and medical costs. Attention to this subject has intensified and become more focused since JEMS Editor-in-Chief A.J. Heightman declared a c...
Source: JEMS Operations - July 24, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Vincent D. Robbins, FACPE, FACHE Tags: Columns Resiliency Operations Source Type: news

Phoenix Firefighters Rescue Hikers Due to Heat-Related Issues
  PHOENIX - Firefighters were busy Sunday helping people down Valley mountains during six separate incidents involving heat-related issues. The mountain rescues come a day ahead of an Excessive Heat Warning being issued in the Phoenix-metro area. Around 9:15 a.m., Phoenix fire crews responded to Camelback Mountain after receiving reports of a 33-year-old man who suffered an ankle injury and was overheated, a fire spokesman said. Read more at ABC15 Arizona. Identification and Treatment of Exertional Heat Stroke in the Prehospital Setting Treating Vehicular Hyperthermia in Children   (Source: JEMS Operations)
Source: JEMS Operations - July 23, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: ABC15 Arizona Tags: News News Videos Operations Source Type: news

Managing NEMSIS Transitions Requires Simplicity, Training & Extensive Planning
“How do we know we’re doing well? What should we be improving?” Anyone involved in the delivery of EMS asks these questions. They lead to more detailed questions like: “What’s our time to STEMI alert? Stroke alert? Taking a 12-lead? What indicators should guide us to transport to a Level 1 (or Level 2, 3, 4) trauma center?” We also continually ask, “And are we in need of improvement in any area?” Answering these questions requires data—on your own performance and  on what other agencies are doing. It’s that comparative data that sheds light on areas of improv...
Source: JEMS Operations - July 23, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Kenny Schnell Tags: Documentation & Patient Care Reporting Operations Source Type: news

Horton Participates in Ambulance Rollover Demo at IMMI
The REV Group's Horton brand recently participated in a rollover demonstration at IMMI's headquarters in Westfield, Indiana. Before watching the demonstration, IMMI invited guests to take a tour of its facility. What impressed me about the tour was how much of IMMI is involved with. Have kids? More than likely the straps on your son or daughter's child seat come from IMMI. Do your kids take the bus to school? There's also a chance that the seats, and restraint systems if so equipped, come from IMMI. Ride in an ambulance or fire apparatus? More than likely some component of your vehicle's restraint system, whether it be air...
Source: JEMS Operations - July 20, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Chris Mc Loone Tags: News Videos Ambulances & Vehicle Ops Source Type: news

2018 Hooley Awards Winners Announced at ImageTrend Connect
LAKEVILLE, MINN. [July 19, 2018] - ImageTrend, Inc. announced the winners of the 2018 Hooley™ Awards at the 10th annual ImageTrend Connect Conference. Nominees were narrowed down to a field of nine finalists – three in each of three categories – from which the winners were selected by a panel of third-party judges. Judges cast votes via secret ballot for each category. ImageTrend extends congratulations to the nominees, finalists and winners of the Fourth Annual Hooley Awards. Innovation Award Finalists To recognize those who are serving in a new or innovative way to meet the needs of their organizat...
Source: JEMS Operations - July 20, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: ImageTrend Tags: News Operations Industry News Source Type: news

Postal Service Announces New Stamp to Salute First Responders
The United States Postal Service (USPS) has announced the release of a new forever stamp that salutes emergency medical professionals, firefighters and law enforcement officers who serve communities across the nation. The USPS will honor all first responders on the stamp's first day of issue, on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, in a ceremony at Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center in Missoula, Montana. Guy Cottrell, the chief postal inspector for the U.S. Postal Inspection Service will be the dedicating official. Artist Brian Stauffer worked with art director and designer Antonio Alcalá and designer Ricky Altize...
Source: JEMS Operations - July 19, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

Transporting Patients to Appropriate Receiving Destinations
You and your partner find Mark, a 48-year-old male, sitting at the dining room table complaining of difficulty breathing and weakness. His skin is pale and clammy. He appears lethargic and is struggling to breathe. He looks at you as you enter the room and responds by thanking you for coming. As you begin to assess Mark, you note that his skin is warm and his pulse rate is fast. Your partner applies oxygen and you see Mark’s pulse oximetry increase from 91% to 95%. Mark tells you he had a cancerous tumor surgically removed from his lung and was released from the hospital a few weeks ago. He denies any ...
Source: JEMS Operations - July 19, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Dennis Edgerly, MEd, EMT-P Tags: Columns Operations Source Type: news

Braun Ambulances Will Attend Pinnacle 2018
Van Wert, OH–Braun Ambulances will be attending this year’s Pinnacle 2018 EMS Conference & Exhibition in Phoenix, Arizona. This will be the first time the ambulance manufacturer will attend the Pinnacle show. The event will take place at JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort July 23rd-27th, 2018 and feature a variety of seminars, conferences, special meetings, bonus sessions, an exhibition in the Grand Sonoran Ballroom with over 70 exhibitors, and vehicle displays located outside. Braun Ambulances will be participating in the exhibition portion in Booth #30, as well as displaying two ambulances outside. Pinnacle ...
Source: JEMS Operations - July 18, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Braun Ambulances Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops News Product Announcements Industry News Source Type: news

New Run Form Changes Patient Care In The Air
Flight EMS is a specialized type of prehospital patient work. You're away from the ground network, in a cramped space, often with a very medically complicated patient that has a lot of individual issues going on. The documentation of a critically ill patient is crucial to the medical—and financial—success of an EMS organization. One EMS entity, Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH), seized an opportunity to improve documentation of the critically ill in an effort to better protect their providers with more extensive data on a call, all while also improving upon their recouped revenue from calls of this nature. Care...
Source: JEMS Operations - July 18, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Keith Finch Tags: Operations Source Type: news

California Beachgoers Describe Finding Crash Survivor
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A self-described beachcomber says it was her luckiest find yet: A woman who survived a 250-foot car plunge off a cliff and a week stranded on a remote California beach. "We freakin' love that beach and we're so glad she's alive," Chelsea Moore said Monday as she described the afternoon last Friday when she and her husband found 23-year-old Angela Hernandez of Portland. Hernandez had been driving to her sister's home in Lancaster, near Los Angeles, on July 6 when a small animal crossed in front of her, causing her to swerve and lose control of her car, she wrote from her hospital bed Sunda...
Source: JEMS Operations - July 17, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Rescue & Vehicle Extrication News Source Type: news

Data Awareness Provides Key Metrics and Insight for Surprise, Ariz., Fire Department
Surprise (Ariz.) Fire Medical Department (SFMD) was committed to taking the organization to the next level. Stakeholders within the department set out to put our data to work for the betterment of the department and community. SFMD wanted to make two major changes within the department: purchase a new record management solution (RMS) that could handle all of our Fire, EMS and Preventative data needs, and then use that large amount of data to improve the department from the top down. The Department SFMD is a medium-sized paid department. We are located 30 miles Northwest of Phoenix, Arizona.The Phoenix Metropolitan area is ...
Source: JEMS Operations - July 16, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Brenden Espie, EMT Tags: Operations Source Type: news

Philadelphia Conference Focuses on EMT Safety and Violence
www.phillyvoice.com / Photo by THOM CARROLL via PHILLYVOICE A group of about 50 EMS officials will gather at Drexel University to develop a system-level checklist designed to better protect firefighters and paramedics. Fire Departments in Philadelphia, Chicago and San Diego will be the first to implement it later this year. Read more at www.phillyvoice.com   Medics Tell Their Stories A report from PhillyVoice.com looked at an impending conference at Drexel University that will deal with how to keep responders safe from violence on the job. The report includes some reflection from San Deigo (CA) Firefighter/Parame...
Source: JEMS Operations - July 16, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: News imported Operations Source Type: news

Utilizing Data Reporting for Transport Research
When implementing an electronic patient care record, clinical documentation is always the first thing leaders consider, and for some it may be the only consideration. As a hospital-based neonatal and pediatric critical care transport team, we needed the ease of offline field documentation as well as the clinical complexity of ICU level care and access to inpatient records. However, it was also vital that we have the ability to report and analyze data for both quality and research purposes. Once ImageTrend Elite was implemented as our ePCR, we began to fully utilize Report Writer. We built daily, weekly, and monthly reports...
Source: JEMS Operations - July 13, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Megan Sorensen, RN, MHA, BSN, CEN, NEA-BC Tags: Operations Source Type: news

The Culture of Mental Health in Fire and EMS
Mental health is an important topic for EMS organizations and Fire Departments everywhere. Statistics suggest that every organization has individuals on staff that have a diagnosed, or undiagnosed, mental health illness. Over the past seven years, I have served as the Fire Chief for Burnsville Fire Department. During my time as Chief, the department has seen multiple staff members seek treatment for mental health illnesses. Dealing with mental health in our own organization is our new reality and can actually make our organization stronger. I feel the hottest topic related to mental health is post-traumatic stress disorder...
Source: JEMS Operations - July 13, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: BJ Jungmann Tags: Resiliency Operations Source Type: news

Chicago Paramedics Hurt When Man Throws Brick Through Ambulance Window
Photo of Ambulance 54 by Arvell Dorsey Jr. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) Two medics were wounded Thursday in an attack on the South Side of Chicago, according to a report posted to blockclubchicago.org. A Chicago Fire Department spokesman told reporters that the medics were transported but that neither was seriously hurt. The ambulance will be repaired and returned to service, but no suspects had been apprehended in the attack. These attacks underscore the unpredictable nature of emergency response, in which EMS workers and firefighters may become targets of aggressors. Just ...
Source: JEMS Operations - July 13, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

MEDIC Addresses Problems Encountered with Terra Star Chassis
Mecklenburg EMS Agency (Medic) is the EMS provider for all 540 square miles of Mecklenburg County, North Carolina including the city of Charlotte. The Agency has a fleet of 72 ambulances, 64 of which provide ALS coverage while the other 8 are dedicated to non-emergency transports. Two years ago Medic began transitioning its ALS fleet to ambulances built on the Dodge 5500 chassis. Thirty such vehicles have already been introduced into the system; the remaining 34 vehicles date back to model year 2012 and are built on the Terra Star chassis by Navistar. Last year Medic started to notice a trend developing among the agency&rs...
Source: JEMS Operations - July 12, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Jeff Keith Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops News Source Type: news

Medical Helicopter Crashes Near Chicago; Crew in Stable Condition
   CHICAGO (WLS) -- A medical helicopter crashed Saturday night near the I-94 and I-57 junction on Chicago's Far South Side. Four occupants of the air ambulance were taken to the hospital. One person was in critical condition and the other three were in serious condition, according to the Chicago Fire Department One of the occupants was a patient en route to a local hospital. The others were a pilot and two crew members. Their ages and genders were not immediately released. Two of the patients were taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center and the other two were taken to the University of Chicago Hospital. ...
Source: JEMS Operations - July 8, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: abc7Chicago Tags: News Videos Operations Source Type: news

San Diego Firefighters and Lifeguards Rescue Woman on Sunset Cliffs
  This rescue occurred on Sunday, July 1, at about 4 p.m. A woman fell from the cliffs at Sunset Cliffs Blvd. and Hill Street to the rocky beach below. Lifeguards and firefighters from the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department worked together to treat the patient before the helicopter arrived - note that they are working quickly to get this patient ready to transport. Then the rescue medic, Steve Vandewalle, was dropped in and packaged the patient for transport. Next you see the rescue medic and the patient being hoisted via the wire and eventually the crew chief, Capt. Dan King, assists in bringing the patien...
Source: JEMS Operations - July 3, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: San Diego Fire-Rescue Department Tags: Rescue & Vehicle Extrication News Videos Operations Source Type: news

Atlantic Highlands (NJ) First Responders Called to Help a Boater in Distress During Water Rescue Training Exercise
First responders from the Atlantic Highlands (NJ) First Aid and Atlantic Highlands Fire Department responded to a boater in distress call during a large-scale water rescue drill on Sunday, June 25. An emergency call for a vessel taking on water as it headed to the Leonardo State Marina came in while the joint training was underway off the beach in Atlantic Highlands. Immediately, crews from both organizations, using boats and jet skis, headed toward Leonardo. Fortunately, the boater made it to the marina without incident before the teams arrived and all passengers were safe. Sunday’s drill was part of a tw...
Source: JEMS Operations - July 2, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Richard Huff, NREMT Tags: Rescue & Vehicle Extrication Training Operations Source Type: news

Police Video from Las Vegas Shooting Shows Chaos, Confusion
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Police body camera videos released Wednesday show the chaos and confusion Las Vegas police officers and first responders faced at a mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip as waves of wounded and fleeing concert-goers sought help. One 30-minute video shows an officer inside the venue as hundreds of people are fleeing and volleys of gunfire can be heard overhead. A dozen people are piled against each other seeking shelter behind a tall sign. The officer joins them, hiding behind the sign until there's a break in the shooting and he and another officer yell for the group to start running. "I have a g...
Source: JEMS Operations - June 20, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Regina Garcia Cano and Michelle L. Price, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents Operations Source Type: news

Riders Plunge 34 Feet, 6 Injured in Florida Roller Coaster Derail
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Two roller coaster riders fell 34 feet (10 meters) when their car derailed and was left dangling from the track, and firefighters used ladders to pull eight others to safety high above the Daytona Beach Boardwalk. In this Thursday, June 14, 2018 photo a Daytona Beach Fire Department ladder is extended over a roller coaster that derailed in Daytona Beach, Fla. (Lola Gomez /The Daytona Beach News-Journal via AP) "The front car which was holding four passengers completely came off the tracks," said Daytona Beach Fire spokeswoman Sasha Staton. Two of the four fell from the Sand Blast...
Source: JEMS Operations - June 15, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: Rescue & Vehicle Extrication News Source Type: news

Philips Acquires Remote Diagnostic Technologies and Modularized Monitor Technology
Amsterdam, the Netherlands – Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology, today announced that it has acquired Remote Diagnostic Technologies (RDT), a UK-based leading innovator of advanced solutions for the pre-hospital market providing monitoring, cardiac therapy and data management. RDT’s portfolio of comprehensive connected emergency care solutions will complement Philips’ Therapeutic Care business and strengthen its leadership position in the EUR 1.4 billion resuscitation and emergency care market. Moreover, RDT will strengthen Philips’ ability to innovate, drive ...
Source: JEMS Operations - June 14, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Industry News Equipment & Gear Source Type: news

Pulsara Expands to Provide A Comprehensive Communication Solution for Entire Regions
BOZEMAN, MT — June 4, 2018 — Recently, Pulsara announced the latest version of the Platform, which includes real-time consultation between specialists, transfer functionality, and streaming video. With these added features, Pulsara is continuing down the path of helping our partners improve patient outcomes and minimize medical errors due to miscommunication. “This iteration of Pulsara is a turning point for the company,” said James Woodson, Board Certified Emergency Physician and CEO of Pulsara. “Simplifying the jobs of clinicians and allowing for increased efficiency and optimized patient ca...
Source: JEMS Operations - June 12, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Operations Industry News Source Type: news

4 Tenn. Paramedics Possibly Poisoned by Carbon Monoxide
MANCHESTER, Tenn. (AP) — Four paramedics working at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival have been hospitalized for possible carbon monoxide poisoning. Coffee County Sheriff's Office spokesman Lucky Knott tells news outlets it appears the exhaust of a generator used to power the recreational vehicle they were staying in was blocked. One of the paramedics woke up Monday and was able to get help. Three were airlifted to hospitals, while the fourth was taken to an area hospital. Their names and conditions haven't been released. Knott says the paramedics are not employed by Coffee County's emergency medical services. T...
Source: JEMS Operations - June 12, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

Demers Ambulances Announces the Launch of New Online Parts Catalog
Montreal– Demers Ambulances, a North American leader in ambulance manufacturing, has launched a new online parts catalog. The new catalog, which is accessible from the Demers Ambulances website, offers multiple benefits to both end users and dealers in reducing downtime and checking product availability. “Our customers need to maintain an optimal number of ambulances that are ready to answer emergency calls as efficiently as possible,” said Benoit Lafortune, executive vice-president at Demers Ambulances. ‘’The new online parts catalog will further assist our customers in meeting these expectat...
Source: JEMS Operations - June 6, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Demers Ambulances Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops Industry News Source Type: news

Leading State Law Enforcement Agency First to Adopt RexONE Emergency Extraction Stretchers Statewide
GLENDORA, CALIF. (PRWEB) REX EMS, LLC announced today that Virginia State Police, the statewide law enforcement agency in Virginia, has contracted to purchase RexONE emergency stretchers for tactical operations in all seven field divisions. The stretchers will be utilized in a variety of emergency and tactical operations conducted by the State Agency. Following mass casualty and active shooter events such as Las Vegas, Orlando, Boston, Parkland and San Bernardino law enforcement agencies are looking for ways to improve emergency response planning, training and resources. One of the common operational gaps in emergency situ...
Source: JEMS Operations - June 5, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: RexOne Tags: Industry News Equipment & Gear Source Type: news

Collin County (Texas) Paramedic Reinstated After Being Suspended Over Drowning Response
COLLIN COUNTY, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – A Collin County paramedic is back on the job after she said she was unfairly suspended by her company for trying to save a life. Liz Day was suspended by American Medical Response after she jumped into a Melissa quarry two weekends ago trying to save 18-year-old drowning victim Xzavion Epps. (Source: JEMS Operations)
Source: JEMS Operations - June 5, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Erin Jones, CBSDFW Tags: News Videos Operations Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Guardian Flight Alaska and Alaska Regional Team Up To Save More Lives
Anchorage, Alaska- In the past four years, Guardian Flight Alaska and Alaska Regional LifeFlight swiftly transported nearly 10,000 critically ill patients to local hospitals. The largest air medical transport company and longest-tenured air medevac company in Alaska respectively achieved this significant number of patient transports while providing service across a state with the greatest geographical footprint in the nation. Backed by Alaska Regional Hospital, Guardian and LifeFlight partnered in 2014 to bring expert medical direction 24/7 from Dr. Jennifer Dow and Dr. David Cadogan, both specializing in emergency medicin...
Source: JEMS Operations - June 1, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Guardian Flight LLC Tags: Operations Industry News Source Type: news

Hands On Product Reviews June 2018
Improved Automated CPR For more than 15 years, LUCAS has automated CPR compressions and provided consistent rate, depth and release. The upgrades in version 3.1 of Stryker’s LUCAS chest compression system allow you to adjust setup options for compression rate/depth, pauses, alerts, timer, and ventilation features to meet local emergency care protocols. LUCAS 3.1 now includes Wi-Fi connectivity with a LIFENET system. Users can set up device readiness notifications, modify setup options and transmit device reports wirelessly. Adjustable parameters include compression rate (between 102 and 120 compressions per minute...
Source: JEMS Operations - June 1, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Fran Hildwine, BS, NREMT-P Tags: Columns Operations Equipment & Gear Source Type: news

Hot Products from EMS Today 2018
30 innovative new products showcased at EMS Today: The JEMS Conference & Exposition To earn the coveted title of a JEMS Hot Product, a product has to be not only innovative, but practical. Our team of eight judges at this year’s EMS Today Conference and Exposition consisted of EMS product specialists, physicians, educators, managers and paramedics. The team reviewed a host of product contenders—from vehicles to equipment to mobile apps to training aids—all released within the 12 months before the conference. Each judge reviewed products designed to not only improve your ability to deliver optimal em...
Source: JEMS Operations - June 1, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Equipment & Gear Source Type: news