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Strengthening the Chain of Survival

The cardiac chain of survival depends first and foremost on early CPR, but once EMS professionals arrive, quality measures -- such as real-time feedback and integrated debriefing -- make a vital difference in patient outcomes.

Posted Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Introduction

Improvements in training and medical direction—in both prehospital and hospital systems—has allowed technology and advanced medical treatment to rapidly expand in the field, hospitals and EDs. In many instances, innovative prehospital systems and their medical directors are on the front lines leading the charge.

Posted Wednesday, September 30, 2009

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The Most Important Test

The 12-lead ECG is the most important initial test for diagnosing acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Changes have recently been incorporated into the Philips DXL ECG algorithm and the HeartStart MRx monitor/defibrillator that enhance the ECG’s ability to detect acute ischemia, AMI & STEMI.

Posted Wednesday, September 30, 2009

New Hampshire Towns Using Modems to Enhance EKGs

Towns have begun hooking those machines up to modems that can beam the reading right to the emergency room.

Posted Thursday, September 17, 2009

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CardioCommand Inc. StatMAP

The StatMAP from CardioCommand Inc. is a battery-powered device that uses a typical hand-squeeze bulb to inflate the cuff. The pressure is then automatically lowered and uses a oscillometric, step-deflate method for non-invasive blood pressure determination.

Posted Tuesday, September 15, 2009

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Physio-Control Inc. LUCAS 2

The LUCAS 2 from Physio-Control Inc. is a battery-operated mechanical CPR device. The rescuer places the base plate underneath the patient, then attaches LUCAS 2 and positions it above the patientÌs sternum.

Posted Tuesday, September 15, 2009

New Blood Tests Detect Heart Attacks Faster, Better

A new generation of blood tests can quickly and reliably show if a person is having a heart attack soon after chest pains start a time when current tests are not definitive, two studies found.

Posted Wednesday, September 2, 2009

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Avoid Information Overload

One of the benefits to having an electronic patient care reporting system is the detailed data it provides. But what do you do with that data once you have it?

Posted Friday, July 31, 2009

Lee County (Fla.) EMS System Profile

Lee County, Fla., employs the principal of "Movement with Purpose" to streamline on scene care. To maximize efficiency in this way, they rely on thorough analysis of scene data.

Posted Friday, July 31, 2009


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