Cardiac & Resuscitation, News, Operations, Patient Care, Trauma

Polish Taxi Service Equips Drivers with AEDs

Issue 11 and Volume 37.

ThumbsUpMobile AEDs
As a result of collaborative efforts with the public EMS system in Warsaw (Poland), 150–200 of Ele Taxi fleet’s 1,200 cars will be equipped with ZOLL automated external defibrillators (AEDs) so drivers can be quickly dispatched to assist cardiac arrest patients. Ele taxis equipped with the AEDs will display a prominent sticker in the rear window so it’s visible to other drivers.

According to Artur Oporski, Ele Taxi general director, many of the taxi drivers were trained ahead of last month’s EURO 2012 football championship, which Poland co-hosted. “Shortly after installing the first 30 ZOLL AEDs, one of our drivers saved the life of a man who collapsed on the sidewalk. By the time EMS arrived, he had regained consciousness,” Oporski said in a news release.

With its real-time audio and visual feedback, the AED Plus with Real CPR Help prompts drivers to perform effective CPR with rapid compressions to an optimal depth of at least 5 cm (about 2”) in accordance with European Resuscitation Council and American Heart Association guidelines.

The AED Plus also determines whether the victim requires a shock and guides the rescuer through the resuscitation process.

We applaud Ele Taxi for going above and beyond the typical duties of a taxi service with this innovative partnership with ZOLL. This plan will not only save lives in Poland, but hopefully it will also set an example for other countries around the world.

ThumbsUpThe Extra Mile
When Sean Elsten, Lt., lead system status controller at the Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) 9-1-1 communications center in Tulsa, Okla., received a call from a local resident trying to locate her mother, he didn’t hesitate to jump into action.

“Originally, I got the call from the patient’s daughter,” said Elsten in a news release. “She stated that her mother had a long history of mental illness and had gotten in her car and drove away from town ending up in a hotel room, but she wouldn’t reveal where.”

Acting quickly, Elsten obtained the patient’s cell phone number from her daughter and immediately called the patient, who wouldn’t reveal her location. So, Elsten contacted AT&T to “ping” the patient’s cell phone for her current location.

“This is a relatively new technology,” said Elsten. “However, the Phase II technology has drastically improved the accuracy.”

With AT&T’s help, Elsten got the coordinates of the caller, which were accurate to within 80 feet, which enabled Elsten to identify the patient’s location at a casino hotel in Miami, Okla., nearly 100 miles outside the Tulsa service area. Elsten then contacted the Miami Police Department, who responded to the call and recovered the patient.

We give Elsten a thumbs up for putting his knowledge of available tools and technology to use to help locate this patient. Elsten’s tech savvy may have helped save this patient’s life.

ThumbsUpSafe & Secure
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently released a 46-page report on its best practice recommendations for the safe transport of children in ground ambulances.

The goal of the study was to prevent forward motion/ejection, secure the torso, and protect the head, neck and spine of children transported.

The working group has determined the best practices in transporting children in regards to the following five situations: for a child who is uninjured/not ill; for a child who is ill and/or injured and whose condition doesn’t require continuous and/or intensive medical monitoring and/or interventions; for a child whose condition requires continuous and/or intensive medical monitoring and/or interventions; for a child whose condition requires spinal immobilization and/or lying flat; and for a child who requires transport as part of a multiple patient transport (e.g., newborn with mother, multiple children.)

We tip our hat to the researchers of this study for devoting four years to helping make transports safer for our pediatric patient population.