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Gunsmith Honors EMS

Issue 2 and Volume 40.

EMS icon Lou Jordon was concerned because he saw beautiful commemorative rifles designed and offered by the Henry Repeating Arms Company for law enforcement and the fire service, but none recognizing EMS. The distinctive rifles had gold custom badges and markings on the stock, and each rifle in the company’s Tribute Edition line of Golden Boy Rifles is a limited-edition piece.

Jordon was also aware that the National EMS Memorial Service (NEMSMS), the most fitting tribute to EMS providers killed in the line of duty, relies on donations to operate and help families and friends of the decedents attend this ceremony for their loved ones.

So Jordon decided to address both areas with one project. He contacted Henry Repeating Arms Company and asked if they would develop a similar commemorative rifle for EMS and donate one to be raffled off to raise funds for NEMSMS.

 
They agreed to do both. The result is a commemorative EMS rifle (001) that will be raffled on April 15. All proceeds from the raffle will benefit NEMSMS.

The rifle has a laser-etched stock with artwork depicting a helicopter hovering over a scene while an EMT and paramedic move a patient to a nearby ambulance. The opposite side features a 24-karat gold-plated receiver cover featuring the star of life and an EMS badge.

Thumbs up to both Jordon and Henry Repeating Arms Company for taking the time to honor EMS professionals and benefit the memorial service dedicated to recognizing those who have given their life during the performance of their EMS duties.

For more details on the rifle, go to www.henryrifles.com/ems. Raffle tickets can be purchased for $5 each online at www.emergencystuff.com/NEMSMS, or in person on Feb 26–28, 2015, at the National EMS Museum booth 2115 at the EMS Today Conference & Exposition in Baltimore, Md.

Telephone CPR
Thanks to pre-arrival CPR guidelines from the American Heart Association (AHA), it may soon become easier for bystanders to provide support before paramedics arrive on scene.

A three-year study recently released results on the effectiveness of CPR instructions delivered over the phone by emergency dispatchers. The guidelines provide dispatchers with the step-by-step instructions to give orally, known as “telephone CPR.” Out of almost 6,000 audio recordings, the research showed a relative increase of 3.2% in survival as well as a decrease in time from call receipt to start of chest compressions from 178 to 155 seconds.

According to the AHA, 70% of Americans don’t feel they can adequately help in a cardiac emergency because they don’t know CPR.

The study shows this number can potentially decrease with further implementation of effective telephone CPR. A thumbs up goes to the AHA for developing ways to empower bystanders at the scene of an emergency. With such promising results, we hope to see these guidelines further refined and rolled out nationally.

ED for the Mind
Depression and schizophrenia patients with mental health emergencies could receive the same attention and care as instances of fractures and trauma one day.

Stemming from the 2012 Aurora, Colo., theater shootings, AspenPointe, a nonprofit organization specializing in behavioral healthcare, opened a crisis stabilization unit in Colorado Springs, Colo., in December 2014. Specialized units of experienced counselors serve patients experiencing mental health crises while also helping patients and hospitals cut down on expensive ED visits. Patients can be referred to the unit directly through police, firefighters or EMS crews or a statewide hotline for mental health emergencies.

The unit offers arriving patients coping tips, referrals to therapists and inpatient care if needed. The team in Colorado Springs saw more than 200 people during the program’s test phase and from that, 13 went on to receive advanced treatment while the rest went home—often after booking a future counseling appointment.

In addition, the state-funded grant used for the unit was able to staff a therapist with Colorado Springs firefighters during hours with high call volumes. The firefighters are trained to determine if an individual is safe to forgo the ED for the crisis stabilization unit.

AspenPointe gets a thumbs up for providing innovative solutions to an area of health often publicized in retrospect and rarely in improvement. Developing new and easier ways for people to access specialized care is essential in regard to any condition, physical or mental. AspenPointe saw an important health issue and took a unique approach by creating new protocols and programs to improve the delivery of care.