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This year’s JEMS Buyer’s Guide takes a different approach than previous years, focusing more on how products are being used, what EMS buyers are looking for, and setting a roadmap for the future that EMS agencies, service and equipment procurement committees, purchasing officers, manufacturers and distributors can follow when developing a plan for the future.
The authors of the articles in this year’s Buyers Guide present what technologies they’re using and why it’s important to them, and lay out the considerations that should be made when purchasing equipment or services.
We chose to go in this direction because many agency budgets are being reduced and more and more agencies are being closely scrutinized when they advertise for bids, purchase new or replacement items, or request budget increases—so buying the right equipment to meet your needs is extremely important.
You can look forward to more articles of this type in future issues ofJEMS, as we examine innovative products currently under development in areas such as ambulance design; splinting, bandaging and hemorrhage control (particularly for re=sponse to fast-moving, challenging dynamic and active threats); patient assessment and monitoring devices; patient care and transfer equipment and supplies; and data management programs.
Many of these new innovations will be unveiled for the first time at the 2016 EMS Today Conference and Exposition in Baltimore, Md., Feb. 25–27, 2016. Go to www.emstoday.com for more information.
JEMS will continue to maintain our up-to-date listing of products, services, manufacturers and distributors in our online Buyer’s Guide, which features easy-to-use navigation and robust search tools to help you locate, research and discover the right products for your agency’s needs.