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In 2012, researchers representing several top colleges and universities in the U.S. presented on the National Characteristics of Emergency Medical Services Reponses in the United States at the National Association of EMS Physicians.

The final report provided a baseline regarding the “breadth and diversity of EMS demand and care in the United States,” and laid the groundwork for some in the industry to take a look at processes, procedures and equipment used in the course of a call and what can be done to better serve the communities and patients as the U.S. population demographics begin to shift.

According to the report, “Despite its long history and current prominence in U.S. communities, only limited data describe the national characteristics of emergency medical services (EMS) care in the United States.”

Researchers sought to identify several key areas of EMS care including event time, location type, response mode, incident outcome and time intervals in addition to clinical impression, gender, race, ethnicity and insurance.

“A factor limiting the advancement of EMS is the paucity of scientific evidence supporting EMS care and practices,” was cited by researchers as a factor in the production of the paper.

Ohio is the U.S. headquarters of FERNO, a global company that has created some of the world’s most innovative equipment for the emergency medical services industry, and is the defacto inventor of the category. The company has been honored for several innovations specific to EMS with cots and chairs that are powered with hydraulic lifts to protect the medics from back injuries, something that remains an ongoing challenge for EMS workers.

In the fall of 2016, Ferno launched iN∫TRAXX™ Integrated Vehicle Component System, a modular system fitted within ambulances that features track walls with equipment mounts and SafePak™ supply bags. iN∫TRAXX minimizes the need for cabinets by replacing them with soft-sided, interchangeable storage components that secure equipment.

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iN∫TRAXX is designed to secure loose equipment and supplies inside ambulances, allowing medics to deliver patient care from a seated, restrained position. This reduces the risk of death and injury during sudden impact, stops or hard maneuvers.

In an emergency, every second counts. The inside of an ambulance can be tense and chaotic as the driver races to the medical facility. Ferno found that managing workflow from a seated position can accelerate patient care.


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“In EMS, the focus is on the call, getting to the scene and often making instantaneous life and death decisions,” said Jason Wender, Global Marketing Director at Ferno. “Those decisions need to be supported by equipment and solutions that not only protect the patient, but also the medics that are at the scene while enhancing pre-hospital care.”

Wender is charged with telling Ferno’s story which spans more than six decades and is leading the transformation of the EMS industry. The company gleans its product ideas directly from the medics themselves as well as shadowing crews at calls to assess needs.

“Ferno is transforming the delivery of emergency care in the ambulance and at the scene,” added Wender. “We know that in any business, having the right tools can change outcomes. We’ve seen it and continue to work toward developing solutions that modernize pre-hospital care.”

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