Airway & Respiratory

Prehospital emergency medicine is fluid. Our profession changes as new research is published, new equipment hits the market and new procedures are approved. From the practitioner's standpoint, these advances can be costly, confusing, and even distracting, taking us further from the basic principles that served as the foundation of our training. For educators, the influx of new information and adjuncts increases the challenges faced in the classroom.
Airway & Respiratory

Prehospital emergency medicine is fluid. Our profession changes as new research is published, new equipment hits the market and new procedures are approved. From the practitioner's standpoint, these advances can be costly, confusing, and even distracting, taking us further from the basic principles that served as the foundation of our training. For educators, the influx of new information and adjuncts increases the challenges faced in the classroom.„
Equipment & Gear

Moving sick and injured patients from their seat to your stair chair or stretcher can cause back injury or patient discomfort. Some EMS crews may choose a vehicle extrication device to help with patient lift while others may elect to just grin and bear it as they use brute force. The newÜPatient Assist Lift (PAL) fromÜiTec Manufacturing offers an easy-to-use alternative. A flexible plastic back that's lined with closed-cell foam makes it easy to position the PAL.
Ambulances & Vehicle Ops

One of the factors critical to avoiding being part of a motor-vehicle crash is quick reaction time. A few milliseconds can be the difference between a near-miss and a tragic collision. The newÜNightGuide Headlamps fromÜPhilips offer a unique illumination system that may quicken your reaction time by enhancing your vision. Using special technology that projects specific colors of light, NightGuide creates three distinct visual zones for the driver.
Cardiac & Resuscitation

The first time I saw a pen used to directly save a life was on M*A*S*H. TheÜCPR Pen is not a pocket tracheotomy kit, but it's a unique and innovative way to keep a face shield on hand in the event that you need to perform mouth-to-mouth ventilations. I know EMS providers who keep BVMs in their cars, pocket masks in their jump kits and a barrier device on their key chains. You now have the ability to keep a barrier device inside a pen and have one on your person in almost any situation.
Cardiac & Resuscitation

Attention, iPod users: Your music might be breaking Grandpa's heart - and not just because he doesn't care for the lyrics.A study of 83 volunteers with pacemakers found the music devices interfered with the pacemakers nearly 30 percent of the time.The results of the study, conducted by Michigan high school student Jay Thayer and Dr. Krit Jongnarangsin, a University of Michigan cardiologist, were presented Thursday at the Heart Rhythm Society meeting in Denver. The society is a professional group focusing on irregular heart rhythm.
Equipment & Gear

WASHINGTON ƒ The medical device industry would pay 31 percent more in fees next year to defray the cost of having its products reviewed by the government, under a proposal released Monday. The Food and Drug Administration floated the increase as part of its recommendations to Congress for reauthorizing the Medical Device User Fee and Modernization Act. The law allows the FDA to charge fees for reviewing medical devices seeking federal approval. It will expire Sept. 30 unless reauthorized by Congress.
Equipment & Gear

The brainchild of New York City paramedic Joshua Knapp (who works in the northern section of Manhattan and the Bronx with New York Presbyterian Hospital), the multi-function Tactical Oxygen Wrench is a compact, strong and durable replacement for those old, clunky silver wrenches that have been around forever. It gets the name ÏTacticalÓ because it can be used in so many situations and from so many angles.
Ambulances & Vehicle Ops

It's 1 a.m. in a rural county surrounding a mid-size American city. A sport utility vehicle driven by an intoxicated driver crosses the median and strikes a car head on, immediately killing the car's driver and seriously injuring her husband, the passenger. A local volunteer firefighter witnesses the accident and calls it in, triggering a full response to include a paramedic ambulance from the county service and a helicopter headquartered in the region. Help is on the way.
Equipment & Gear

GENESEE COUNTY, Mich. - The number of supersized patients is on the rise, and so is the number of supersized stretchers to accommodate them.Earlier this year, Stat EMS Inc. became the only Flint-area ambulance company to use an MX-Pro Stryker stretcher that's capable of transporting a patient double the usual size.How big is big? The Pro Stryker, a cart with collapsible wheels, can hold patients weighing as much as 1,000 pounds. It's been in such constant use that Stat plans to order a second one in 2006.„