Equipment & Gear

Sturdier stretchers address weighty issue

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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."ž

New talking defibrillator helps paramedics save lives

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A new defibrillator from Philips talks paramedics through CPR and shuts up when they get it right.

Response Times: Myths, Measurement and Management

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Being in favor of delivering ambulance service in well-equipped units that usually arrive on scene within a few minutes of an emergency is a bit like saying you want the best heart surgeon in the land performing your triple-bypass. What's there to argue about? However, beyond the basic "motherhood and apple pie" premise, almost everything about response times can be debated. Standards, scientific evidence demonstrating efficacy, measurement methods and how EMS organizations can improve response times are all complex issues.

Net Scheduler Pro

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Getting to the eCore of data successNet Scheduler Pro helps you select the appropriate personnel for each open shift and stay within budget.

Get Involved in the Future of EMS

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Changes occur on a daily basis, and sometimes we don t even notice them. This is especially true in EMS. But after a period of time, we may suddenly realize the differences in the way we currently deliver EMS care from when we first started in the field.

Airmail, Part 3

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Editor's note: As you'll recall, Dr. Rodenberg was on his way to Salt Lake City to speak at EMS Today when he finally found time to go through his e-mail in-box. This article is part 3 of a three-part series he wrote in response to feedback on his various articles. Click here for Part I and Part II.

EMS Today Unplugged

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Allow me to introduce you to the world of the big-time EMS speaker. You re sitting happily at home one day when you receive a phone call or e-mail asking if you would like to present at a conference. You find out when the conference is, tell them you d be happy to do so and ask what they want you to talk about. They ask what you have available. You tell them, and a week or two later they tell you what they wanted in the first place. You agree.

When in Doubt, Improvise

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In an effort to be an up-to-date, hep-cat kind of guy, I've now got a personal digital assistant. I bought it because I thought I could be better organized, and because someone else was paying for it. Apparently it can do a whole lot of things that are going to revolutionize my life. I just don't know what they are.

The ErgoMask

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As anyone reading this article likely knows, the bag-valve mask (BVM) is the standard prehospital ventilation device. Timely and successful oxygenation and ventilation of patients is the provider's essential duty.