Mobile Integrated sport utility vehicle If there’s one thing we know, it’s not all EMS calls require a fully stocked ambulance and fire truck. Sometimes we merely provide transportation or on-the-scene care.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response developed outstanding PPE guidelines for EMS agencies to protect providers from Ebola and other infectious diseases. But, while guidelines and algorithms look great on paper, until you actually run it through with your co-response agencies (fire, police, sheriff, hospital and public health), you may not know where the issues might be in actually following the algorithm.
On Sept. 28, the EMS world as we knew it changed—not only in Dallas, Texas, but nationally. The interesting thing is none of us realized the change until 48 hours later when we learned the first patient to be diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. had been transported by a Dallas Fire-Rescue (DFR) ambulance.
Pennsylvania Sleigh Ride On Feb. 15, in Lancaster, Penn., EMT Richard Canard, paramedic Linnea Stewart and volunteer Brian Weininger were traveling in an ambulance up the icy incline of S. Duke Street. They caught sight of a man in a motorized wheelchair with a dog on his lap, unable to get his wheelchair to move, and unable to get home.
Just as the space shuttle revolutionized and simplified complex space travel and payload delivery to the International Space Station, the new Ferno iN∫X Integrated Patient Transport and Loading System, introduced to the EMS market this month, stands to revolutionize the way EMS crews secure, transfer and load patients in the field.
Prehospital professionals risk being nixed for job opportunities based on misuse of online social media, a survey of healthcare managers suggests. Results from a CareerBuilder survey indicate around 33% of healthcare organizations actively research a job applicant’s online profile before hiring. The impression that online appearance leaves may ultimately determine whether the candidate is hired or passed over.
Ambulance Recycling It’s a little-known fact that the specially designed slide-out trays on Rural/Metro Corp. ambulances are perfect for displaying and distributing books. But for one repurposed ambulance, that’s the idea.