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This Fall, BBC AMERICA unveils a major new 14-part observational documentary capturing the daily life-or-death dramas that take place in one of London's busiest Emergency Rooms. Filmed by a BAFTA-winning team, around the clock over 28 days, with 70 specially rigged remote cameras, 24 Hours in the ER tells the intimate, emotional stories of the patients needing urgent medical attention and follows up with those lucky enough to recover to hear of life post-ER.
More people will survive sudden cardiac arrest when 9-1-1 dispatchers help bystanders assess victims and begin CPR immediately, according to a new American Heart Association scientific statement published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.
Motion Computing, a leading global provider of mobile technology, announced that Acadian Ambulance, one of the largest private ambulance services in the US, is deploying F5t Rugged Tablet PCs across their fleet for mobile dispatch and electronic patient care recording. The Motion technology works seamlessly with Sansio HealthEMS software and Acadian's back-office systems to optimize EMT and paramedic field work.
About 4 p.m. Friday, Nov 30, New Orleans paramedics rushed inside the store for a man complaining of chest pains. When they loaded him inside the ambulance and prepared to transport him to the hospital, they discovered their vehicle had been booted by a store employee for parking improperly.
Ron Jacobs is among 80 ambulance personnel from 28 states, and the only Mississippian, to receive the Star of Life award this year. The award is presented by the American Ambulance Association and is one of the highest honors for frontline ambulance professionals, said Jim Pollard, a member of AMR's Stars of Life coordinating team.
The Automatic Crash Notification (ACN) Protocol for the Medical Priority Dispatch System (MPDS) puts emergency medical dispatchers first in response for treating people injured in vehicular accidents. Released as Protocol 34 in ProQA for the MPDS, the protocol designed by the National Academies of Emergency Dispatch (NAED) handles two services that vehicle telematics systems typically offer: Automatic Crash Notifications and in-vehicle push-button calls (also called SOS or mayday push...
OPEN Incorporated, makers of the SafetyPAD suite of technology products for Emergency Medical Services, provided Boston EMS its new Web Services API (Application Programming Interface). Using the SafetyPAD API, Boston EMS is now automatically importing data for all patients transported to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) directly into their industry-leading electronic hospital management system.
Boston MedFlight recently added navigation systems from TomTom Business Solutions to its fleet of ground critical care vehicles, reducing trip time by an average of 30 percent. TomTom's fleet management and navigation systems are fully integrated into Boston MedFlight's dispatch system, allowing drivers to simply accept the job and get turn-by-turn directions
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has released the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR): Recommendations and Reports on the 2011 Guidelines for Field Triage of Injured Patients. The 2011 Guidelines are an update of the guidance recommended in the 2006 Guidelines for Field Triage of Injured Patients, published as Reports and Recommendations of the Expert Panel in the MMWR in 2009.
Chinook Medical Gear, a leading distributor and manufacturer of tactical medical kits, introduces a new line of Mass Casualty / Active Shooter Kits. Designed for schools, offices, and public buildings, these new kits empower the general public and first responders with proven supplies for performing hemorrhage control similar to what is administered by soldiers on the battlefield.
A Missouri 911 dispatcher has devised a new way to alert people to diabetic drivers. Tanya Moder designed decals that say Diabetic on Board. The decals will alert emergency responders that a diabetic person could be in distress. It would also help responders distinguish between an intoxicated driver and symptoms of diabetes in a situation where the driver may be found unconscious.
Dispatchers for North Memorial Ambulance Services (MN) Find 24/7 Scheduling Access, via Aladtec, a Valuable Department Asset
EmergencyLink, the free emergency ID network, has announced its first government partnership to provide an entire U.S. county with state-of-the-art emergency medical services. Butler County Emergency Medical Service (EMS) in Kansas has implemented EmergencyLink to improve the quality of information first responders have and better prepare its 65,000 residents for emergency situations.
Digital dictation and transcription are some of the most rapidly adopted technologies by emergency medical service (EMS) professionals, and for good reason. Voice technology allows emergency workers to capture crucial patient care details faster and more efficiently than typing, and it helps EMS companies submit cleaner, more accurate claims and bills. The results are safer handoffs at the hospital, higher quality patient care and faster reimbursement.
All the agencies involved in the September 11th incident faced their own sets of challenges when they responded. It was more like operating in a war zone than in a civil disaster. One of the most daunting tasks was to bring out the wounded while the attack continued to unfold.
In the Borough of Highlands, a close-knit clamming town with a harbor on Sandy Hook Bay, Lieutenant Edward Chambers was watching the horror unfold on a television set in headquarters. As media coverage brought terror into homes and offices throughout the world, Highlands Police received a phone call from the SeaStreak Ferry as it traversed the harbor between New York and New Jersey. The SeaStreak official informed the police that they were carrying nearly 400 injured people from Manhattan.
A new group that has been created on Facebook to raise awareness of violent assaults in England hopes to gained attention in both political and public safety circles. The group, called ONE PUNCH CAN KILL, was created by British writer John Mansell, whose son died last April due after suffering brain damage when he was severely beaten in an unprovoked assault.
OPEN Incorporated, makers of the SafetyPAD suite of technology products for Emergency Medical Services, and FDM Software, a market leader in Public Safety enterprise solutions, have announced their formal partnership. The companies will collectively co-market and support each other's offerings to emergency services agencies through North and South America.
As the public safety community moves to deploy the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN), mission-critical communications users now have the first Android-based ruggedized LTE smartphone designed for first responder field use. The InTouch RPC-200 by Harris Corporation operates on both commercial and private LTE networks, giving users mission-critical PTT voice, data, video, location, text-based information and other future applications.
Fire departments are getting more involved in and affected by civil unrest events. We can expect more of these as we move through an election year, and all agencies should be preparing for them. The Firefighters Support Foundation's (FSF) training program, Fire/EMS Response to Civil Unrest, is a free downloadable training resource for individuals, agencies, and trainers on this subject.
Now available from the Firefighters Support Foundation (FSF), Active Shooter: Rapid Response and Treatment Model, Operational Detail is a follow-on to last year's introductory Active Shooter Response: The Rapid Response & Treatment Model (R2TM). Developed and de-bugged in several large-scale simulations, this Hillsboro (OR)-developed response model is the only practical model to address the main concern at most active shooter events: getting the wounded to definitive care as soon as possibl
On May 17, 2014, a multiple patient vehicle accident occurred on Rte. 130 in Pennsauken, New Jersey, requiring a major response of fire and EMS resources...
What a great idea for folks waiting for a flight at the airport... Learn CPR! This CPR video trainer, sponsored by the American Heart Association, is located in the C Terminal at the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport...
Hennepin EMS Dispatcher Tom Polzin and Minneapolis 9-1-1 Operator Lori Patrick will be joining 9-year-old Rodrigo Sanchez Sosa of Minneapolis in receiving the “Local 9-1-1 Heroes Award” from the National 9-1-1 for Kids Program; in conjunction with the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International Convention on August 20.
Technology is changing the way EMS first-responders work and is creating improved methods that save time throughout the entire first-response process - from the initial 9-1-1 call through record-keeping. This article will explore how Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) and GPS tracking technology is transforming the industry, and how EMS companies can leverage the latest trends to increase efficiencies, ultimately leading to time savings, reduced costs and improved patient care.
Infor's experience in emergency services provides EMS agencies with the tools needed to fulfill their important role in the healthcare equation. Infor's Integrated Healthcare Suite for EMS will satisfy two important needs by providing a platform to manage patient information and exchange data with hospitals, and allowing EMS agencies to access a unified view of their operations.
A free CPR "citizen responder" mobile phone application will help save lives through a new partnership between the San Jose Fire Department and El Camino Hospital in California. The PulsePoint app enables members of the public to provide life-saving assistance to victims of sudden cardiac arrest, which causes nearly 1,000 deaths a day in the United States
Parkway School District, the third largest district in St. Louis County, has taken steps to ensure the safety of its students, staff and visitors. The district purchased nearly 100 standard size Med Sled® emergency evacuation sleds to begin to prepare all schools and administrative buildings in case of an emergency. Parkway is one of the first districts in the Midwest addressing a call to action from FEMA and its Ready initiative. The Med Sled® is a cost-effective emergency evacuation sled...
Mobile Personal Emergency Response Devices: New Technologies Enable Care Specialists to Help Dispatchers and First Responders Deliver Faster, Better Care
Personal emergency response system (PERS) technologies have evolved dramatically from the late 1980s homebound systems that relied on landline phones and only worked in and around the home. Now, leading edge mobile PERS devices enable users to have two-way voice contact with emergency care specialists 24/7 at home and away from home by utilizing cellular coverage. Some mobile PERS devices also leverage GPS for location, while others utilize 9-1-1 U-TDOA technologies.
Motion Computing, a mobile technology provider, has announced that McLennan Community College in Waco, TX, is now using Motion tablets to control Gaumard simulation mannequins to help prepare medical field students for a variety of field and in-facility treatment scenarios. Approximately 3100 students a year pass through the simulation training areas, including nursing, paramedic, and surgical students.
This week is National Emergency Medical Services Week. This year's theme is "EMS: Dedicated. For Life." Including during the week, on Wednesday, May 21, is Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Day. National Emergency Medical Services Week brings together local communities and medical personnel to publicize safety and honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of medicine's "front line."
Police officers remain our primary first responders to active shooter incidents and mass-casualty events. Responding officers can prevent unnecessary deaths by addressing immediate threats, and then providing emergency care including the application of tourniquets and pressure dressings to prevent hemorrhage, triaging casualties, establishing secure casualty collection points, and coordinating care with existing EMS responders.
Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, Utah recently received the first of five Grand New helicopters with a US-certified emergency medical service interior designed by Spectrum Aeromed. The customized EMS interior for IHC's Grand New helicopter features a state-of-the-art single-patient stretcher platform, a secondary foldable and stowable patient stretcher, as well as comprehensive advanced life support packages comprised of medical oxygen, suction, compressed air and an electric...
Enter ELSA (Enabling Language Services Anywhere). Created specifically to support hands-free access to OPI services, ELSA is a compact, body-worn device not much larger than a mobile phone that offers immediate access to OPI providers with the push of a single button.
Kolimat USA has released KEAS (Kolimat Event Analysis System) software created by Kolimat specifically for classification, scoring and proactive driving behavior modification and improvement, leading to fewer crashes and claims. The software, for use in conjunction with Kolimat's DTW1.0 Video Event Data Recorder, is already receiving excellent responses from EMS organizations who already have Kolimat's technology on board.
This eloquently powerful PSA was developed with the San Ramon Valley Fire District in California, about a new iPhone App, developed by PulsePoint, alerts CPR trained members of the community of a CPR need in their vicinity. Using Hollywood styledfilming techniques, no dialog and an absorbing musical score, the PSA poignantly demonstrates how CPR-trained citizens in the vicinity of a cardiac emergency can be notified of the need for CPR via their iPhone and can render aid while emergency...
NexTraq, a leading GPS fleet tracking and fleet management company, has released its new mobile app, NexTraq Connect, helping to close the information gap between office and field units. Ideal for EMS and other public safety agencies, this fully integrated application will allow users to record clock in/out and break times, communicate job status, view job locations and directions, assign drivers to vehicles and track vehicle maintenance needs.
North Shore-LIJ Deploys Mutualink's Emergency Communications Platform in 15 Hospitals to Enhance Security and Collaboration
North Shore-LIJ, one of the largest health care systems in the United States, has deployed Mutualink's secure communications platform in 15 hospitals and one mobile unit. Mutualink's Interoperable Response and Preparedness Platform (IRAPP) enables North Shore-LIJ's hospitals to share voice, video, data and text communications in real time within the health system, as well as with police, fire, EMS, Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs) and other entities in emergency situations.
Maybe you look at Navigator as the place to learn a lot about emergency communication, the ability to pick up free advice from fellow professionals, and - at the conference held this past April in Las Vegas - the chance to walk away a millionaire. The National Academies of Emergency Dispatch (NAED) sponsored Navigator is all that and more. The six days traditionally divided between workshops and classroom sessions also leaves attendees with a lot to chew on for discussion when the next...
On March 1, 2011 the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) unanimously voted to support the concept of a single nationwide broadband network for public safety instead of the network of networks approach. At an ex parte discussion held by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for invited representatives of public safety, NPSTC made the strong case for a single flexible, reliable, and vibrant national broadband network, presenting high-level conceptual drawings to...
The NPSTC Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Working Group has submitted a list of current and conceptual broadband applications at the request of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC).
Outerlink Global Solutions Integrates with Golden Hour to Provide Communications Tracking Capabilities
Outerlink Global Solutions, the leading satellite tracking and first-responder communications provider for mixed air and ground fleets, has integrated its all-in-one communications system with Golden Hour, the only patented, integrated solution for the emergency medical transportation industry, to provide one-way communications tracking capabilities for EMS first responders.
On November 11, 2011 Squad 51 from Gloucester City Fire Department along with EMS were dispatched for a M.V.A Rescue at Route 130 and Market St. in Gloucester City, New Jersey... Battalion 504 reported a 2 car crash with an S.U.V overturned with 4 occupants trapped. Additional BLS from Bellmawr and Westville were dispatched.
By utilizing the latest version of Infor EnRoute, the Spokane CCC is able to equip all of their dispatch users with the latest GIS functionality. This allows them to make route recommendations to responders, helping EMS and fire units to arrive at the scene of an incident as quickly as possible. Infor EnRoute also provides advanced data drill down capabilities, which facilitates in-depth analysis of dispatch responses.
ProQA Paramount marks a significant point in the advance of PDC software. Released this year, ProQA Paramount is more than the next step up the mountain in a long line of Priority Dispatch Corporation software used in more than 1,500 control rooms worldwide.
OPEN Incorporated, makers of the SafetyPAD software Suite of products for Fire and Emergency Medical Services, has announced the award of a contract with the City of Reading Ohio for implementation of OPEN's electronic Patient Care Reporting system-SafetyPAD.
A new smartphone app is coming to Rogers (AR), and it has the potential to help save lives. "PulsePoint" is a free app that notifies CPR certified people of a cardiac emergency nearby. When a 9-1-1 call is placed, the closest person in a public location that is certified to perform CPR will be alerted on their phone so they can respond before emergency crews arrive.
SafetyPAD partners with Boston area hospital to allow electronic sharing of patient data from Boston EMS
OPEN Incorporated, makers of the SafetyPAD suite of technology products for Emergency Medical Services, announced that Brigham and Women's Hospital implemented its automated Web Services application programming interface (API) to receive pre-hospital patient data from Boston Emergency Medical Services. The technology ensures that hospital staff receive critical information documented in SafetyPAD pre-hospital reports by first responders for patients transported to their hospital.
In Motion Technology and Bradshaw Consulting Services, Inc. have announced that Sedgwick County Emergency Medical Service has deployed the onBoard Mobile Gateway and MARVLIS (Mobile Area Routing and Vehicle Location Information System) to improve communications and increase efficiency in its emergency dispatch, routing, and operations, improving response times and patient outcomes.
Solacom Technologies has been chosen by service provider FairPoint Communications to implement, support and supply equipment for a next generation 9-1-1 solution for Maine's new state-wide public safety network. The system will serve more than 1,300,000 residents – making it one of the largest ESInets (emergency services IP networks) in the country in terms of population coverage.
Solacom Technologies has announced that the Guardian Public Safety call taking system installed over a year ago by Alberta Health Services is being expanded to host a second Emergency Medical Services (EMS) public safety answering point (PSAP) in Peace River to serve the northern region of the province.
Spectrum Aeromed has completed customizing a Pilatus PC-12 with a single system medical interior for Grand Forks, North Dakota based Valley Med Flight. The Air Ambulance equipped PC-12 has all the vital life-saving equipment needed to help transport critical patients to hospitals for treatment. The PC-12 will be able to serve a large footprint in the western part of North Dakota.
In 2010, the State of Georgia received a grant to bring mobile connectivity to approximately 100 EMS agencies statewide. For Southside Fire and other EMS services, a mobile broadband solution would allow teams in the field to not only file their reports with the state portal from the ambulance, but also transmit patient information to hospitals while en route.
Locution Systems, Inc., a provider of advanced, automated 911 dispatching, fire station alerting, and fire station control technology, today announced that it has been commissioned to provide its CADVoice automated 911 dispatching system to the City of Spokane, Wash. and 19 other public safety agencies in Spokane County, Wash. Locution Systems will be providing the radio version of the CADVoice fire and EMS automated dispatching system to the City of Spokane and other agencies that comprise...
OPEN Incorporated has announced the implementation of their SafetyPAD suite of software products for Fire and Emergency Medical Services, have with Sumter County Fire & EMS, Florida. The agency will use SafetyPAD to enhance the accuracy of information gathering in responding to medical emergencies and empower first responders to focus more on the patients and less on the paperwork.
Technological advances in clinical data exchange between EMS service providers and hospitals are of growing importance. Decisions made in the ER are only as good as the information they receive and the ease of access they have to that data... Electronic Patient Care Reporting (ePCR) systems allow EMTs and paramedics to collect and utilize incident and patient EMS data not only for their own agency, but for the hospital on the receiving end.
OPEN Incorporated, makers of the SafetyPAD suite of software products for Fire and Emergency Medical Services, announced its partnership with three additional Hamilton County, Ohio agencies. Forest Park, Lockland, and Golf Manor Fire Departments have completed their training this month bringing the total amount of agencies in the county that are using the system to five.
Atrus, Inc, and the Town of Palm Beach have announced a new partnership aimed at saving lives in the Town with the addition of Atrus’ AED Link system. This new information system will assist 9-1-1 dispatchers in helping callers locate life-saving automated external defibrillators (AEDs) available near sudden cardiac arrest victims.
In Motion Technology, a leader in mobile networking systems, has announced that Tri-State Ambulance, sole 9-1-1 advanced life support provider for the Seven Rivers Region, is enhancing their overall strategic deployment of emergency medical services with the onBoard Mobile Gateway.
TriTech Software Systems and Medic, Mecklenburg County's Emergency Medical Service Agency, have partnered on important technology initiatives designed to improve emergency response. TriTech will provide its VisiNet Mobile data solution in Medic vehicles and install a VisiCAD Disaster Recovery solution for an off-site emergency backup dispatch center.
GammaTech Computer Corp., a major international manufacturer and supplier of innovative notebook and tablet computers, has been chosen by ZAP Emergency Medical Services, a Texas-based ambulance services company, to supply their crews with rugged notebooks. By the end of 2013, the entire ZAP ambulance fleet will be equipped with GammaTech Durabook U12Ci rugged convertible notebooks to assist in patient data entry.
Zetron, a leading provider of mission-critical communications solutions worldwide, announced that its MAX Call-Taking system can be used directly with the PulsePoint CPR incident-notification network. With MAX Call-Taking, a CAD system is not required for PulsePoint integration, making this an affordable solution for public-safety agencies on a tight budget.