Code 1 Communications http://blog.dixieems.com A Blog from Dixie EMS Fri, 11 Apr 2014 00:06:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9 Cot Revolution: Ferno’s Innovative iNX Power Stretcher http://blog.dixieems.com/dixequip/cot-revolution-fernos-innovative-inx/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=cot-revolution-fernos-innovative-inx http://blog.dixieems.com/dixequip/cot-revolution-fernos-innovative-inx/#comments Wed, 02 Apr 2014 00:10:17 +0000 http://blog.dixieems.com/?p=3700 Ferno---iNX---The-iNtegrated-Patient-Transport-&-Loading-System
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Ferno’s new powered independent x-frame cot with iNtegrated Patient Transport and Loading System, developed with the input of emergency medical personnel, is set to revolutionize patient transportation

Forget what you knew about ambulance stretchers. Washington-based Ferno EMS went back to a blank drawing board. They researched new technology, consulted with emergency medical providers, tested heavily & rolled out the iN/X (Powered iNdependent X-Frame with iNtegrated Patient Transport and Loading System) ambulance cot, a medical stretcher that revolutionizes patient care and EMS handling.

» EMT Safety

Your back is saved! Or, at least it won’t be further aggravated by the constant strain and bending. The iNX power loader features the iNtegrated Loading System. This allows the stretcher to lift each part of the frame independently so loading is a breeze while you remain standing upright. The Automatic High Speed Extend and Retract feature reduces load and unload time. You can even adjust & program the height to match that of your ambulance’s floor.
Dual powered actuators maximize tip stability and lifts patient loads up to 700lbs. The iNdependent X-Frame Design allows you to navigate obstacles with your thumb and not your back. It’s even easier to see where you’re going in dark or hazardous areas due to the iNdependent lighting system with continuous and flashing modes.

» Ease of use

Focus more on the patient’s condition & care. The iN/X gurney features simple one-touch operation, freeing more attention for what’s more important. An LCD display provides system status, operational cues & power level. The cot maneuvers great in any direction at any bed height due to 360° locking swivel wheels. A programmed chair position makes transferring seated patients much easier. There’s even an integrated charging system which eliminates battery management. In the event of power loss, a manual back-up system provides complete operation. To prevent power loss & other problems, in-fastener shut off prevents accidental operation in ambulance. Accessories can be attached easily in any position using the Versa-Loc Outer Rail System.

» Patient Care & Comfort

The iNX cot is packed with features to enhance the comfort & treatment of your patients. Procedural care is enhanced by a level patient surface. However, the iNX bends smart. In addition to the adjustable seat back, the patient’s feet can be raised for shock treatment. The adjustable arm rests feature an IV position, and the telescoping foot-end handles increases patient foot clearance while loading. And for a nice touch useful for long transports: a sealed memory foam mattress.

Ferno’s iNX is truly a game-changer in patient transportation. It’s innovative features are set to revolutionize EMS and make providers rethink what’s possible. For more information, call me at (718) 257-6400 or email me at ecohen@dixieems.com.

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Responders Now Allowed To Administer Naloxone http://blog.dixieems.com/dixinews/first-responders-now-allowed-to-carry-administer-naloxone/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=first-responders-now-allowed-to-carry-administer-naloxone http://blog.dixieems.com/dixinews/first-responders-now-allowed-to-carry-administer-naloxone/#comments Mon, 31 Mar 2014 21:23:22 +0000 http://blog.dixieems.com/?p=3692 First-Responders-Now-Allowed-To-Carry-&-Administer-Naloxone
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States are starting to allow first responders to carry & administer Naloxone for quicker drug overdose treatment

Illegitimate use of narcotic painkillers such as oxycodone has been on the rise in Massachusetts. In the past few months an unprecedented 140 people (at least) have died due to suspected heroine overdose. From 2000 to 2014 opiate overdose cases increased 90%. To combat this, Governor Deval Patrick has directed the Department of Public Health (DPH) to take action. These steps are geared towards combating overdoses, stopping the epidemic from getting worse, helping those already addicted to recover and mapping a long-term solution to ending the  widespread opiate abuse.

  • First responders are now permitted to carry and administer Naloxone (Narcan). This allows a greater chance that Narcan will be administered soon enough to reverse the overdose. People who fear a family member or friend may overdose will also have access to Naloxone through through standing order prescription in pharmacies.
  • Prescription of any hydrocodone-only formulation (Zohydro) is prohibited pending measures to safeguard against the potential for misuse.
  • DPH-Mandated prescription monitoring by physicians and pharmacies.
  • Addition of personnel to the Massachusetts Interagency Council on Substance Abuse and Prevention from organizations and parties involved to make recommendations on how do best resolve this health emergency.

Massachusetts is not the only state acting to expedite first response treatment of opioid overdose. Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey issued a waiver to more than 28,000 certified EMTs allowing them to carry & administer Narcan. This waiver also provided them with a measure of legal protection from lawsuits related to administration of the drug. According to the state Office of the Medical Examiner, drug-related deaths increased from 843 in 2010 to 1,294 in 2012.

Governor Christie just recently announced the launch of a pilot program that will train and equip police officers to administer Narcan as an antidote to people suffering from an overdose of heroin or prescription narcotics. This pilot program is based in Ocean & Monmouth counties which have both seen significant increases in heroin overdose deaths. Acting Attorney General Hoffman worked with  Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato and Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni  and other State agencies to create a standardized law enforcement training module that can be readily adopted by any county.

New Jersey’s Narcan pilot program includes the following:

  • Local law enforcement agencies must utilize a standard operating procedure for Narcan use.
  • Agencies must designate a Narcan Program Coordinator. This coordinator will be responsible for training all police personnel and ensure Narcan kits are deployed properly.
  • Training and distribution of Narcan kits to the municipal Program Coordinators are overseen by a County Coordinator.
  • Training through a “Train the Trainers” model:  An officer participates in training sessions conducted by Dr. Lavelle, an emergency room physician at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, then takes that training back to his or her policing agency and trains fellow officers.
  • Each municipal officer’s name and training certification is supplied to the County Coordinator. Once this has been done, Narcan kits are prescribed for each officer.

These programs are a great start in the renewed fight against heroine & prescription drug overdose. The hope is that the details will be ironed out to make the programs run as smoothly and efficiently as possible, and that more states will sign up. And, hopefully, treatment for overdose will arrive & be administered in time to have the greatest effect.

For more information see Mass.gov, The Asbury Park Press & The Shore News Network.

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Seal A Hemorrhaging Wound In 15 Seconds http://blog.dixieems.com/dixequip/seal-a-hemorrhaging-wound-in-15-seconds/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=seal-a-hemorrhaging-wound-in-15-seconds http://blog.dixieems.com/dixequip/seal-a-hemorrhaging-wound-in-15-seconds/#comments Wed, 05 Feb 2014 19:17:57 +0000 http://blog.dixieems.com/?p=3684 Seal-A-Hemorrhaging-Wound-In-15-Seconds---Cropped
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Rapidly-expanding sponge disk filled syringe stops hemorrhaging wound in 15 seconds

Former U.S. Army Special Operations medic John Steinbaugh has been deployed to Iraq many times. In the course of his duties, he’s treated many deep, hemorrhaging wounds gushing blood. A medic must pack such a wound with gauze as much as 5 inches deep at times. If the bleeding hasn’t stopped after 3 minutes of direct pressure, the medic must pull out the gauze & repack the wound. It’s more agonizingly painful for the wounded soldier than it sounds. As Steinbaugh puts it: “You take the guy’s gun away first.”

Even with this treatment available, hemorrhage is a leading cause of death on the battlefield. “Gauze bandages just don’t work for anything serious,” says Steinbaugh. So, after retiring, he joined RevMedx, a small group of veterans, scientists, and engineers working on a better way to stop bleeding.

“Gauze bandages just don’t work for anything serious”

Currently in development is a compact syringe filled with small sterile, biocompatible, and fast-expanding sponge disks coated with chitosan, a blood-clotting, antimicrobial substance. A medic injects the sponges into the wound. The sponges expand in 15 seconds to fill the wound cavity and create enough pressure to stop the bleeding. The sponges also cling to moist surfaces so they are not pushed out of the wound by blood pressure. “By the time you even put a bandage over the wound, the bleeding has already stopped,” Steinbaugh says.

The military has shown interest in the project, granting them $5 million. Researchers at RevMedx are exploring many other applications. They are also researching biodegradable materials so the sponges do not need to be removed, as well as expanding gauze for larger wounds. RevMedx and the military are in final talks with the FDA for the sponge-filled syringe.

To read more about this go to the article in Popular Science

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Oxygen Wrench On A Chain: Durable Convenience http://blog.dixieems.com/dixequip/oxygen-wrench-chain-durable-convenience/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=oxygen-wrench-chain-durable-convenience http://blog.dixieems.com/dixequip/oxygen-wrench-chain-durable-convenience/#comments Wed, 04 Dec 2013 17:34:17 +0000 http://blog.dixieems.com/?p=3675 Oxygen-Wrench-On-A-Chain---Durable-Convenience
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An O2 cylinder wrench that’s convenient, yet durable enough to withstand the rigors of the field

“There was that one time I saw that masterpiece of a Do-It-Yourselfer,” says Yosef, our innovative director of shipping operations. “A wrench attached to a cylinder with a rubber band”. That rubber band had obviously been re-tied numerous times. It’s owner presumably valued the convenience of a wrench right at hand over this patch job’s questionable durability.

Something better was definitely in order. We tested numerous types of chains until we found the perfect one. The chain we chose is an unbreakable hydraulically crimped aircraft cable. This cable is made of 7 smaller cables wound together which are, in turn, made of 7 strands each. Needless to say, our wrench on a chain is durable enough to withstand the rigors of the field.

Having your oxygen wrench immediately accessible need not come at the expense of durability. With our wrench-on-a-chain, your wrench will actually be on hand; not left at the last scene because the rubber band snapped.

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Philips AED Medical Device Safety Notice http://blog.dixieems.com/dixequip/philips-aed-medical-device-safety-notice/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=philips-aed-medical-device-safety-notice http://blog.dixieems.com/dixequip/philips-aed-medical-device-safety-notice/#comments Mon, 02 Dec 2013 20:56:46 +0000 http://blog.dixieems.com/?p=3657 Philips-AED-Medical-Device-Safety-Notice
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Philips has just issued a medical device safety notice regarding their HeartStart FRx, HeartStart Home, and HeartStart OnSite AEDs

The following is a medical device safety notice from Philips regarding their HeartStart FRx, HeartStart Home, and HeartStart OnSite AEDs:

November 19, 2013

Dear HeartStart AED Owner,

Your Philips AED tests itself at regular intervals to ensure it is ready for use. A triple-chirp alert (♪♪♪… ♪♪♪… ♪♪♪…) could mean that during self-test a serious problem is detected that could prevent your AED from delivering therapy in an emergency.

(1) Reason for the Voluntary Action:

  • Philips is sending this letter to inform customers of a potential hazard associated with the failure of an internal electrical component. Philips found this component can fail in a way, whereby the device may incorrectly indicate it is ready for use. The probability of an AED experiencing this internal component failure in an emergency situation is extremely low. To date, Philips has received no reports of this failure mode during emergency use.
  • Beginning in 2005, Philips manufactured over 615,000 AEDS that could be subject to this one failure mode and has received 61 reports from customers that their devices detected the component failure in stand-by mode and alerted them with triple chirps. In 25 of the 61 devices, customers applying one or-more-Battery Insertion-Tests were able to clear the triple chirp alert, indicating that the device was ready for use, when it was not.

If you ever hear a series of triple chirps from your AED:

  • In Stand-By Mode: Please call Philips immediately for delivery of a replacement
    unit and receipt of a Return Authorization (RA) number.
  • In an Emergency: Press the flashing blue i-button and follow the voice prompts.
    Removing and reinserting the battery can clear some errors and equip the device to
    deliver therapy in a rescue. This battery removal and reinsertion procedure should
    only be done in an emergency situation.
  • Once the emergency is over, please call Philips immediately for delivery of a replacement unit and receipt of an RA number.

(2) Risk to Health:

  • Removing and reinserting the battery one or more times when an AED emits a series of triple chirps may reset the device and cause it to report it is ready for use, though it may be unable to deliver therapy during a rescue. If your device is emitting a series of triple chirps, please remove the AED from service and contact Philips immediately for delivery of a replacement unit and receipt of an RA number.
  • To hear the difference between single chirps and triple chirps emitted by your AED, please visit our website at www.philips.com/heartstartmaintenanceadvisory.

(3) Product Information:

HeartStart FRx, HeartStart Home, and HeartStart OnSite  AEDs are affected.

(4) Action Taken by Philips:

Philips began notifying owners of this potential hazard in September, 2012. With this mailing, we are providing our customers with additional information and have created a website supporting this safety notice at http://www.philips.com/heartstartmaintenanceadvisory. The website includes audio clips to assist you in distinguishing the difference between single and triple chirp patterns.

(5) For Technical Support:

If your Philips AED has ever emitted or begins to emit a pattern of triple chirps, please contact Philips for technical support at 1-800-263-3342, and select option 5. Live technical support is available Monday-Friday, 7:00AM-5:00PM PST. This number is also available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for customer messages that will be promptly returned on the next business day.

Your satisfaction with Philips products is very important to us. For further information or support concerning the use of your AED, please contact your local Philips representative.

Adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail or by fax.

Authorized by:
Bob Peterhans
General Manager, AED
Philips Healthcare
Emergency Care & Resuscitation

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