Microflex Medical Corporation: Powder-free latex glove is polymer-coated for ease in donning in damp or wet conditions. Extended beaded cuffs for extra protection and tear resistance. Meets Emergency Medical Glove Requirements of NFPA 1999, Standard on Protective Clothing for Emergency Medical Operations (1997 edition). (800) 876-6866.
Under the law, employers are required to pay their employees overtime after 40 hours of work per week. When a public agency employs firefighters, the law allows the agency to pay the firefighters straight time for up to 53 hours per week. But what about emergency medical services (EMS) personnel who work for the fire department and are classified as firefighters? There is no clear answer; therefore, fire service managers must be very careful in structuring overtime pay policies for fire-based EM
MERIDIAN MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES, INC. has formed a new business unit called MERIDIAN DOMESTIC PREPAREDNESS. The new unit will focus on civil defense needs for nerve agent antidote autoinjectors to support municipal and state antiterrorist programs. Headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, Meridian produces nerve agent antidote autoinjectors for the U.S. De-partment of Defense, and for self-injection of medications for patients with seizure disorders, allergic reactions, pain, and cardiac arrhythmias.
The FIRE DEPARTMENT OF NEW YORK (FDNY) will equip approximately 50 municipal ALS ambulances with Medtronic Physio-Control LifePakT 12 defibrillator/ monitors. Another 120 will be deployed in the FDNY Emergency Medical Services Battalion Stations throughout the city and at the Bureau of Training--EMS Division.
GALL`S INC. of Lexington, Kentucky, acquired DYNAMED, a leading manufacturer and distributor of patient transport and emergency medical supplies. Gall`s markets public safety products to fire, emergency medical, and law enforcement personnel.
Many common chemicals can produce unpleasant symptoms or injuries. Most victims of attacks involving chemical agents will be treated according to their symptoms. The most important intervention is decontamination of the exposed victims, which will prevent the victim from further absorbing the agent and will prevent secondary contamination of rescuers. If high explosives are used to disperse the agent, traumatic and blast injuries will also be present.
I found "Fire/EMS Merger: An Examination of Cultural Differences" by Philip B. Weiss (September 1998) very interesting. He describes the merger of fire/EMS in New York City. His description of the EMS culture is enlightening, and his description of the fire culture shows good insight.
Hewlett-Packard: Features 12-lead prehospital ECG and instruments that can predict probability of acute cardiac ischemia (ACI) in patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Paramedics in field can transmit 12-lead ECG and probability scores via landline or cellular communication to emergency department. (800) 934-7372, ext. 1033.
The International Tactical EMS Association (ITEMS), founded in Farmington Hills, Michigan, by James M. Etzin, will establish and maintain an organized network of law enforcement agencies, tactical EMS providers, and other interested parties within the tactical emergency medical services (TEMS) community. The network will be used to gather TEMS-related data that can be disseminated by a monthly newsletter to aspiring and established tactical EMS providers and their teams.
HEWLETT-PACKARD COMPANY of Palo Alto, California, has begun the HP Heartstream Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) Indemnification Program. It indemnifies owners of ForeRunner AEDs who experience mechanical or electrical failure or malfunction not resulting from negligence. For more information, call Lannise Galbraith at (206) 664-2019.