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Community health partnership prepares Boca Ratons EMS system for the future

Boca Raton Fire Rescue has been the primary responder for medical emergencies in this oceanside community, which has a population of about 69,000, since July 1974. During that time, Boca Raton Fire Rescue Services (FRS) has grown with the community and adapted to its changing health care needs. Today, FRS provides emergency medical services (EMS) from six fire stations. One-hundred fifty firefighters, 93 of whom are also certified paramedics, staff five advanced life support (ALS) paramedic resc

EMS Agenda for the Future proposed

The EMS Agenda for the Future establishes the goals and recommendations for the future of EMS in America. The strategic plan and needs assessment guide was introduced during National EMS Week, May 18-24, 1997.

Medical device manufacturers PHYSIO-CONTROL CORPORATION and MARQUETTE MEDICAL SYSTEMS have formed a

Medical device manufacturers PHYSIO-CONTROL CORPORATION and MARQUETTE MEDICAL SYSTEMS have formed a strategic alliance to create technological compatibility between their products and a joint distribution strategy. The alliance will allow emergency medical teams using Physio-Control`s 12-lead heart monitor/ defibrillators to transmit ECGs to Marquette`s MUSE CVTM cardiovascular information system at a hospital before the patient is placed in an ambulance. Hospital emergency physicians will be a

ADVANCED LIFE SUPPORT (ALS) TRAINER

Simulaids, Inc.: Designed for emergency personnel students learning advanced life support skills. Features oral and nasal passages for intubation, IV arm and hand, jumping action when defibrillated, and heart rhythm recognition. Allows practice for injections, ventilation, chest compressions, and precordial thump. (800) 431-4310.

EMS Memorial Service to be held May 24

Twenty-three emergency medical service (EMS) providers who died in recent years while on duty assisting sick or injured persons will be honored at the National EMS Memorial Service to be held May 24 at Greene Memorial United Methodist Church in Roanoke, Virginia. The provider-honorees served with rescue squads, fire departments, medevac services, and ambulances services and represent 17 states.

Make the Right Call EMS Week Luncheon on May 20

A luncheon to commemorate Make the Right Call EMS Week will be held May 20 on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C. The event will recognize the efforts and accomplishments of America`s first responders. Dr. Ricardo Martinez, National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator, and representatives of the Make the Right Call campaign`s partnering organizations will be present. An exhibition of educational materials will be featured.

EXPANDING EMS: GOING BEYOND THE “E” IN EMS

More and more fire departments are going beyond basic emergency medical services (EMS) to provide out-of-hospital medical services. These services range from simple interagency referrals to complex mobile medicine programs. Many services require that advanced life support (ALS) providers--paramedics--receive additional training to expand their scope of practice. This expanded scope must be practiced under a licensed physician (just like ALS care is) and must conform with applicable local and st

ACEPS PARAMEDIC FIELD CARE: A COMPLAINT-BASED APPROACH

Mosby Lifeline/American College of Emergency Physicians: Arranges most common presentations paramedics en-counter by complaint. Outlines possible conditions and treatments. Special section includes information on more than 200 specific diagnosed conditions. (800) MOSBY-N-U.

ENTRAPMENT IN GRAVEL HOPPER CHALLENGES RESCUERS

On November 11, 1996, the Chesapeake (VA) Fire Department (CFD) was called to the report of a "man trapped" at LaFarge Calcium Aluminate Corp. in the 100 block of Ohio Street, in the South Norfolk area of Chesapeake, a large industrial complex bordering the Norfolk and Chesapeake city limits. On arrival, CFD`s Engine 1 was met by LaFarge employees, who stated a man was trapped in an elevated hopper (shaking machine) approximately 60 feet high, on the dock adjacent to the heavily traveled Eliza

STREETGEAR 8815 FIRE AND EMS PANTS

Blauer Manufacturing Company, Inc.: Features cotton-blend stretch fabric and waistband. Freer cut permits unrestricted movement. Includes oversized, gusseted zippered cargo pockets on both thighs with external snap-tab storage systems to secure scissors, tape, and other equipment. Split-seam tandem-needle seat seam. Accepts Blauer`s optional 8000 XCR WindStopperTM Featherweight Liner as a modular insert. (800) 225-6715.