HeartstreamW: Can be used by EMTs and paramedics for immediate treatment of sudden-cardiac-arrest victims. Once activated, voice and text prompts walk responder through treatment. Uses biphasic waveform that requires less energy. Weighs four pounds. (206) 443-7630.
Just after 1800 hours on July 10, 1996, the Kutztown (PA) Fire Department, Kutztown Area Transport Service ambulance, and Northeastern Berks ALS (advanced life support) squad were dispatched by the Berks County Communications Center to a report of a cry for help coming from an abandoned stone quarry two miles north of Kutztown in Maxatawny Township.
Emergency medical service providers who died while on duty will be honored May 24, 1997, at the National EMS Memorial Service in Roanoke, Virginia. All volunteer and career personnel who died in any year may be nominated. Deadline for nominations is December 31, 1996. The nominations will be reviewed by a national committee. There is no fee for submitting nominations.
Laerdal Medical Corporation: Adult-size manikin incorporates all the necessary skills to teach scenario-based ACLS courses and provide hands-on practice. Supports CPR, precordial thump, bilateral breathsound auscultation, defibrillation, ECG monitoring, six basic and 17 modified rhythms, and variable pulse strengths. (800) 431-1055.
American Tritech: Windows-based system incorporates vehicle routing, high-resolution mapping, graphical reports, and a fire and EMS triage system. Built around Windows NT(TM) platform and SQL Server(TM) database. (619) 453-7000.
Through the joint efforts of the National Fire Academy (NFA), the Florida State Fire College (FSFC), and the Florida office of EMS, 16 EMS educators from Florida community colleges and EMS training centers were able to take the NFA Management of Emergency Medical Services (MEMS) course in their home state, at FSFC in Ocala in June. The successive course, Advanced Leadership Issues in EMS (ALIEMS), will be offered to the same audience at the end of this month.
HEWLETT-PACKARD COMPANY and LAERDAL MEDICAL CORPORATION announced plans to develop a strategic alliance to strengthen the "chain of survival" for cardiac arrest patients. This includes joint initiatives on distribution, product development, and training, which are aimed to support caregivers` ability to repond early to patients both inside and outside the hospital and to expand public access to early defibrillation.
The Fire and EMS Information Network is a free fire-related site on the Internet dedicated to the fire and EMS community. Viewership is currently more than 40,000 and increases approximately 10 percent per week; more than 40 countries have visited to date. The site recently has received national recognition for its content.