URGES RESUSCITATION PRACTICE DESPITE MECHANICAL AIDS
Schaeffer Probe Method Commended by Dr. George Crile at Detroit Meeting of Civil Service Doctors and Surgeons
DR. HARRY M. ARCHER, honorary medical officer of the New York Fire Department was elected president of the National Association of Police and Fire Surgeons and Medical Directors of Civil Service Commissions at the close of a three-day convention in Detroit, Mich., September 26-28. He succeeds Dr. George P. O’Malley, of Cleveland.
Dr. Carl H. Schulte, of the Detroit Fire Department, was re-elected vice president, and Dr. Glenn W. Stockwell, chief medical officer of the Detroit Fire Department, was elected a director for two years. Dr. John J. White, of the New York Fire Department, was re-elected treasurer, and Dr. Arthur Wildman, of the New Yok Civil Service Commission, was elected secretary. Dr. Wallace Dodge of the Los Angeles, Cal., Fire Department, was elected a director for one year. Dr. Hubley R. Owen, chief surgeon of the Philadelphia Department of Public Safety, and Dr. John P. O’Connell, of the Chicago Civil Service Commission, were re-elected directors.
The fire and police doctors had one of the most successful and progressive conventions held thus far. The chief speaker at one of the sessions was Dr. George W. Crile, head of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, where a terrible disaster occurred last May. Dr. Crile gave a most illuminating lecture. He paid flattering tribute to the firemen and policemen of America, without making direct reference to the explosion and fire in the Cleveland Clinic.
Dr. Crile advocated the general use of oxygen tents and said they should be available in every city. He strongly urged that patients in shock should be kept warm because “the loss of one per cent in temperature equals a loss of ten per cent in vitality.” He continued: “In the great war eleven years ago, of all the things then available to help the soldiers which did the most good, was to increase the patient’s temperature, because it could be done early. Cold operating rooms on cold patients wrought havoc.”
The lecture was heard by many Detroit physicians outside the membership of the association and by numerous members of Detroit Fire Department rescue companies. Dr. Crile doled out some important advice on the subject of emergencies when he said: “A cool head, calm judgment, surgical skill, warmth and oxygen are important in emergencies. Never try to do too much but be sure that what is done counts for something.”
Dr. Crile said the Schaefer prone method of artficial respiration “is the best.” When told by Daniel J. Donovan, chief surgeon of the New York Police Department that the Consolidated Gas Company had made a gift of $36,000 worth of automatic respirators and placed one in every hospital in New York, Dr. Crile warned—“Don’t let respirators discourage continued training in the Schaefer prone method of resuscitation.”
Dr. Donovan exhibited a motion picture showing in an animated way the approved method of artificial respiration. Fire Commissioner C. Hayward Murphy, of Detroit, exhibited for the first time in public a new film showing the Detroit Fire Department in action.
Paxton Mendelssohn, chairman of the Fire Prevention Committee of the Detroit Chamber of Commerce, Deputy State Fire Marshal, donor of the Fire Department’s ambulance in Detroit and head of the Box 12 Associates was elected to honorary membership in recognition of his humanitarian services to the firemen of Detroit. Another elected to honorary membership was Fireman John J. Delaney, chauffeur of the New York Fire Department’s ambulance and aide to Dr. Archer. Fireman Delaney is a skilled first aid worker and especially proficient in artificial respiration.
The 1930 convention will be held in New York City.
Madison, Wis., May Buy Fire Apparatus—Madison, Wis., is considering the purchase of a pumper and a new service truck. The apparatus will cost $20,000.
Newington, Conn., Has Three New Pumpers—Three 500-gallon Buffalo triple combination pumpers have been delivered to Newington, Conn.
New Station Urged for Chicago—Commissioner A. W. Goodrich of Chicago has urged that a new fire station be erected to replace a building erected in 1893 and which now houses Company No. 56. At the November election the city will vote on a bond issue for fire department improvements.