EMS EXPO in Atlanta 2009

I’m finally recovered after EMS EXPO in Atlanta. This year’s EXPO was really amazing. Several outstanding new products were introduced. The first company to catch my eye was Thornhill Research. Thornhill was demonstrating two very exciting new products, one entering clinical trials and the other pending FDA clearance.


The first device is the ClearMate™, an innovative new treatment for CO poisoning. The ClearMate™ eliminates CO by hyperventilation. It delivers oxygen while infusing in CO2 to prevent a drop in brain blood flow typically brought on by hyperventilation. This device is perhaps the first new treatment for CO poisoning in over 100 years. I could easily see it quickly becoming a standard of care.

Thornhill also displayed MOVES™, which is perhaps the most sophisticated multi-parameter monitor and mobile treatment system ever devised. It is of obvious military heritage, delivering an impressive variety of functions in a very compact and rugged form factor. The MOVES™ monitors ECG, SAO2, ETCO2, temperature, and invasive and non-invasive blood pressures. It has a built-in ventilator, which is supplied by a built-in oxygen concentrator. Pressurized oxygen tanks are a huge liability in the tactical theater, and this device does away with the need for them.


I watched while the MOVES™ concentrator delivered almost 50 percent O2 instantly from room air, and it can deliver even more. It can even recycle expired oxygen from the ventilator, to push the FIO2 as high as 87 percent. This thing is truly the next step in integrated therapy. It was one of the most impressive new products at EMS Expo this year.

The basic concept is not entirely new. The LSTAT was a life support litter or “tube” developed about 10 years ago that contained all the typical critical care treatment and monitoring devices, but in a device that was too heavy for practical use. Everything was tied together with the wireless technology of the day. The theory was that physicians somewhere in a basement at Walter Reed could remotely monitor and even adjust treatment for soldiers inbound by air transport. Its successor is a suitcase-sized intensive care unit called the MEDEX 1000, today manufactured by Integrated Medical Systems.

During every armed conflict, EMS technology goes through a spasm of intense development. With each new war, we get a sudden influx of new treatments pioneered on the battlefield. I believe systems like the MOVES™ and MEDEX 1000 will become commercially viable for use by paramedics. During peacetime, EMS will be the market that needs them the most. For complete coverage of the Hot New Products at EMS EXPO in Atlanta this year, click here.

We also introduced the Truview PCD to Jamie Davis of the ProMed Network & the Medicast. Many of the internet’s top EMS bloggers, videographers, and podcasters were streaming live from the conference floor. For more, check out all the coverage at EMS1.com, Public Safety Events, or EMS EXPO Live.

I got my first chance to lecture at a National EMS Conference. I taught a class on EMS CPAP, and brought all the different competing vendors into one room.  I was able to find a nice lady named April at AirGas, who got plenty of portable oxygen bottles to the convention center on time. Afterwards, I went through all my lecture reviews from attendees. While they were mostly very positive, I did get some sobering yet constructive criticism.

Two people said I read from the PowerPoint slides too much – which was true. I confess I was more than just a little nervous, and relied on the text too much. I hope I get another chance to do a better job next time. It was very exciting and added a whole new dimension to working at a conference.


About Dan White

I'm a retired Paramedic and EMS Instructor with 35 years EMS and emergency medical product experience. I love canoes, cars and EMS. I have written a lot about EMS Technology on the Paramedic Blog, the Insights on Innovation column for EMS1.com, on AmbulanceWorld.com and Multibriefs.com. I can be reached directly at 573-240-0002.
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