The 12 most important products in EMS

In each decade of our profession’s young history, there have been one or two products that cast a long shadow across the EMS landscape.

I’ve made a list of the dozen that I think have had the biggest impact on our industry. All of these products or their direct descendants are still being manufactured today. That says a lot about their longevity and acceptance by EMS professionals across America. So, without further ado, the 12 Most Important Products in the short History of EMS:

1. The Resusci Anne from Laerdal Medical.

2. The Hare Traction splint

3. The Kendrick Extrication Device or KED

4. The Laerdal Pocket Mask

5. The Laerdal Stifneck Extrication Collar

6. The Ferno 35-A Mobile Transporter ambulance stretcher

7. The Physio-Control Lifepak 5

8. The Nonin 8500 Pulse Oximeter

9. The ProLite Long Spineboard

10. The Phillips Hearstart AED

11. The Stryker Power-PRO ambulance stretcher

12. The Ambu Bag or AmbuSpur disposable BVM

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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, on and I can be reached directly at 573-240-0002.
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1 Response to The 12 most important products in EMS

  1. Emt Trainer says:

    It’s to bad these aren’t the ONLY 12 important items. My pack isn’t getting any smaller!

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