Philips redesign prompts another Class I recall

Heart Sync is the 2nd company to face an FDA Class I recall of defibrillator electrodes due to design changes in automated external defibrillators made by Royal Philips.

Royal Philips’ (NYSE:PHG) revamped connector design for 2 of its automatic external defibrillators has left another company facing an FDA Class I recall.

This time, Michigan’s Heart Sync is dealing with the Class I recall, which the FDA assigns when there is risk of serious injury or death. Continue

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Ebola Disinfection for EMS

St. Louis, MO (December 17, 2014) – EA Medical LLC, a specialty medical distributor,
introduces the Lumalier EDU-435 Disinfection Lamp, which uses Ultraviolet Germicidal
Energy (“C” wavelength) to kill Ebola. The EDU-435 was designed to meet the specialized
disinfection needs of Emergency Medical Service (EMS) providers.

Although not everyone is familiar with UV-C, it is a well know fact that it has germicidal
properties. There are no known infectious pathogens that are resistant to a proper “dose”
of UV-C energy, NONE. It does not matter what the pathogen strain is, how it has
mutated, or if it is multiple drug/chemical resistant. The Lumalier EDU-435 is an easy to use portable lamp that kills virtually all known infectious virus, bacteria, mold, protozoa and yeast including Ebola, Enterovirus d68, MRSA, VRE, C.diff, TB, Acinetobacter and Influenza.

Neal Zeid, EMS Manager commented, “The portable design of the lamp allows EMS
agencies to disinfect the inside of their ambulances, helicopters, and the rooms inside
their station houses. The air and all exposed surfaces inside an ambulance can be
disinfected in just 20 minutes. The advanced UV-C Disinfection of the EDU-435
provides powerful germicidal outcomes of 99.999% to 99.999999% disinfection.”

About EA Medical LLC
Founded in 1993 in St. Louis, MO, by Kevin Eddington and Steve Logsdon, EA Medical
specializes in the sale of Surgical and Infection Control products for General, CardioThoracic, Vascular, and Neuro Surgery. In 2008, EA Medical expanded into the prehospital EMS market and sells EMS products for Advanced Life Support, Patient and
EMS Safety, and Infection Control. For more information on EA Medical, contact us at
800.339.9393 or visit

About Lumalier (Evergreen UV LLC)
Founded over 50 years ago in Memphis, TN, Lumalier (now owned by Evergreen UV
LLC) is the recognized industry leader in UV disinfection. The FDA, CDC, Homeland
Security and World Health Organization use Lumalier UV-C systems to kill infectious
diseases. Source: EA Medical LLC

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EMS Chief: What EMS crews experienced the first day of the Ferguson shooting

EMS Chief Chris Cebollero talks about what his crews encountered in the first minutes on the scene of the Mike Brown shooting in Ferguson, Mo., which led to looting and riots the next day.

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New ambulance chassis includes innovative safety improvements

The Type 1 ambulance features innovative enhancements, like mobility seating, designed with provider safety and functionality in mind

During a recent and detailed tour of the new Demers Type 1 MXP 170 ambulance, given by Greg Tucci, regional sales manager for Demers Ambulances, I was impressed by some of the remarkable design features focused on safety and power management.

My single favorite feature is the new Mobility Track Seating, which swivels and slides on an innovative Demers-built track mechanism. It allows you to move in almost any direction during patient care and works so well about the only time you should need to undo your seatbelt is to get something out of the cabinets.

If you need to slide towards the patient’s head it’s as easy as pulling a lever. Ditto if you need to move towards the feet. Once care has been rendered, you can swivel to a forward facing position for optimal safety. Continue


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How a specialized EMS kit can save a professional athlete’s life

It’s March 4, 1990, with 13:34 left in the first half of the basketball game. Loyola Marymount University player Hank Gathers suddenly collapses onto the court. He tries to get up, but slumps back to the floor. Despite efforts to revive him with a school defibrillator, he eventually dies at the hospital.

From his death, two years laterProSportsEMS was born. The sports paramedic program has since spread throughout the U.S. as a way to support local sports franchises and provides remarkable sophistication designed to train, support and equip athletic trainers for advanced first aid. Continue

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Ferno’s self-loading iN/X stretcher eases load on EMT’s

The iN/X is the first of its kind: a powered self-loading stretcher. Watching it being put through its paces at the Gathering of Eagles conference was astounding. Everyone in the room knew they were looking at the next big thing in EMS.  Continue 


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It’s Not About Philip Seymour Hoffman

It’s really not just about Philip Seymour Hoffman. It is about the over 38,000 people that die every year from the same condition. Drug addiction and alcoholism is a deadly disease. It takes countless lives. It destroys families and futures.

There has been a lot of talk lately about Philip Seymour Hoffman on social media. Unfortunately I’ve seen some pretty appalling posts by EMS providers.

Some say he deserved to die because he chose to inject drugs. Many use highly derogatory terms. I would like to counter with one sentence.

I’ve never seen a good caregiver who had contempt for patients.

Let’s keep in mind addiction is a disease. It’s a deadly and often terminal condition. Do we have contempt for cancer patients or diabetics? Then why would we show contempt for any other sick patient?

The only way we can is if we suffer under a delusion. That delusion is that people who drink too much or are addicted to drugs are bad people of weak moral character. That they have free will and made a conscious choice to die.

Actually they don’t. Once they start it is often nearly impossible for them to stop. This compulsion is hard for those not similarly afflicted to understand. It is however a hallmark of the disease.

Mr. Hoffman was for many years in recovery. He was an amazing and talented actor. Unfortunately he fell off the wagon and in only a few short years died. It is always sad when somebody dies long before his or her time.

Those who cannot accept that addiction is a disease deny accepted medical science. In doing so they also deny that treatment can be effective. Many hundreds of thousands of patients have turned their lives around. By accepting help they can arrest the disease and hold it at bay. Once they do many are some of the brightest and most talented among us.

No, they will never cure it. They cannot go back to using again without risking destruction and death. Once they do in only a short time they are usually right back where they started. That is what happened to Philip Seymour Hoffman

I just want my EMS brothers and sisters to understand that when you are dealing with a drunk in his cups you are dealing with a very sick person. It’s not cool to make fun of sick people.

Just like it’s not cool to load a narcotic OD up with Narcan and watch them suffer. Give them just enough to restore good respiration and stop. It’s not necessary to put them into withdrawals so you can show off.

EMS is no place for cruelty. It’s no place for contempt. It’s no place for those who deny science. If you can’t deliver every patient compassionate medical care maybe you should find a different line of work. You just might not have the head or heart for this one.

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