Finegan Lights Kickstarter Project

Finegan Lights are a patented illumination retrofit kit designed to be attached to ground ladders. The retrofit kit does not alter the structural integrity of a ladder and does not affect NFPA certification.

Finegan Lights are the brainchild of Bill Finegan, a respected career Lieutenant with the Philadelphia Fire Department. His outstanding safety innovation has already benefitted from years of testing and careful development. The company is ready to go.

Firefighting is inherently dangerous work and the danger increases exponentially in the dark. A ladder that is capable of illuminating itself and the immediate area is a game changer. Ladders with our lights will be able to illuminate the foundation, exterior walls and windows of a structure, enhancing firefighter safety and offering improved situational awareness at night.

The Finegan Lights will add vastly expanded functionality to a tool you already use. The applications are limited only by your imagination. It’s perfect for portable scene lighting in an MCI. It can be used for lighting up MVA scenes or confined space rescues. Drop four ladders on the edge of a field and you have just demarcated a helicopter-landing zone. The Finegan Lights easily adapt to many different operational requirements.

But most importantly the Finegan Lights will help rescuers see beyond or under a ladder and more easily locate the ladder itself when seconds matter most.

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The ClearVue Video-Laryngoscope

The ClearVue Video Laryngoscope from Infinum combines many of the best features available at a value price. It’s a premium quality second-generation hand held video-laryngoscope for EMS. It can be used for either direct laryngoscopy or video-laryngoscopy.

The disposable blades are low profile for ease of insertion, even in a tight mouth opening. They are also available in five different sizes to accommodate a full spectrum of patients. The blade size range meets many state requirements, so you really don’t need to carry a heavy laryngoscope set anymore. Ongoing costs are reduced with the disposable blades and the initial investment is less than most comparable devices.

The high definition 640 x 480 screen is a generous 3.5”. It tilts for glare and swivels for more convenient storage. The screen is reinforced with anti-shatter protection and the blades feature an anti-fog lens. The 2.0 megapixel camera provides a full 66-degree field angle view. ClearVue has a rechargeable 3,200mAh Lithium battery with a working time over 200 minutes. Rather than eating up batteries during shift change equipment checks, ClearVue just needs occasional recharging.

The overall design is compact, ergonomic and weighs less than 350gm. It has a natural balanced feel in the hand. The construction is rugged and it’s built right here in Florida. You can record and export an image or video of the tube placement. The high-resolution view of the glottis will enhance first-attempt success while minimizing any chance of a complication during the intubation process.

Today video-laryngoscopy is quickly becoming an ALS standard of care. You would be hard pressed to find a medical helicopter without one. ClearVue offers an unrivaled combination of quality, value and performance. You don’t have to compromise with the ClearVue EMS solution.





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Pediatric Skills in EMS

Here is yet one more excellent example of a paper from Australia that highlights the need for better pediatric Paramedic training. No surprise. Paramedics get scant few hours to either train or work on kids. Its a double whammy.

You don’t get trained to do it, and don’t get much experience doing it. So neither of the two typical learning pathways are available. But when they are needed, that’s when everyone expects you to be an expert.

This article focuses on trauma, which I frankly think should be child’s play (no pun intended)

For a more elaborating user experience here in the States I suggest Dr. Peter Antevy’s class.  Take it Twice.

When I committed to really learning about MCI Management I took AJ Heightman’s MCI class. Then I took it a second time and realized what and how much I missed. Sometimes doing the same thing twice proves well worth the effort, especially when it’s about a skill set you will rarely if ever be called upon to use.

Sometimes the skills we need most are those we use the least.









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Growing Need For Video-Laryngoscopy

I have not blogged in a long time. I wasn’t really free to do so in my most recent position. But as the wise sage Keanu Reeves once said, “Yah, I’m thinking I’m back”.

I’d like to share a few thoughts about a critical new role for video laryngoscopy. With the rapid growth of supraglottic airways as a primary means of securing an airway on cardiac arrests, paramedics are getting fewer opportunities to intubate. This was already a bad situation.

Many parts of the country already have a difficult time maintaining airway skills. In some regions paramedics only get three or four intubations a year. They often have difficulty getting OR training time. These challenges can play in factor in skill deterioration.

Now think about what the impact might be when we move to rescue airways and intubations drop from 3 or 4 to .03 or .04 per year. That does not at all mean the skill is not required anymore. Far from it.

Some specific indications for an advanced airway often occur with breathing patients. One example is airway burns. I want the largest tube I can get in, instantly. Another is frank pulmonary edema with high inspiratory pressures being required to ventilate. A third might be a witnessed asthma arrest. These are all potential walking home saves.

That’s why I think it has become high time everyone had a video laryngoscope. It’s a responsible and cost effective way to prevent DL skill erosion from costing lives that might otherwise be saved.


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Physio-Control and Aircraft Medical Launch Strategic Partnership

Physio-Control and Aircraft Medical have entered a strategic partnership that will include Physio-Control distributing the McGRATH® MAC EMS Video Laryngoscope to Emergency Medical Services (EMS) customers throughout the United States.

The McGRATH® MAC EMS Video Laryngoscope combines direct and indirect view laryngoscopy, offers a bright, clear video image to assist paramedics during difficult intubations and supports traditional Macintosh laryngoscope training and techniques. Full details here

I really like this device and I’ve written about it a few times. It is very compact, rugged and easy to use.

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Blue Wolf Capital Partners LLC acquires a majority stake in North American Rescue, LLC

NEW YORK — Blue Wolf Capital Partners LLC (“Blue Wolf”), the New York-based private equity firm, today announced that, through an affiliate, it has acquired a majority stake in North American Rescue, LLC (“NAR” or “the Company”), a leading supplier of mission-critical tactical medical products, such as tourniquets, chest seals and decompression needles, to the military, law enforcement and EMS first responder markets.

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EMS Today 2015

It was great to reconnect with so many old friends at EMS Today in Baltimore. The exhibit hall was packed and steady for the first evening and Friday morning. Later Friday and Saturday I got around the hall and said hello to everyone.

I saw Jon Politis and we reminisced how we met at the very first EMS Today in 1984. It’s been many years since and is surprising how many of the early EMS pioneers are still around.

There were not that many new EMS products as in years past. I did get to look at Durham County’s new Demers mini-mod on a Sprinter chassis. I really liked it. It has the Mobility-Track seating system and many of the premium features of recent Demers models.

The Ferni iNX stretcher continues to astound. This year they played some amazing videos of it in action. The one I loved was iNX climbing over a cement guardrail effortlessly.

EM Innovations had the new suction holster called SuctionShield. It is a real “why didn’t I think of that” product.

Here I am with my old friend AJ Heightman at the Convention Center. AJ has been a tireless advocate for EMS and is an inspiring leader. I’m sure Jim Page smiles from beyond knowing his legacy is in such steady hands.

Here I am demonstrating i-gel O2 Resus at EMS Today 2015

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