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THE UPS & DOWNS OF EMS
Researchers at the University of Minnesota are developing new
ambulances that are designed to help cardiac arrest patients
receive quicker, better care.
The so-called “super ambulances” will carry CT scanners, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) equipment and other technology to help first responders administer hospital-level care to patients
during transport. The ECMO unit will be used to keep patients alive
while the medical teams on scene, at the cath lab or in the surgical unti
remove blockages in their blood vessels that are causing cardiac arrest,
a technique favored by the university’s Minnesota Resuscitation Consortium made up of local hospitals and EMS agencies. The hope is that
the super ambulances will improve patient outcomes.
This project is possible due to advancements in technology as well
as a nearly $900,000 grant from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helms-ley Charitable Trust’s Rural Healthcare Program. Not so long ago, it
would be impossible for vehicles to carry bypass machines. However,
the proposed super ambulances would still be much larger than a regular ambulance, and would require specialized staff to work onboard.
We give a thumbs up to this team’s passion for medical innovation.
We hope these super resuscitation-focused ambulances will result in an
improvement in survival rates for patients with cardiac arrest.
NOT A JOKING MATTER
A local official in Richland County, S.C., has resigned after he
told county EMS personnel to “kill themselves” for demanding better work conditions.
Kevin Bronson, assistant county administrator for public safety, made
the remarks during an internal meeting of about 100 EMS providers
where they had presented a list of complaints. During his remarks,
he said, “… If it’s really that bad you can just kill yourself or leave.”
Bronson received widespread criticism after his comments were
made public, and administration claims he was punished for his words,
though it wasn’t disclosed how. However, Bronson later decided to
The comments are particularly in poor taste because, as JEMS
revealed in an eye-opening survey published in 2015, EMS providers
in the United States suffer from high levels of critical stress, making
EMS providers 10 times more likely than the national average to both
contemplate and actually attempt suicide. Plus, a local deputy in the
community had recently taken their own life.
We give a thumbs down to this unprofessional and insensitive
suggestion. Not only is suicide not a joking matter, but also first
responders’ requests to improve their work environment should be
taken seriously. JEMS
A PURRRFECT RESCUE
Firefighters in Spring Valley, Calif.,
The kitten apparently entered the Lexus of
owner Adrienne Koroly, then got stuck in the
engine compartment and went on an unexpected 100-mile journey.
When Koroly arrived at his destination,
he heard soft meows coming from the hood
of his car. For three days, he and his parents
attempted to coax the kitten out of the car,
but they had no luck.
Koroly then contacted San Miguel Fire and
Rescue to help safely remove the kitten from
the luxury automobile.
The firefighters, along with personnel from
San Diego County Animal Services, were able
to get under the vehicle to dislodge the kitten.
Luckily, the kitten wasn’t hurt and a neighbor
adopted the animal, now nicknamed “Lexus.”
We give a thumbs up to San Miguel fire
district for caring for all community members, big and small.
The crew of Truck 15 from San Miguel Fire and Rescue used airbags to lift a Lexus and extricate a kitten
stuck inside the vehicle. Photo courtesy San Miguel Fire and Rescue