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Scott Millen

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PEW RESEARCH: Lax Ambulance Rules Put Paramedics, Patients at Risk

Posted by Scott Millen on Mar 17, 2017 3:08:37 PM

As an EMS professional, you know the danger that comes with emergency, prehospital care and transport. Over the past several years, the crashworthiness of an ambulance has been part of an ongoing industry conversation that is focused on safety and SAE Compliance.  

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Topics: inTraxx, SAE Compliance

How do you spend your time in transport?

Posted by Scott Millen on Mar 3, 2017 1:46:18 PM

"Emergency preparedness can be defined as preimpact activities that establish a state of readiness to respond to extreme events that could affect the community. It establishes organizational readiness to minimize the adverse impact of these events by means of active responses to protect the health and safety of individuals and the integrity and functioning of physical structures. As indicated in Chapter 3, emergency preparedness is achieved by planning, training, equipping, and exercising the emergency response organization." FEMA: Fundamentals of Emergency Management, Chapter 9 Excerpt

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Topics: inTraxx

Research into Ambulance Crashes May Hold a Key to Prevention

Posted by Scott Millen on Feb 28, 2017 10:22:18 AM

"The delivery of emergency medical services (EMS) is a key functional activity within the safety infrastructure of modern civilization. Responding to emergency incidents and the subsequent transport of injured victims to hospitals and similar health care facilities involve inherent risks. Of particular interest is motor vehicle crashes involving ambulances used for EMS. Understanding the magnitude and severity of this risk is essential to addressing the overall problem and formulating the necessary policy to address the problem." ~ Analysis of Ambulance Crash Data   DOWNLOAD REPORT

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REV Group Announces Partnership with Ferno on Revolutionary New Ambulance Design

Posted by Scott Millen on Feb 24, 2017 3:37:11 PM

REV Group, a $2+ billion manufacturer of industry-leading motor vehicle brands, and Ferno, the global leader in emergency pre-hospital patient handling equipment, are announcing the launch of a groundbreaking and innovative patient and crew-centric ambulance design. This design will allow EMS providers to experience improved patient & medic safety, operational flexibility, and system efficiency.

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Topics: inTraxx

Single-handedly Safe

Posted by Scott Millen on Feb 7, 2017 1:55:06 AM

Why is the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America's (RESNA) Position Paper on the use of Evacuation Chairs having so much impact on the market? Researchers at the organization are focusing on other beneifts of the evacuation chair including one-person operation, which frees up other crew members to do more if necessary. 

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Topics: EZGlider

What happens in the patient compartment during a crash at an impact of 30 mph?

Posted by Scott Millen on Jan 19, 2017 4:24:18 PM



An abrupt acceleration, imposed upon the human body by a collision between a person in motion and a stationary object, or by an object striking a stationary individual, can cause injury which may be fatal. source: The Oxford Companion to the Body 2001

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Topics: SAE Compliance

Can you predict how long your new medic will stay?

Posted by Scott Millen on Jan 19, 2017 4:20:34 PM

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the need for paramedics during the decade between 2014 – 2024 is expected to grow 24 percent, faster than the average for other professions. One of the biggest obstacles to hiring has been a turnover rate reaching 20 percent in some parts of the U.S., according to the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). As new paramedics are hired, a significant number leave. In 2011, the average tenure of a paramedic was 6.5 years cited Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. That number is decreased to four years according to family therapist Dr. Beverly J. Paschal.

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Topics: tenure, inx

What advice would you offer to fellow EMS professionals?

Posted by Scott Millen on Jan 18, 2017 11:31:46 AM

Not much is said about the impact EMS professionals make on their community. I can assure you, it is not intentional. This past New Year's Eve, we launched the first of Ferno’s Annual Rolling Toast to EMS. Many of your friends reached out through social media in support.

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Topics: inspiration

How organized is your workspace during transport?

Posted by Scott Millen on Jan 10, 2017 11:13:17 PM

Your cardiac patient is loaded into the ambulance. You are focused on his vital signs and assessing his condition. How fast and efficient can you be in less than 90 seconds? Are you seated and restrained? Is the cot locked in?

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Topics: inTraxx

What kind of people steal ambulances?

Posted by Scott Millen on Jan 9, 2017 4:07:41 PM

 Every time an ambulance is taken, the world makes a collective shake of their head. And make no mistake, ambulances are stolen often and in every state in the U.S. But what motivates someone to get behind a wheel and take it for a “joy ride” as some press refer to it. Unfortunately, the first motivation are keys in the ignition. Several agencies are now implementing new security features and doling out keys to both crew members in an effort to get the ambulance locked and secured in route to a patient.

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Topics: inTraxx

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