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

 

FORCE = MASS times ACCELERATION

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

Is America's obesity rate affecting the EMS industry?

Posted by Scott Millen on Jan 3, 2017 5:26:50 PM

If the words gumbo, grits and beignets are part of your daily vocabulary, and you work in the EMS field, your back might be getting more of a workout than its muscles can handle. That’s because your home state of Louisiana has the highest prevalence of obesity by percentage of population in the United States at 36.2, says the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Not far behind Louisiana is another Southern state – Alabama at 35.6.

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Topics: EMS Injury Risks

What does it mean to be SAE Compliant?

Posted by Scott Millen on Dec 21, 2016 4:52:42 PM

 

FORCE = MASS x ACCELERATIONAn 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

The Issue of Seat Belts

Posted by Ferno on Nov 3, 2016 1:52:04 PM

According to the CDC, “Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death among those aged 1-54 in the U.S.” The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) studied data from Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) and identified several behaviors that have low likelihodd of fatalities including 1) Being in a pickup (compared to a passenger car); 2) Being in a sport utility vehicle (compared to a passenger car); 3) Being in a van (compared to a passenger car); 4) Being age 0-19 (compared to age 20-29); 5)  Being age 70 or older (compared to age 20-29); 6) Being restrained (compared to unrestrained); 7) Being in a multi-vehicle crash (compared to a single vehicle crash).

“Other statistics coming from the CDC, “More than half (range: 53%-59%) of teens (13-19 years) and adults aged 20-44 years who died in crashes in 2014 were unrestrained at the time of the crash.; Young adult drivers and passengers (18-24) have the highest crash-related non-fatal injury rates of all adults; and seat belts dramatically reduce risk of death and serious injury. Among drivers and front-seat passengers, seat belts reduce the risk of death by 45%, and cut the risk of serious injury by 50%.”

Seat belt restraint has long been identified as a lifesaving tool. In an effort to reduce the number of vehicle fatalities, mandatory seat belt laws were passed in all 49 states, led by New York State in 1984. The exception was New Hampshire, which only required that children be restrained. The laws, however, differed in who was affected with some only requiring seat belt use for those traveling in the front seat. Sixteen states designated the infraction to be classified as secondary enforcement, meaning that law enforcement could not stop and ticket a driver for that offense alone.

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Topics: restraints, pediatric restraints

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