May 23rd 2013
Although Anglo-Saxons in Europe were using hammocks and litters to transport the sick and injured as early as the tenth century, the first organized ambulance service to transport patients to hospital-based care was not developed until 1899 in New York City.
Early ambulance services were horse-drawn carriages, and carried basic medical supplies such as splints and stomach pumps. The ambulances were staffed by interns and residents of the medical training programs of the time, as credentialed physicians were not attracted to the odd hours and low pay that early (more…)
March 19th 2013
Non-emergent transport services and private EMS agencies play a vital role in providing patients with access to the superior care and services they may require. Without the means to care for patients during transport, those that have suffered from an injury or illness would be unable to make use of the care and facilities that may only be found further from home. Transportation services that can provide for the needs of even the most critical needs patients are an essential resource for all aspects of the health care industry.
February 28th 2012
Let’s be honest, sometimes life isn’t fair.
Sometimes life strikes when you least expect it, and sometimes it helps preparing for and knowing how to handle a medical emergency. After all, you can call the hospital but sometimes it’s those crucial minutes in between and what you do during them that can make all the difference in the world. That is why we created this short list of things you can do in your home to help prepare.
1. First-aid kit – If you don’t have one, then buy one. Plenty of drug and department stores sell well-stocked first-aid kits and if you can’t find one you can always buy the necessary supplies to build one. There are plenty of sites online that can help with this but you definitely need to make sure you have bandages and wrappings, Band-Aids, disinfectant, scissors, tweezers, needle and thread, etc.
2. If you have an ADT Security Glendale system, or wherever in the country you live, you might be able to set it up to where you can be put in touch with emergency medical services at the press of a button.
3. Invest in a cordless phone. Most phones are cordless, these days, but if you find yourself in a bind you won’t feel restricted.
Consult with a doctor or your local hospital for more tips.
October 2nd 2011
Emergency Medical Services are a necessary part of modern life. Paramedics and EMT are often the first to respond to the scene of an emergency. They will stabilize the patient as much as possible with limited resources. They will also provide aid beyond what the average person who is skilled with first aid can give. They may find themselves responding to the victims of a fire, a car accident, or even people who have found themselves in a river. They need to undergo more training than most people, but while they have to be (more…)
September 30th 2011
Technical rescue units are typically staffed by highly trained individuals. Technical rescue operations are usually within the realm of fire based EMS but some technical rescue units are run by third service EMS or even police departments.
Technical rescue operations can include many possible scenarios. water rescue, trench rescue, high angle rescue, hazardous material operations, confined space rescue and extrications from the simple to the complex can all fall within the scope of technical rescue operations.
Members of technical rescue teams go through high degrees of training. For starters, they are typically paramedics.
The medical training might even include (more…)
September 28th 2011
The role of the EMS unit is easy to grasp. The role of the EMS unit is to take the victim of an accident out of immediate danger and transport them to a place where they can receive care. The most common place a person will receive care is in a hospital. Although the role of the EMS unit is often seen as taking a patient from the scene of an accident to the hospital, but they do more than just transport victims. EMS (more…)
September 25th 2011
Whether fire based, third service or a private entity, emergency medical services or EMS, have always delivered more than the name implies. Emergency medical care is the main mission of EMS. This can be in the form of advanced life support or ALS, which can include the paramedic using advanced skills such as IV placement, airway intubation, delivery of life saving drugs and defibrillation of the heart during cardiac emergencies. This is typically the highest level of care.
Some services run basic life support or BLS units. A (more…)