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EMS

Health Officials 'Cautiously Optimistic' on Ebola Response

JEMS - News - Tue, 05/29/2018 - 09:42

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization said Tuesday it is "cautiously optimistic" about efforts to curb the spread of Ebola in an urban area in Congo, although the lethal virus is still reported in at least two remote areas.

There have been 35 confirmed cases, including 12 deaths. The U.N. health agency and partners have vaccinated more than 400 people with an experimental Ebola vaccine, the first time it has been used in an emerging outbreak.

WHO emergencies chief Peter Salama told reporters that the response has gone "quite smoothly" and that the agency's first priority had been to stop Ebola's spread in Mbandaka, a city of more than 1 million that sits on a river described as a "highway" connecting it to other regions.

"We can't conclude we have safeguarded the city of Mbandaka, but so far there hasn't been an explosive increase in cases ... We have reason to be cautiously optimistic," Salama said.

He added that the next stage of the vaccination strategy would focus on the remote regions of Iboko and Bikoro, where most of the cases have been reported.

Salama also said officials were planning to test five unlicensed drugs for Ebola, pending Congo's approval. Two of the drugs were previously used in past Ebola outbreaks, but the three remaining medicines have mostly been tested in animals. Salama said using the drugs in Congo's basic health clinics would be challenging since some involve intravenous infusions and require daily monitoring of kidney and liver functions.

Bikoro has had no electricity and no functioning lab, officials said, and outbreak response efforts in Iboko have required the establishment of helicopter landing sites and electricity.

Salama said WHO has been focused on three separate chains of Ebola transmission connected to a funeral, a church gathering and a visit to a health center in Bikoro. He said officials were trying to monitor about 900 contacts of Ebola cases but couldn't say how many of the newly reported cases are coming from previously identified contacts.

Categories: EMS

Health Officials 'Cautiously Optimistic' on Ebola Response

JEMS - News - Tue, 05/29/2018 - 09:42

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization said Tuesday it is "cautiously optimistic" about efforts to curb the spread of Ebola in an urban area in Congo, although the lethal virus is still reported in at least two remote areas.

There have been 35 confirmed cases, including 12 deaths. The U.N. health agency and partners have vaccinated more than 400 people with an experimental Ebola vaccine, the first time it has been used in an emerging outbreak.

WHO emergencies chief Peter Salama told reporters that the response has gone "quite smoothly" and that the agency's first priority had been to stop Ebola's spread in Mbandaka, a city of more than 1 million that sits on a river described as a "highway" connecting it to other regions.

"We can't conclude we have safeguarded the city of Mbandaka, but so far there hasn't been an explosive increase in cases ... We have reason to be cautiously optimistic," Salama said.

He added that the next stage of the vaccination strategy would focus on the remote regions of Iboko and Bikoro, where most of the cases have been reported.

Salama also said officials were planning to test five unlicensed drugs for Ebola, pending Congo's approval. Two of the drugs were previously used in past Ebola outbreaks, but the three remaining medicines have mostly been tested in animals. Salama said using the drugs in Congo's basic health clinics would be challenging since some involve intravenous infusions and require daily monitoring of kidney and liver functions.

Bikoro has had no electricity and no functioning lab, officials said, and outbreak response efforts in Iboko have required the establishment of helicopter landing sites and electricity.

Salama said WHO has been focused on three separate chains of Ebola transmission connected to a funeral, a church gathering and a visit to a health center in Bikoro. He said officials were trying to monitor about 900 contacts of Ebola cases but couldn't say how many of the newly reported cases are coming from previously identified contacts.

Categories: EMS

The First Responder Who Was Rescued Returns To Rescuing

JEMS - News - Tue, 05/29/2018 - 09:24

Jerusalem - A few months ago, United Hatzalah volunteer EMT Raphael Elihav Nachshoni was involved in a motor vehicle accident on Hashomer Street in Bnei Brak while he was on his way to respond to a medical emergency. Elihav was critically injured and came very close to death. The doctors who received him in the emergency room had given up all chances of his survival. Against all odds, Elihav recuperated, and after a very short stint in rehabilitation returned to duty as a volunteer first responder last Thursday.

Due to his injuries and in an effort to ease his work as a first responder, United Hatzalah has given him one of the organization’s mini-lance emergency vehicles. The vehicle was donated specifically for Elihav to use in order to allow him to return to his volunteering as an EMT  first responder.

During the weekly get together of the first responders in Bnei Brak, President and Founder of United Hatzalah Eli Beer surprised Elihav and the other gathered responders when he arrived to provide ELihav with the new vehicle.  

The Acting Mayor of Bnei Brak and Secretary of the High Council of Sages Rabbi Avraham Rubinstein came to show his support for the organization at the presentation. Beer commented on how happy he was to see Elihav fully recuperated and back in action. “Today is one of the happiest days in my life. To see Elihav healthy and return to service as a United Hatzalah volunteer, is something that is truly special. A few months ago I visited him while he was in serious condition in the hospital. I made him a promise during that visit, that if he is able to heal and he works on getting himself healthy, then we would do everything in our power as an organization to enable him to return to being a first responder. During the recent weeks when he returned home and was in the final stages of making his full recovery from the very serious injuries that he sustained, Elihav requested to be reinstated as a first responder once again. We made the decision then to purchase for him this special vehicle, our new “mini-lance”, that was just brought into service in our fleet of vehicles a few months ago. With this new vehicle, Elihav can continue to arrive at the scenes of emergencies and save lives as fast as possible, just like he used to do prior to the accident.”

Categories: EMS

The First Responder Who Was Rescued Returns To Rescuing

JEMS - News - Tue, 05/29/2018 - 09:24

Jerusalem - A few months ago, United Hatzalah volunteer EMT Raphael Elihav Nachshoni was involved in a motor vehicle accident on Hashomer Street in Bnei Brak while he was on his way to respond to a medical emergency. Elihav was critically injured and came very close to death. The doctors who received him in the emergency room had given up all chances of his survival. Against all odds, Elihav recuperated, and after a very short stint in rehabilitation returned to duty as a volunteer first responder last Thursday.

Due to his injuries and in an effort to ease his work as a first responder, United Hatzalah has given him one of the organization’s mini-lance emergency vehicles. The vehicle was donated specifically for Elihav to use in order to allow him to return to his volunteering as an EMT  first responder.

During the weekly get together of the first responders in Bnei Brak, President and Founder of United Hatzalah Eli Beer surprised Elihav and the other gathered responders when he arrived to provide ELihav with the new vehicle.  

The Acting Mayor of Bnei Brak and Secretary of the High Council of Sages Rabbi Avraham Rubinstein came to show his support for the organization at the presentation. Beer commented on how happy he was to see Elihav fully recuperated and back in action. “Today is one of the happiest days in my life. To see Elihav healthy and return to service as a United Hatzalah volunteer, is something that is truly special. A few months ago I visited him while he was in serious condition in the hospital. I made him a promise during that visit, that if he is able to heal and he works on getting himself healthy, then we would do everything in our power as an organization to enable him to return to being a first responder. During the recent weeks when he returned home and was in the final stages of making his full recovery from the very serious injuries that he sustained, Elihav requested to be reinstated as a first responder once again. We made the decision then to purchase for him this special vehicle, our new “mini-lance”, that was just brought into service in our fleet of vehicles a few months ago. With this new vehicle, Elihav can continue to arrive at the scenes of emergencies and save lives as fast as possible, just like he used to do prior to the accident.”

Categories: EMS

Crestline to Deliver $4.5 Million in Specialized Ambulances to the Department of National Defence

JEMS - News - Tue, 05/29/2018 - 09:10

Saskatoon, SK, Canada – Crestline Coach, a global leader in ambulance and specialty vehicle manufacturing and a Canadian supplier of small to mid-sized buses, secured a contract with the Department of National Defence to manufacture specialized ambulances for Canadian Armed Forces military bases, situated coast to coast. The contract is valued at $4.5 million, excluding options.

With its rugged design, the Crestline Summit 170 Type 1 is custom tailored to meet the precise specifications required by the Department of National Defence. Designed with robust off-road capabilities, the ambulances are built on Ford F450 4X4 chassis with diesel fuel engines. Their versatile and durable exterior is manufactured to withstand extreme environments and power through rough terrain. Medics need the ability to work regardless of road conditions and the LiquidSpring™ suspension system, integrated into the OEM chassis platform, delivers stability and ride quality that allows medics to care for patients in a stable environment with increased safety and comfort.

Crestline ambulances are known for their world-class safety for both patients and medics. In addition to its superior strength roll cage, the vehicles are outfitted with Austin Hardware Life Defender cabinet frames that are dynamically tested to ensure upmost safety and confinement of stored supplies in case of accident or collision. Installed in the rear of each unit are Zone Defense cameras to enhance visibility of surroundings when maneuvering the vehicle. 

Ergonomics and efficiency also played a role in the design with various installments, such as flip-open cupboards. These are quick to access in emergencies, and easy to restock during shift changeover, allowing operator’s time to focus on more important tasks. The hands free waste disposal reduces cross contamination and improves ease of disposal while freeing up medics hands. To ensure superior care, each ambulance is equipped with additional medical equipment and supplies including built-in drug lockers, IV warmers and Zoll Physio Heart Monitors, allowing patients to feel confident in their care during a vulnerable time.

Categories: EMS

Crestline to Deliver $4.5 Million in Specialized Ambulances to the Department of National Defence

JEMS - News - Tue, 05/29/2018 - 09:10

Saskatoon, SK, Canada – Crestline Coach, a global leader in ambulance and specialty vehicle manufacturing and a Canadian supplier of small to mid-sized buses, secured a contract with the Department of National Defence to manufacture specialized ambulances for Canadian Armed Forces military bases, situated coast to coast. The contract is valued at $4.5 million, excluding options.

With its rugged design, the Crestline Summit 170 Type 1 is custom tailored to meet the precise specifications required by the Department of National Defence. Designed with robust off-road capabilities, the ambulances are built on Ford F450 4X4 chassis with diesel fuel engines. Their versatile and durable exterior is manufactured to withstand extreme environments and power through rough terrain. Medics need the ability to work regardless of road conditions and the LiquidSpring™ suspension system, integrated into the OEM chassis platform, delivers stability and ride quality that allows medics to care for patients in a stable environment with increased safety and comfort.

Crestline ambulances are known for their world-class safety for both patients and medics. In addition to its superior strength roll cage, the vehicles are outfitted with Austin Hardware Life Defender cabinet frames that are dynamically tested to ensure upmost safety and confinement of stored supplies in case of accident or collision. Installed in the rear of each unit are Zone Defense cameras to enhance visibility of surroundings when maneuvering the vehicle. 

Ergonomics and efficiency also played a role in the design with various installments, such as flip-open cupboards. These are quick to access in emergencies, and easy to restock during shift changeover, allowing operator’s time to focus on more important tasks. The hands free waste disposal reduces cross contamination and improves ease of disposal while freeing up medics hands. To ensure superior care, each ambulance is equipped with additional medical equipment and supplies including built-in drug lockers, IV warmers and Zoll Physio Heart Monitors, allowing patients to feel confident in their care during a vulnerable time.

Categories: EMS

Positive Identification Feature Available in Elite for EMS

JEMS - News - Tue, 05/29/2018 - 09:03

LAKEVILLE, MINN. - ImageTrend, Inc. announced the availability of a feature for Positive Identification of EMS personnel for the handling of controlled substances. This function employs a list of challenge questions that can be randomly generated at time of signature when documenting a controlled substance within a patient care report to verify the identity of the logged in medic.

“A completely electronic record is vital to data integrity and interoperability,” commented Dan Vanorny, Vice President of Software Engineering at ImageTrend. “We are pleased to include a secure and 100% electronic method for Positive ID verification to benefit Elite users.”

The method will be first used in Ohio, where it adheres to the state’s Board of Pharmacy requirements. The Administrative Code governs the possession and use of dangerous drugs by emergency medical service organizations while keeping the entire record electronic. Systems absent of such a feature would require a manual signature on a paper copy of the report.

ImageTrend Elite is the leading solution for electronic records of prehospital patient care. With Elite, EMS crews can quickly complete an ePCR incident using an iPad, Android tablet or Windows computer. The cloud-based platform allows first responders to document care virtually anywhere – even without an internet connection when using Elite Field. It also allows fire departments to record fire incidents within the same system with a seamless connection to related EMS incidents.

About ImageTrend, Inc. www.imagetrend.com

ImageTrend, Inc. is dedicated to connecting life’s most important data in the healthcare and emergency response community. ImageTrend delivers software solutions, data analytics and services for EMS, hospitals, community paramedicine (CP), critical care, fire, and preparedness to enable fully integrated patient-centric healthcare and public safety. ImageTrend’s commitment to innovation, its clients, and providing world-class implementation and support is unsurpassed. Based in Lakeville, Minn., ImageTrend combines business analysis, creative design and data driven architecture to offer scalable solutions and strategies for today and the future.

Categories: EMS

Positive Identification Feature Available in Elite for EMS

JEMS - News - Tue, 05/29/2018 - 09:03

LAKEVILLE, MINN. - ImageTrend, Inc. announced the availability of a feature for Positive Identification of EMS personnel for the handling of controlled substances. This function employs a list of challenge questions that can be randomly generated at time of signature when documenting a controlled substance within a patient care report to verify the identity of the logged in medic.

“A completely electronic record is vital to data integrity and interoperability,” commented Dan Vanorny, Vice President of Software Engineering at ImageTrend. “We are pleased to include a secure and 100% electronic method for Positive ID verification to benefit Elite users.”

The method will be first used in Ohio, where it adheres to the state’s Board of Pharmacy requirements. The Administrative Code governs the possession and use of dangerous drugs by emergency medical service organizations while keeping the entire record electronic. Systems absent of such a feature would require a manual signature on a paper copy of the report.

ImageTrend Elite is the leading solution for electronic records of prehospital patient care. With Elite, EMS crews can quickly complete an ePCR incident using an iPad, Android tablet or Windows computer. The cloud-based platform allows first responders to document care virtually anywhere – even without an internet connection when using Elite Field. It also allows fire departments to record fire incidents within the same system with a seamless connection to related EMS incidents.

About ImageTrend, Inc. www.imagetrend.com

ImageTrend, Inc. is dedicated to connecting life’s most important data in the healthcare and emergency response community. ImageTrend delivers software solutions, data analytics and services for EMS, hospitals, community paramedicine (CP), critical care, fire, and preparedness to enable fully integrated patient-centric healthcare and public safety. ImageTrend’s commitment to innovation, its clients, and providing world-class implementation and support is unsurpassed. Based in Lakeville, Minn., ImageTrend combines business analysis, creative design and data driven architecture to offer scalable solutions and strategies for today and the future.

Categories: EMS

Ebola Vaccinations Begin in Congo's Northwest Town of Bikoro

JEMS - News - Mon, 05/28/2018 - 09:55

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Officials began vaccinating health workers and others on Monday in Bikoro, where Congo's current Ebola outbreak was first declared at the beginning of May.

Congo's Health Minister Oly Ilunga traveled to oversee the Ebola vaccinations of at least 10 people in Bikoro, where at least five of 12 Ebola deaths have happened.

Bikoro Hospital director Dr. Serge Ngalebato said he and other health officials were vaccinated for protection when treating Ebola patients.

"We who are on the front lines of caring for the sick. We are reassured," he told The Associated Press by telephone. Monday's vaccinations included three doctors at Bikoro Hospital, two health experts, two nurses, one representative of women in the community and one pygmy representative, he said.

The procedure, which is voluntary, will take time and follow up to make sure there is a positive response, Ngalebato said.

Congo's vaccination campaign, which began in Mbandaka last week, is targeting more than 1,000 health workers and contacts of the sick in three health zones.

More than 360 people were vaccinated before Monday, said health ministry spokeswoman Jessica Ilunga.

As of Monday Congo updated that there were 54 cases of hemorrhagic fever:  35 confirmed Ebola cases, 13 probable and six suspected.

Amid worries of the spread of Ebola, several schools in the Iboko health zone, about 180 kilometers (112 miles) southeast of Mbandaka, have been closed, according to reports by U.N.-backed Radio Okapi.

Many residents in one of the Iboko localities told Radio Okapi that they prefer to stay at home to avoid infection, following the death of a woman who had Ebola in the nearby Bobala area.

One resident said that what they first thought were rumors were becoming reality with the death and that they were very scared to interact. Four confirmed Ebola deaths have taken place in the Iboko health zone, according to Congo's health ministry.

Categories: EMS

Ebola Vaccinations Begin in Congo's Northwest Town of Bikoro

JEMS - News - Mon, 05/28/2018 - 09:55

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Officials began vaccinating health workers and others on Monday in Bikoro, where Congo's current Ebola outbreak was first declared at the beginning of May.

Congo's Health Minister Oly Ilunga traveled to oversee the Ebola vaccinations of at least 10 people in Bikoro, where at least five of 12 Ebola deaths have happened.

Bikoro Hospital director Dr. Serge Ngalebato said he and other health officials were vaccinated for protection when treating Ebola patients.

"We who are on the front lines of caring for the sick. We are reassured," he told The Associated Press by telephone. Monday's vaccinations included three doctors at Bikoro Hospital, two health experts, two nurses, one representative of women in the community and one pygmy representative, he said.

The procedure, which is voluntary, will take time and follow up to make sure there is a positive response, Ngalebato said.

Congo's vaccination campaign, which began in Mbandaka last week, is targeting more than 1,000 health workers and contacts of the sick in three health zones.

More than 360 people were vaccinated before Monday, said health ministry spokeswoman Jessica Ilunga.

As of Monday Congo updated that there were 54 cases of hemorrhagic fever:  35 confirmed Ebola cases, 13 probable and six suspected.

Amid worries of the spread of Ebola, several schools in the Iboko health zone, about 180 kilometers (112 miles) southeast of Mbandaka, have been closed, according to reports by U.N.-backed Radio Okapi.

Many residents in one of the Iboko localities told Radio Okapi that they prefer to stay at home to avoid infection, following the death of a woman who had Ebola in the nearby Bobala area.

One resident said that what they first thought were rumors were becoming reality with the death and that they were very scared to interact. Four confirmed Ebola deaths have taken place in the Iboko health zone, according to Congo's health ministry.

Categories: EMS

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