EMS Safety Foundation EMS World Expo 2012 Safety Innovation Awards

EMS Safety Foundation EMS World Expo 2012 Safety Innovation Awards

Article Feb 12, 2013

As EMS matures as a profession, the way we look at it is changing. A field whose vehicles and equipment and entire mind-set were designed around patient care has begun to think more about safety—keeping its providers intact so they can help patients. That priority takes another step forward with this year’s inaugural EMS World/EMS Safety Foundation Safety Innovation Awards.

An interdisciplinary panel from the EMS Safety Foundation scoped out the EMS World Expo exhibit hall floor for innovative products, features and approaches in regard to EMS safety. Each was assessed to meet the following criteria: innovative, practical and cost efficient.

This year’s winners were selected by experts at the EMS Safety Foundation and receive ribbons and profiles for their achievements. In the interest of keeping your crews safe, consider what they have to offer.

American Emergency Vehicles: Integrated flat panel switches, using new tech solutions to enhance safety and operator interface. 

Crestline Coach: Award for integrating a fleet safety hardware system in-vehicle.

Ferno: The Acetech Fleet System suite of products targets fleet safety and performance, and asset management, to provide comprehensive safety solutions.

Ferno: The Mondial stretcher offers many operational benefits that greatly improve operator safety.

Miller Coach Company: Embedded LED side and perimeter lights. This clever and simple feature improves the vehicle visibility in low light conditions.

Miller Coach Company: Forward-facing seating, second patient capacity and console. This innovative layout brings the best designs forward for enhancing provider and patient safety.

New Orleans EMS: Award for clothing that enhances the safety of personnel’s work environment.

Continue Reading

Pacific Helmets: The company’s EMS helmet is a flexible helmet system that has an integrated internal visor.

Priority Care EMS: Smart gear bags are cleverly designed to minimize back strain and enhance usability.

Prodaptive: The STAL Suction Shield is a simple and novel product to protect providers from predictable splash hazards. See

ZOLL Medical Corporation: The X Series monitor is a powerful, yet compact, package that delivers high-quality care, while making operations as streamlined and manageable as possible.

ZOLL Data: RescueNet Road Safety is a great example of leveraging technology to address driver training and safety.

Honorable Mentions
Blauer clothing: High-visibility clothing that is wearable and looks cool!
Doty Belt: A clever and simple solution to making patient handling less of a challenge.
Stryker EMS: The Power-Load stretcher platform technology addresses stretcher loading issues.
VFIS: Offers an impressive array of safety training and reference materials.

Currently, the county can only afford two dispatchers per 24-hour shift, who often can't provide medical assistance because they aren't EMD-certified.
Somerset Fire Department opted for the protection in the event of a school shooting where members would have to treat victims in the warm zone.
Hyperion is the industry’s first smart, camera-based dual object detection system, combining lane change assistance and blind spot detection.
If Tony Spagnoletti had suffered a heart attack at home instead of work, he wouldn't have made it to the hospital in time to get revived after going into cardiac arrest.
Priority Dispatch recognizes RapidDeploy for its dynamic, customizable interface and commitment to the public safety community.
The NAEMT EMS PAC will use its funds to help EMS elect or re-elect federal candidates who support quality prehospital and out-of-hospital care in every community across the nation.
The bill under consideration would give paramedics the authority to transport certain patients to behavioral health facilities or sobering centers instead of the ED.
After the Parkland school shooting, Hastings High School nurse Keri Cotton organized the training to ensure students felt empowered to act in a crisis.
The Emergency Chaplain Group's volunteer counselors are former first responders themselves.
Alex Minassian, 25, is in custody after mowing down dozens of people in the busy streets of Toronto.
Travis Reinking, who was wanted for shooting and killing four people in a Waffle House establishment, was found by police in a wooded area.
In honor of National 9-1-1 Education Month, first responders will receive one free Frosty from Wendy's and customers can donate money to support dispatchers.
Families are facing bills in the thousands because their insurance companies claim the air transports are not medically necessary or out- of-network.
CPR and resuscitation medications developed for children with healthy hearts may be less effective in children with heart disease.
ALICE—alert, lockdown, inform, counter and evacuate—is empowering, giving people the courage to take action instead of hiding in fear from active shooters.