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.

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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.

Coming in September, the stamp depicts a firefighter, EMS provider, and police officer.
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