EMS week sales for 2014

Happy EMS week 2014

May your stretchers be empty and your bellies be full (we both know that won’t happen but hey, it’s wort a shot!).

Our sales for EMS week:

All week special prices:

Fully stocked Stomp bags only $299.99   10% off

ADC Prosphyg 770 Series BP cuff only $10.99 That’s 50% off!!

Laryngoscope Bottle Opener Keychain only 4.49  10% off

One day only sales

5/19  Rip shears Black Tactical trauma shears only $9.99

5/20  Star Mini Phantom only $79.99

5/21 Medipen Combination tool, Pen, Penlight, Stylus and O2 Wrench  only $19.99

5/22 Individual Patrol Officer Kit with Quick clot combat gauze IPOK only $91.99

5/23 NYS Buff patch only $2.99

5/24 PRO-II TRAUMA KIT – FA125 Elite first aid  only $149.99

 

Again A happy and safe EMS week to all!

Happy EMS week

A happy and safe EMS week to all our fellow EMS providers crazy enough to do this job.

We have some EMS week specials for this year

Enjoy your EMS week.

Channellock Resuce tools

Our Channellock Rescue tools are some of our most popular sellers.   The most popular being the Channellock 87 Rescue tool.    Specially designed after requests from firefighters for a tool to fit in their bunker pants pocket.   Combining the benefits of a spanner wrench and a wire cutter into a compact powerful tool the 87 rescue tool is a must have for any firefighter.

Features of the Channellock 87 Rescue tool:

  • 30% lighter than the 89 Rescue Tool for compact storage
  • Fits securely in bunker pockets
  • Narrow jaw profile fits in tight spots
  • Standard battery cables are no match for its cutting power
  • Hardened cutting edges shear through soft metal
  • Spanner wrench tightens and loosens up to 5″ hose couplings
  • Pries open windows and doors
  • Shuts off gas safety valves
  • 8.875 in by 3.54 in

We also offer bulk discounts for order of 20 or more.

The New Year is coming Time for CPR training.

As the new year approaches so too do expiration of CPR cards.

Remember to get all the training supplies you need like  CPR training Valves , CPR pocket face Masks and Replacement one way valves for CPR masks

The CPR training Valves  we offer come with tiered pricing   The more you buy the more you save.   Prices as low as $0.89 a valve with a typical selling price to students of $2  gives CPR instructors an extra way to make some cash.

The same with our CPR pocket face Masks  as low as $3.99 each with a selling price to students of $5.99 each.  Stock up while you can.

 

Also remember to Test you AED’s and check the CPR pocket face Masks and  Replacement one way valves  in your AED kits.   They can’t do any good if they are no good.

Emergency preparedness and our lessons learned from Hurricane Sandy.

For those of you that noticed we were closed for over 2 weeks thanks to Hurricane Sandy.

1.5 weeks without power then a few days to clean up.    On the bright side we put a lot of our items to the test.

The Nebo Larry Light earned a special place in our hearts.  This light was amazing.  I took the magnetic clip from the Larry Light and attached one to the fridge and the other to the microwave over our stove.   The 2 Larry lights produced enough light that you wouldn’t have know we lost power.   The clip also provided hands free light by clipping it to the collar or pockets of our clothes.   We now have a Larry Light in everyone’s emergency kit.

The Nebo Eco Lantern also did well.   I plugged this in to charge as the storm approached.  Not sure when it achieved full charge status as I left it plugged in until we lost power.   That was the only time I charged it.   I am not sure exactly how long the Eco Lantern lasted but we used it 3-5 hours a night times 10 nights.   So we got 30 to 50 hours of light out of a single charge.   Still holds up to our original test of 41 hours.  No winding, however the sun probably added to the charge as it does have a solar panel up top.  We did not put it in direct sunlight though.

While our Survival rations did not a gourmet meal make, they did satisfy our hunger and keep the clean up down.   Which when you don’t have hot water cleaning can be a pain.

Our paracord braclets weren’t quite used but the paracord they are made of did come in handy.   There were quite a few items we needed to tie down and the paracord worked quite nicely.   We kept a roll of paracord in our pockets at all times and it was used more than once.

Here is to hoping we never have to use these again like this, but safe in the knowledge they are there.

Stay safe everyone, come home after every shift and have a happy and safe holiday season.

20 years in EMS and counting.

Some time in the first few days of October 20 years ago I went on my first Ambulance call.  I realized this when I was sent a link to an article about someone else’s 20 years.  However for reasons I cannot understand this person concentrated on the horror they had witnessed in 20 years that would and have ended careers in EMS.   I think if that is what you are going to concentrate on then perhaps you are not doing this, or writing the article for the right reasons.

I prefer to remember the good things of the past 20 years, the reasons I love this profession and still do it on an everyday basis.

  • July 4th 1993  saving a 20 month old that drown in a pool.  then 16 months later receiving a birthday card from the parents with a picture of a happy and healthy 3 year old and the thanks for being a part of it.
  • The various 100 year old plus patients that have shared amazing stories with me of how in their life time they went from traveling by horse to get across town  to being able to fly around the world.   Don’t ever discount these patients,  the ones fortunate enough to be fully lucid can tell you tales that you would gladly listen to for days.
  • Watching my students graduate and go on to be good providers.
  • Having some of my students become some of the best partners I ever had.
  • The day a women asked if my partner and I were so nice because we worked for a Catholic Hospital, and my partner replied,” actually we are both Jewish”
  • The fact that no matter how pissed you were at someone if they called a 10-13( Help)  you showed up along with every ambulance in a 10 mile radius.
  • The day my ambulance got stolen and I called it in and the dispatcher though I said “stalling”   (and the fact that 10 years later I still hear from my new students, “did you ambulance really get stolen?”)
  • The time I had to call a 10-13 and 25 ambulances and 30+ officers in the 103 showed up (perp is currently serving 5-10 years).
  • My partner Louie who after working 30 plus years in EMS would remind me you have never seen it all with a simple statement, ”  Man I ain’t never seen shit like that before”
  • Scaring the shit out of my supervisor by hiding in the backboard compartment and my partner telling him the cabinet was stuck, could he try it.
  • The 1995 wildfires, how not a single house was lost and no one was seriously injured.
  • 9-11  How I received phone calls and e-mails from people I hadn’t seen in years making sure we were all ok.  How EMS came together and supported each other.
  • How the employees of a hospital system that closed years ago (RIP MIH, SJH, SMH, StJ, SVH, SVMH, SVCMC)  still keep in touch and offer support to other hospital EMS systems that are closing.
  • Working holidays in South Jamaica, every call you went on to a house, the family wouldn’t let you leave without a full plate of food.
  • The tough as nails Gang banger who grabbed our bags and said, ” I got your bags just take care of my grams, I’ll do anything you need me to do”
  • The fact that the poorest people seemed to be the most grateful for the help you gave them and always went out of their way to say Thank you.
  • The nurse who reminded me how long I had been doing this by calling me by name over the radio as I called in the 2nd cardiac arrest of the day to the hospital.

And many more that I can’t think of now, I am sure others will remind me.  It’s been an awesome ride, and it ain’t over yet.

When I graduated Medic class I wrote a parody on the sunscreen poem  I had meant it as a bit of a joke, but reading it now it takes on a whole new truth and I stand by it.

Paramedics of the class of 99

Wear PPE

If I could offer you only one tip for the future PPE would be it. The benefits of PPE have been proven by various studies, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience.

Enjoy the power and the beauty of your bus. Oh never mind you will not understand the power and beauty of your bus until you get stuck with a 1980’s gas guzzling, backfiring, faded hanger queen that can’t make it up the hill to the patients house. Or a brand new bus with a bunch of “conveniences” that get in the way and always make the bus break down. The first day you get stuck with this one of these you wish you had your old bus back.

Don’t worry about the late job, or worry but knowing that worrying is as effective as trying to tie down a 350lb combative druggie with ½ in tape. The real problem is those calls that never crossed your mind. The kind that blindside you with a supeona at 4pm on some idle Tuesday.

Do one call every day that frightens you.

Scream.

Don’t be reckless with other peoples busses, don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours.

Clean up your equipment.

Don’t waste your time on jealously. Sometimes you get the save, sometimes you kill the patient. The race is long and in the end the reaper wins anyway.

Remember the thanks you get, forget the complaints. If you ever get thanks, tell me how.

Keep your old EKG strips, throw away the bloody 4×4’s.

Stretch (the front seat will give you stiff muscles when you sleep).

Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what to do with the patient. Some of the best medics I know have strange cases that don’t fit anything. Some of the worst always do.

Get plenty of sleep. Be kind to you back, your partner will miss you when you throw it out.

Maybe you will get promoted, maybe you won’t. Maybe you’ll teach, maybe you won’t. Maybe you will go on to be a MD, maybe you will be smart and stay a medic. Your chances are half chance, so are anyone else’s.

Enjoy your stethoscope. Use it every way you can. Don’t be afraid of the type of what other people think of it. It’s the most useful instrument you will ever own.

Eat, even if you have no place to do it but the cab.

Listen to your partner’s advice even if you don’t follow it. Don’t read salary surveys it will only make you feel even more unappreciated.

Get to know the old timers. You will never know when they will be gone. Be nice to your boss, he is the best link to raises, unless you work for the government.

Understand that partners come and go, but with a precious few you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in buses and shifts, because the older you get the more you will need people who knew you when you were sane.

Work in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard.
Work in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft.

Float.

Accept certain inalienable truths. Patients will die, People will skell out on ya. You too will skell and when you do you will deny it, and claim you have never lost a patient, or skelled out.

Respect your patients.

Don’t expect anyone else to stock your bus. The last crew may have been good, but you never know when they will skell out.

Don’t mess too bad with the bags or when you get to the call you will never find anything.

Be careful whose war stories you buy, but be patient with those who supply them. War stories are a form of nostalgia, telling them a way of fishing old calls from the garbage, wiping them off and making the person seem like a bigger hero than they are worth.

But trust me on the PPE.

Emergency preparedness

Given the severe weather of the recent years it’s a good idea to have some items on hand for such emergencies.   You don’t have to go crazy with your items and look like someone that belongs on “Doomsday Preppers” but there are always items that everyone should have.

The #1 problem that most people realistically fear is loss of power.   We lose all comfort in power losses.  Our once comfortable houses turn into black saunas.   While you can’t do much about the temperature without power you can do something about the darkness. A alternate powered light like the Nebo Eco Lantern 5105 is a good idea.   It is charged by AC, Car plug, Solar and wind up.   Our tests have show that charging it via AC adapter you get 41 hours of continuous light.   Break that down into 10 hours of darkness per day and  you get 4 nights use out of a single charge.   Now if you leave it outside during the day to charge by solar you can probably get a lot more out of it.    There are other wind up lights like the Nebo Wind up lantern and flashlight combo 5041  that will save you some money. Also any LED light tends to last a long time compared to it’s incandescent brothers.  The Nebo Redline happens to be a very good compact flashlight to use all the time.

The #2 problem is food.   Most people have enough to last a day or 2 with out power, but lately the time to restore power is getting longer and longer.  It’s probably a good idea to have more like 7 days for each member of the family.   Caned food will do but isn’t the tastiest thing in the world after a few days.   There are a number of Military Rations available today that are actually complete meals.   Just add water.  heat up a bit and you have a full 4 course meal.  Surpack complete meals actually taste pretty good take up little room and come in a variety of flavors including vegetarian.

The most important thing is to have these on hand before you have an emergency.  Every time the news reports how people flood stores in the days just prior to a big storm wasting hours that a week before would have taken minuets.

Stay safe and be prepared.

 

 

Bug out bags, Go bags, Survival bags, why we added them.

Most people put go bags under the purview of a TV show for extreme preppers.  The truth is it’s something that everyone should consider.   Depending on where you live having to evacuate is a very real possibility.  Just last month in our area hundreds were evacuated due to brush fires.

The question is how bad is a disaster going to be and how soon will emergency resources be able to reach you?   If it’s not for days what are you going to do.

Things you need to consider for a Go bag, prepper bag, etc..

  1. Food
  2. A way to prepare food
  3. water
  4. Shelter
  5. Fire
  6. other light source
  7. protection from the elements
  8. A way to obtain more food or water if needed.
  9. Protection from Animals or others
  10. First aid kit
  11. clothes
  • Food is a given for all emergency kits, we use MRE’s.   A way to prepare food we include a stove, fuel tabs, a camping mess kit.
  • Water we include a 5 gallon water container, a canteen and water purification tablets
  • Shelter a 2 man tent is included
  • Fire we have fuel tabs, and a Fire starter,   It’s also a good idea for you to throw in some matches
  • Other light sources we include a flash light that has white, Red and Green light to help preserve night vision and chemical glow sticks that last 12 hours
  • Protection from the elements we include a 2 man tent
  • A survival knife is included that has fish hooks if you end up running out of food before emergency resources can reach you.
  • A gun is recommended by some for hunting or protection, unfortunately disasters tend to bring out those who would take advantage of others.  A shot gun tends to be the most available and most versatile weapon for such.
  • First aid kit for injuries, we include a MOLLE compatible tactical first aid kit
  • Clothes is up to you.   Probably 2 days worth plus what you have.

It’s a good idea to have a bag ready and in a safe place for each member of your family.  Exactly what you need for a go bag will be dependent on where you live.  Urban areas will need less than rural areas.  You also can’t plan for every possibility but you can be prepared for most.

Look into the bag we offer or make your own, we will be offering the individual pieces of our kit soon.

 

Cactus Juice? On a Fire and EMS supply store?

Cactus Juice Outdoor Protectant and sunscreen is now available on our site.  Why would we carry something like this?   Well we discovered it on Roatan (Honduras).   We were being eaten alive by bugs.  Normally you only need insect protection at night at most places we go, but here it was 24/7.    The local store had only Cactus Juice so we took it.  Not only did it work well, but it didn’t stink or feel sticky like typical Insect repellent.

While they can no longer call it insect repellent due to some FDA or whatever regulations it happens to do it quite well.   If you work in an urban area Cactus Juice is of little use to you.  However if you work out in the suburbs, near woods or swamps this stuff is great!   They have also added sunscreen to the formula so it has 2 uses in one.

Cactus Juice is made of all natural ingredients and does not smell like insecticide.  You won’t want to vomit if you accidently spray it in your mouth (still not recommended though).

From time to time we find little jems like this that seem to have little use for EMS or Fire until you realize just how useful they can be to you if not your patient.

 

Stay Safe!

 

We hold these truths to be self evident………

I was at a class last night and the lecturer brings out this quote  We hold these truths to be self evident………    Then goes on to say All bleeding stops eventually,  all cardiac rhythms stabilize.

It made me think of one truism in EMS that most people don’t acknowledge.  we don’t consider our own safety as much as we should.    How many of us wear seat belts when we are caring for a patient?  Wear the ANSI vests at a scene on a street?   Actually look at all the possible threats to our safety in the home of a patient?   Lift Correctly?  Continue caring for our patients after we are injured only to shake it off, then find ourselves out of work for weeks or more because the injury was far more serious then we thought?

How many back injuries occurred just this week?  How many injuries due to an unrestrained EMT in the back?  I know of one where the Paramedic now has an L1 L2 fracture and is now in a full body cast.

We are taught to focus in on our patient and vector in on their problem.  Still we cannot forget to maintain a situational awareness.   In the end our goals should be

  1.  get home to our families in one piece
  2.  make sure our partners do the same
  3.  take care of the patient.

IN 2011 our LODD rate was higher than that of Firefighters and Police officers.  This is not an accomplishment to be proud of.   This is a call to say how can we change this?

 

Stay Safe