Monday, December 22, 2008

Eight emergency drugs removed from fire trucks

Eight emergency drugs removed from fire trucks

By Mike Essian, WINK News

Story Created: Sep 23, 2008 at 7:19 PM EST

Story Updated: Sep 23, 2008 at 7:58 PM EST

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - Eight potentially life-saving drugs have been ordered removed from all fire trucks in Collier County.

The EMS Medical Director Dr. Bob Tober says fire fighters don't need them, but fire fighters say, not having them puts you at risk.

Tober has already pulled advanced life support drugs from the city of Naples Fire Department because 12 of 14 fire fighters failed certification tests.

But fire fighters in North Naples say they're qualified and removing the drugs is a dangerous mistake.

Advanced life support drugs include beta blockers, heart rhythm stabilizers, and seizure medicine, tools fire fighters rarely have to use.

"It's not something they use everyday, but if you use a drug one time this year, one time this month, obviously that's directly impacting someone's life," James Cunningham, the president of the North Naples Fire Fighters, said.

Monday, Dr. Tober ordered eight of those medicines removed.

"The public is much safer for them to step back and receive basic life support until a guy or girl arrives on scene who uses these drugs daily," Tober said.

Cunningham says in some cases, EMS takes too long to respond, and they have to use ALS drugs.

But Dr. Tober says they only use ten percent of the ALS drugs he issued them, and some have gone unused for more than a year.

"I realized, gosh, these guys aren't using 90 percent of those drugs, I'm gonna get those off these trucks so that there's no opportunity for them to misuse a drug," Tober said.

North Naples fire officials say their personnel are trained to administer them and the drugs have never been misused, but still, Dr. Tober insists they be removed.

"It's much safer to be given basic life support and wait for the next tier of medical expertise and training to come to you than to hand you drugs that may be over your head."

North Naples fire fighters welcome more training from Dr. Tober if he thinks it's necessary, but Tober says that would be over-training them, and instead, he's focused on keeping his 120 county paramedics qualified.

In a move Tuesday by the Board of County Commissioners, the board voted to rewrite the contract for the medical director, requiring the director to answer to the commissioners.

Tober says the move is a technicality, saying ultimately, he's always answered to the board. Others say it's a step in the right direction, hoping the decision will allow them more access to the director.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

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Are you familiar with the people running the stretchers through the door and shouting numbers at the doctors on the television show “ER”? Those are paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs). Paramedics are the highest level of pre-hospital providers; EMTs are the basic level personnel. Paramedics and EMTs are often the first medical people at the scene of an accident or sudden illness; they give immediate care to heart attack victims, car crash victims, gunshot victims, and poisoning victims. They even assist in childbirth. The sick or injured are then transported to healthcare facilities in specially equipped emergency vehicles. On arrival at a medical center, the paramedics transfer the patient to nursing personnel and report their observations and treatment procedure to the attending physician. The guidelines or procedures followed by EMTs are directly related to their level of training. The EMT-Paramedic is at the upper rung of a three-level hierarchy. Paramedics administer sophisticated prehospital care. They are trained in the use of complex medical equipment, such as EKGs, and are capable of administering drugs both orally and intravenously. EMT-Intermediates have more advanced training than EMT-Basics who bandage wounds, stabilize blood pressure, assist heart attack victims, and treat accident victims for shock. All three levels of EMTs can be talked through care procedures in the event they are confronted with a difficult or complicated situation. Thus EMTs may maintain radio contact with a dispatcher and keep him apprised of the situation. Should the need arise, senior medical personnel (physicians) will then take charge. For EMTs and paramedics, helping people can be an athletic experience; you have to be where people need you. Like fire fighters or other emergency response personnel, paramedics and EMTs are involved in life and death situations. Their work can be richly rewarding, as when a child is born despite difficulties, or terribly sad, when, even after administering proper care, a patient dies. Conditions are tremendously stressful, hours long and irregular, and salaries low. Paramedics must be physically and emotionally strong enough to do backbreaking and sometimes dangerous work, and ready to hustle on a moment’s notice, whether they feel like it or not, as someone’s life may be on the line. The paramedic never knows what conditions they might meet on any given day, so emotional stability is at a premium. “It’s a lot of stress and anxiety,” says one EMT who has been on the job for three years. “But some days you go home feeling like you really made a difference, and that’s a real good feeling.”

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Training to become an EMT is offered by police, fire, and health departments and in some hospitals. Many colleges and universities offer nondegree courses. Basic training to become a first level EMT requires 100 to 120 hours of classroom sessions plus ten hours of internship in a hospital emergency room and twenty to fifty hours on field rescue or ambulance companies. An additional thirty-five to fifty-five hours of instruction in patient assessment, intravenous fluids, antishock garments, and esophageal airways are required in intermediate training. Paramedics usually undergo between 750 and 2,000 hours of training. But the real training comes with experience. Although registration is not generally required, it does enhance the possibility of advancement and employment opportunities. A certified EMT must renew his registration every two years, which requires that he remain active in the field and meet a continuing education requirement. However, a paramedic seeking advancement must leave fieldwork if she is to move up to operations manager, administrative officer, or executive director of emergency services.

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Because of its high-stress environment, many paramedics suffer from burnout. A lack of advancement opportunities and low salaries leads to a high turnover in this profession. On the other hand, police, fire, and rescue squad departments offer attractive salaries and benefits. For paramedics looking to switch careers, the health care profession offers several avenues. With a rapidly aging population and scientific breakthroughs which prolong life, the proliferation of residential retirement communities, nursing homes, adult daycare centers, and health care agencies, the need for health care professionals is virtually assured. With more schooling, paramedics can become R.N.s, occupational and physical therapists, doctors, and other health care workers. Closer to the field, paramedics can make the transition to EMT instructor, dispatcher, law enforcement, or fire fighter.

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City of Newark, Ohio Increases Safety Services with EMS Revenue Recovered by MED3OOO EMS Billing

Last update: 7:30 a.m. EST Dec. 16, 2008
PITTSBURGH, Dec 16, 2008 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- MED3OOO, Inc., a national healthcare management, technology, and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) billing company, has been able to help the City of Newark, Ohio recover lost EMS transport revenue that was not being billed to insurance companies.
After partnering with MED3OOO for EMS Billing and Revenue Recovery, the City of Newark Division Fire & EMS department is now able to bill and collect revenues from insurance carriers for ambulance transports more efficiently and with no out-of-pocket expense to the community.
Mayor Bob Diebold recently announced that the EMS revenue recovery program, which he championed as a council member in 2007, has earned the City $1,680,000 for the 12-month period ending November 30, 2008. When the program was originally passed, the former council member and current mayor projected maximum revenues of $1,525,000 annually for the City.
"The EMS revenue we have recovered has allowed us to hire an additional seven fire fighters to provide increased safety services to the residents of Newark, and has provided important funding for capital improvements," said Mayor Bob Diebold. "Our EMS billing partner, MED3OOO, has done an outstanding job producing important revenues for the City. This program is a huge success for the City of Newark and is providing important funds during very difficult financial times."
MED3OOO offers municipal Fire and EMS service organizations a cost-effective alternative to doing in-house ambulance billing and revenue recovery through its M3/EMS ASP and Revenue Cycle Management technology. The services are designed to meet agency needs to capture accurate reimbursement and collections while complying with regulatory requirements. MED3OOO's well-trained and expert staff are certified by the American Academy of Procedural Coders and use the most advanced technology to streamline the billing and collections process to minimize costs and reduce the time it takes to process claims.
MED3OOO, a leader in EMS billing and revenue recovery, healthcare management, and information management technologies, advances the quality and performance of healthcare delivery for providers. Focused on improving operational, financial, and clinical outcomes, MED3OOO empowers over 15,000 physician, hospital, employer, and municipal clients across the United States. For more information, please contact Karla Sartori, MED3OOO Corporate Marketing at 412-937-8887 or and visit
About the City of Newark Division of Fire & EMS
The City of Newark Division of Fire & EMS has been protecting and aiding the citizens of Newark, OH, since 1886. The department has progressed from horse-drawn hose wagons and bucket brigades to a modern-day department with 3 Engines, 3 Medic Units, a Tower, a Ladder, and a Command Unit. The Newark Fire Department (NFD) provides a vast array of Emergency Services, from EMS to Haz-Mat, with 80 members including 62 firefighters and paramedics, 3 Units, and Administrative Officers. Specialized units include Hazardous Materials Units and a Dive Rescue van. NFD professional firefighters and paramedics are aided in their work by state-of-the-art turnout gear with self-contained breathing apparatus and thermal imaging cameras to find hidden fires.
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What does a paramedic do?

People's lives often depend on the quick reaction and competent care of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics. Incidents as varied as automobile accidents, heart attacks, slips and falls, childbirth, and gunshot wounds all require immediate medical attention. EMTs and paramedics provide this vital service as they care for and transport the sick or injured to a medical facility.

In an emergency, EMTs and paramedics are typically dispatched by a 911 operator to the scene, where they often work with police and fire fighters. (Police and detectives and firefighting occupations are discussed elsewhere in the Handbook.) Once they arrive, EMTs and paramedics assess the nature of the patient's condition while trying to determine whether the patient has any pre-existing medical conditions. Following medical protocols and guidelines, they provide appropriate emergency care and, when necessary, transport the patient. Some paramedics are trained to treat patients with minor injuries on the scene of an accident or they may treat them at their home without transporting them to a medical facility. Emergency treatment is carried out under the medical direction of physicians.

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At the medical facility, EMTs and paramedics help transfer patients to the emergency department, report their observations and actions to emergency department staff, and may provide additional emergency treatment. After each run, EMTs and paramedics replace used supplies and check equipment. If a transported patient had a contagious disease, EMTs and paramedics decontaminate the interior of the ambulance and report cases to the proper authorities.

EMTs and paramedics also provide transportation for patients from one medical facility to another, particularly if they work for private ambulance services. Patients often need to be transferred to a hospital that specializes in their injury or illness or to a nursing home.

Beyond these general duties, the specific responsibilities of EMTs and paramedics depend on their level of qualification and training. The National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) certifies emergency medical service providers at five levels: First Responder; EMT-Basic; EMT-Intermediate, which has two levels called 1985 and 1999; and Paramedic. Some States, however, have their own certification programs and use distinct names and titles.

The EMT-Basic represents the first component of the emergency medical technician system. An EMT trained at this level is prepared to care for patients at the scene of an accident and while transporting patients by ambulance to the hospital under medical direction. The EMT-Basic has the emergency skills to assess a patient's condition and manage respiratory, cardiac, and trauma emergencies.

The EMT-Intermediate has more advanced training. However, the specific tasks that those certified at this level are allowed to perform varies greatly from State to State.

EMT-Paramedics provide the most extensive pre-hospital care. In addition to carrying out the procedures of the other levels, paramedics may administer drugs orally and intravenously, interpret electrocardiograms (EKGs), perform endotracheal intubations, and use monitors and other complex equipment. However, like EMT-Intermediate, what paramedics are permitted to do varies by State.

Work environment. EMTs and paramedics work both indoors and out, in all types of weather. They are required to do considerable kneeling, bending, and heavy lifting. These workers risk noise-induced hearing loss from sirens and back injuries from lifting patients. In addition, EMTs and paramedics may be exposed to diseases such as hepatitis-B and AIDS, as well as violence from mentally unstable patients. The work is not only physically strenuous but can be stressful, sometimes involving life-or-death situations and suffering patients. Nonetheless, many people find the work exciting and challenging and enjoy the opportunity to help others.

EMTs and paramedics employed by fire departments work about 50 hours a week. Those employed by hospitals frequently work between 45 and 60 hours a week, and those in private ambulance services, between 45 and 50 hours. Some of these workers, especially those in police and fire departments, are on call for extended periods. Because emergency services function 24 hours a day, EMTs and paramedics have irregular working hours.

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The theory is that alot less people would have perished if the firemen wouldn’t have clogged the doors at the World Trade Center.

I have personally heard from a firemen that most of the guys on duty in his firehouse were still sleepping when the alarms went off and that they were in fact recovering from a pig roast the night before where he said they ate like “wadnt nobodies buniss” he also said “that pig didn’t last long - dats fer sure”.

After listening to this derelect I started to do some investigating, here are some interesting facts:

1. A good majority of firemen are High School educated, alot have G.E.D’s, and a small percentage had a degree - mostly in Criminal Justice.

2. Most are wannabe cops.

3. This group in general are very unambitious as a whole and it doesn’t seem to bother them that they have doomed themselves and their families to a paycheck to paycheck existance - blue collar at it’s best.

4. Up to 75% are bedwetters.

5. On an I.Q. scale are just below Public Works employees as a whole (Garbage men - Mostly Black)

6. Prefer beer over anything else.

7. Prefer Pick up trucks with firman stickers.

8. Can mostly be spotted in public by their burly appearance Ex. fat, bad hair cut, unshaven, if you see someone matching that description lookk for him to be wearing a tight gut fititng Tshirt with a fire department emblem or hat that has the same.

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It is well documented that hundreds of firefighters lost thier lives during the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and that thousands of civilians also perished.

Survivors accounts from people that got out of the buldings before they collapsed reported that as they ran out - a mad rush of firemen came bumbling in scared out of thier wits. They immediately went in the doors and started yelling for everyone to calm down. Once the firemen saw how much destruction was going on and the fate that awaited them they panicked. In the ensuing panic they (hundreds) all tried to get out at the same time and because of their sedentary lifestyle of pig pickin and beer drinking they clogged the doors and prevented not only themselves from escaping but hundreds if not thousands of people from escaping. The clog was so bad you almost couldn’t see any smoke coming out. After the buildings collapsed the first 3 floors were examined and filled with nothing but firemen all turned the wrong way (down). As a whole though we needed some good to come of this terrible tragety so the media declared them heroes, it is known in groups though that meet regularly that it wasn’t the fire departments fault but that they did contribute to a small majority of deaths.

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We are proud and honored to present to you the Iraq Veterans Memorial, created by the folks at Brave New Foundation.

This memorial was conceived as a place to honor the servicemembers who lost their lives over the past four years during the Iraq War. By watching the videos, you will have the opportunity to learn about these heroes from those who knew them best -- their family, friends, and fellow servicemembers. Each man and woman represented in the memorial had attributes and qualities that made them unique, but they all have one thing in common -- they were truly loved and are deeply missed.

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Saturday, November 03, 2007

Real Veterans

"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things; the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse.

A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight for,nothing he cares about more than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself." For Veteran Gifts and Shirts - Veteran Christmas Gifts

Friday, November 02, 2007

Man calls 911 12 times in 5 hours over a toothache!....Then gets Arrested

West Valley man's toothache sends him to jail instead of the dentist. Thirty-four-year-old Brook Akins called 911 dispatchers 12 times in the span of five hours with most of those calls lasting around 30 minutes each. He said his tooth hurt and he was tired of the pain.

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Great Ambulance and Paramedic Prank

Great paramedic gag on video.

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Slow-Learner Firefighter Paramedic

Las Vegas that a Clark County fire paramedic arrested almost three
weeks ago in connection with 11 drug burglaries was arrested again
after allegedly stealing more narcotics.

Police say 35-year-old Samuel Bond broke into county Fire Station
Number 65 sometime before 6:30 a.m. Saturday and stole narcotics. Fire
Department spokesman Scott Allison says the drugs were taken from an
ambulance locked inside the station.

Later Saturday, police say Bond was found passed out on his father’s
driveway. Bond was taken to University Medical Center where he was
stabilized before being re-booked in the Clark County Detention Center.

Bond, who has worked for the fire department for more than six
years, remained in the detention center Saturday night without bail.

Back on September 30 he was caught in the act of trying to break
into an ambulance drug box by the unit’s paramedic. A police officer
at the hospital arrested him and he was subsequently charged with 22
counts of assorted felonies related to break-ins at 8 fire stations.

He had been out on bail with a home detention monitor, but that plan didn’t work out.

Read the background on the original charges HERE. They also have two videos.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

A Night In the Life Of A Paramedic, calls, boleyn, paramedics -

Local News: A Night In the Life Of A Paramedic, calls, boleyn, paramedics -

It could be a heart attack, car wreck or an accident involving a child. Whatever the call.. paramedics and EMT's tonight are standing by ready to respond.

Acadian Ambulance started in Lafayette, Louisiana in 1971 with only two ambulances.. now it's the largest private ambulance service in the nation... and less than a year ago it expanded to southeast Texas... tonight they took us along for the ride.

"Had about four calls, couple of transfers, couple of emergencies."

But that's not what John Boleyn expects on a night like this.

He said, "Weather plays a lot of factors, in the winter you get a lot of the respiratory calls, rain of course, you get your MVC's, motor vehicle accidents."

These Acadian Ambulance paramedics and emergency medical technicians say the job is stressful, hectic, unpredictable but rewarding.

Boleyn said, "You can't do it for the pay, you've gotta do it for the love of saving lives and helping people."

Even if helping people means answering one of the worst calls...

Boleyn said, "No one likes to run pediatric calls, anything to do with children, those are really the toughest for those that have families."

But there are also happier occasions they'll never forget.

"A year ago this month I delivered a child, those are the calls that make you go home and smile," said Boleyn.

Because its employees play such a crucial role in the community, Acadian is paying for the medics to go to school to become paramedics.

Paramedic Supervisor Jeff Thibodeaux said, "They'll be able to give a higher level of care to the patients they meet and greet everyday."

Whether that meeting is by chance or by choice... these medics say they're ready to answer the call.

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Saturday, October 27, 2007

The (NEW) APGAR Score

The Apgar score was devised in 1952 by Dr. Virginia Apgar as a simple and repeatable method to quickly and summarily assess the health of newborn children immediately after childbirth.

The Apgar score is determined by evaluating the newborn baby on five simple criteria on a scale from zero to two and summing up the five values thus obtained. The resulting Apgar score ranges from zero to 10

Hey that was a long time ago. The new APGAR score encompass things from our generation. This APGAR score would be something you would use on Britney Spears babies.

This APGAR score can be used by doctors, nurses, EMTs, paramedics, firefighters, and COPs. Ok maybe not COPs.

Visit to get this new APGAR score on a shirt. APGAR gifts.

Monday, October 22, 2007

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Sunday, April 01, 2007

911 Dispatcher Gifts

National Dispatchers Week

National Dispatchers Week

They are the “heroes behind the scenes” when emergencies occur. Public safety dispatchers provide a critical service to all emergency personnel while performing their duties with integrity, quality, accountability and respect. Calltakers are the first people “on the scene” of every crime, fire and medical emergency.

To honor the dispatchers during National Telecommunicator Week April 8-14. has lowered the prices on Gifts.

Each year, the second full week of April is dedicated to the men and women who serve as public safety telecommunicators. Telecommunicator Week was first conceived by Patricia Anderson of the Contra Costa County (Calif.) Sheriff's Office in 1981. Members of the Virginia and North Carolina chapters of the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) became involved in the mid-1980s. By the early 1990s, the national APCO organization convinced Congress of the need to create "National Public Safety Telecommunicator Week."

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Dispatchers recognized during national week

National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week

The week has been designated by the Congress of the United States as PUBLIC SAFETY TELECOMMUNICATORS WEEK in recognition of the men and women whose dedication and professionalism help keep all citizens safe.

The safety of police officers, firefighters and emergency medical service providers that serve our
citizens are dependent on the quality and accuracy of information obtained from citizens who
contact public safety dispatch centers.

Telecommunicators assist in the saving of many lives, the apprehension of criminals and
prevention of considerable property loss each year. The members of public safety dispatch
centers exhibit compassion, understanding and professionalism during their performance as
Public Safety Telecommunicators.

911 telecommunicators provide 24-hour communication between citizens and public safety
responders. The number 911 is universally recognized as being the one to report emergencies
where police, fire or medical assistance is needed. The call can be made from any telephone,
including cell phones with or without basic service, and from any pay phone.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Medical Professionals - Paramedics

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Paramedics and EMT’s are the backbone in any EMS system.

From the beginning of prehospital care the hard working men and women that work on ambulances have kept EMS alive.

Real Paramedics and EMT’s don’t need the redundant infrastructure of the fire service to provide high quality patient care and are able to make autonomous decisions.

Real Paramedics and EMT’s are able to use common sense and medical training to treat patients, whereas the fire service lost their common sense many years ago.

Real Paramedics have pride and a passion for their profession and didn’t go to paramedic school just to become a firefighter.

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Sunday, February 25, 2007

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Thursday, February 15, 2007

What is "OPF"?

OPF = Other Peoples Food

So what the hell am I talking about?

Let’s just say you are at work and you feel a little grumbling in your belly.

You go to the refrigerator and open it up.

There it is – OPF – Other peoples food.

So what do you do?

Yep - EAT IT !!!

Friday, January 19, 2007 ICE (In Case of Emergency) - Great Idea... ICE (In Case of Emergency) - Great Idea...

ICE (In Case of Emergency) - Great Idea...

ICE History
ICE came to life in Cambridge, England in 2005 when a paramedic, Bob Brotchie suggested people program their cell phones with emergency contact numbers using the acronym ICE to identify them. The movement to use ICE gained momentum after the July 2005 London terrorist bombing that killed 56 and injured hundreds. Since then the ICE concept spread to the U.S. where a number of states have adopted its use.
Several for-profit ventures have also emerged that offer a yearly subscription service to maintain personal emergency information. In Syracuse, New York safety professionals developed a highly recognizable graphic design and several tools and promotional materials to support the free use of ICE.
New York Compensation Managers (NYCM) is supporting the development of ICE through a cooperative alliance with OSHA to increase use of the emergency prepardness concept nationwide. The company has helped facilitate the initial production of the ICE Emblem, ICE Stickers, and an ICE Card. Samples of the ICE Tools and digital versions are available on this website for non-commercial purposes. NYCM is not looking to benefit financially from this program but only offer it as a public service.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Homeless people using 911 as a taxi

So its January and yes it is cold outside. 911 is requested from a payphone be a man that states he is cold and he needs to go to the ER to get warm.

The ambulance arrives and picks him up for a ride to the ER.

One minute later another 911 call comes in 1 block away for a woman in respiratory distress. The ambulance responding to the respiratory distress call is 9 minutes away.

Now lets imagine that the respiratory distress patient is your mother. This is where the moral and ethical questions comes in.

Do you dump the homeless guy back on the street and go to the respiratory distress or just take the homeless guy to the ER and hope the respiratory distress person is OK?

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Sunday, November 26, 2006

Star Of Life History


by Arline Zatz

Each of the six "points" of the star represents an aspect of the EMS System. They are:

  • Detection
  • Reporting
  • Response
  • On Scene Care
  • Care in Transit
  • Transfer to Definitive Care

The staff on the star represents Medicine and Healing.

Just as a pharmacists have the mortar and pestle and doctors have the caduceus, Emergency Medical Technicians have a symbol, its use is encouraged both by the American Medical Association and the Advisory Council within the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. The symbol applies to all emergency medical goods and services which are funded under the DOT/EMS program.

We see the "Star of Life" constantly, whether it be on ambulances or uniforms. But, how many realize what this symbol represents and how it was born? Not too many, judging from the random survey I conducted after having realized I had no idea myself.

Designed by Leo R. Schwartz, Chief of the EMS Branch, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the "Star of Life" was created after the American National Red Cross complained in 1973 that they objected to the common use of an Omaha orange cross on a square background of reflectorized white which clearly imitated the Red Cross symbol. NHTSA investigated and felt the complaint was justified.

The newly designed, six barred cross, was adapted from the Medical Identification Symbol of the American Medical Association and was registered as a certification mark on February 1, 1977 with the Commissioner of Patents and Trade-marks in the name of the National Highway Traffic Safety and Administration. The trademark will remain in effect for twenty years from this date.

Each of the bars of the blue "Star of Life" represents the six system function of the EMS, as illustrated below: The capitol letter "R" enclosed in the circle on the right represents the fact that the symbol is a "registered" certification.

The snake and staff in the center of the symbol portray the staff Asclepius who, according to Greek mythology, was the son of Apollo (god of light, truth and prophecy). Supposedly Asclepius learned the art of healing from the centaur Cheron; but Zeus - king of the gods, was fearful that because of the Asclepius knowledge, all men might be rendered immortal. Rather than have this occur, Zeus slew Asclepius with a thunderbolt. Later, Asclepius was worshipped as a god and people slept in his temples, as it was rumored that he effected cures of prescribed remedies to the sick during their dreams.Eventually, Zues restored Asclepius to life, making him a god.

Asclepius was usually shown in a standing position, dressed in a long cloat, holding a staff with a serpent coiled around it. The staff has since come to represent medicine's only symbol. In the Caduceus, used by physicians and the Military Medical Corp., the staff is winged and has two serpents intertwined. Even though this does not hold any medical relevance in origin, it represents the magic wand of the Greek deity, Hermes, messenger of the gods.

The staff with the single serpent is the symbol for Medicine and Health and the winged staff is the symbol for peace. The Staff with the single serpent represents the time when Asclepius had a very difficult patient that he could not cure, so he consulted a snake for advice and the patient survived. The snake had coiled around Asclepius's staff in order to be head to head with him as an equal when talking. The Winged staff came about when Mercury saw two serpents fighting,and unable to stop them any other way placed his staff between them causing them to coil up his winged staff.

The Bible, in Numbers 21:9, makes reference to a serpent on a staff: "Moses accordingly made a bronze serpent and mounted it on a pole and whenever anyone who had been bitten by a serpent looked at the bronze serpent, he recovered.

Who may use the "Star of Life" symbol? NHTSA has exclusive rights to monitor its use throughout the United States. Its use on emergency medical vehicles certifies that such vehicles meet the U.S. Department of Transportation standards and certify that the emergency medical care personnel who use it have been trained to meet these standards. Its use on road maps and highway signs indicates the location or access to qualified emergency care services. No other use of the symbol is allowed, except as listed below:

States and Federal agencies which have emergency medical services involvement are authorized to permit use of the "Star of Life" symbol summarized as follows:

1. As a means of identification for medical equipment and supplies for installation and use in the Emergency Medical Care Vehicle-Ambulance.

2. To point to the location of qualified medical care services and access to such facilities.

3. For use on shoulder patches worn only by personnel who have satisfactorily completed DOT training courses or approved equivalents, and for persons who by title and function administer, directly supervise, or participate in all or part of National, State, or community EMS programs.

4. On EMS personnel items - badges, plaques, buckles, etc.

5. Books, pamphlets, manuals, reports or other printed material having direct EMS application.

6. The "Star of Life" symbol may be worn by administrative personnel, project directors and staff, councils and advisory groups. If shoulder patches are worn, they should be plain blue "Star of Life" on a white square or round background. The function, identifying letters or words should be printed on bars and attached across the bottom separately. The edges of the basic patch and functional bars are to be embroidered.

Special function identification and physical characteristics must be adhered to when applying the "Star of Life" to personal items, as follows:

a) Administrative and dispatcher personnel must use a silver colored edge, and the staff of Asclepius should be with a silver colored serpent. These items do not need a white background.

b) The shoulder patches and other EMS patches may be displayed on uniform pockets and the symbol can also be placed on collars and headgear.

This article was taken from Rescue-EMS Magazine, July-August 1992.