Emergency officials are defending changes such as downgrading “chest pains” and averaging 10 minutes in cities. AEDs have a 4 min limit, and dying people no patience.
As overdose deaths surge, the existence of an antidote as effective as Naloxone is making itself evident. Too bad the medical associations can’t show more leadership on this critical issue.
The FDA approved the equivalent of an “epi-pen” for overdose prevention, an antidote auto-injector that even untrained people can use to save the lives of those who have overdosed on drugs like Vicodin or heroin.
The availability of naloxone/narcan as a nasal spray holds much promise for its wider deployment.
“It makes sense to focus attention on the most dangerous types of drugs.”
For too many, ‘protection’ by the government leads to their needless death.
With “deaths from narcotic painkillers, or opioids, quadrupling since 1999″ wider distribution of Narcan (anti-opioid) is critical.
Naloxone is a benign drug that CPR volunteers could use to rescue overdose victims, who now outnumber auto fatalities.
The Tandem AED/EMS strategy has an in-house AED delivering its lifesaving treatment well within four minutes. EMS then arrives some minutes later to consolidate the rescue.
Adding two minutes to the “8:59 standard” leaves a trail of dead and brain damaged victims everywhere. But in high rises, which already take an estimated 2 more minutes to access, they had may as well ask the coroner to saddle up the horses and roll the morgue wagon one more time.
Dispatchers obviously need more autonomy, and less data entry, before sending.
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“Matt Zavadsky dared to ask a provocative question in his presentation at the American Ambulance Association conference this past November, “Do Ambulance Response Times Really Matter?”
Elevaed’s Dwight Jones explains his new deployment topology, termed “distributed AEDs”.
AED overkill is expensive and presents educational issues (even in a university) when multiple brands are involved…
Heart safety co-ops may improve serious emergency survivability from <8% to 50% plus.
The NFPA and IFC both rejected Elevaed’s proposals to place AEDs in high rises. EMS is a closed shop, and will not admit that they very rarely get to victims in high rises under ten minutes, which is far too late. We will have to save ourselves, and pay them as well.
‘Medical creep’ happens when doctors perform procedures or prescribe treatments for patients in the absence of clear evidence that patients will benefit.
Given our overweight and aging boomer generation, expect heart safety to emerge as a welcome and affordable concept.
Common questions about AEDs and Public Access Defibrillation (PADs), with answers from the American Heart Association
The American Red Cross now offers Citizen CPR training, a brief course in providing hands-only CPR to victims of cardiac arrest.
If there is an elevator, put a PAD in the lobby and watch poor people save themselves. Safety is cheaper than a TBI for all concerned.
The continuing study of adjunct treatments for SCA; see also CPAP and the recent doubts about epinephrine
Evidently more AEDs should be in powered and networked enclosures – not bare.
Application of an AED in communities is associated with nearly a doubling of survival after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.