Cellular Cloud Co-ops Can Protect High Rises

Jan 12th, 2015 | By | Category: Rescues

Medical safety consultants Elevaed Medical Inc. are inviting office and residential building complexes to participate within a New Generation Cooperative (NGC) dedicated to early intervention in medical and life crises.

The purpose of the co-op is to provide a reliable, cost-shared cellular network infrastructure for communicating with 9-1-1 dispatchers during emergencies in high-rise buildings. EMS (Emergency Medical Services such as fire trucks, ambulances) cannot reliably access victims of sudden cardiac arrest in time for early intervention (<4 minutes), so this network is to oversee communications utilizing an onsite EMR (Emergency Medical Responder), who can be alongside a patient within that time frame. In so doing, early intervention for that building complex becomes a reality.

New Generation Cooperatives (NGCs) are an adaptation of established farming co-ops formed to share a common capital-intensive utility. They are sometimes described as a hybrid between traditional co-ops and limited liability companies. They were first developed in California and spread and flourished in the US Mid-West in the 1990s. An example of an NGC would be 20 vineyards owning a pressing and bottling plant together.

In this application paramedics sponsor a national monitoring system required for dispatch communications during major emergencies. Client facilities in the co-op pay a fixed monthly rate of  e.g. $40 per suite, that would include the network’s costs and the paramedic’s supervision.

The resulting network can be worldwide and enable the paramedicine profession to flourish as independent businesses, to the highest standards. The cellular network per se could become a leading source of medical surveillance data for scientists studying this growing demographic.

Life Safety is an emerging ‘green building’ or LEED concept that addresses the inherent dangers in large complexes during life threatening emergencies. In busy cities with overtaxed rescue agencies, exploiting the compact advantages big buildings do offer for sharing onsite resources is an obvious and sorely needed strategy. Cellular infrastructure anticipates the incipient NextGen or e9-1-1 network, and is designed to supplement EMS as a tandem safety architecture, relieving EMS of wasteful sorties.

Elevaed has twice applied to initiate regulatory support via the building codes, to extend and harmonize the deployment of AEDs, with elevator main lobbies as a standardized location. The ICC and NFPA both declined Elevaed’s amendments in 2014, to place AEDs in the building codes. That said, using an EMR within 3-4 minutes of any building occupant, is a more comprehensive solution to a wider range of acute situations. The revolution in universal cellphone coverage now enables early intervention for any medical (or public health) emergency.

Spokesman Dwight Jones commented that “A New-Gen Co-op is the best structure for keeping a national monitoring center affordable to all stakeholders. Property managers can implement early intervention in their buildings at a very low collective cost, and when staffed by independent paramedics and EMRs, these buildings are transformed from being beyond reach, into havens of safety and models for community health.”

More information: charles.mcglade@elevaed.com


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