“A simple syringe with a dose of naloxone should cost about $3 …but experts expect that Evzio could well be priced close to $500.”
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Elevaed’s LifePad™ and Tandem AED/EMS for rescues in building complexes can reclaim these “no-survivor” zones for heart, stroke and overdose “events”. Survival could increase by a factor of ten!
The famous article from the NYT in 2002, which nailed the problem, and a dozen years later – little progress. Clearly, onsite first responders are the premium solution for cardiovascular protection in complexes.
OK, they can do no more, when AEDs have a 4 min limit – understandable. On behalf of the 95% who die – might we try something new, something onsite?
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.
‘Medical creep’ happens when doctors perform procedures or prescribe treatments for patients in the absence of clear evidence that patients will benefit.
With “deaths from narcotic painkillers, or opioids, quadrupling since 1999” wider distribution of Narcan (anti-opioid) is critical.
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.
AED overkill is expensive and presents educational issues (even in a university) when multiple brands are involved…
Dispatchers obviously need more autonomy, and less data entry, before sending.
The NFPA and ICC both rejected Elevaed’s proposals to place AEDs in high rises. In retrospect, block paramedicine is a superior strategy, with much wider promise.