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For Drugs That Save Lives, a Steep Cost

May 23rd, 2014 | By

“A simple syringe with a dose of naloxone should cost about $3 …but experts expect that Evzio could well be priced close to $500.”



LifePad Phone is the Partner AEDs and Life Safety Have Waited For

May 4th, 2014 | By

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!



A Cure for Sudden Cardiac Arrest, but Only if It’s Close By

May 4th, 2014 | By
SCA Deaths

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.



Ambulance Officials Downgrade Chest Pains, Admit to 10 minute+ Response Times

Apr 15th, 2014 | By

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?



We need the right tools to tackle the overdose pandemic

Apr 5th, 2014 | By

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.



Naloxone epi-pen by prescription is just the first step

Apr 4th, 2014 | By

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.



New York Police Given Kits to Combat Overdoses

Apr 3rd, 2014 | By
Naloxone

The availability of naloxone/narcan as a nasal spray holds much promise for its wider deployment.



Attorney General says heroin overdoses are ‘an urgent and growing public health crisis’

Mar 11th, 2014 | By

“It makes sense to focus attention on the most dangerous types of drugs.”



Another plea for Naloxone deployment

Feb 7th, 2014 | By

For too many, ‘protection’ by the government leads to their needless death.



How CPR Became So Popular

Nov 4th, 2013 | By

‘Medical creep’ happens when doctors perform procedures or prescribe treatments for patients in the absence of clear evidence that patients will benefit.



Heading off a Junkie Nation

Oct 25th, 2013 | By

With “deaths from narcotic painkillers, or opioids, quadrupling since 1999” wider distribution of Narcan (anti-opioid) is critical.



Giving up on Urgent Medical Emergencies

Aug 29th, 2012 | By

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.



Extreme Deployment of AEDs is Expensive

Jun 18th, 2012 | By
100 defibs

AED overkill is expensive and presents educational issues (even in a university) when multiple brands are involved…



Dispatch lag slows Los Angeles FD call response

May 18th, 2012 | By

Dispatchers obviously need more autonomy, and less data entry, before sending.



Elevaed Code Provisions for AEDs in Elevator Lobbies are Rejected

Apr 24th, 2012 | By
ICC Committee

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.