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EMS World Expo 2021

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From Oct 4th to 8th in Atlanta, Georgia, the EMS World expo gathered 4,000 people. Canadian Paramedicine was there to check the latest in prehospital care and new products in the market.

The EMS World expo offered the trade show, masterclasses, and conferences from experts in EMS; attendees also enjoyed visiting the Trauma Centre and riding along with the local EMS agency. The sim lab offered experiences like the dissection of a heart and a cadaver lab to practice skills on a real body.

The first days were dedicated to conferences and workshops in various subjects for all levels, including those from IBSC, who also had a place to take their exam and get board certified.

IBSC, formed in 2000,  is independent of any other organization or board that could create bias or influence with the direction of the exam. IBSC currently certifies Flight paramedics, Critical Care Paramedics, Community Paramedics, Tactical Paramedics and Responders.

During the next three days, the EMS World Expo hosted the International Scientific Symposium. Every day from 0800 to 1700, several conferences targeted all levels and positions in the EMS, from BLS, ACP, education and administrative duties. The participants had 15 minutes to present their research in front of experts.

While the conference happened in the main hall, the trade shows presented manufacturers and retailers showing the innovations in the field. Zoll introduced their monitor X series advanced, a monitor/defibrillator that helps providers manage patients more effectively than ever before. Among the new additions is the BVM support. At the same time, the CPR feedback allows you to help with the proper amount of O2 provided to a patient using a BVM and a timer to give ventilations time. Another helpful feature is the TBI Dashboard that provides trending information on the parameters most critical to a TBI patient, enabling clinicians to detect potential patient deterioration quickly. RescueNet Live allows clinicians to view data from X Series Advanced at remote locations. The improved RescueNet CaseReview enables providers to view X Series Advanced post-case data for effective QA/QI. Data includes ventilation performance with Real BVM Help, CPR performance with Real CPR Help, and automatic recognition and integration of performance with ZOLL’s automated mechanical compression device, the AutoPulse resuscitation system.

Ferno showed the iNJX system. The World’s First Integrated Patient Transport & Loading System helps quickly stop lifting, loading, and unloading. It is equipped with a lighting system with continuous and flashing modes that allow you to see in dark and hazardous conditions. This system also comes with  Integrated Charging System that eliminates battery management. Ferno also presented their iconic The EZ-Glide with Powertraxx. This stair chair provides maximum safety when going up and down stairs using an electronically controlled motor and direct drive transmission with chair tracks; thanks to these, tracks and motor carry the patient load, not the operator.

Stryker booth featured their PRO-XT stretchers, the Stairs-PRO chair and the Power-LOAD system that communicate wirelessly to the Power-PRO cots. Stryker also had their reliable monitor/defibrillator LifePak 15, which features temperature monitoring and external power to complement 360J of energy and 12-lead ECG transmission capability. The LIFEPAK 15 monitor/defibrillator passes 30-inch drop tests, equal to falling off a cot or dropping it in transit. And with an IP44 rating, it doesn’t matter how wet or dirty it gets; you can keep working in steady wind, rain and other harsh environments. One of the most viewed items at their booth is the LUCAS chest compression system, which benefits the cardiac arrest patient and the resuscitation team; The two-step application (backplate, then upper part) makes the LUCAS device quick and easy to deploy, as short as a median 7-second interruption time when transitioning from manual CPR. With Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, your LUCAS device can be configured to meet your protocols within your LIFENET account. Integration with CODE-STAT 11 allows for precise and timely post-event reviews to help with training and quality improvements.

One of the unique products that we found deserves a special mention is the CPR pillow, a support pillow designed to facilitate proper ventilation and intubation. The pillow itself is made of a medium-density EVA foam that is cast through a moulding process.  EVA foams are flexible foams that can withstand extreme weather conditions and have high tensile strength for resistance and tearing. With only a 1.5 pounds weight and a non-porous resistance to bloodborne pathogens and other infectious diseases, its surface can be cleaned with hospital-grade detergents, making the pillow a must-have in the ambulance equipment.

The EMS World Expo was a massive success despite the COVID. It will come back next year in Orlando, Florida, from October 10th to 14th.

Gil Maraboto

Gil Maraboto

Gilbert is an ACP working in Wakaw, Sk, a small town in the prairies. Before moving here, he worked for Mexico City EMS as a Paramedic. Gil obtained a B.Sc.in physics from the University of Mexico. He has always been interested in research and science; he enjoys motorcycle road trips and video games.

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