On Friday, October 24, 2014 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released an update to the Interim Guidance for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems and 9-1-1 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) for Management of Patients with Known or Suspected Ebola Virus Disease in the United States.

A link to the update from the CDC is attached here.  There is a lot of information contained in this brief.  We encourage everyone to read it thoroughly.

We will continue to keep you updated with any new or pertinent information as it relates to releases from the CDC and developments with Ebola preparedness.

Many of the products recommended for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) can be found within the Infection Control Products section at www.BuyEMP.com.

Source: cdc.gov

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Last week we issued a blog highlighting a detailed Emergency Medical Services (EMS) checklist for Ebola preparedness, as released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In addition to the checklist and interim guidance for EMS released by the CDC, they have also released a document related to screening notes for the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).

Please see the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Screening for EMS link.

Many of the products contained within the CDC EMS checklist for Ebola preparedness of PPE supplies suitable for standard, contact, and droplet precautions can be found in our Infection Control section at www.buyemp.com.

We continue to work with our suppliers in an attempt to ensure adequate supply in the event of a need, and will continue to keep you updated with any new or pertinent information as it relates to developments with Ebola preparedness.

Source: cdc.gov

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The article below is a news story from the September 28, 2014 online version of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

As we have highlighted on our blog over the last six months, opiate abuse continues to be a growing problem.  Bevan Baker, Milwaukee Health Commissioner, labeled the opiate addiction as a “definition of public crisis”.  The good news story here is that the use of a naloxone kit helped saved this individual’s life.

Naloxone (narcan) is a drug used to counter the effects of an opiate overdose.  Emergency Medical Products carries a range of Naloxone (narcan) products, both in kit form, vial and in pre-filled syringes.

Two weeks after the first Narcan kits were issued to Jackson police, an officer used the drug to counter the effects of a suspected heroin overdose and may have saved the life of a Milwaukee man.

The man was found unconscious Friday evening on a commuter bus at the park-and-ride lot on Highway P in the Village of Jackson, according to police. Jackson Officer Kyle Henning noticed the man’s pupils were constricted and issued a dose of Narcan into the man’s nose.

Around two minutes later, the man regained consciousness and was able to communicate with authorities. He was taken to Froedtert Hospital for treatment.

Jackson police said the man probably used heroin before boarding the bus in Milwaukee, fell unconscious and missed his stop in Germantown.

Source: jsonline.com

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently issued a detailed emergency medical services (EMS) checklist for Ebola preparedness, as well as interim guidance for EMS and 911 Public Safety Answering Points for management of patients with known or suspected Ebola virus in the United States.

Links to both of these issuances from the CDC are provided below. There is a lot of information contained in these briefs. We encourage everyone to read them thoroughly.

Detailed EMS Checklist for Ebola Preparedness

Interim guidance for EMS and 911 Public Safety answering points for management of patients with known or suspected Ebola virus

Contained within the CDC EMS checklist for Ebola preparedness is a listing of PPE supplies suitable for standard, contact, and droplet precautions. These include:

Many of these products can be found within the Infection Control Products category here at EMP, and we are working with our suppliers to ensure adequate supply in the event of a need.

We will continue to keep you updated with any new or pertinent information as it relates to developments with Ebola preparedness.

Source: cdc.gov

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Emergency Medical Products Announces Addition of Guardian Angel® Personal Safety Device – Innovative Visibility Designed For Emergency Personnel

Guardian Angel is the first of its kind for the emergency response industry

Guardian-Angel-Fire-EMS-Magnet-MountCudahy, WI – August 18, 2014Emergency Medical Products (EMP), a leading distributor of emergency medical equipment and supplies, announced the addition of the Guardian Angel Personal Safety Device to its growing line of medical supplies and equipment.

Guardian Angel is a wearable (approximately 6 oz.) lighted device, designed to provide immediate visibility and recognition for emergency responders of all kinds.  The Guardian Angel provides visibility from more than 2 miles away, and from nearly a 360 degree radius around the wearer.  Designed initially for law enforcement, the device has broad application for use in EMS, Fire, Personal, Public and Workplace Safety, as well as many more.

“We created The Guardian Angel to provide EMS personnel with additional back-up in the field through enhanced visibility,” said Juan Gomez, president and co-founder of 425, Inc.  “We look forward to partnering with Emergency Medical Products as they deliver products and services which support EMS professionals across the country.”

“We are extremely pleased to partner with 425, Inc. and offer our customers a first of its kind device, leading the way for personal emergency visibility,” said Kim Alexander, Strategic Marketing Manager for Emergency Medical Products.  “We are also excited to include the Guardian Angel in our online loyalty rewards program, which allows our customers to earn and redeem points with online purchases.  We see the Guardian Angel line as a great complement to our existing offerings.”

Guardian Angel is equipped with the latest LED technology, and is equipped with the following features and benefits for users:

  • The latest in lighting technology and versatility, including forward-facing lights only, rear-facing lights only, 360 degree illumination and a utility work light.
  • Many color combinations are available (red, white, blue, orange, yellow and green).
  • Rechargeable battery, allowing for more than 90 hours of continuous use.
  • Durable – drop tested, as well as water, heat and cold resistant.
  • Various mounting options are available – plain clothes (magnet), vehicle (suction cup) and duty belt mount

425, Inc., a veteran owned and WI based company, represents the second WI based company Emergency Medical Products has partnered with in the last two months on innovative products.  Last month Emergency Medical Products partnered with CPR RsQ Assist, a WI based company with a FDA approved hands only CPR device.  Visit our product page to learn more about the Guardian Angel.

About Emergency Medical Products
With over 40 years of experience, Emergency Medical Products (EMP) is a leading distributor of emergency medical equipment and supplies for EMS professionals in the pre-hospital marketplace.  Based in WI, the company supports customers in EMS agencies, fire departments, hospitals, educational institutions and public safety with thousands of quality products from leading manufacturers.  The company has a strong online presence that also supports business and individual purchases.  For more information, please visit www.buyemp.com.

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Cudahy, WI – July 23, 2014Emergency Medical Products (EMP), a leading distributor of emergency medical equipment and supplies, announced the addition of CPR RsQ Assist® to its growing line of medical supplies and equipment.

FDA-Approved CPR RsQ Assist® Makes It Easier for Anyone to Perform Hands-Only CPR

CPR RsQ Assist®

CPR RsQ Assist® is a first-of-its-kind, FDA-approved hands-only chest compression device designed to eliminate the intimidation factor of performing CPR.  This easy-to-use device guides you through the steps of performing effective CPR, and has been shown in independent clinical studies to reduce fatigue by 90 percent and increase performance results by 94.5 percent over traditional CPR.¹

“This product complements the science behind hands-only CPR, and makes it easier to provide early, quality bystander CPR,” said Joe Hanson, inventor of CPR RsQ Assist®. “It’s an essential safety device just like a fire extinguisher or smoke detector, which we hope will help save more lives following sudden cardiac arrest.”

“We are extremely pleased to partner with Joe Hanson and offer our customers a first-of-its-kind, FDA-approved hands-only device,” said Kim Alexander, Strategic Marketing Manager for Emergency Medical Products.  “We are also excited to include this low-cost, groundbreaking device in our online loyalty program, which allows our customers to earn and redeem points with online purchases.”

CPR RsQ Assist® has easy-to-follow voice commands, along with an audio and visual metronome. It talks you through the steps of calling 911, placing the device in the center of the victim’s chest, and instructs you to push 100 times per minute until help arrives. To address fatigue, the product has an ergonomic design with an easy-to-grip, non-slip handle. The design allows you to leverage upper body strength and weight as you push down, delivering quality compressions in the center of the chest over minimal clothing, if needed.

CPR RsQ Assist® is FDA-approved for use on people eight years of age and older. It is an essential safety tool to keep at home, in the workplace, in the car or anyplace where there are two or more people.  The device is available with a custom-designed wall cabinet and signage for easy placement adjacent to an AED machine so rescuers have easy access to both lifesaving devices. The current American Heart Association guidelines call for at least 100 chest compressions per minute for at least two minutes prior to using an AED machine. For more product details, please visit CPR RsQ Assist Product Page.

¹Continuous-Chest Compression Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation for Cardiac Arrest Circulation. 2007:116:2894-2896.

About Emergency Medical Products
With over 40 years of experience, Emergency Medical Products (EMP) is a leading distributor of emergency medical equipment and supplies for EMS professionals in the pre-hospital marketplace.  The company supports customers in EMS agencies, fire departments, hospitals, educational institutions and public safety with thousands of quality products from leading manufacturers.  The company has a strong online presence that also supports business and individual purchases.  For more information, please visit www.buyemp.com

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The article below is from a recent online news publication and continues to illustrate the growing problem with opiates. 

During a recent regional symposium sponsored by the City of Milwaukee and others, Bevan Baker, Milwaukee Health Commissioner, labeled the opiate addiction as a “definition of public crisis”. 

Emergency Medical Products continues to see an increase in inquiries from city and state municipalities regarding naloxone, also called Narcan, which is a drug, used to counter the effects of an opiate overdose.  

A myriad of strategies were discussed at the symposium, including addressing the root causes of addiction, limiting easy access to prescription opiates, and increasing the availability of naloxone.  Education also continues to be key in making all aware of the dangers of heroin and opiate addiction.

The older public health crises of polio and diphtheria have been replaced by heroin and opiate addiction, Milwaukee’s health commissioner said Wednesday.

“This meets every conceivable definition of a public health crisis,” Bevan Baker said.

Baker made his remarks Wednesday during a regional symposium titled “Heroin: Not on Our Watch — Protecting Our Communities.”

The all-day event, sponsored by the City of Milwaukee, the Zilber Family Foundation and Marquette University, featured panels of public health and drug treatment professionals, law enforcement officers and other officials from Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee, Racine and Washington counties.

It also brought together people who have been affected by heroin addiction, such as Kacie Wolfgram, who told her story of recovery for the first time publicly.

Everything started, she said, at age 15 when her older sister — her best friend — committed suicide.

Later, Wolfgram said, she was prescribed 22 medications throughout the years for treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, bipolar disorder and depression. She even underwent electroshock therapy.

In college, she began using heroin to cope.

“I didn’t want to die, I just wanted to get high,” she said.

She used needle exchanges to stay safe and received training from the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin in administering naloxone, a prescription drug that reverses an opiate overdose.

She used naloxone when two friends were overdosing, saving their lives, and once used it on herself.

But even after her overdose, she continued using heroin and, soon, she was selling. She trafficked drugs from Chicago to Green Bay. During a drug deal, she was raped and contracted a sexually transmitted disease. Her dreams of having a family suddenly seemed in doubt, she said.

She stopped using heroin, cold turkey.

“For me, I just wanted it over,” she said. “I really wanted that happy family and those beautiful babies.”

Wolfgram now works at the AIDS Resource Center, which she credits with saving her life, and said she feels blessed to help “people fight their inner demons.”

“I chose to share my story as a catalyst so that one day more recovering addicts can stand here as well, alive and hopeful,” she said.

Her words brought the people in attendance to their feet as they applauded.

Throughout the symposium Wednesday, other speakers stressed the need for collaboration among disciplines and all levels of government. Many highlighted the strong, and well-documented, link between prescription drug abuse and heroin.

When prescription drugs become too expensive, users often switch to heroin, Milwaukee Police Inspector Carianne Yerkes said.

A hit of heroin costs about $15, while the cost of illegal prescription drugs is closer to $80.

“Heroin is dirt cheap and very accessible,” she said.

Not only is heroin cheap and highly addictive, it’s also often lethal.

Last year in Milwaukee County, 67 people died of heroin-related overdoses — a 34% increase from the prior year — and in the first three months of 2014, the medical examiner’s office recorded 20 heroin-related deaths.

Law enforcement will continue to target violent, high-volume drug dealers, but focusing on the supply is not the full answer, Yerkes said.

“We need to find a way to reduce the demand and get individuals to understand that addiction is a public health problem,” she said.

A myriad of strategies were discussed, including addressing the root causes of addiction, limiting easy access to prescription opiates and increasing the availability of naloxone.

Any first responder in Wisconsin can administer naloxone if trained, under a new law Gov. Scott Walker signed in April.

The measure was among a package of laws dubbed the Heroin Opiate Prevention and Education, or HOPE, agenda.

Michael Gottlieb, director of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Program at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, was asked if federal officials support making naloxone available to family members and friends of opiate addicts, or making it an over-the-counter drug.

“We believe strongly that naloxone saves lives,” Gottlieb said. “Our policy right now is to put it in the hands of more first responders.”

State Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette), who led efforts in drafting the HOPE agenda, said state lawmakers still have more work to do.

He also spoke about his daughter, Cassie, who has struggled with heroin addiction. She will be released from jail Friday, he said.

“I’m optimistic, yet nervous and scared for her future,” he said.

Source: jsonline.com

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erewards2_brandEMERGENCY MEDICAL PRODUCTS ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF ONLINE LOYALTY REWARDS PROGRAM AND ENHANCEMENTS TO WEBSITE

New loyalty program designed to save customers money on everyday emergency medical equipment and supplies

Cudahy, WI – May 1, 2014Emergency Medical Products (EMP), a leading distributor of emergency medical equipment and supplies announced the launch of an online loyalty rewards program centered around its Curaplex, L.A. Rescue and Medstorm brands. The new program enables customers to earn points as they purchase and redeem them on future orders.

To create an even greater shopping experience, enhancements have been made to the EMP website that support responsive design, which allows optimal viewing across a wide range of devices, including smartphones and tablets. Users can easily navigate the site, earn, manage and redeem points, and quickly checkout using a variety of handheld devices.

“We are extremely pleased to offer our customers more options to save on everyday products as well as improving the shopping experience through our website’s updated interface,” said Kim Alexander, Strategic Marketing Manager for Emergency Medical Products.  “We are excited about the launch of our online loyalty rewards program and will continue to offer new and innovative ways for our customers to earn and redeem points.”

Users can sign up for the new EMP online loyalty rewards program through the enhanced website at www.buyemp.com.

About Emergency Medical Products

With over 40 years of experience, Emergency Medical Products (EMP) is a leading distributor of emergency medical equipment and supplies for EMS professionals in the pre-hospital marketplace.  The company supports customers in EMS agencies, fire departments, hospitals, educational institutions and public safety with thousands of quality products from leading manufacturers.  The company has a strong online presence that also supports business and individual purchases.  For more information, please visit www.buyemp.com.

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Opiate Deaths Surpass Traffic Deaths in Waukesha County

February 25, 2014

The article below is from a recent online news publication and illustrates the growing problem with opiates.  It’s not just local to Waukesha County or the state of Wisconsin.  Emergency Medical Products has seen an increase in inquiries from city and state municipalities regarding naloxone, also called Narcan, which is a drug used to counter […]

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EMP Going from UPS to FedEx

January 22, 2014

EMP To Move Small Parcel Carrier from UPS to FedEx! EMP cares about their customers and strives to provide them with the best service possible.  In an effort to improve our shipping process we will be transitioning our primary small parcel carrier from UPS to FedEx over the next several weeks. What does this mean […]

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