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

by EMP Editor on 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 the effects of an opiate overdose.  The key is education, and at the moment it appears to be an ongoing, uphill battle, as you’ll read from the article below.

Opiate deaths surpass traffic deaths in Waukesha County

DA: Average age of users 24 or younger

Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel said that in 24 years in law enforcement he never thought he’d see a problem as bad as the heroin and opiate epidemic that is now gripping the county.

The district attorney said the epidemic isn’t one that law enforcement can “incarcerate our way out of.” Instead, he said, the public has to be involved in understanding and helping to eradicate the problem. The problem is misunderstood on the basis of who the majority of users are and how they are becoming so hooked on the drug that they will lie, steal and risk their lives daily to get high.

Schimel shared this message with a group of Rotarians at a recent meeting. He has been traveling to give his presentation in an effort to raise awareness of the problem statewide.

Addicts among us

“What’s a heroin addict look like?” Schimel asked. To the surprise of many, those who become dependent on the drug are typically normal, gainfully employed people. What’s most disturbing, Schimel said, is that the average age of those who come through Waukesha County’s newly created drug court is 24 or younger.

“The average age just keeps going down, and now we’re seeing high school age (abusing opiates),” Schimel said.

He shared a photo of a young girl, just out of high school, who had a promising future, Schimel said. She fatally overdosed.

He shared another story about a young man from Muskego who was found unresponsive by a police officer in his car in a vacant parking lot. The officer was able to break the car window and call emergency medical services (EMS) in time to administer a drug (Narcan, or naloxone) to revive him.

The man was admitted to a mental health facility for observation, but released 24 hours later. Schimel said just hours after his release, the man’s mother called police in a panic because her son was missing, and she was afraid he was using again. “They were able to track his phone and found him in his car, but this time it was too late to save him,” he said.

Law-enforcement agencies constantly receive calls from parents thanking them for incarcerating their children so they know they’ll survive another day.

‘Opiate-seeking missile’

Addicts usually begin by taking prescription pills, Schimel said. He said his department is see cases come through the drug court in which high school students are grabbing handsful of pills at party — many times not even knowing what they are ingesting.

“They tell us at the drug court they don’t think what they are taking can be dangerous. Doctors prescribe it … “he shared.

From those encounters, the partygoers develop a dependence on drugs.

Schimel said law enforcement and former addicts describe an addict like this: “Your brain becomes an opiate-seeking missile. It’s all you can think about, and the fear of death is not there.”

The problem goes beyond teenage parties, though. The problem is widespread and undiscriminating as to age or social standing. Schimel said, for example, that he is reviewing two cases of law-enforcement officers suspected of stealing pills while they were on duty.

He said people think of any means they can to get the pills, including stealing from a medicine cabinet during a real-estate open house. “People won’t notice how many pills are missing until they may go to their doctor for a refill and find out they’re not due for a refill,” he said. “People need to understand they need to lock this stuff up.”

As an opiate addict’s dependence grows, finding prescription pills, which are hard to come by and expensive, leads him or her to consider trying heroin. It’s much cheaper and rapidly becoming much easier to get.

County leads state

Schimel said Waukesha County is the second leading source of heroin submissions to the state Crime Lab. In 2012, Waukesha County submitted 85 heroin cases to the Crime Lab, just behind the 91 submitted by Milwaukee County.

The problem has become so bad that a needle-exchange group recently notified Schimel’s department that it would be frequenting the area. The organization parks a van in the community when a user solicits its service. It provides a kit with 10 unused syringes, cotton balls, clean water, a tourniquet, cooker tin and alcohol wipes.

Schimel’s initial reaction was to threaten to arrest every person who came up to the van. But after visiting with the group, he understood that the group performs a valuable service by helping to protect the health of citizens.

The group explained to Schimel what reused needles do to spread disease and tear up veins. They described the desperation of an addict who uses water from a mud puddle to shoot up because they can’t find a clean water source fast enough. And they showed a list of local ZIP codes related to where they have been asked to go. Just in Southeastern Wisconsin, more than 700,000 needles were distributed through the exchange in 2012.

“We saw the numbers, and our stomachs fell out to the floor,” Schimel said.

Schimel said Waukesha County is an “end user” county, meaning this is where the drug is consumed, and this is where people are dying. In the last four years, 40 people have died from an overdose. He said the average traffic deaths per year in the county is 23.

“What would we do if traffic deaths doubled? We have spent millions on roundabouts. What are we going to spend to prevent young peoples’ deaths?” he asked.

Gaining support

It actually costs less to put someone through the county’s drug court than it does to deal with a fatal overdose, Schimel said.

Participants go through the drug court program for a minimum of 12 months. The program includes four intense phases requiring frequent random drug and alcohol testing, substance abuse treatment, regular status hearings in front of the drug court judge, attendance at self-help meetings, frequent case-management meetings and other requirements. This costs about $2,700 per person, Schimel said.

By comparison, it costs about $8,000 to deal with an overdose death, he said, once you figure in the costs of emergency medical services, the medical examiner, toxicology tests and more.

The program recently received $150,000, a piece of the $2 million Gov. Scott Walker designated from state funds for similar programs designed to help in the fight against drugs in about 15 counties around the state, Schimel said.

He said the funding will allow the county to have up to 50 participants at any given time in the program, instead of only being able to take the most serious cases. “We have a waiting list,” he said.

“We’ve had to fight to get where we are. The county executive and governor have added money to the current budget,” he said.

They’re also working with state legislators to create new laws. One is to allow places such as police stations to have heavily armed drop boxes where people can safely dispose of drugs.

Another law would allow people other than EMS personnel, such as a police officer, to administer Narcan when responding to an overdose — a time when an overdose victim might not have time to wait for EMS to respond and minutes are critical.

Between 2010-12, more than 3,700 prehospital Narcan deployments by Wisconsin EMS were administered.

Schimel said both laws have passed the Senate and he expects they will also pass the Assembly.

State Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen recently released an opinion that the statewide campaign against drugs is helping. He said people are reaching out to law enforcement to see what they can do. Van Hollen said the community approach is necessary to combat the drug, which is seeping into every corner of society. “Take a look at the numbers. By mid-November of this year, our DCI (Division of Criminal Investigation) field office in Milwaukee saw a 109-percent increase in the volume of heroin seized by special agents,” he said.

Average number of traffic deaths per year in Waukesha County: 23

Number of opiate-related deaths in Waukesha County in 2012: 40

Source: waukeshanow.com

 

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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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Cold & Flu Remedies: Q & A

November 21, 2013

Did you know the best way to blow your nose is one nostril at a time?  Yes, according to WebMD you’re encouraged to cover one nostril, blow gently and repeat as necessary.  The pressure from using all of your force could not only cause an earache, but it could potentially force the mucus back into […]

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