Wise County EMS recently took possession of two new ambulances, Medic 1 and Medic 2 respectively. These are the first two units, of a total of 4, that Wise County EMS has ordered with the additional two units to be delivered in 2016. Wise County EMS will also take delivery of a new Rescue 1 unit in the coming months.
Outside the Truck
The recently delivered ambulances are new Dodge 4500 4×4 chassis. The new units boast a Ranch Hand bumper and grill guard combo in addition to a new paint and decal scheme. The light package is the latest LED technology and includes a remote controlled spotlight.
The suspension is a product offered by Fraser named “liquid springs”. The suspension system is controlled from the driver’s dash and allows for adjustments in the ride height of the box as well as the stiffness of the suspension. This permits the driver to fine tune the suspension to give the patient and crew member in the back the smoothest ride possible.
Inside the Truck
The new ambulance package includes many upgrades to the interior as well, making these cutting edge ambulances the ultimate in patient care. The interior of the ambulance has a new layout which moves the passenger side box door from the normal position to the far forward position. This creates a roomier box making it easier to care for a patient with multiple providers in the unit.
FireCom Wireless Headset
Each of the new trucks has two wireless headsets located in the front cab and one located in the back box. These headsets allow for better communication between the front and back of the ambulance, as well as with dispatch, while reducing siren and road noise.
Phillips IntelliVue MP2 Monitors™
To ensure that every patient we transport gets the optimal care available, Wise County EMS recently added the compact, lightweight, IntelliVue MP2 monitors to our units. These monitors serve as a back-up monitor to our frontline LifePak 15 Cardiac Monitors and can also be utilized when a unit is transporting two patients who each require cardiac monitoring. These devices are capable of providing 3-Lead monitoring, pulse-oximetry, and non-invasive blood pressure monitoring and are controlled with soft key buttons or the simple touch screen display.
Wise County EMS was an early adopter of the LUCAS device for CPR and when PhysioControl announced the arrival of the LUCAS 2, which upgraded the device from air driven to battery powered, Wise County upgraded. The LUCAS device is arguably the most effective CPR device on the market and Wise County EMS has seen amazing outcomes as a result of these devices. Learn more about the LUCAS 2 from PhysioControl.
One of the most popular new additions to our equipment list is the Stryker Power-LOAD™ system which loads and unloads the cot and patient with practically no effort on the part of the operator. The system is capable of lifting and loading a patient up to 700 pounds, unsupported. This helps to reduce cumulative back injuries from lifting patients. To learn more about the Stryker Power-LOAD™ system and to see videos of the the system in action, check out Stryker’s website.
Wise County recently purchased 5 i-Stat®1 Analyzers to allow our field crews to run labs in the field. This will help to better guide our patient treatment as well as revise some of our protocols to allow more in-depth patient care based on point of care lab results. Each front line unit will have an analyzer and printer on the truck. The analyzers will allow us a range of tests including:
- Chem 8
- Anion Gap
- Ionized Calcium
- Base Excess
- cTnl (Troponin I)