Slow Progress in EMS Safety and Vehicle Design

Accidents involving ambulances are a significant concern in the United States. Vehicle fatality rates for emergency responders are estimated to be up to 4.8 times higher than the national average. Most emergency vehicle accidents occur at intersections or near driveways. They are also more likely to occur in poorly lit areas. Because emergency vehicles are … Read more

ALPS Study Concludes: No Overall Survival Increase From Amiodarone, Lidocaine After Out-of-Hospital Arrest

“Anti arrhythmic drugs are used commonly in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest for shock-refractory ventricular fibrillation or pulseless ventricular tachycardia, but without proven survival benefit.  In this randomized, double-blind trial, researchers compared parenteral amiodarone, lidocaine, and saline placebo, along with standard care, in adults who had non-traumatic out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, shock-refractory ventricular fibrillation or pulseless ventricular tachycardia … Read more