2020 has been a trying year for nearly every industry, but perhaps no one was impacted as directly as first responders. Every day, firefighters, EMTs, and other first responders were on the front line facing a virus that spread across the world. Unlike patient care in the controlled environment of a healthcare facility, EMS care presented unique challenges in the wake of a pandemic, including uncertain response environments, interventions with limited information, enclosed spaces during transport and the need for rapid decision-making.
Topics: First Responder
Under normal circumstances, EMS Directors and Administrators carry the responsibility of protecting staff and patients from cross-contamination when treating out-of-hospital patients. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has added another layer of concern and precaution.
Thankfully, equipping ambulances and responders with disposable First Responder supplies ensures they can deliver high-quality care while reducing cross-contamination even in high risk scenarios, such as a global pandemic.
Topics: First Responder
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a common concern for EMS professionals, but the COVID-19 pandemic has placed unique pressures on everyone in the sector. First Responders now have to deal with profound pressure on top of the normal stresses that come with the job. This means that EMS Directors, Fire Chiefs or Deputy Fire Chiefs need to do all they can to protect the mental and physical wellbeing of their staff.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is a $2 trillion economic relief package introduced to soften the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Passed by Congress on March 27, 2020, the CARES Act is intended to provide “fast and direct economic assistance for American workers, families, and small businesses, and preserve jobs for our American industries”.
The COVID-19 pandemic has placed significant strain on all sectors, but nowhere more acutely than in healthcare. Day after day, hospital and pre-hospital healthcare professionals don PPE and return to the frontlines of the pandemic — a commitment that takes a mental and physical toll. This, in turn, places pressure on EMS administrators who are responsible for staff wellbeing.
The Covid-19 pandemic places unprecedented pressure on nationwide healthcare systems and first responders. As a result, we are seeing negative effects that prolonged stress has on the mental and physical wellbeing of our emergency first responders. Other concerns, such as a general lack of PPE and understaffed facilities, are compounding matters and pushing our police, firefighters, and ambulance workers closer to burnout.
Community paramedicine is a growing healthcare initiative that sees emergency personnel operating in expanded roles to strengthen underserviced areas of healthcare in their communities.
According to EMS1, this evolving model is increasingly adopted as EMS agencies are stretched thin by aging populations, chronic illnesses and soaring healthcare costs. The added strain of the COVID-19 pandemic is exposing gaps in community treatment, necessitating the need for more EMS professionals to go over-and-above their chosen roles.
We are living in uncertain times with problems and perils on all sides. This is why Graham Medical has decided to make available, to our current and potential distributors, a package for our MegaMover® Portable Transport Units in the form of:
- Pricing Information
- Product Order SKU, Descriptions and Quantities
- Product Brochure, Resources and Education
- Full Product Catalog with Additional EMS Products (Electronic)
- Marketing Information
- Contact Information for your Graham Representative
These items have been collected into a MegaMover® Portable Transport Unit Distributor Package and can be yours to assist you in your selling process simply by completing the attached form.
It seems that even within our own national borders we are truly living in perilous times. From the effects of natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods, fires and earthquakes, to domestic violence, mass shootings, a global pandemic, civil unrest and rioting, it would seem that danger is all around us in differing forms. Thankfully, there are people like you and your staff who are dedicated, trained and equipped to intervene and protect the rest of us from these perils - the police, firefighters and emergency medical service personnel.
We recognize that the dedication and training are already in place so we at Graham Medical would like to make sure that our heroes are also properly equipped as well. We want to assure that you, and they, have the proper equipment available to effectively and efficiently transport people out of harm’s way to a place of safety for assessment and treatment.
The COVID-19 crisis has galvanized an unprecedented global healthcare effort to ‘flatten the curve’ and stem the spread of the virus. Yet, despite our best efforts, many healthcare facilities and emergency services are overwhelmed by the number of patients requiring treatment. In turn, healthcare professionals are having to dig deep and find it within themselves to perform in the face of great adversity.