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May 20 – May 29 is National Emergency Medical Services Week


May 20 – May 29 is National Emergency Medical Services Week

Though many of our customers at Galls are well aware of this week, we feel it’s our duty to make sure others have not forgotten.

We certainly appreciate all that is done hour by hour across the country to help injured citizens with pre-hospital emergency medical care. The timely response of these EMS personnel is often a matter of life and death!

Promoted and financially supported by The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), “National Emergency Medical Services Week brings together local communities and medical personnel to publicize safety and honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of medicine’s front line.”

Information about EMS Week that can be used this week and throughout the year for public education and safety programs can be found by visiting the ACEP website here.

Emergency medical workers – EMT’s, paramedics and even police and firefighters – are the first responders who arrive at emergency scenes. Their efforts bring stability to what are often very confusing moments for the general public.

First, their presence is reassuring. But primarily, they are there to help injured citizens in the most effective and efficient manner that their training allow.

For anyone who’s life or health has been placed into the hands of these men and women, they fully understand the reasoning behind devoting a week to honoring emergency medical providers.

For more information about what the EMS does, visit the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians. Their site outlines what EMS is and what their roles are.

How To Buy A Good Traction Splint


There are many options online for finding a good quality traction splint.

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Find a Good Quality Traction Splint

At Galls.com, we carry the Dyna Med HARE Traction Splint.

Why Dyna Med?

Dyna Med medical gear is specifically designed to help emergency medical workers do their job efficiently.

They’re perfect for agencies and departments scheduled to face the demand of responding to medical emergencies.

What does a good traction splint do?

  • Provides stabilization for the injury
  • Prevents further injury from occurring

Here is a quick overview from FireEngineering.com from their article Back to Basics: Traction Splinting

When applying a splint, regardless of the type or location on the body, you must ensure that the immobilizing device secures not only the fracture site but also the joints above and below the injury.

A traction splint is typically used to treat severe midshaft fractures of the femur. The femur is the longest and strongest bone in the human body; the surrounding muscles (quadriceps) are also incredibly strong.

When the femur breaks, the surrounding muscles spasm, pulling the bone ends past each other, which results in immense pain, bleeding (internal or external), and muscle and nerve damage.

Why the Dyna Med HARE Traction Splint?

This splint effectively realigns a fractured femur to its proper position, reducing pain and restoring perfusion to an injured leg. It also inhibits further hemorrhage and additional nerve, vascular, bone and muscle damage.

One-piece design makes application fast, easy and complete in minutes:

  • Includes enhanced features for greater useability
  • Larger traction knob for better grip and control
  • One-handed traction adjustment
  • Recessed traction release button
  • Positive locking heel stand
  • Faster length adjustment, collects locks with a few quick turns
  • Labeled to avoid applying the wrong size

For more info on more high quality medical gear, visit Galls.com!


What Is The Role of Police, Fire and EMS After a Natural Disaster Strikes?

When natural disasters strikelike the recent central Virginia earthquake and Hurricane Irene – what is the role of local police, fire and EMS units?

Naturally of course, each of the three arms of public safety provide a calming presence during times of disaster.

Ask yourself, is there a more reassuring sight than seeing a group of firemen descending upon a scene? A squad car patrolling a deserted street? Paramedics managing a difficult situation?

A strong first responders’ presence in these situations can help ease victims’ fears and concerns.

At first glance, the specific role of first responders is pretty direct. Police provide public safety and keep ‘law and order’. Firefighters limit the spread of existing or potential fires. And EMS workers provide medical assistance.

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In reality, their roles are quite varied, in depth – and obviously invaluable.

What other services do they provide?

Role of Police:

  • crowd control
  • looting
  • traffic control
  • search and rescue
  • coordination with government and non-government agencies

Most local law enforcement agencies undergo specialized disaster management training. While each disaster is different, the plans that go into effect are structured and organized. With proper training law enforcement can be quite efficient in executing their duties.

Role of Firefighters:

  • control fires that threaten critical infrastructure
  • deal with hazardous materials
  • provide primary medical care
  • transport victims to hospitals
  • search and rescue
  • coordination with government and non-government agencies

Firefighters play an important role in disaster management. In addition to handling fire, they also rely on their disaster relief training and offer some of the same roles as local law enforcement.

Role of EMS:

  • response and recovery
  • advanced medical care
  • transport victims to hospitals
  • search and rescue
  • coordination with government and non-government agencies

Emergency medical workers and medics work in partnership with the firefighters to treat and transport victims to temporary shelters, but their duties can be expanded because ‘of the moment’, helping whoever may be in need.

Disaster response includes the immediate mobilization of emergency service providers and first responders. This ‘first wave’ of emergency services includes police, firefighters and emergency medical personnel.  Eventually, these local agencies may coordinate with National Guard, Coast Guard, FEMA and Red Cross officials.

Outside of traditional first responders, many communities have also developed trained civilian volunteers. While police, fire and EMS emergency workers can be quickly overwhelmed during natural disasters, volunteers that have advanced training can be extremely valuable. These organized volunteers are referred to as CERT (community emergency response teams) though there are many other local volunteer organization within communities across the country.