CPAP
 
SVEC was one of the first agencies in the tri-cities area to implement the use of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP).  This treatment is being used in the field to help patients who are experiencing severe difficulty breathing, in particular congestive heart failure (CHF).  CPAP has greatly decreased the number of patients who have to be intubated and placed on ventilators. This has led to a decline in the number of days a patient must be admitted in the hospital.
 

The PortO2Vent CPAPos Oxygen Delivery System is an advanced respiratory device that assists spontaneously breathing patients in an EMS environment. The PortO2Vent provides CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) and only delivers oxygen on demand, reducing the amount of oxygen that is consumed. The system has a built-in pressure gauge, which shows airway pressure and is designed to help ensure that patients receive the correct amount of CPAP, as set by medical protocol.

 

Features:
 
  • Conserves oxygen by delivering oxygen on the inspiratory cycle only
  • Handles flow requirements with ease, regardless of the CPAP level selected, and is designed to match any peak inspiratory demand while supplying a high FiO2
  • Built-in manometer displays real time pressure readings
  • Divert and/or filter exhaled patient airway from caregiver
  • Small volume nebulizer (SVN) can be used in line
  • Operator adjustable CPAP provides the ability to titrate to effect
  • Masks provide superior seals and comfort
 EZ-IO
 
The "EZ-IO" allows EMS providers to obtain access for medicines and fluids that would normally be administered by using an IV line. Because there are times when obtaining an IV is difficult or too time-consuming, this device allows the fluids and medicine to enter the body through the bone.  The EZ-IO access may be the optimal choice for:
 
  • Resuscitation Efforts
  • Implementation of the hypothermic protocol
  • Burns
  • Diabetics
  • Rapid Sequence Intubation
  • Any patient with difficult vascular access in need of medication administration
 
Zoll E-Series Cardiac Monitor
 
The ZOLL E Series provides total diagnostic and therapeutic capabilities. Both basic and advance life support providers can use the monitor to defibrillate patients.  The monitor also allows for:
 
  • External pacing to control the heart rate for patients with severely slow cardiac rhythms
  •  Interpretive 12-Lead ECG to allow for early detection of heart attacks
  • SpO 2to measure the amount of oxygen circulating
  • EtCO2 to measure the amount of carbon dioxide being exhaled
  • Built-in AC or DC power supplies for portability
  • Complete data management system to ensure accurate patient care reporting
AutoPulse
 
The AutoPulse provides a version of chest compressions that frees providers to do other tasks. Long periods of CPR can be tiring to EMS providers; the ability to use the AutoPulse instead means that more efficient and effective chest compressions are delivered to the patient.
 
  • Ensures improved blood flow by squeezing the entire chest, not just pushing on a single spot like manual CPR and other mechanical devices
  • It automatically calculates the size, shape, and resistance of each patient's chest.
  • Ensures clinical safety
  • Ensures rescuer safety during transport
Therapeutic Hypothermia
 
Recent studies have shown a great benefit for inducing hypothermia in patients suffering sudden cardiac arrest (not breathing, no heartbeat). A body's cells begin to die once a person goes into cardiac arrest; giving the patient chilled fluids helps to slow down the process of cell death, so if a heartbeat comes back a patient has a better chance of making a full recovery.
 

SVEC is proud to have been the first agency in the tri-cities area to use this protocol for patients in cardiac arrest. SVEC management worked with doctors and administrators from Virginia Commonwealth University Medical College of Virginia to implement this protocol in the tri-cities.