WHAT IS THE SIGNIFACANCE OF NATIONAL FIRST RESPONDERS DAY?
Not all heroes wear capes. National First Responders Day on October 28th recognizes the heroic men and women who make it their priority to take immediate actions when disaster strikes. Designated by the US Congress back in 2017, the resolution honors the firefighters, police officers, EMTs, and many others who are first on the scene of stressful situations. Particularly during this COVID-19 pandemic which has brought a continued effect on communities socially and economically throughout the US. According to John Hopkins, as of October 26th there has been a total of 8,661,917 diagnosed cases and 225,379 deaths throughout the country.
As the ensemble forecast predicts that the number of Covid-19 cases may increase over the next four weeks according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there is still uncertainty of any official vaccines available for the public. Furthermore, an increase reliance on our emergency dispatchers is only certain. Therefore, Soma Tech Intl highly honors our first responders and understand the altruistic heroes who put their lives on the line for the well-being of others during this pandemic. We take pride on being able to do our best to supply necessary medical equipment that are highly used by first responders such as AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) and ALS (Advanced Life Support).
EXAMPLES OF MEDICAL EQUIPMENT USED BY FIRST RESPONDERS
The Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are computerized devices that are reliable and simple to operate, enabling a key element in the resuscitation efforts. AED’s deliver a therapeutic electric shock through the chest wall to the heart as treatment for a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). During SCA the heart stops suddenly and in 90% of the cases the heart goes into a fatal rhythm known as a ventricular fibrillation. Portable AED’s such as the Physio Control Lifepak CR Plus enable more people to respond quickly to a medical emergency that requires a defibrillation. Unlike AED’s with complex prompts and limited energy for defibrillation, the Physio Control Lifepak CR combines an easy two-step operation, the right level of guidance and the capability to escalate to 360 joules when needed. AED’s are considered a public access device designed to be used by anyone with or without training.
Advanced Life Support (ALS) defibrillators are the second step in treating a sudden cardiac arrest victim who has been treated with an automated external defibrillator. When an AED response program works, the job is not over. Once ALS personnel arrives, the patient will be treated with an ALS monitor/defibrillator. These devices such as the Zoll M Series allow trained professionals to monitor the patient rhythm and manually intervene if it is determined that a shock is required and to then report information to the hospital. ALS treatment is the fourth link in the Chain of Survival.
AKNOWLEDGING OUR HEROES
We owe our tremendous respect to our first responders for their ceaseless efforts in facing any unfathomable stressful situations on a day-to-day basis. It is important for everyone amongst our communities to continue raising awareness and understanding of the significance of this national holiday.