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Verathon offers help to seek grants for EMS equipment

Verathon : 04 February, 2008  (New Product)
Verathon, the maker of GlideScope Video Laryngoscopes, is offering EMS professionals a new free Grant Writing Kit that contains helpful information to seek out available grant money, and tips to successfully apply for US government grants and, private funding, in order to purchase EMS-related equipment and supplies.
“We're pleased to offer this new grant writing kit to the EMS community,' stated Gerald McMorrow, CEO, and founder of Verathon. 'With improved medical equipment and related funds both available, this kit is designed to offer EMS health care providers the needed 'bridge' to match these two resources.'

'EMS personnel deserve the best tools available to do their jobs. Successful grant writing can help them get the equipment and supplies they need.'

Data indicate that improved airway instruments remain an essential equipment segment for EMS facilities. Endotracheal intubation carries a higher risk of improper tube placement when performed in an out-of-hospital setting. Clinical studies report that in emergency out-of-hospital intubations, up to 25 percent of endotracheal tubes (ETT) are misplaced, with 66 percent of misplaced tubes being inserted into the oesophagus.

Out-of-hospital intubations also carry a greater risk of complications. In a study of patients with severe head injuries undergoing endotracheal intubation, the odds of death were approximately four times greater for patients intubated outside the hospital.

With this data in mind, Verathon designed the GlideScope Ranger video laryngoscope specifically to assist in challenging pre-hospital endotracheal intubations.

The GlideScope Ranger was developed to meet the needs of military physicians and paramedics who work in extreme conditions and regularly treat patients with severe trauma. The Ranger provides a clear picture of the larynx and vocal cords on a display monitor, enabling visual control of the endotracheal tube in its trajectory toward the airway. The system facilitates fast, accurate ETT placement in difficult and routine airways, and helps prevent improper ETT placement and related complications in emergency, out-of-hospital situations.

'EMS personnel appreciate the view, the excellent intubation success rate, the ease of use, the portability and ruggedness of the Ranger,' said Dr John Pacey, inventor of the GlideScope and president of Verathon Medical Canada.
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