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High-Tech Video Game to Train BOSTON EMS
EMS in Disaster Response ADDS AED Alert
The George Washington University’s “The game allows the player to review Hoping to better utilize
National EMS Preparedness Initiative and evaluate themselves and gauge deﬁbrillators around the city,
(NEMSPI) has produced a high-tech areas that require more skill training.” Boston EMS has added an
“AED Alert” feature that tells
video game-based learning tool to EMS subject-matter experts helped
9-1-1 call-takers receiving
train ﬁrst responders and EMS provid- NEMSPI develop the game, which can
cardiac arrest calls if there is
ers through simulations of 16 national be downloaded at http://zerohour.nem an AED in the building where
planning scenarios developed by the spi.org. The site has a free demo. the call’s originating.
Department of Homeland Security. Proponents say virtual gaming like The AED database was de-
Zero Hour: America’s Medic poses Zero Hour can represent a great ad- veloped through the depart-
the challenges responders would face vance in the way ﬁrst responders are ment’s public-access deﬁ-
during actual disasters such as earth- trained. Rather than running large, ex- brillation training efforts, and
even notes multiple AEDs in
quakes and chemical, biological and pensive live-action exercises, jurisdic-
the same building. The sys-
explosive incidents. This lets them tions can conduct virtual disaster drills tem went live in April.
practice skills such as triage manage- as multiplayer games, using the same
ment and operational management in software repeatedly.
real time. Players can earn CE credits “We believe it truly is a new day in
• Robert Allen France, 45, a
by playing the game. training, skills development and prac- ﬁreﬁghter/EMT with Stateline Vol.
“This is a ﬁrst-of-its-kind training tice,” Lord said. “By creating a realistic Fire Department in Mississippi,
tool,” said Gregg Lord, associate di- and medically accurate environment, was killed in March while return-
rector and senior policy analyst with it enables ﬁrst responders to learn and ing from a training class when his
GWU’s Ofﬁce of Homeland Security. exercise their skills.” motorcycle struck a deer.
PRODUCT NEWS IN BRIEF NEWS IN BRIEF
Physio-Control announced FDA
Final FY09 preparedness grant allocations from FEMA included $48.6
clearance to market its LIFEPAK
million for interoperable emergency communications and $33 million for
15 monitor/deﬁbrillator in the
emergency operations centers … ZOLL announced a voluntary ﬁeld cor-
U.S. … Philips announced tech-
rective action on certain AED Plus automated external deﬁbrillators; see
nology upgrades to its HeartStart