4/16/13
SafetyPAD endures with Boston EMS at 2012 Marathon

Minneapolis, Minn. – April 16, 2013 – The system deployed by SafetyPAD at the Boston Marathon was not a Mass Casualty device; it was part of Boston EMS's existing electronic patient care reporting system that has been in place since 2004. The new Android based platform was designed for a lightweight device intended for use by bike and gator teams to respond and document patients in need of aid by Boston EMS first responders along the marathon route.

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OPEN Incorporated, makers of the SafetyPAD® suite of technology products for Emergency Medical Services, announced on April 4, 2013 that their “First Response” platform will be deployed at the April 15 Boston Marathon.

Boston Emergency Medical Services’ bike and mobile gator teams will use this Google Android-based software program along the race route to quickly respond to emergencies and document patient information in real-time.

“First Response is affordable and easy to use platform designed to be used on Fire & EMS first responder units such as Engine companies, EMS Buggies, Bike Teams and other support units that may encounter a patient, particularly in a large scale event like the annual Boston Marathon,” said Scott Streicher, Director of Operations for SafetyPAD. “We are happy to be a part of enhancing the response capabilities of Boston EMS and the current SafetyPAD platform that has been in place for some time now.”

First Response allows for application accessibility on an off-the-shelf, lightweight Android mobile device and gives EMS personnel the ability to carry into crowds and quickly assess and document a patient upon arrival. This empowers the teams to quickly diagnose a patient’s condition, make quick transport decisions and is designed to immediately send critical patient data in real-time to transport units before they arrive on scene. Boston EMS will strategically place its personnel and devices with the First Response using Nexus 7 devices along the race routes as they have done in years past and at the finish line to aid runners displaying signs of heat stroke, heat exhaustion, cardiac arrest as well as other medical ailments.

This system was made available to Boston EMS at no cost to the taxpayer as they were able to secure grant funds to significantly enhance patient care through technology upgrades which included the First Response platform.

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  • 9-1-1 Magazine - 3/12
    “We’re very happy with the entire SafetyPAD operating system,” said Cincinnati Fire Department District Chief Alan Sedam.
  • FireEngineering.com - 3/12
    OPEN created several custom features for the SafetyPAD Mobile product through feedback from the Department.
  • The Cincinnati Herald- 3/12
    OPEN Incorporated announces that the Cincinnati Fire Department has deployed its system agency-wide.