Entries by Don Bessette

EMS Corner: Diabetic Emergencies

What Is the Difference Between Insulin Shock vs. Diabetic Coma? Diabetic emergencies are common calls for first aid providers and industrial response teams.  Although the symptoms may seem similar, there are vastly different reasons for various diabetic conditions. Insulin Reaction (or Insulin Shock) is a condition that occurs when there is TOO MUCH INSULIN in […]

Mixing and Matching Fall Protection: Can I do that?

Can I mix Fall Protection Equipment from different manufacturers? Although many published documents from manufacturers contain statements such as “Brand X harnesses are designed for use with Brand X components.  Substitution or replacement with non-approved components combinations or subsystems or both may affect or interfere with the safe function of each other and endanger the […]

EMS Corner: CPR Training and Re Training

Following training in CPR, how long is the ability to perform effective CPR retained? Although skill retention from any learned competency varies by individual, the Advisory Council of First Aid and Aquatics Safety and Preparedness (ACFASP) conducted a scientific review in 2009 of 40 different studies on CPR skill retention. Based on their review of […]

Compliance Corner: Fixed Ladders

Am I required to inspect Fixed Ladders in my facility? YES. Though many employers are not aware of the requirement for fixed ladder inspections, OSHA 29CFR1910.27, Fixed Ladders, states in paragraph (f) “All ladders shall be maintained in a safe condition. All ladders shall be inspected regularly, with the intervals between inspections being determined by […]

SCS Welcomes Rescue 6 to the Syracuse Fleet

SCS recently welcomed Rescue 6 to our Syracuse based fleet of support vehicles. Rescue 6 is a 2016 Ford Transit 250 van capable of supporting a variety of rescue operations with a crew of two. Complete with storage areas for rope, rigging, EMS equipment, tools and a work station, Rescue 6 was custom designed to […]