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Melbourne Fire Department Acquires New Technology to Save Children

Post Date:05/10/2017 3:42 PM

Firefighter/Paramedic Branden Phillips inspects the new Handtevy System.
Firefighter/Paramedic Branden Phillips inspects the new Handtevy System.


The City of Melbourne Fire Department recently outfitted 10 advanced life support units with the Handtevy Pediatric Dosing System from South-Florida-based company, Pediatric Emergency Standards (PES).
Recognizing that time is of the essence when treating a critically ill or injured child, the Melbourne Fire Department has acquired specialized advanced life support units to provide accurate and timely  medication dosing to pediatric patients. The Handtevy System allows first responders to treat any pediatric emergency on scene without first needing to perform lengthy mathematical calculations.
Traditionally, first responders have been required to use complicated mathematical equations to determine medication dosing for pediatric patients in emergency situations, increasing the chance of dosing errors and taking critical time in a scenario that requires swift and accurate dosing for optimal outcomes.
“Pediatric emergencies require us to navigate a wealth of complicated information to ensure our pediatric patients are receiving proper dosing of life-saving medications, and we take that very seriously,” said Tom Pownall, the Melbourne Fire Department’s Division Chief of Emergency Medical Services (EMS). “The Handtevy System does the work for us and allows us to be laser-focused on our most important responsibility during crucial times — our pediatric patients.”
The Melbourne Fire Department acquired the Handtevy System in February and has completed training for 134 shift personnel in how to effectively use it in pediatric emergencies. All 10 advanced life support units are now equipped with the new system.
The Melbourne Fire Department operates seven basic life support units and 10 advanced life support units from eight stations utilizing 134 medically certified firefighters. Of the 139 shift personnel, 45 are Emergency Medical Technicians and 94 are Paramedics. The Department responds to approximately 17,000 incidents per year. Requests for emergency medical services account for about 84% of the total call volume.
For more information, contact Tom Pownall, Division Chief of EMS at or (321) 608-6000.


Handtevy Pediatric Dosing System
Handtevy Pediatric Dosing System

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