From the CEO

Posted by:
John Bovia, Sr., EMT-P
CEO, Life Support Services, Inc.

I decided to start Life Support Services, Inc. (LSS) in 1983 after myself and a few close colleagues (all of whom had been advanced instructors for a number of years) decided there had to be a better way to provide training. At that time, the general expectation was that a significant portion of your participants would fail the course. The success of the program was based on the number of participants you failed.

That just seemed completely backward to us. In 1983 with the backing of a strong willed medical director, Life Support Services, Inc’s programs became about what would makes a difference to the patient suffering from a medical emergency, not how many students would fail the program. From that moment on Life Support Services’ mission has been to customize courses to meet all client learning need and wants.

Whether it be minimizing time spent on airway maintenance when working with anesthesia providers or teaching dentist to run a code with an AED and no vascular access. In every case the AHA core curriculum is covered, however, the practical side is covered from the perspective of the limitations of what the client has. Unfortunately all codes don’t occur in a fully equipped emergency room with unlimited resources. Therefore it is our goal to bring advanced resuscitation to all healthcare providers and work with them to adapt the protocols to the staff and equipment they have available.


Posted by:
Richard Mason, EMT-P
President, Life Support Services, Inc.

As many of you are aware simulation manikins allow the participant to experience a more lifelike experience during their mock code. Simulation allows you to run a real time code or emergency situation. The instructor is able to monitor the efficacy of interventions such as CPR and rescue ventilation on the computer screen and provide immediate feedback to the participant. Participants are able to check blood pressures, check pulses, listen to heart sounds, listen to breath sounds (which depending on the situation may sound normal or may be abnormal [wheezing, crackles, etc]), you are able to start IV’s, intubate, perform emergent invasive airway procedures if warranted, etc.

Probably the most important element of a simulation manikin is its versatility. It can be used in an ambulatory care setting which rarely sees medical emergencies where the only advanced equipment is and AED and resuscitation bag to the ICU setting that sees medical emergencies on a regular basis and has all state of art resuscitation equipment and everything in between.

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