I recently read a story at PNN.com about an ambulance service using a thermal imaging system to watch for wildlife out on or near the road. Now, this EMS service does have long 2 hour plus transport times in sparsely populated areas and animal impact is a factor. At a cost of more that $4000.00, should the money have been spent elsewhere than this safety feature? Attached is a photo.

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asysin2leads said:
No, I'm sure the patient's or taxpayers who ultimately foot the bill will appreciate being able to see if Bambi is in heat or not during their transport.

I think they are more interested if bambi will end up impaled into the radiator at 80mph.
Actually I like that idea and will present it to our Corp.
we have wrecked 3 units hitting deer this year! Gonna tell my boss about this
Deer are deflatable rodents compared to a moose - ever seen one? My family travelled to New Foundland this summer and we saw 48. In fact I ended up running an offduty call on the HWY moments after a small sedan hit one at 100kph (sorry - 60mph). Carnage. I'm not sure if moose were the reason for the service in question but it came to mind when I read the same PNN blurb. Having said all this I tend to agree we get too tech focussed. Recently I had occasion to work with a bright young lad <2yrs BLS. We just came into the base when we got called out for a medical call. Arrived pt res when we opened back door our LP12 was no where to be found. The newbie was all but freaking. I laughed and said "I guess we'll have to use our skills."
Here is the link to the news article...I wasn't sure if I was permitted to post articles from other sources when I first posted this message.

http://paramedic-network-news.com/index.php?s=kelvington

The thermal imager came from www.mobilesafety.net
It's a good idea, but a little too pricy for some agencies.
Being in a rural setting myself it seems that it would be a good idea as long as the budget allows. The only thing that bothers me is if the driver is paying attention to the screen, who is paying attention to the road?
Heidi said:
Being in a rural setting myself it seems that it would be a good idea as long as the budget allows. The only thing that bothers me is if the driver is paying attention to the screen, who is paying attention to the road?

According to the website, the driver is supposed to use the screen as a reference point, checking it periodically as one would the guages.
It might be worth considering. In the past 18 months I've hit two deer running code in an ambulance. In both instances our truck was shut down. And each instance resulted in over $10,000 worth of damage to each unit. We've had two other units hit deer as well in the past two years, they weren't quite as expensive; $4 -5,000K each.

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