An Unscripted Quest to Honduras

The Humanitarian Culture of PerSys Medical: An Unscripted Quest to Honduras

PerSys Medical’s Josh Nowitz embarks on a personal humanitarian mission outfitting the island of Roatán, Honduras with cutting edge medical devices.

Shipwrecks, ancient Mayan ruins, crystal clear waters, lush tropical habitats and exotic sea turtles are just a few of the reasons Josh Nowitz initially visited the island destination of Roatán, Honduras. Josh, a master scuba diver trainer, immediately fell in love with the island of Rotatán. The largest of the bay islands off the coast of Honduras, Roatán is an ecological delight for adventure enthusiasts. Josh was so enchanted by Rotatán’s natural beauty that he has made it an annual destination ever since.

While Honduras has come into its own as a top-rated tourist destination, it is still very much a third-world environment as the country’s tourism industry expands. Learning more about the needs of Roatán from a local’s perspective due to his frequent visits, Josh realized there was short supply of many modern medical supplies we take for granted in the United States. Josh was in a unique position to acquire medical resources as an EMS Sales Manager for PerSys Medical. As a former deputy sheriff and medic, Josh has first-hand knowledge on how the proper medical equipment can mean the difference between saving a life and unnecessary tragedy.

“If you are in a position to help somewhere or someone, I hope you do; I just happened to be in a position where I knew of a need and had the contacts in the industry to help,” stated Josh the EMS Sales Manager at PerSys Medical.

Recognizing a need at the local community hospital and the Roatán Fire Department, Josh took the initiative to collect donated medical supplies from his colleagues within the medical device industry. On April 14, 2012 armed with devices such as the Bone Injection Gun™, the Emergency Medical Bandage®, and many other life-saving devices, Josh set his sights once again on Rotatán with life-saving medical tools for Roatán’s first responders.

Donations came from various industry leaders such as PerSys Medical, Hartwell Medical, LMA North America, Thomas EMS, SAM Medical Products, and Ecolab. Each company has a specialty within the medical supply industry, and each company was more than willing to donate supplies for Josh’s passionate cause.

The donated inventory of supplies:

PerSys Medical

•Bone Injection Gun™, an intraosseous (IO) device that can be used in an emergency when intravenous (IV) access is not possible.
•Emergency Bandages®, a specialized all-in-one sterilized compression bandage that has the ability to apply pressure and secure wounds.
•Pocket BVMs™, a respirator that folds up into a carrying case that fits into most first aid kits.
Ed Doerr at Hartwell Medical
•Two full sets of Laryngoscope blades including pediatric blades, used to aid in tracheal intubations.
Michelle Suarez at LMA North America
•Airway devices for adults and children.

Brandon Hodges at Thomas EMS

•Thomas Backraft™ devices, specialized cushions for use with backboards.
Adrian Polliack and Mark Smith at SAM Medical Products
•The SAM® Splint, a malleable strip that can be formed to immobilize a wide variety of orthopedic fractures and sprains.
•The SAM® Pelvic Sling II, used to immobilize pelvic fractures.
•The SAM® Chest Seal, for treatment of penetrating chest wounds.
Annette Donaldson at Ecolab
•CPR shield kits.
•SALT Airways, a resuscitation emergency device.

PerSys Medical supplies militaries, law enforcement agencies, fire departments, hospitals, and search and rescue facilities with life-saving medical innovations. The products that PerSys brings into the medical market have become the standard worldwide. PerSys also offers a Training Center onsite at their Houston, TX location for American Heart Association sanctioned classes and specialized tactical first aid courses.

Press Release
Houston, TX (PRWEB) June 03, 2012

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