#AtoZchallenge: History of Paramedicine – B is for Bio-Phones

Only 2 letters into to challenge and already I run in into problems.  Yesterday was a busy day between a 2 hour meeting (with a quick stop at a store before hand and a couple stops afterwards.   Then, in the evening, we had a meeting at my son’s school…  Ohh yeah, and today wasn’t much better – schedulewise. But that wasn’t the main thing that got in my way…  It was the excruciating pain in my elbow (as well as some in the shoulder on that same side).  Even today I am dealing with pain in the elbow, thought not as bad.

Those who know me, know that one of my biggest interests is stuff related to Fire/EMS… Last year my theme was “Fire/EMS Safety Messages“. This year I’ve decided to do “History of Paramedicine“.
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AtoZ - BB is for Bio-Phone or is it Bio Phone or BioPhone??

A form of the biophone dates back to early 1900’s but this was more of a phonograph looking thing to me.

Source Credit to: http://edisontinfoil.com (click on picture to see original article)
Source Credit to: http://edisontinfoil.com
(click on picture to see original article)

… And I’m referring to the BioPhone used in the medical field…

We all (well most all anyway) recall seeing John Gage and Roy DeSoto talking to the doctors of Rampart General via the BioPhone.

I’m really not sure when the first “medical field” biophones were invented.   Try as I migh I couldn’t seem to find that piece of information.  I did find that they were at their peak of usage in the 1970’s (when Paramedicine was in it’s infancy) and 1980’s.  BioCom and Motorola were the 2 big names in the world of BioPhones – BioCom producing the BioPhone and Motorola producing Apcor.

1950’s:

Source Credit:  EMS Museum
Source Credit: EMS Museum

The Motorla “Handie Talkie”  Used in the 1950’s was often referred to as a radio-fone.

 

 

 

 

 

1960’s – early 1970’s:

Source Credit:  EMS Museum
Source Credit: EMS Museum

 

The Motorola Model # SP5834321 was the first official “EMS Telemetery radio” most likely dating back to the 1960’s

This is very much like the one used by Gage and DeSoto in the show Emergency!

 

 

 

1980’s:

 

1980 biophone 2

“Biophone Orange Box”

UHF voice/EKG telemetry radio with pre-programmed Med-Channels 1-12 and a variable tone which was made in the 1980’s. This is a decendent of the old BioCom phone seen on the television show Emergency!

1990’s:
Source Credit:  EMS Museum
Source Credit: EMS Museum

 

 

 

 

 

So what’s happened to the BioPhones??  Now a days most Most of the stuff that would have been done via BioPhone is done via Smart Phones, Pads, and onboard computers/laptops.   The need for the BioPhone seems to have diminished.  The need for proper communication between EMT/Paramedic and hospital…. That’s another story.

For a great resource on the History of Paramedicine, check out the National EMS Museum

Resources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biophone

http://bemetweb.blogspot.com/2009/02/biophone-3502.html

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