Likely Tornado Hits Sioux Falls
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Severe weather, including a probable tornado, struck South Dakota's largest city, leaving a trail of damaged buildings, downed power lines, fallen trees and some reports of injuries, officials said Wednesday. Fire Chief Brad Goodroad said at an early morning news conference that at least 37 structures collapsed in Sioux Falls or have structural issues after the storm rolled through the city in the eastern part of the state just before midnight Tuesday. There were no reports of deaths. Sioux Falls, with an estimated population of 187,200, is about 240 miles (386.kilometers) southwest of Minnea...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - September 11, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News AP News Tag Source Type: news

‘Rescue of a Lifetime’ in Georgia
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Four crew members trapped in the bowels of an overturned cargo ship waited for nearly 36 hours in pitch darkness and oven-like heat, perched on pipes and railings above deep water before they were pulled to safety, rescue coordinators said Tuesday. The South Korean sailors emerged Monday from a hole drilled through the steel-plated hull of the Golden Ray, which flipped onto its side along the Georgia coast. Three of them were found in the engine room after making tapping sounds all night to show they were alive, and to help rescuers pinpoint their location inside the massive vessel. The fourth ha...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - September 11, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: International Major Incidents News AP News Tag Source Type: news

2019 Commemoration Ceremony for 18th Anniversary of 9/11 Attacks
Photo by Jin S. Lee, 9/11 Memorial The world will pause on reflect Wednesday, the 18th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001.   On Wed., Sept. 11, 2019, the 9/11 Memorial & Museum will lead the world in commemorating the 18th anniversary of the horrific attacks of 9/11. Marking this important anniversary, the 9/11 Memorial & Museum will host the annual commemoration ceremony to honor the 2,983 men, women and children killed in the attacks at the World Trade Center site, the Pentagon, aboard Flight 93 and in the 1993 WTC bombing. The ceremony will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, beginning at 8:40 a.m. EST, at ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - September 10, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Source Type: news

For 9/11 Families, Mixed Views on Trump-Taliban Talks
Norma Molina, of San Antonio, Texas, leaves flowers by the names of firefighters from Engine 33 at the September 11 Memorial, Monday, Sept. 9, 2019, in New York. Her boyfriend Robert Edward Evans, a member of Engine 33, was killed in the north tower of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) NEW YORK (AP) — If President Donald Trump's now-canceled plan for secret talks with Afghanistan's Taliban insurgents on U.S. soil was stunning, the date chosen was perhaps even more so: days before the anniversary of 9/11, the reason for the war they were going to talk about ending. Sept. 11 victims' re...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - September 10, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Fuel Mix-Up at Virginia Fire, EMS Leaves Service Scrambling
Facebook/Prince George County Fire and EMS Fire trucks and ambulances at Prince George Fire and EMS in Virginia needed to be drained after the wrong type of fuel was put in their tanks. PRINCE GEORGE, Va. – A fuel mix-up at Prince George Fire and EMS made fire and EMS vehicles not drivable for the day, according to reports. The Progress-Index reports it happened Monday when the company contracted to fuel up the vehicles inadvertently put diesel fuel into gasoline tanks and gasoline into diesel tanks. The county was left scrambling to get units back into service, according to the report. By the end of the da...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - September 10, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: News Ambulances & Vehicle Ops Operations Source Type: news

Reports: Two FDNY EMTs Beaten, Pepper Sprayed
  Watch the report from WABC-TV. NEW YORK – Two FDNY EMTs were beaten and pepper sprayed after refusing to drive two patients to another hospital, according to reports. The beating happened outside of Mount Sinai West Hospital on Tenth Ave. and W. 59th St. around 1 a.m. Wednesday, the New York Daily News reported. The suspects, 27-year-old Andre Langston and 24-year-old Avanti Rhodes, both of the Bronx, were first taken to the hospital but got into a fight with the head nurse, the newspaper reported. The two ran back to the ambulance and demanded the crew taken them to another hospital. The EMTs refused,...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - September 9, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: News Source Type: news

1 Dead, 14 Hurt by Frying Pan Blast at German Village Fest
In this Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019 photo police officers investigate a booth after an explosion at a village festival in Freudenberg, Germany. Authorities say 14 people have been injured, five of them with life-threatening burns, during an explosion at a village festival in western Germany. Police told German news agency dpa that it appears likely that oil inside a big frying pan caused the explosion at the local 'Backesfest' (bakery festival) that was attended by about 100 people. (Berthold Stamm/dpa via AP)   BERLIN (AP) — Police say one woman has died from severe burns sustained during a frying pan explosion that ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - September 9, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: International Trauma News AP News Tag Source Type: news

Purdue Pharma Says Settlement Talks in Opioid Cases Not Over
In this Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, file photo, Christine Gagnon of Southington, Conn., protests with other family and friends who have lost loved ones to OxyContin and opioid overdoses at Purdue Pharma LLP headquarters in Stamford, Conn. Gagnon lost her son Michael 13 months earlier. OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma is expected to file for bankruptcy after settlement talks over the nation’s deadly overdose crisis hit an impasse, attorneys general involved in the talks said Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, in a message to their counterparts across the country. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)   OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma and la...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - September 9, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Patient Care AP News Tag Source Type: news

UN, U.S. Coast Guard and Others Aid Stricken Bahamas
A Bahama's Army officer delivers water to the people evacuated prior boarding a ferry to Nassau at the Port in Marsh Harbor, Abaco Island, Bahamas, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019. The Bahamian health ministry said helicopters and boats are on the way to help people in affected areas, though officials warned of delays because of severe flooding and limited access. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)   ABACO, Bahamas (AP) — The hurricane death toll is rising in the Bahamas, in what its leader calls "this hour of darkness." Search and rescue teams were still trying to reach some Bahamian communities isolated by floodwater...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - September 7, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Major Incidents News AP News Tag Source Type: news

North Carolina Paramedic Loses Leg After Crash
  Paramedic Heather Haynes speaks to WGHP-TV from her hospital bed after losing part of her leg after being hit. LEXINGTON, N.C – A paramedic pinned between an ambulance and car last month lost part of her leg in the crash but is not giving up hope. "I want to keep going, because, first of all, I didn't go through paramedic school for two years for nothing, and because I have four kids looking at me," Heather Haynes said in a video message to WGHP-TV from her hospital bed. "If I give up, then it's going to teach them that you just give up no matter what. So, I'm just going to keep going, ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - September 6, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Trauma News News Videos Source Type: news

Hurricane Dorian Howling Over North Carolina's Outer Banks
A tornado touched down in the The Farm at Brunswick County in Carolina Shores, N.C. on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, damaging homes ahead of Hurricane Dorian's arrival. (Jason Lee/The Sun News via AP) WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Dorian howled over North Carolina's Outer Banks on Friday, lashing the low-lying barrier islands as a weakened Category 1 hurricane. Dorian's eye was 10 miles off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, as the storm moved northeast at 14 mph (22 kph). It's expected to remain a hurricane as it sweeps up the Eastern Seaboard Friday and Saturday, lashing the New England shore with heavy surf. Forecasters said lar...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - September 6, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News AP News Tag Source Type: news

Tennessee Sending Nurses, Emergency Staff to Help Carolinas
Tennessee Department of Health photo Tennessee sent a team of 30 people to Columbia, South Carolina in response to Hurricane Dorian. There are already 129 ambulances there from the Volunteer State.   NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The State of Tennessee is sending emergency management and medical assistance to the Carolinas to support the response to Hurricane Dorian. According to a new release, a five-person incident management team was scheduled to travel to Columbia, South Carolina, on Friday. That team will assist local and state logistics and response efforts. It includes four staff members from the Tennessee...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - September 6, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

California Warehouse Fire Trial Limps on After Hung Jury
Makeshift memorials erected to the victims of the Ghost Ship warehouse fire, photographed Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019 in Oakland, Calif. Jurors found defendant Max Harris not guilty of involuntary manslaughter and were unable to reach a verdict in the case against co-defendant Derick Almena. (AP Photo/D. Ross Cameron) OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — An emotionally taxing criminal case over the deaths of 36 people trapped inside a San Francisco Bay Area warehouse nearly three years ago will continue after a jury acquitted one defendant and deadlocked on the other. Jurors deliberated over a two-week period before they acquitted Max...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - September 6, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News AP News Tag Source Type: news

Rush, N.Y. Firefighter/EMT Hurt by Combative Victims
Watch the report on WHEC-TV   RUSH, N.Y. – A firefighter/EMT suffered minor injuries Wednesday morning when treating two people possibly on drugs after they became combative after a crash, authorities said. New York State Troopers and EMS arrived on Route 390 Northbound around 7:30 a.m. in Rush, a suburb of Rochester, on a report of a disabled car against the guardrail. Officials found a male and a female passed out in the car, according to a Facebook post from the Rush Volunteer Fire Department. Advanced Life Support was requested to wake up the two. The fire department said the two people, who were not identif...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - September 5, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: News Patient Care Source Type: news

Dorian, Back to a Category 3 Hurricane, Creeps Up U.S. Coast
US Army National Guard Pvt. Christopher Zambuto, left, and Specialist Jermaris Hamilton assemble cots in a shelter for Hurricane Dorian evacuees inside the old Sears location at Northgate Mall, on Wednesday, Sep. 4, 2019, in Durham, NC. (Casey Toth/The News & Observer via AP)   CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Hurricane Dorian , back to a Category 3 storm, began raking the Southeast U.S. seaboard early Thursday and left tens of thousands without power as it threatened to inundate low-lying coasts from Georgia to Virginia with a life-threatening storm surge after its deadly mauling of the Bahamas. Dorian squ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - September 5, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News AP News Tag Source Type: news

Michigan to Become 1st State to Ban Flavored E-Cigarettes
In this March 18, 2019, file photo, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer listens to Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., in Clawson, Mich. Whitmer is moving to make Michigan the first state to ban flavored e-cigarettes. The Democrat announced Wednesday, Sept. 4 that she ordered the state health department to issue emergency rules. They will prohibit the sale and misleading marketing of flavored nicotine vaping products. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)   LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer moved Wednesday to make her state the first to ban flavored electronic cigarettes, accu...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - September 5, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News AP News Tag Source Type: news

Oregon Death is 2nd Linked to Vaping, 1st Tied to Pot Shop
In this Aug. 28, 2019, file photo, a man exhales while smoking an e-cigarette in Portland, Maine. Oregon's public health physician said Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, that a person who contracted a severe respiratory illness and died after using an e-cigarette had purchased a vaping device containing marijuana oil at a state-legal dispensary. The death is the second linked by public health officials nationwide to vaping and the first linked to an e-cigarette purchased at a dispensary. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)   PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Public health officials in Oregon said Wednesday that a person who recently ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - September 5, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News AP News Tag Source Type: news

Austin-Travis County EMS Union in Texas Wants 'Medic in Distress' Code
Facebook / Austin-Travis County EMS The union for Austin-Travis County EMS wants a "medic in distress" code to quickly call police to a dangerous situation. This comes after a medic was reportedly attacked recently.   AUSTIN, Texas – After a medic was reportedly attacked, the Austin-Travis County EMS union is calling for a “medic in distress” code for police to arrive sooner. That call was made yesterday at the Austin’s Public Safety Commission meeting by Selena Xie, the group’s union president. Xie said the most recent attack happened a few weeks ago when a patient took of...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - September 5, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Jeff Frankel, JEMS Managing Editor Tags: News Communications & Dispatch Source Type: news

Officials Vow to Find Cause of Fatal Dive Boat Fire
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Officials vowed to find what sparked the inferno aboard the dive boat Conception that killed 34 people in waters off Southern California but vital evidence may have gone down with the ship or drifted out to sea. The main piece of evidence, the charred remains of the boat, rests on the sea floor in 60 feet (18 meters) of water. Other items that could provide valuable clues could have been carried away by the tides or destroyed in the fire that burned so hot DNA was needed to identify the dead. "All of that will be a very large hurdle to overcome," said George Zeitler, a former Coast Guard ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - September 4, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News AP News Tag Source Type: news

Rescues in the Bahamas as Hurricane Dorian Moves Toward U.S. Coast
FREEPORT, Bahamas (AP) — Bahamians rescued victims of Hurricane Dorian with jet skis and a bulldozer as the U.S. Coast Guard, Britain's Royal Navy and a handful of aid groups tried to get food and medicine to survivors and take the most desperate people to safety. Airports were flooded and roads impassable after the most powerful storm to hit the Bahamas in recorded history parked over Abaco and Grand Bahama islands, pounding them with winds up to 185 mph (295 kph) and torrential rain before finally moving into open waters Tuesday on a course toward Florida. People on the U.S. coast made final preparations for a stor...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - September 4, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: International Major Incidents News AP News Tag Source Type: news

Hurricane Evacuation of Nursing Home Residents Still an Unsolved Challenge
(THE CONVERSATION) Hurricane Dorian is bearing down on Florida, and Floridians young and old are preparing for the worst. And, others could follow Dorian, as the historical peak of the Atlantic season is approaching. While these storms can be terrifying, when a bad one is on the way, people usually have time to prepare. One key decision is choosing whether to flee to a safe location or ride out the storm in our homes. For frail, older people these often are life-and-death decisions. On Aug. 26, three nurses and a nursing home administrator were criminally charged in the heat-related deaths of 12 people in a Hollywood Hills...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - September 4, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News AP News Tag Operations Source Type: news

Five Killed in New Zealand Tour Bus Crash
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A tour bus carrying Chinese tourists flipped in rainy weather near a New Zealand tourist town Wednesday morning, killing five Chinese nationals and seriously injuring two others, police said. Police Inspector Brent Crowe told media that the medium-sized tour bus was carrying 27 people and was about 20 minutes north of Rotorua at just after 11 a.m. when it failed to negotiate a bend on a highway. He said the bus drifted onto the wrong side of the road and as the driver tried to correct it flipped onto the driver's side. He said no other vehicles were involved in the crash but the weather...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - September 4, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: International News Mass Casualty Incidents AP News Tag Source Type: news

Paramedic, EMT Caught in St. Louis Shootout
Screen shot of KMOV report ST. LOUIS – A paramedic and an EMT were caught in the crossfire of two people firing gunshots at each other, according to reports. KMOV-TV reports it happened around 7:45 p.m. as the EMS crew was treating a patient in an unrelated case. At least 30 shots were fired, but none of the bullets hit anyone or the ambulance. Both the paramedic and the EMT were forced to dive for cover inside the rig. "When you hear gunfire outside of a medic unit or even outside your vehicle and you're trapped, what you're thinking is okay is a bullet gonna pierce the medic unit? That's what they were concern...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - September 3, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: News Ambulances & Vehicle Ops Operations Source Type: news

Hurricane Dorian Pauses Over the Bahamas
FREEPORT, Bahamas (AP) — Practically parking itself over the Bahamas for a day and a half, Hurricane Dorian pounded away at the islands Tuesday in a catastrophic onslaught that sent floodwaters up to the second floors of buildings, trapped people in attics and chased others from one shelter to another. At least five deaths were reported. "We are in the midst of a historic tragedy," Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said. "The devastation is unprecedented and extensive." The storm's relentless winds and rain battered homes and businesses on the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama, which have a combined po...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - September 3, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Major Incidents News AP News Tag Source Type: news

At Least 25 Dead in California Boat Fire
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — At least 25 people were confirmed dead and nine others still missing after a tragic boat fire early Monday near an island off the Southern California coast. The dive-boat Conception, far out to sea in the middle of the night, became fully engulfed in flames as 30 passengers on a recreational scuba diving trip slept below deck. "You couldn't ask for a worse situation," Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said at a Monday news conference. Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Kroll says at least 25 people on a recreational scuba-diving trip died and the search will continue through th...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - September 3, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News AP News Tag Source Type: news

One Dead, Eight Sick in San Jose HazMat Incident
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say one woman has died and eight people have been sickened in a hazmat incident Saturday at a Northern California hotel. KTVU reports Saturday that guests of the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose reported smelling a chemical odor — similar to a rotten egg —and feeling faint, light-headed and short of breath. San Jose police Officer Gina Tepoorten says authorities are investigating the death as a suicide. Tepoorten said in an email the hazmat incident is related to the woman's suicide. San Jose Fire Department Capt. Mitch Matlow says the eight people sickened are believed to be...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - September 3, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Major Incidents News AP News Tag Source Type: news

Nine Killed in Medical Evacuation Plane Crash in Philippines
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — All nine people on board a small medical evacuation plane were killed Sunday when the aircraft crashed into a resort area south of the Philippine capital and exploded in flames, officials said. The light plane crashed into a resort compound in Pansol village in Laguna province near the foothills of Mount Makiling. Police and rescuers retrieved nine bodies from the wreckage, police said. Two people on the ground were injured and brought to a hospital. Eric Apolonio, a spokesman of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, said the light plane was on a medical evacuation flight from so...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - September 3, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: International News AP News Tag Source Type: news

Three Firefighters Killed in Plant Fire in India
NEW DELHI (AP) — An explosion triggered a fire Tuesday at a state-run oil and gas processing plant in western India, killing four people, officials said. Police officer V. Damgude said the four dead were three firefighters and one plant executive. Press Trust of India news agency said another three firefighters were injured and hospitalized. The Oil and Natural Gas Corporation, which runs the plant, said on Twitter that the fire started in the stormwater drainage in the plant and was doused within two hours. More than 20 fire engines rushed to the scene in Navi Mumbai township near India's financial capital of Mumbai...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - September 3, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: International News AP News Tag Source Type: news

Five Dead, 21 Injured in Texas Shooting
ODESSA, Texas (AP) — Authorities said Saturday that a gunman killed five people during a mass shooting in the West Texas cities of Odessa and Midland that left many more injured. At least three law enforcement officers were among those shot. Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke said that there were at least 21 injured by gunfire. He described the suspected shooter as a white male in his 30s. The suspect was shot and killed at the Cinergy movie theater in Odessa, Gerke said. The shooting set off a chaotic afternoon in which police reported that a suspect hijacked a U.S. Postal Service vehicle and began firing at random i...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - September 1, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Terrorism & Active Shooter Mass Casualty Incidents AP News Tag Source Type: news

Florida Waits: Hurricane Dorian is Looking Increasingly Dire
James Wolfe, 72, left, and Elaine Wolfe, 65, install shutters on their home in Vero Beach, Fla, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Dorian could hit the Florida coast over the weekend as a major hurricane. (AP Photo/Ellis Rua)   MIAMI (AP) — Unsure of where Hurricane Dorian might strike, Florida residents watched the increasingly dire forecast with a sense of helplessness Friday and braced for what could be the most powerful storm to hit the state's east coast in nearly 30 years. President Donald Trump — whose Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach was in the crosshairs — warned...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 30, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News AP News Tag Source Type: news

Florida EMS Crew Invites TV Station for Ride-Along
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Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 30, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: News Patient Care Source Type: news

Feds: Drug Ring Had Enough Cheap Fentanyl to Kill 14 Million
G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney, center, speaks during a press conference inside the United States Attorney's Office in Norfolk, Va., Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019. Law enforcement officials in Virginia say they've busted a multi-state drug ring and seized enough cheap fentanyl to kill 14 million people. The bust was announced Thursday in Norfolk by Terwilliger, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. (L. Todd Spencer/The Virginian-Pilot via AP)   NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Law enforcement officials in Virginia said Thursday that they've taken down a multi-state drug ring and seized enough cheap fentany...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 30, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Source Type: news

AP Source: OxyContin Maker Seeks to Resolve All Lawsuits
This Feb. 19, 2013 file photo shows OxyContin pills arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt. State attorneys general and lawyers representing local governments said Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, they are in active negotiations with Purdue Pharma, maker of the prescription painkiller OxyContin, as they attempt to reach a landmark settlement over the nation's opioid crisis. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)   COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A settlement being pursued by the maker of OxyContin aims to resolve all claims against the company filed in both state and federal courts and provides a formula for dividing a pot of ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 29, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News AP News Tag Source Type: news

EMTs, Teddy Bears Ride Along Together in Denver
  CBS Denver video DENVER – In this city, teddy bears ride along with the EMS crew. The furry friends are part of the Teddy Bear Patrol, an initiative used to comfort kids traumatized during an emergency. KOSI 101.1 is partnering with Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children and CBS4 Denver to collect new stuffed animals. They will be given to local first responders to help children in a time of need. (Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News)
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 29, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: News Patient Care Patient Care Videos Source Type: news

Eating Habits of EMS Workers to be Studied
Photo courtesy National Highway Traffic Safety Administration A new study at the University of Buffalo will look into the eating habits of EMS workers.   As former emergency medical services (EMS) workers, Dave Hostler and Brian Clemency know how challenging it can be to maintain a healthy lifestyle while working long shifts at odd hours. That’s why the UB researchers proposed a study aimed at understanding the nutrition practices of EMS workers. Their proposal was one of three selected for $5,000 in pilot funding by the National Association of EMS Physicians and the Emergency Medicine Foundation, two natio...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 29, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Operations News Source Type: news

Deaths by Red Light Runners at 10-Year High
DETROIT (AP) — The number of people killed by drivers running red lights has hit a 10-year high, and AAA is urging drivers and pedestrians to use caution at traffic signals. In 2017, the latest figures available, 939 people were killed by vehicles blowing through red lights, according to a AAA study of government crash data. It's the highest death toll since 2008 and 28% higher than in 2012. AAA says two people are killed every day in the U.S. by drivers who don't stop for the signals. "Drivers who decide to run a red light when they could have stopped safely are making a reckless choice that puts other road use...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 29, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News AP News Tag Source Type: news

Hurricane Dorian Heads for Florida
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Hurricane Dorian moved out over open waters early Thursday after doing limited damage in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, though forecasters warned it was gaining strength and probably would grow into a dangerous storm while heading toward the northern Bahamas and Florida's east coast. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Dorian was expected to strengthen into a dangerous Category 3 hurricane as it stayed well to the east of the southeastern and central Bahamas over the next two days. The forecast called for the storm to pass near or over the northern Bahamas on Saturday and close i...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 29, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News AP News Tag Source Type: news

Paramedics Sounding the Alarm About Stolen Street Signs in Alabama
A pile of stolen street signs found recently in the community of Kansas, Alabama. Screenshot from ABC 33/40 JASPER, Ala. – Stolen street signs are reportedly causing concern for paramedics in Walker County, who say the missing signs can mean the difference of life and death. "We actually had a call last week in one of our local communities," Regional Paramedical Services Operations Manager Kayla Thomas told ABC 33/40. "Delayed our response time by about five to seven minutes in getting to a very important call due to being unable to locate the address." Stealing street signs has long been a prank ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 28, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: News Resiliency Source Type: news

NHTSA Office of EMS Marks International Overdose Awareness Day with New Resources
Photo U.S. Food and Drug Administration A file photo of various opioid cessation products. This August 31, communities around the world will recognize International Overdose Awareness Day, an especially meaningful event as our nation continues to fight an epidemic of deaths from opioids and other substances. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Office of EMS joins in observing this day and acknowledging the important role that EMS clinicians and systems can have in preventing and mitigating the effects of substance use. EMS and the Opioid Crisis The opioid epidemic impacts EMS across the nation every da...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 28, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Patient Care Press Releases Source Type: news

Jury Convicts Ex-Ambulance Treasurer of Theft, Insurance Fraud
Police Photos Ruth "Roxy" Rookstool, left, and Brian Eckert   A Bucks County, Pennsylvania jury has found a former Morrisville Ambulance Squad treasurer and operations supervisor guilty of stealing more than $100,000 from the squad and conspiring to commit insurance fraud. Ruth "Roxy" Rookstool, 59, of Morrisville, left a courtroom in handcuffs Tuesday in the custody of the Bucks County Sheriff’s Office after, in light of the guilty verdict on felony and misdemeanor counts, President Judge Wallace H. Bateman increased the woman’s bail to $100,000. Rookstool and ex-squad chief Bri...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 28, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

Storm Dorian Closing in on Puerto Rico Near Hurricane Force
People arrive to a private harbor to move boats away for protection ahead of the arrival of Tropical Storm Dorian in Boqueron, Puerto Rico, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)   SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico on Wednesday faced its first major test of emergency preparedness since the 2017 devastation of Hurricane Maria as Tropical Storm Dorian neared the U.S. territory at near-hurricane force — and forecasters said it could grow to Category 3 status as it nears the U.S. mainland later. The storm was expected to move near the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, with landslides, widespre...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 28, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: D ÁNICA COTO Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News AP News Tag Source Type: news

OxyContin Maker, Government Attorneys in Settlement Talks
FILE - This Feb. 19, 2013 file photo shows OxyContin pills arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt. State attorneys general and lawyers representing local governments said Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, they are in active negotiations with Purdue Pharma, maker of the prescription painkiller OxyContin, as they attempt to reach a landmark settlement over the nation's opioid crisis. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)   COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State attorneys general and lawyers representing local governments said Tuesday they are in active settlement talks with Purdue Pharma, the maker of the prescription painkiller ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 28, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News AP News Tag Source Type: news

Lancaster County, Pa. EMS Concerned About National Drug Shortage
  Fox 43 MOUNT JOY, Pa. – First responders in Pennsylvania are sounding off on a nationwide drug shortage they say is putting people in their community in danger. Paramedic Rob Walker of Susquehanna Valley EMS tells Fox 43: "It is medications you would never believe, and the list is long, and will make you shake your head.” Some of the drugs EMTs and paramedics in Lancaster County need include fentanyl, ketamine, epinephrine, and sodium bicarbonate, according to the report. According to a Sept. 2018 article on JEMS written by Vincent D. Robbins, FACPE, FACHE, 93% of the shortages are caused by...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 27, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Jeff Frankel Tags: News Resiliency Patient Care Source Type: news

Two Children Killed, 10 People Hurt in Dayton Crash
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Police in Dayton, Ohio say a suspect in a stabbing stole a police SUV and crashed it into a van carrying children, killing two of them. In all, 10 people, including the suspect, were sent to hospitals. WHIO-TV reports that Lt. Col. Eric Henderson says the suspect fled when officers responded Monday evening to a report of a stabbing on Xenia Avenue. He says the suspect abandoned that vehicle, fled on foot and at some point stole a Riverside police SUV. Henderson says police then got a call about a crash near the Dayton Metro Library, where officers arrested the suspect. The SUV had crashed into at ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 27, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Mass Casualty Incidents AP News Tag Operations Source Type: news

Why Red Wyoming Seeks The Regulatory Approach To Air Ambulance Costs
Photo National Highway Traffic Safety Administration   Wyoming, the reddest of Republican states and a bastion of free enterprise, thinks it may have found a way to end crippling air ambulance bills that can top $100,000 per flight. The state’s unexpected solution? Undercut the free market by using Medicaid to treat air ambulances like a public utility. The issue has come to a head in Wyoming, where rugged terrain and long distances between hospitals forces reliance on these ambulance flights. Costs for such emergency transports have been soaring, with some patients facing massive unexpected bills as the fr...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 27, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Rescue & Vehicle Extrication News Ambulances Vehicle Ops Patient Care Operations Source Type: news

Tropical Storm Dorian Heads Toward Windward Islands
Storm clouds gather as Tropical Storm Dorian moves toward St. Michael Parish, Barbados, Monday, Aug. 26, 2019. Much of the eastern Caribbean island of Barbados shut down on Monday as Dorian approached the region and gathered strength, threatening to turn into a small hurricane that forecasters said could affect the northern Windward islands and Puerto Rico in upcoming days. (AP Photo/Chris Brandis)   SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Tropical Storm Dorian was dumping rain Tuesday on the Windward Islands of the eastern Caribbean, gathering power on a path to brush past Puerto Rico's southwest coast and hit the eastern...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 27, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News AP News Tag Source Type: news

Door County, Wisconsin EMS Concerned About Privatization
Photo Door County Emergency Services Facebook An ambulance with Door County Emergency Services in Wisconsin. Members reportedly say they are concered about the service being privatized. The county says that is not the case.   DOOR COUNTY, Wis. – First responders in one county are concerned about a review of the local EMS service, claiming the county wants to privatize ambulance services. The Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin wrote on its Facebook page recently Door County wants “to disrupt the county EMS system that currently exists” by bringing in a national emergency medical services company....
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 26, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Jeff Frankel Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Mile-Long Funeral Procession for Slain Montana EMT
  Video of the funeral procession lining up from the Facebook page of the Powell County Ambulance Service.   ANACONDA, Mont. – A line of first responder vehicles stretched for more than a mile Sunday in honor of an EMT killed while on the job at a demolition derby. DaryLynne Day, 36, was killed Aug. 18 after one of the cars on the track got pushed out of the arena and crashed into her. Several other spectators were hurt during the Tri-County Fair in Deer Lodge. Montana Governor Steve Bullock ordered flags at half-mast in honor of Day. Day’s family members tell KXLH-TV they were thankful fo...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 26, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Jeff Frankel Tags: News Resiliency Source Type: news

Charges Expected in Florida Nursing Home Deaths
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Defense attorneys said Sunday that arrests are expected shortly in the case of a Florida nursing home where 12 patients died after its air conditioning power went out amid sweltering heat following Hurricane Irma in 2017. Lawrence Hashish told The Associated Press his client is one of three nurses, in addition to an administrator, expecting to be charged in connection with the deaths after Hurricane Irma, which blew through Florida on Sept. 10 of that year. The storm knocked out a transformer linking the main air-conditioning unit to the power grid at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywoo...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 26, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Patient Care AP News Tag Operations Source Type: news

Lightning Strike Injures Six at PGA Tour Championship in Atlanta
ATLANTA (AP) — Six people were injured Saturday when lightning struck a 60-foot pine at the Tour Championship where they were taking cover from rain and showered them with debris, Atlanta police said. The third round of the season-ending PGA Tour event had been suspended for about 30 minutes because of storms in the area, and fans were instructed to seek shelter. The strike hit the top of the tree just off the 16th tee and shattered the bark all the way to the bottom. Photos: PGA Tour Lightning Strike Brad Uhl of Atlanta was crammed under a hospitality tent to the right of the 16th hole that was open to the public. &...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 26, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Patient Care AP News Tag Source Type: news