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New Fires Break out in California as Wine Country Fires Dim
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — As fire crews gain on wildfires burning for more than a week in Northern California's wine country, new fires broke out in other parts of the state, including northeast of Los Angeles. Fire fighters are battling a blaze that sprang up overnight in the southern Bay Area Santa Cruz mountains, prompting evacuation orders and threatening 100 homes. The fire has torched about 125 acres. At least one structure was destroyed, Rob Sherman, assistant chief of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, told KNTV news. Further south, crews with air support are racing to protect a histo...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - October 17, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Sudhin Thanawala and Terry Chea, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

Somalia Truck Bombing Kills Over 300, Many Still Missing
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — More than 300 people were killed in the weekend truck bombing in Somalia's capital and scores remained missing, authorities said Monday, as the fragile Horn of Africa nation reeled from one of the world's worst attacks in years. As funerals continued, the government said the death toll was expected to rise. Nearly 400 people were injured in the bombing Saturday that targeted a crowded street in Mogadishu. Somalia's government blamed the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab, though the Islamic extremist group has not claimed responsibility for the attack. A new statement by the SITE Intelligence Group ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - October 16, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Abdi Guled, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News WMD & Terrorism Mass Casualty Incidents Source Type: news

H & H Medical Introduces the H*VENT Vented Chest Dressing
H&H Medical Corporation, a leading provider of emergency trauma products, is proud to announce the introduction of our newest product in our chest seal line, the H*VENT vented chest dressing. Open chest wounds that develop into a tension pneumothorax, commonly referred as a sucking chest wound, can be life threatening if not treated immediately by the first responder. The H*VENT from H&H Medical Products is an innovative chest seal that treats not only the presence of air in the chest (pneumothorax) but also allows fluids such as blood to be released from the chest (hemothorax). The unique six-port design of the H*...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - October 16, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: H & H Medical Tags: Patient Care Industry News Equipment & Gear Source Type: news

Journal of Emergency Medical Services Partners with Medic-CE to Debut JEMS CE Powered by Medic-CE
TULSA, Okla. – A new partnership between the Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS) and Medic-CE affords EMT professionals and paramedics easy access to accredited, virtual instructor-led training and self-paced continuing education (CE) courses on a customizable online platform. The complete catalog of JEMS CE Powered by Medic-CE courses are accredited in all 50 states through the Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE), and meet the National Registry of EMTs (NREMT) National Continued Competency Program (NCCP) core requirements.   JEMS Editor-in-Chief A.J. Heightman is e...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - October 16, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: PennWell Corporation Tags: Training Industry News Source Type: news

The Passing of a Legend, Hero, Mentor & Inspiration: Chief Alan Brunacini
The sudden, unexpected death of Alan “Bruno” Brunacini Sunday hit me like a ton of bricks as I am sure it did many of my colleagues in EMS and the fire service. He was one of those bigger than life leaders that you thought would live forever. He presented the eulogy at the funeral of James O. Page, the founder of JEMS and one of his closest friends. He made us laugh at a time when we all wanted to cry. He showed us hope at a time of great despair, when we thought our world was hopelessly changed and empty. He told us that life must go on, and it will go on, because of the legacy Jim left behind and the principl...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - October 16, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT P Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

California Fire Victims Return Home as Crews Gain Ground
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — With the winds dying down, fire crews gained ground as they battled wildfires that have devastated California wine country and other parts of the state over the past week, and thousands of people got the all-clear to return home. While the danger from the deadliest, most destructive cluster of blazes in California history was far from over, the smoky skies started to clear in some places. People were being allowed to go back to homes in areas no longer in harm's way, and the number of those under evacuation orders was down to 75,000 from nearly 100,000 the day before. Many began to take the ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - October 16, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Sudhin Thanawala and Brian Melley, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

AMR Activates Disaster Response Teams from Across the U.S. to Help with Devastating Northern California Wildfires
SACRAMENTO ― American Medical Response (AMR) has deployed disaster response teams from California and across the United States in support of the disastrous wildfires plaguing Northern California. AMR is also mobilizing teams to provide emergency assistance through its agreement with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). AMR’s National Command Center was activated on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 and will remain functional throughout the entire deployment. Briefing and pass down with Sonoma County AMR and Stanislaus/San Joaquin Strike Team. AMR’s California operations have already deployed 36 ambulances,...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - October 13, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: American Medical Response Tags: Major Incidents Ambulances & Vehicle Ops News Operations Source Type: news

Flirtey Partners with Pioneering Ambulance Service to Launch First Emergency Drone Delivery Program in United States
RENO, Nev. -- Flirtey, the leading drone delivery service, and REMSA, a community-integrated emergency medical services provider, today announced a partnership to launch the first automated external defibrillator (AED) drone delivery service in the United States. Cardiac arrest is the leading cause of natural death in America, with more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cases each year, according to the American Heart Association. For every minute that a victim of cardiac arrest waits to receive defibrillation, their odds of survival decrease by about 10 percent. By using drones to deliver AEDs, Flirtey's technology will i...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - October 13, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Flirtey Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops Cardiac Resuscitation Patient Care Operations Industry News Source Type: news

Get Ahead of Stroke Campaign Debuts App to Help EMS Assess Stroke Severity
Fairfax, Va. — The Get Ahead of Stroke campaign has debuted an app to help EMS first responders transport and triage patients quickly to stroke centers equipped to treat severe strokes. Called Stroke Scales for EMS, the app is designed to assist first responders in assessing stroke severity in emergency situations and, in cases of severe stroke, transport patients to neuroendovascular-ready stroke facilities. “Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability nationwide. This app will help first responders quickly and accurately identify cases of severe stroke so they can transport patients to appropriate treat...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - October 13, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Get Ahead of Stroke Campaign Tags: Cardiac & Resuscitation Patient Care Communications Dispatch Industry News Source Type: news

ESO Solutions Honored as One of the Fastest Growing Companies in America
AUSTIN, TX – ESO Solutions, Inc., a leading data and software company serving emergency medical services (EMS), fire departments and hospitals, announced that it has been named as one of the fastest-growing companies in America by Inc. Magazine, the fifth straight year that it has received the honor. In being named to the 2017 Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies in America list, ESO is honored among private U.S.-based companies that demonstrate the highest growth over a three-year period. “The rapid growth we’ve experienced is the result of many factors, but I’m particularly proud of the expert...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - October 13, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: ESO Solutions Tags: Documentation & Patient Care Reporting Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

Search for Missing Proves Challenging in the Midst of California Wildfires
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Searches for the missing amid California's storm of wildfires have been marked mostly by confusion. Even establishing a decent estimate of the unaccounted-for has proved too difficult, with authorities citing wildly disparate figures within a single day Wednesday, though all were in the hundreds. Some of the missing are only struggling to reach loved ones because of communication problems. Others have been counted twice, inflating the numbers. "We get calls and people searching for lost folks and they're not lost, they're just staying with somebody and we don't know where it is," ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - October 12, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Paul Elias, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

New Timeline Raises Questions About Police Response to Las Vegas Massacre
A revised chronology given by investigators for the Las Vegas massacre is intensifying pressure for police to explain how quickly they responded to what would become the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Two hotel employees had called for help and reported that gunman Stephen Paddock sprayed a hallway with bullets, striking an unarmed security guard in the leg, several minutes before Paddock opened fire on a crowd at a musical performance, killing 58 people and injuring nearly 500 others. At 10:05 p.m. Paddock began his 10-minute deadly barrage into the crowd, firing off more than 1,000 rounds, police said. P...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - October 12, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Michael Balsamo, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Mass Casualty Incidents Source Type: news

Winds Expected to Drive Next Wave of Deadly California Fires
SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Gusting winds and dry air forecast for Thursday could drive the next wave of devastating wildfires that are already well on their way to becoming the deadliest and most destructive in California history. Winds up to 45 mph (72 kph) were expected to pummel areas north of San Francisco where at least 23 people have died and at least 3,500 homes and businesses have been destroyed. The conditions could erase modest gains made by firefighters. "It's going to continue to get worse before it gets better," state fire Chief Ken Pimlott said Wednesday. Entire cities had evacuated in anticipatio...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - October 12, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Ellen Knickmeyer and Jocelyn Gecker, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

New Wearable Safety Light Helping Save Lives of Firemen and First Responders
Milwaukee, Wisc. - In a 13 year study conducted by the National Fire Protection Association, 74 percent of all firemen and first responders struck by a vehicle were hit by non-department vehicles. Several cases involved lack of visibility. Guardian Angel have developed latest wearable safety LED advancement to keep officers and first responders safer on duty: the ‘Elite Series’ personal safety lights. When dealing with inherently high-stakes industries, such as law enforcement, EMS, military and rescue, they worked with professionals in the field to better understand the risks and learned that visibility can of...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - October 11, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Archangel Device, LLC Tags: Industry News Equipment & Gear Source Type: news

Wildfires Ravage Northern California With Shocking Speed
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — An onslaught of wildfires across a wide swath of Northern California broke out almost simultaneously then grew exponentially, swallowing up properties from wineries to trailer parks and tearing through both tiny rural towns and urban subdivisions. Authorities said that at least 11 people are dead, with 100 injured, and as many as 1,500 homes and businesses have been destroyed. All three figures were expected to surge in the coming days as more information is reported. A new blaze is threatening homes near the Oakmont area of Santa Rosa, a city already battling unforgiving wildfires. Taken as...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - October 10, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Jeff Chiu and Ellen Knickmeyer, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

Emergency Reporting Releases New Resources to Help Fire and EMS Agencies Choose the Right RMS
Bellingham, Wash. – Emergency Reporting (ER), the leader in cloud-based Fire and EMS records management and prevention software, has launched a new series of demo webinars and released a comparison checklist resource to assist fire departments and EMS agencies in their search for a better records management system (RMS). The software comparison “cheat sheet” gives fire and EMS agencies a fast, easy way to compare their existing software to other RMS providers and determine if it’s still the best fit for their changing needs. Emergency Reporting’s cloud-based software has been deemed “the...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - October 10, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Emergency Reporting Tags: Training Documentation & Patient Care Reporting Industry News Source Type: news

FDNY EMT Struck and Killed in Hit and Run; Family Offers $25,000 Reward to Identify Driver
NEW YORK (WABC) -- There are some wounds that never heal and some scars that never disappear. For 22-year-old Avril Liang, this is her pain of losing her only sibling - her best friend, and not knowing who the killer is. The Bay Ridge woman says if her brother could hear her, she would ask him one question. "'How am I doing?' I want to know if I am doing right by everybody, and that I'm doing okay," she says. Kevin Liang was an FDNY EMT. He was off-duty riding his motorcycle when he was killed by a hit and run driver on the Kosciuszko Bridge. Just 27 years old, his family says he had his whole life ahead of...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - October 10, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: CeFaan Kim, WABC Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

Las Vegas Law Enforcement Seeks Motive as Survivors Return to Site of Shooting
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The gunman who killed 58 people in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history targeted aviation fuel tanks, stockpiled his car with explosives and had personal protection gear as part of an escape plan, the Clark County sheriff said Monday. Sheriff Joe Lombardo said at a news conference that they still have not pinpointed the shooter's motive behind his decision to fire on a concert crowd of 22,000 in Las Vegas on Oct. 1 from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel casino. There's still no evidence Stephen Craig Paddock was motivated by ideology, and there's no evidence there was another shooter...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - October 9, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Regina Garcia Cano and Ken Ritter, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Mass Casualty Incidents Source Type: news

Life Changes in a Flash, Other Mass Shooting Survivors Say
CHICAGO (AP) — Every time there's a mass shooting, Adrian Littlefield relives the one that nearly killed him half a century ago when a sniper perched high in a tower fired down on a Texas college campus. There have been dozens of rampages since then, each one a reminder of how his life was forever changed by a stranger hell-bent on mayhem. "I still get frightened when those things happen," said Littlefield, now a 70-year-old preacher living in East Texas. "It stirs something inside me, a hurt that just never goes away." Survivors of mass shootings like the one in Las Vegas say what got them throug...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - October 9, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Lindsey Tanner, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Mass Casualty Incidents Source Type: news

Beyond Lucid Technologies Announces Deployment of the MEDIVIEW BEACON Prehospital Health Information Exchange
CONCORD, CA; ROGERS, AR; and DENVER: Beyond Lucid Technologies (“BLT”), a software company that has been called “Silicon Valley’s Emergency Medical Technology Experts,” is excited to announce the deployment of the MEDIVIEW BEACON Prehospital Health Information Exchange, at five hospitals in three key markets for Fire & EMS innovation: Napa County, California; Benton County, Arkansas; and Denver, Colorado.  In pipeline are hospitals in Minnesota, Texas, Indiana, and South Carolina, in conjunction with Beyond Lucid Technologies’s fire and EMS partner-clients who transport to hospi...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - October 9, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Beyond Lucid Technologies Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

National Trauma Institute Appoints Priority Ambulance ’s Dennis Rowe to Board of Directors
The National Trauma Institute (NTI) recently elected five new members to its Board of Directors, including Priority Ambulance Director of New Business Integration Dennis Rowe who will serve as the liaison member from the National Association of EMTs (NAEMT). NTI is a national nonprofit organization that advocates for increased federal funding for trauma research and research infrastructure to reduce death and disability. Rowe currently serves as president of NAEMT. He began involvement with NAEMT in 1976 rising soon to board and leadership positions. NAEMT is the recognized leader in advancing the profession of emergency a...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - October 9, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Priority Ambulance Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

Addressing Boston's 'Methadone Mile' and Other Drug Havens
BOSTON (AP) — A young woman crouches on a dusty strip of grass alongside a busy Boston thoroughfare and plunges a needle into her arm. Around the corner, a couple stands zombie-like in the middle of the sidewalk, oblivious to passing pedestrians on a muggy morning. Farther down the road, a man injects heroin into another man's hand beside a gas station convenience store. "It's hard to be out here and not be high, you know," said Jamie Allison, a 36-year-old woman with telltale black needle marks on her arms, shrugging as she took in the milieu from her curbside perch. "You need something just to get th...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - October 5, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Philip Marcelo, Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Excellance Inc. Announces Attendance at the 2017 EMS World Expo
Excellance Inc., manufacturer of high quality custom ambulances and emergency vehicles, today announced its presence at the EMS World Expo. The EMS World Expo is taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada from October 16-20, 2017. Regional Sales Manager John Martin will be on hand at booth #1419 to answer any questions that consumers may have about Excellance and its products. For more information about Excellance’s presence at the EMS World Expo, please contact Excellance Head of Marketing & PR Amanda Dyar at (800) 882-9799 or visit the official website at www.excellance.com. About Excellance, Inc. Excellance...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - October 5, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Industry News Source Type: news

ImageTrend Expands Open Platform Data Sharing
LAKEVILLE, MINN. - ImageTrend, Inc. announced the expansion of its Open Platform data sharing through ImageTrend Health Information Hub (HIH). This industry-leading expansion enables EMS agencies to interchange data and transfer ePCR incidents with agencies using any NEMSIS version 3 certified system, breaking down the software-specific barriers that previously prevented local and regional partners from sharing encounter data. "The ability to obtain and transfer patient health data between agencies – regardless of which vendor they document their ePCRs in – is ground breaking,” commented Mike McBrady...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - October 4, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: ImageTrend, Inc. Tags: Documentation & Patient Care Reporting Industry News Source Type: news

Complicated Recovery Awaits Victims Injured in Vegas Attack
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Their concert turned into a siege, and now their lives may become a battle. The staggering count of people injured in the shooting at a Las Vegas music festival means their recoveries are likely to be as varied as the victims themselves. Some injuries are as simple as broken bones, others gunshot wounds involving multiple surgeries and potential transplants, and all come with the added emotional scars of enduring the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history, with 59 killed. At least 130 people remained hospitalized Tuesday, with 48 listed in critical condition. Hospitals said 185 others had already ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - October 4, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Amanda Lee Myers and Mat Sedensky, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Mass Casualty Incidents Patient Care Source Type: news

Uhd ambulance awared firehouse subs public safety foundation grant
United Hospital District (UHD) ambulance is pleased to announce that Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has awarded the Ambulance with a grant to purchase 25 sets of Personal Protective clothing valued at over $25,000.00 for the EMT’s. This grant awards the UHD ambulance personal protective clothing known as extrication suits. These suits are essentially a lighter version of the bunker gear worn by firefighters, designed specifically for emergency scenes other than fires. The grant also allows for the purchase of helmets, boots, gloves, hi-visibility vests, and equipment storage bags for each member of the se...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - October 4, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Industry News Source Type: news

Puckett EMS Personnel Honored by Cobb County Chamber of Commerce During Public Safety Appreciation Week
Three Puckett EMS employees were honored for performing critical patient care in extraordinary circumstances at the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce’s Public Safety Award Breakfast on Oct. 2. The Public Safety Recognition Awards recognize public safety personnel’s daily efforts to keep the community a safe and thriving place and tell stories of the heroic actions of local law enforcement, emergency medical services, fire department and emergency communications professionals. “At Puckett EMS, we know that our success begins with the excellent men and women who are on the front lines providing care to our co...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - October 3, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Puckett EMS Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Micro BVM Launches the Pocket EXT tube
JERUSALEM, Israel -- Micro BVM, a leading designer of advanced emergency field medical equipment, announced today the launch of its latest product - the Pocket EXT tube.  The Pocket EXT tube is a game-changer in the industry and is the only extension tube on the market that can expand up to 75 cm (30"). The Pocket EXT tube revolutionizes the way in which providers can transport intubated patients.  Currently, providers ventilating an intubated patient using a bag valve mask (BVM), must position themselves directly above the patient.  Using the Pocket EXT tube, providers can position th...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - October 3, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Micro BVM Tags: Industry News Equipment & Gear Source Type: news

ESO Solutions acquires Conduent Incorporated ’s FIREHOUSE Software
Austin, TX  -- ESO Solutions, Inc., the leading data and software company serving emergency medical services, fire departments and hospitals, announced today it has acquired the FIREHOUSE Software business and suite of records emergency management products from Conduent Government Systems, LLC., a wholly owned subsidiary of Conduent, Incorporated. In addition, ESO Solutions has hired all of Conduent’s employees on the FIREHOUSE team. The FIREHOUSE Software acquisition further accelerates ESO Solutions’ growth into the healthcare and fire service software and data sectors. With the acquisition, ESO will now...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - October 3, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: ESO Solutions, Inc. Tags: Documentation & Patient Care Reporting Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

NIH Releases New Online Tool to Support Alcohol Abuse Treatment
WASHINGTON (AP) — The phone calls come — from fellow scientists and desperate strangers — with a single question for the alcohol chief at the National Institutes of Health: Where can my loved one find good care to get sober? Tuesday, the government is releasing a novel online tool to help — directories of alcohol treatment providers paired with key questions patients should ask for a better shot at high-quality care. "Most people think treatment is detox for 28 days or Alcoholics Anonymous. There's a vast in-between," said George Koob, director of NIH's National Institute on Alcohol Abuse ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - October 3, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Lauran Neergaard, Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Las Vegas Hospitals See Impact of Mass Shooting
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The victims just kept coming. In cars, in ambulances waiting four or five deep, from the walking wounded to the barely alive, they arrived in droves. "I have no idea who I operated on," said Dr. Jay Coates, a trauma surgeon whose hospital took in many of the wounded after a gunman opened fire from his 32nd-floor hotel suite Sunday night on a country music concert below. "They were coming in so fast, we were taking care of bodies. We were just trying to keep people from dying." It was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, with at least 59 killed and 527 injured, some...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - October 3, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Amanda Lee Myers, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Mass Casualty Incidents Patient Care Operations Source Type: news

New Jersey EMS Task Force Deploys to U.S. Virgin Islands
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Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - October 2, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Major Incidents Rescue & Vehicle Extrication News Operations Source Type: news

Governor Christie Sends EMS And State Police Assistance To Hurricane-Damaged Virgin Islands
Trenton, NJ – At the request of Virgin Islands leadership, Governor Chris Christie authorized New Jersey State Police troopers, Disaster Mental Health Counselors and members of the New Jersey EMS Task Force to depart for a response mission in the region hardest hit by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. “Our continued thoughts and prayers are with the people of the Virgin Islands as they recover and rebuild their lives. New Jersey knows how a devastating hurricane can turn everyday life upside down,” Gov. Chris Christie said. “Our response teams train and plan for these types of scenarios on a regula...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - October 2, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: State of New Jersey Tags: Major Incidents News Operations Source Type: news

ZOLL Canada Wins Tender to Equip Province of Quebec Paramedic Services With ZOLL X Series Monitor/Defibrillators
Chelmsford, MASS.—ZOLL Canada, a subsidiary of ZOLL Medical Corporation, an Asahi Kasei Group company that manufactures medical devices and related software solutions, announced today that it has won the tender to equip all ambulances in the Province of Quebec with the ZOLL X Series Monitor/Defibrillator. The purchase of 866 X Series was negotiated by GACEQ (Groupe d’approvisionement en commun de l’Est Qué). The X Series weighs just 5.3 kilograms (less than 12 pounds), and is about twice as light as what most paramedics carry today. It is built on an expandable platform that delivers the capa...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - October 2, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: ZOLL Medical Tags: Operations Industry News Equipment & Gear Source Type: news

Crestline Unveils Canada ’s First Hybrid Ambulance
Saskatoon, SK, Canada – Crestline Coach, a global leader in ambulance and specialty vehicle manufacturing, is unveiling Canada’s first hybrid ambulance today at the Ontario Association of Paramedics Conference (OAPC) in Ottawa, Ontario. Attendees can view Crestline’s revolutionary “green” ambulance today and tomorrow by visiting booth #115 at the Shaw Centre. Crestline’s Fleetmax XL3 Hybrid ambulance incorporates several “green” technologies, including the XL3 Hybrid System and ACETECH’s ECO-Run module. The XL3 Hybrid System seamlessly installs onto original e...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - October 2, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Crestline Coach Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops Industry News Source Type: news

Mass Shooting in Las Vegas
Our thoughts and prayers go out today to our emergency response colleagues in Las Vegas, who were called upon to manage one of the deadliest mass shooting events in our nation’s history. We also grieve for the innocent victims of this senseless attack. The mass shooting, which occurred during the final act of a three-day outdoor music festival near the Mandalay Bay Casino on the Las Vegas Strip, has been reported to have killed at least 50 people, including two off-duty police officers, and wounded more than 200 others. The gunman, a Las Vegas resident named by the Las Vegas Sheriff at a press conference as Steven P...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - October 2, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT P Tags: News Mass Casualty Incidents Source Type: news

Shooting on Las Vegas Strip; At Least 58 Dead, Hundreds Wounded
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A gunman perched on the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas hotel-casino unleashed a hail of bullets on an outdoor country music festival below, killing at least 58 people as tens of thousands of concertgoers screamed and ran for their lives, officials said Monday. It was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. At least 515 others were injured in the Sunday night attack, authorities said. SWAT teams using explosives stormed the gunman's hotel room in the sleek, gold-colored glass skyscraper and found he had killed himself, authorities said. The gunman, identified as Stephen Craig Paddock, a 64-yea...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - October 2, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Sally Ho and Regina Garcia Cano, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Mass Casualty Incidents Source Type: news

Shooting on Las Vegas Strip; At Least 20 Dead, over 100 Wounded
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A gunman on the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas Strip casino opened fire on an outdoor music festival, killing at least 20 people — including two off-duty police officers — and wounding more than 100, officials said early Monday. Country music star Jason Aldean was performing on stage when the shots began ringing out Sunday night at the Route 91 Harvest Festival. Officers confronted the suspect on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino across the street from the concert and he was killed, Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said. Authorities did not release the suspect's name but ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - October 2, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Major Incidents News WMD & Terrorism Mass Casualty Incidents Source Type: news

Yosemite Rock Slide
(Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News)
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - September 29, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Major Incidents News Slideshow Source Type: news

2 Days, 2 Dangerous Rock Falls Stun Yosemite Park Climbers
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two days of cracking, thundering falling rock at Yosemite National Park have left one man dead, two people injured, and even experienced climbers stunned by the spectacle. A massive new hunk of granite broke off Thursday at the park's mountaineering mecca of El Capitan, injuring an older man and sending out huge plumes of white dust. "There was so much smoke and debris," said climber Ryan Sheridan, who had just reached the top of El Capitan when the rock let loose below him. "It filled the entire valley with smoke." The slide came a day after a giant slab of granite plunged f...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - September 29, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Scott Smith, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Operations Source Type: news

More Than 130,000 Flee Menacing Bali Volcano
BALI, Indonesia (AP) — More than 130,000 people have fled the region around the Mount Agung volcano on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali, fearing it will soon erupt, an official said Thursday. The disaster mitigation agency's command post in Bali said the number of evacuees has swelled to about 134,200. The figure is more than double the estimated population within an immediate danger zone but people further away are leaving too. Those who have fled are scattered in more than 500 locations across the island famed for its beaches, lush green interior and elegant Hindu culture, taking shelter in temporary camps, sp...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - September 28, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

In Mexico, Survivors Recount Amazing Escapes From Quake
MEXICO CITY (AP) — A tree branch saved a maintenance mechanic from the collapsing building where a dozen co-workers died when last week's earthquake rocked central Mexico. A slap across the face startled a dazed father back to his senses, spurring him to carry his critically injured daughter to safety. Neighbors, co-workers and passers-by pulled people from the jaws of death, while taxis, private cars and even buses rushed them to hospitals. Amid the endless tragedies from the magnitude 7.1 quake that killed more than 300 people, there were incredible stories of survival. Conrad Vazquez Martinez, a 67-year-old mechan...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - September 28, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Mark Stevenson, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents Patient Care News Source Type: news

Huge Hunk of Falling Rock Kills 1, Injures 1 at Yosemite
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — A hunk of rock "the size of an apartment building" fell off the granite face of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, killing one person and injuring another on a mountain at the height of climbing season, officials and witnesses said. At least 30 climbers were on the wall at the time, but it was not clear if the victims were climbers or tourists, ranger Scott Gediman said Wednesday. "It was witnessed by a lot of people," he said. The injured person was taken to a hospital near the park. No names were immediately released. El Capitan is one of the world's larg...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - September 28, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

More Buildings, Perhaps Lives at Risk Following Mexico Quake
MEXICO CITY (AP) — As many as 360 buildings and homes are in danger of collapse or with major damage in Mexico City nearly a week after a magnitude 7.1 earthquake collapsed 38 structures. The risk of delayed collapse is real:  The cupola of Our Lady of Angels Church, damaged and cracked by the Sept. 19 quake, split in half and crashed to the ground Sunday evening. There were no injuries. Nervous neighbors continued calling police Monday as apparently new cracks appeared in their apartment buildings or existing ones worsened, even as the city struggled to get back to normality. Education Secretary Aurelio Nuno sa...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - September 26, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Maria Verza and Christine Amario, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

FUJIFILM SonoSite strengthens European organisation
The new European structure sees Torsten Walther promoted to European Sales Director, working with the local sales teams to ensure a comprehensive and responsive service for both new and existing customers. Torsten commented: “There have been many developments in POC ultrasound in the past 10 years, most notably the rise in ultrasound-guided interventions and emergency diagnostics. Our aim is to be at the forefront of these growth areas, providing technologically advanced and practical solutions that fit seamlessly into patient management for improved outcomes.” Volker Keller, newly appointed as European Marketi...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - September 21, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: FUJIFILM SonoSite, Inc. Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

Introducing Crestline ’s Specialty Vehicles Product Showcase
Saskatoon, SK, Canada – Crestline Coach, a global leader in ambulance and specialty vehicle manufacturing, is actively inspiring and reinventing the Specialty Vehicle industry. Since 1975, Crestline has firmly established itself as a trusted industry leader and innovative manufacturer of high quality products. Crestline’s Specialty Vehicles Division offers the widest range of dynamic and customized solutions to meet the unique requirements of the EMS, Police, Fire and Health Care markets. For nearly a decade, Crestline has worked closely with Turtle Top, US-based specialty vehicle and bus manufacturer, to desig...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - September 21, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Crestline Coach Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops Industry News Source Type: news

Law Enforcement, State Attorneys Review 10 Patients who Died in Sweltering Nursing Home
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) — Ten elderly patients died after being kept inside a nursing home that turned into a sweatbox when Hurricane Irma knocked out its air conditioning for three days, even though just across the street was a fully functioning and cooled hospital. From the perspective of Florida Gov. Rick Scott and relatives of those at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, criminal charges are warranted. But under Florida law, a prosecution might be difficult. Two of three ex-state prosecutors contacted by The Associated Press had doubts as to whether Dr. Jack Michel, the home's owner, or any of his employee...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - September 21, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Terry Spencer, Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

NTSB: Sleep Apnea a Factor in NYC Area Train Crashes
The engineers of two commuter trains that slammed into New York City-area stations in the last year were both suffering from severe sleep apnea and have no memory of the crashes, according to investigative reports and interview transcripts made public Thursday. The National Transportation Safety Board said the common circumstances of the Sept. 29, 2016, New Jersey Transit crash in Hoboken, New Jersey, and the Jan. 4, 2017, Long Island Rail Road crash in Brooklyn warranted combining findings and recommendations in a single investigative report to be released early next year. Neither engineer had been diagnosed with sleep ap...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - September 21, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Michael R. Sisak and Joan Lowy, Associated Press Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

Search for Survivors Continues in Mexico City
MEXICO CITY (AP) — A delicate effort to reach a young girl buried in the rubble of her school stretched into a new day on Thursday, a vigil broadcast across the nation as rescue workers struggled in rain and darkness to pick away unstable debris and reach her. The sight of her wiggling fingers early Wednesday became a symbol for the hope that drove thousands of professionals and volunteers to work frantically at dozens of wrecked buildings across the capital and nearby states looking for survivors of the magnitude 7.1 quake that killed at least 245 people in central Mexico and injured over 2,000. Mexico City Mayor M...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - September 21, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Christopher Sherman, Maria Verza and Christine Amario, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents Rescue & Vehicle Extrication News Source Type: news

FDA Issues Warning About Mixing Opioid Addiction Treatments With Other Meds
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration issued new warnings Wednesday about the dangers of combining medication for opioid addiction with anti-anxiety medicines and other drugs that also slow breathing and brain activity. The FDA warned that mixing such drugs can cause difficulty breathing, coma or death, so it should be done with caution. The agency said a growing number of people fighting opioid addiction with methadone or buprenorphine also take other prescription drugs that slow action of the central nervous system. The warning lists several dozen brand-name and generic drugs that could be risky, in...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - September 20, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Linda A. Johnson, Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news