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The Journal of Emergency Medical Services Announce the 2018 John P. Pryor, MD/ Street Medicine Society Award
CHARLOTTE, NC –  Benjamin J. Lawner, DO, MS, EMT-P, FACEP, has been awarded the 2018 John P. Pryor, MD/Street Medicine Society Award at the EMS Today conference in Charlotte, NC. Dr. Benjamin J. Lawner is recognized as an emergency medicine advocate focusing on clinical and educational excellence. Dr. Lawner is currently the Medical Director of Prehospital Services for Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His academic and operational responsibilities include oversight for EMS agencies, a critical care transport program, and graduate medical education in emergency medical services. D...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 21, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Industry News Administration and Leadership EMS Today Source Type: news

The Journal of Emergency Medical Services Announce the 2018 James O. Page/JEMS Leadership Award
CHARLOTTE, NC – Dr. Walt Stoy, PhD, EMT-P has been awarded the 2018 James O. Page/JEMS Leadership Award at EMS Today 2018 in Charlotte, NC. This award recognized Dr. Walt Stoy, PhD, EMT-P as a leader, professor and visionary to the field and future of emergency medical services (EMS). The James O. Page/JEMS Leadership Award is given to individuals or agencies who have exhibited the drive and tenacious effort necessary to develop improved EMS systems, resolve important EMS issues and bring about positive EMS system changes. Walt Stoy recognized that Emergency Medical care was his calling at the age of 15, when he enro...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 21, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Industry News Administration and Leadership EMS Today Source Type: news

98 Killed in Syria Attack
BEIRUT (AP) — Intense Syrian government shelling and airstrikes of rebel-held Damascus suburbs killed at least 98 people in what was the deadliest day in the area in three years, a monitoring group and paramedics said Tuesday. A day after Monday's government barrage, retaliatory shells rained down on the capital Damascus, killing at least one person on Tuesday. The targeted suburbs — scattered across an area known as eastern Ghouta — have been subjected to weeks-long bombardment that has killed and wounded hundreds of people. Opposition activists say government forces have brought in more reinforcements i...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 20, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Bassem Mroue, Associated Press Tags: News Mass Casualty Incidents Source Type: news

17 Killed in Garbage Dump Collapse in Mozambique
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Heavy rains triggered the partial collapse of a huge mound of garbage in Mozambique's capital on Monday, killing 17 people who were buried by debris. Authorities believe more bodies could be buried at the Hulene garbage dump on the outskirts of Maputo, and a search was underway. The garbage in the poor, densely populated area where the disaster happened rose to the height of a three-story building, according to the Portuguese news agency Lusa. Lusa and Radio Mocambique both reported 17 deaths. Half a dozen homes were destroyed and some residents in the area fled for fear of another collapse. "...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 19, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Christopher Torchia, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

Climber's Death on Popular Oregon Peak Underscores Dangers
GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's tallest peak rises above the streets of downtown Portland, its gorgeous snow-capped slopes luring 10,000 climbers a year. The picture postcard view of Mount Hood makes it one of the most visited snow-capped peaks in America, a destination to check off during any respectable visit to the City of Roses. "It just stands there and calls to you — and during clear weather like we've had the past couple of days, that mountain is there calling to anyone who's ever thought about climbing it," said Mark Morford, spokesman for Portland Mountain Rescue. But Mount Hood's acces...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 15, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press Tags: Rescue & Vehicle Extrication News Operations Source Type: news

Gunman Kills at Least 17 in Florida High School Shooting
  PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — A former student opened fire at a Florida high school Wednesday as classes were being dismissed, killing at least 17 people and sending scores of students running into the streets to escape the bullets.   Frantic parents rushed to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where SWAT team members and ambulances had surrounded the campus. Live footage showed emergency workers who appeared to be treating the wounded on sidewalks. "It is a horrific situation," Superintendent Robert Runcie said. "It is a horrible day for us." The 19-year-old suspect was taken into custody...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 14, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Terry Spencer, Kelli Kennedy, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Mass Casualty Incidents Source Type: news

Shooting at Florida High School; Numerous Fatalities Reported
PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on a shooting at a Florida high school (all times local): 4:25 p.m. A school official says there are numerous fatalities from the high school shooting in South Florida. Broward County Superintendent Robert Runcie says "There are numerous fatalities. It is a horrific situation." He added, "It is a horrible day for us." The Broward County Sheriff's Office tweeted Wednesday afternoon that "so far we have at least 14 victims." The tweet added: "Victims have been and continue to be transported to Broward Health Medical Center and Broward Health North hosp...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 14, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Mass Casualty Incidents Source Type: news

Doctors Struggle to Treat Youngest Victims of Opioid Epidemic
CHICAGO (AP) — Two babies, born 15 months apart to the same young woman overcoming opioid addiction. Two very different treatments. Sarah Sherbert's first child was whisked away to a hospital special-care nursery for two weeks of treatment for withdrawal from doctor-prescribed methadone that her mother continued to use during her pregnancy. Nurses hesitated to let Sherbert hold the girl and hovered nervously when she visited to breast-feed. Born just 15 months later and 30 miles away at a different South Carolina hospital, Sherbert's second child was started on medicine even before he showed any withdrawal symptoms a...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 14, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Lindsey Tanner, Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

EMT, Patient Killed in Rollover Crash in Nevada
Las Vegas (KNTV) - Two people died when an ambulance rolled over near Las Vegas Boulevard and the 215 Beltway. Nevada Highway Patrol says that an EMT in his 50s and patient in his 60s were killed. The driver of the ambulance was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries. NHP Troopers, @LVMPD_Traffic and First Responders from @AMRLasVegas have finished the escort of the fallen AMR First Responder from the scene of last nights Fatal Crash. Rest In Peace Sir. #⚫️🔴⚫️ #⚫️🔵⚫️ #nhpsocomm pic.twitter.com/zVxGKnLERu — NHP Southern Command (@NHPSouthernComm) February 13, 2018 NHP says that the ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 13, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Joyce Lupiani, KNTV Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

Toddler Dies after Ambulance is Hit by Drunk Driver
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Police in North Carolina say the toddler who was badly hurt after an ambulance crash has died. A news release from the Winston-Salem Police Department Monday night says it was informed at 6:05 p.m. Monday that the boy had died at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Authorities offered no additional details. The boy was being taken to the hospital around 1 a.m. Sunday when a drunken driver hit the medical transport, causing it to roll over on its side, police said. Gary Oakes of Wise, Virginia, said in a brief phone interview Monday that his 3-year-old grandson had been under medical care be...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 13, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

Helicopter Crash in Grand Canyon Leaves 3 Dead, 4 Injured
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A helicopter crash that killed three British tourists and left four others critically injured happened on tribal land in the Grand Canyon where air tours are not as highly regulated as those inside the national park. The group of friends was in Las Vegas to celebrate a birthday and took a helicopter sightseeing tour of the Grand Canyon on the Hualapai reservation, family and friends said. Killed were veterinary receptionist Becky Dobson, 27; her boyfriend Stuart Hill, a 30-year-old car salesman; and his brother, Jason Hill, a 32-year-old lawyer. Unlike the national park, air tours on the Huala...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 13, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Felicia Fonseca, Associated Press Tags: Rescue & Vehicle Extrication News Source Type: news

New Report Sheds Light on Opioid Industry's Role in Epidemic
WASHINGTON (AP) — Companies selling some of the most lucrative prescription painkillers funneled millions of dollars to advocacy groups that in turn promoted the medications' use, according to a report released Monday by a U.S. senator. The investigation by Missouri's Sen. Claire McCaskill sheds light on the opioid industry's ability to shape public opinion and raises questions about its role in an overdose epidemic that has claimed hundreds of thousands of American lives. Representatives of some of the drugmakers named in the report said they did not set conditions on how the money was to be spent or force the group...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 12, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Matthew Perrone and Geoff Mulvihill, Associated Press Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Flu Season, Still Worsening, Now as Bad as 2009 Swine Flu
NEW YORK (AP) — The flu has further tightened its grip on the U.S. This season is now as bad as the swine flu epidemic nine years ago. A government report out Friday shows 1 of every 13 visits to the doctor last week was for fever, cough and other symptoms of the flu. That ties the highest level seen in the U.S. during the 2009 swine flu pandemic. And it surpasses every winter flu season since 2003, when the government changed the way it measures flu. This season started early and has been driven by a nasty type of flu that tends to put more people in the hospital and cause more deaths. But its long-lasting intensity...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 9, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Mike Stobbe, Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

Regulators Say Herbal Supplement Kratom Contains Opioids
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health authorities say an herbal supplement promoted as an alternative pain remedy contains the same chemicals found in opioids, the addictive family of drugs at the center of a national addiction crisis. The Food and Drug Administration analysis, published Tuesday, makes it more likely that the supplement, kratom, could be banned by the federal government. The FDA also said it has identified 44 reports of death involving kratom since 2011, up from 36 reported in November. Sold in various capsules and powders, kratom has gained popularity in the U.S. as a treatment for pain, anxiety and drug de...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 8, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Matthew Perrone, Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

Workers Try to Shore Up Tilted Buildings After Taiwan Quake
HUALIEN, Taiwan (AP) — Workers placed steel beams to stabilize a dangerously tilted building while rescuers on the other side try to pull survivors from their residences Thursday morning, more than a day after a deadly quake shook Taiwan's east coast. The Yunmen Tsuiti building was one of several damaged by late Tuesday's magnitude-6.4 quake. At least four midsized buildings in worst-hit Hualien county leaned at sharp angles, their lowest floors crushed into mangled heaps of concrete, glass, iron and other debris. Firefighters climbed ladders hoisted against windows to reach residents inside apartments. The National...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 8, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Taijing Wu, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

6 Dead, 76 Missing After Strong Quake Hits Taiwan
HUALIEN, Taiwan (AP) — Rescuers worked Wednesday to free people trapped after a strong earthquake near Taiwan's east coast caused several buildings to cave in and tilt dangerously. At least six people were killed and 76 could not be contacted following the quake. At least four midsized buildings in worst-hit Hualien county leaned at sharp angles, their lowest floors crushed into mangled heaps of concrete, glass, iron and other debris. Firefighters climbed ladders hoisted against windows to reach residents inside apartments. The shifting of the buildings after the magnitude 6.4 quake late Tuesday night was likely caus...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 7, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Tajing Wu, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

United Hatzalah Opens New Chapter in Kiev, Inaugurates Ambulance in Uman
Jerusalem - A moving ceremony took place on Sunday night in the central Chabad house of Kiev in Ukraine. 20 new volunteer EMTs graduated from their lengthy training program and will now be joining United Hatzalah's worldwide network of EMS volunteers. The EMT first responders will provide first aid and EMS coverage to all medical emergencies that take place in the Jewish communities in and around Kiev and throughout Ukraine. Among the attendees at the ceremony were the Vice President of United Hatzalah Eli Pollack, CEO of United Hatzalah Moshe Teitelbaum, Deputy CEO of United Hatzalah Lazar Hyman, Chief Rabbi of Kiev and U...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 7, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Raphael Poch, United Hatzalah Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Beyond Lucid Technologies Deploys the MEDIVIEW ePCR and BEACON Prehospital Health Information Exchange in Colorado, Ohio, and Oklahoma
CONCORD, CA: Beyond Lucid Technologies, an award-winning health-and safety technology firm that makes software to connect EMS agencies and the care facility they serve, is proud to announce that in January 2018, it deployed the MEDIVIEW electronic patient care record platform (ePCR)—and its companion data access portal, the MEDIVIEW BEACON Prehospital Health Information Exchange, for export and integration of EMS data with care facilities—in Colorado, Oklahoma, and Ohio.                        The COLORADO deployments include a fire service in greater...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 6, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Beyond Lucid Technologies Tags: Operations Industry News Source Type: news

Passengers Recount Smoke, Blood on Crashed S. Carolina Train
CAYCE, S.C. (AP) — Passengers on a train that slammed into an empty freight train over the weekend in South Carolina, killing two Amtrak employees, described a smoky, bloody scene in 911 calls released to the news media. "There's babies with their heads busted wide open, bleeding," one woman said to a dispatcher in a call released Tuesday to WIS-TV . "Everybody flew to the front of the train. ... Everything is everywhere." In another call, a man described seeing smoke inside the cars and "a lot of people hurt." An Amtrak employee asks dispatchers to send "plenty of help" for th...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 6, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Meg Kinnard, Emery P. Dalesio, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

Patients to Address Court in Doctor's Opioid Kickback Scheme
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Victims of a scheme in which a doctor prescribed them a highly addictive opioid spray in exchange for kickbacks are expected to tell a federal judge how their lives were affected, including stories of overdoses, monthslong withdrawals, weight loss and broken bones from falling while on the powerful drug. Jerrold Rosenberg told one patient, "Stop crying, you're acting like a child," when she complained of severe side effects, which included losing 40 pounds and repeated vomiting for years, according to an excerpt of grand jury testimony filed by prosecutors in the case. Thursday's hea...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 5, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Michelle R. Smith, Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

New Report Details Misuse of Antipsychotics in Nursing Homes
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. nursing homes have significantly reduced the use of powerful antipsychotic drugs among their elderly residents, responding to pressure from many directions. Yet advocacy groups insist that overmedication remains a major problem, and want the pressure to intensify. According to the latest data from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, known as CMS, the percentage of long-term nursing home residents being given antipsychotic drugs dropped from about 24 percent in late 2011 to under 16 percent last year. Decreases were reported in all 50 states, with the biggest in Tennessee, Ca...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 5, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: David Crary, Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

Leading Ambulance Manufacturers Braun Industries and Demers Ambulances Joining Forces
Beloeil, Quebec, and Van Wert, Ohio – Demers Ambulances, a Quebec-based leader in the design, manufacturing, and distribution of ambulances in Canada, is merging with Braun Industries, Inc., a leader in custom ambulance manufacturing based in Ohio serving customers throughout the U.S. The combination of expertise, trusted leadership, safety-driven products, values and cultures creates a leading player within the evolving specialty vehicle industry. The terms of the merger are not disclosed. Demers is a Quebec entrepreneurial success and the oldest continuous ambulance manufacturer in North America with ambulance...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 2, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Demers Ambulances & Braun Industries Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops Industry News Source Type: news

Leading Ambulance Makers Demers and Braun Announce Merger
Beloeil, Quebec, and Van Wert, Ohio – In a major industry move, Demers Ambulances, a Quebec-based leader in the design, manufacturing, and distribution of ambulances in Canada, is merging with Braun Industries, Inc., a leader in custom ambulance manufacturing based in Ohio serving customers throughout the U.S. In a press conference held to announce the merger, Demers and Braun officials emphasized the great synergy between the two manufacturers; both are third-generation family businesses with deeply-rooted family values, a commitment to safety and a passion for their people. Innovation & Growth The goal of ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 2, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

ESO Hires Brent Myers, M.D. as Chief Medical Officer
AUSTIN, Texas – ESO Solutions, Inc., the leading data and software company serving emergency medical services (EMS), hospitals and fire departments, today announced the hiring of Brent Myers, MD, MPH, FACEP, FAEMS as Chief Medical Officer. “We are honored and excited to add someone with Brent’s passion, talent and expertise to the ESO team,” said Chris Dillie, President and CEO of ESO. “Brent will play a significant role in the success of our customers as we continue to strengthen the medical rigor behind our applications that help the agencies, hospitals and industry we support turn data into...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 1, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: ESO Solutions Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

Lawmakers Put Medical Skills to Work After Train Crash
CROZET, Va. (AP) — Republican members of Congress with medical experience put their skills to work after a train carrying dozens of them crashed into a garbage truck in rural Virginia, killing one person in the truck and injuring others. The lawmakers were on their way to a strategy retreat in the countryside when the collision occurred around 11:20 a.m. Wednesday in Crozet, about 125 miles (200 kilometers) southwest of Washington. No serious injuries were reported aboard the chartered Amtrak train, which set out from the nation's capital with lawmakers, family members and staff for the luxury Greenbrier resort in W...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 1, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Alan Fram and Heidi Brown, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

Helicopter Crashes into Calif. Home, Leaves 3 Dead, 2 Injured
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Three people were killed and two others were injured when a helicopter crashed into a house in a suburban Southern California neighborhood just a few minutes after taking off, officials said. The helicopter crashed into the house with such force that it was barely recognizable. The crushed metal sat in a heap on the side of the house, its tail rotor sticking out of the roof of a nearby home and a 6-foot chunk landing in the street in front of yet another house. This still frame from video provided by KNBC-TV shows the wreckage of a Robinson R44 helicopter after it crashed into a home in ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - January 31, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Amy Taxin and Amanda Lee Myers, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

ESO Names Matt Walker Chief Operating Officer
AUSTIN, Texas-- ESO Solutions, Inc., the leading data and software company serving emergency medical services (EMS), fire departments and hospitals, today announced the addition of Matt Walker as Chief Operating Officer. In this role, Walker will focus on the success of ESO's customers, attracting and retaining talent, acquisition integration as well as building out the processes and tools necessary to scale the business as it experiences rapid growth. "Matt brings a level of insight, business acumen and leadership expertise that will be invaluable to ESO as we realize our ambitions and deliver on our m...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - January 30, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: ESO Solutions Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

5 Ideas Win $10K Each in Ohio Opioid Science Challenge
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Virtual reality, neural feedback and digital therapy were among five ideas to help solve the U.S. opioid crisis that won a global technology challenge in Ohio on Tuesday. Winners were selected from hundreds of ideas submitted by researchers, caregivers, service providers and individuals from Ohio, other states and nine countries. Each will receive $10,000 to take their idea to the next phase. The $8 million Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge is modeled after the Head Health competition launched by the NFL, Under Armour and GE to address traumatic brain injuries sustained playing football. It's par...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - January 30, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Julie Carr Smith, Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

Philadelphia's Safe Injection Site Plans Spark Questions
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia wants to establish safe havens where people can inject drugs, an effort to combat skyrocketing opioid overdoses in the city. They would be places where people could shoot up under the supervision of medical professionals who could administer an overdose antidote if necessary. But there are more questions than answers on how it would work and what it would look like, and if it could even legally get up and running. "We know from other centers that they save lives," Public Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley said in announcing the plans this week. "But it is complicated...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - January 28, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Kristen De Groot, Associated Press Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

Ambulance Bomb at Afghan Checkpoint Kills 95; 158 Wounded
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber driving an ambulance coasted through a security checkpoint in Afghanistan's capital on Saturday by telling police he was taking a patient to a nearby hospital and then detonated his explosives at a second checkpoint, killing at least 95 people and wounding 158 more in an attack claimed by the Taliban, authorities said. The powerful explosion, which came a week after Taliban militants killed 22 people at an international hotel in the capital, Kabul, was felt throughout the city and covered the blast area in smoke and dust. Dozens of vehicles were damaged or destroyed, and se...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - January 27, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: RAHIM FAIEZ,  Associated Press Tags: News WMD & Terrorism Source Type: news

Choosing the Best Air Ambulance Medical Transportation Company: 10 tips that may help
Choosing the best out of many can be a tedious task but is very important. Many factors go into deciding the best. Comparison on different standards can be daunting. Fortunately, AMB life makes it easier for you by providing you with a global portal containing both local and global ambulance providers along with their ancillaries. However, the task of picking the rightful one ultimately rests with you. There are few things that must be looked for while taking the above decision.   Look for license and/or accreditation: An outdated aircraft is never desirable whatever be the costs and services offered. Furthermore, it...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - January 27, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: AMB Life Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops Industry News Source Type: news

Flu Widespread Across US for Third Straight Week
NEW YORK (AP) — Sick with the flu? You've got a lot of company. The flu blanketed the U.S. again last week for the third straight week. Only Hawaii has been spared. Last week, 1 in 15 doctor visits were for symptoms of the flu. That's the highest level since the swine flu pandemic in 2009. The government doesn't track every flu case but comes up with estimates; one measure is how many people seek medical care for fever, cough, aches and other flu symptoms. Flu is widespread in every state except Hawaii, and 39 states reported high flu traffic for doctors last week, up from 32. At this rate, by the end of the season s...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - January 26, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Mike Stobbe, Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

Floodwaters Threaten Paris, Closing Roads, Tunnels, Cellars
PARIS (AP) — Parisians remained largely unfazed Friday as the Seine River continued to rise and approach peak levels. The Paris region has been deeply affected by the floods that hit the country over the past week, but in the capital city, it was business as usual for the most part. The Seine will hit its peak soon, but without surpassing record levels, according to Vigicrues, the body in charge of monitoring flood levels. The Seine reached 5.60 meters (more than 18 feet) Friday morning at the Austerlitz bridge in eastern Paris. It was expected to keep rising, reaching a peak of six meters (20 feet) over the weekend....
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - January 26, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Samuel Petrequin, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

CMC Marks 40th Anniversary with a Refreshed Brand, New Website, and Game-Changing 2018 Product Roadmap
CMC Rescue, the California-based company that’s dedicated to helping save lives and keeping people safe, today marked its 40th anniversary year with the introduction of a refreshed name, a new website and plans to introduce a series of groundbreaking products for both the rescue and rope access markets throughout 2018. According to CEO Rich Phillips, CMC Rescue will go forward as CMC, a company rooted in rescue that is now equipped with a brand identity that accurately reflects the expanded range of its business, and its commitment to providing all work-at-height professionals with innovative life safety gear and ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - January 26, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: CMC Rescue Tags: Industry News Administration and Leadership Equipment & Gear Source Type: news

Train Derailment in Italy leaves 3 Dead, Several Injured
MILAN (AP) — A commuter train derailed Thursday in northern Italy, killing at least three people, seriously injuring 10 and trapping others heading into Milan at the start of the work day, officials said. The Trenord train derailed near the Pioltello Limito station on the outskirts of the city, halting train traffic into and out of Italy's financial capital for hours. A piece of the track appeared broken, and officials said a wheel sustained damage as well, though the cause was under investigation. At least two main cars from the middle of the train peeled off the rails but were still standing, albeit at an angle. R...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - January 25, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Colleen Barry and Nicole Winfield, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

Study Confirms Flu Increases Risk of Heart Attack in Elderly
NEW YORK (AP) — As if the flu wasn't bad enough already: Researchers have confirmed that flu sharply increases the risk of heart attack for older people. Doctors have long known that flu can trigger heart problems. It's one of the reasons flu shots are recommended for nearly everyone. A new Canadian study found that risk was six times higher in the first week after flu is diagnosed, compared to the year before and after the bug hits. Unlike previous studies, the researchers used lab tests to make sure people suspected of having the flu really did. "It's a much more rigorous study that allows us to make a much mo...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - January 25, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Mike Stobbe, Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

Federal Agencies Investigate Tesla "Autopilot" Crash
DETROIT (AP) — Two federal agencies have dispatched teams to investigate the California crash of a Tesla Model S electric car that may have been operating under its semi-autonomous "Autopilot" system. It's the second time the National Transportation Safety Board and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have investigated the performance of Autopilot, which keeps a vehicle centered in its lane at a set distance from cars in front of it and also can change lanes and brake automatically. The safety board sent two investigators to Culver City on Tuesday, according to spokesman Peter Knudson, while ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - January 25, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Tom Krisher & Dee-Ann Durbin, Associated Press Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

Oregon Man Saved by Quick CPR and Use of AED by Coworker After Cardiac Arrest
Andy* was preparing for a meeting after lunch on July 7, 2016, when his colleagues noticed he looked like he was falling asleep. “I remember someone asked if I was okay, and then they said I just slumped down in my chair,” he said. Andy, who lives in Beaverton, Oregon and was 45 at the time, was having a cardiac arrest. His colleagues quickly called for help, and within moments, a coworker named Natalie Chitwood arrived and began performing Hands-Only CPR, while another colleague grabbed the automated external defibrillator or AED. Chitwood had deployed two shocks from the AED before a local sheriff’s dep...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - January 24, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Jeff A. Woodin, NRP, FAHA Tags: Cardiac & Resuscitation Patient Care News Source Type: news

1 Dead, 9 Injured in Kentucky School Shooting
BENTON, Ky. (AP) — Someone with a gun opened fire inside a rural Kentucky high school Tuesday morning, killing one person and injuring nine others. Police said a suspect was apprehended and there is no reason to suspect anyone else in the first fatal school shooting of 2018. Nearly 100 students ran out of Marshall County High School seeking safety, said Mitchell Garland, who rushed outside of his business when he heard about the shooting. "They was running and crying and screaming," he said. "They was just kids running down the highway. They were trying to get out of there." A half-dozen ambulance...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - January 23, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Stephen Lance Denee, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

5 in US, 2 in Italy Charged with Running Opioid "Mills"
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Two people in Italy and five U.S. residents have been charged in a fraud and drug trafficking conspiracy to distribute opioids in Florida and Tennessee, leading to hundreds of deaths, federal prosecutors said Friday. The indictments were unsealed by federal officials Friday in Knoxville but handed down earlier. They allege the defendants were involved in a widespread scheme to operate "pill mills" in the U.S. Prosecutors say defendants ran the Urgent Care & Surgery Center Enterprise, which distributed enough oxycodone, oxymorphone and morphine to generate clinic revenue of at lea...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - January 19, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

Reports Confirm Petty Died of Accidental Drug Overdose
NEW YORK (AP) — Tom Petty died last year because of an accidental drug overdose that his family said occurred on the same day he found out his hip was broken after performing dozens of shows with a less serious injury. His wife and daughter released the results of Petty's autopsy via a statement Friday on his Facebook page, moments before coroner's officials in Los Angeles released their findings and the rocker's full autopsy report. Dana and Adria Petty say they got the results from the coroner's office earlier in the day that the overdose was due to a variety of medications. The coroner's findings showed Petty had ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - January 19, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Nekesa Mumby Moody, Associated Press Tags: News Source Type: news

Drone Rescue Executed off Australian Beach
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A flying drone has dropped a flotation device to two teens caught in a riptide in heavy seas off the Australian coast in what officials describe as a world-first rescue. Monty Greenslade and Gabe Vidler got into trouble on Thursday at Lennox Head, 750 kilometers (470 miles) north of Sydney. They were about a kilometer (0.6 mile) from lifeguards who were about to start training with the new drones, equipped with a camera, rescue gear and six rotors. After a friend raised the alert, lifeguard Jai Sheridan said he piloted the drone to the swimmers and dropped a rescue pod minutes faster than l...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - January 18, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Rod McGuirk, Associated Press Tags: News Operations Equipment & Gear Source Type: news

Powerful Storm Hits Europe, 4 Dead Amid Traffic Chaos
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A powerful storm pummeled Europe with high winds and snow Thursday, killing at least four people in three countries, grounding flights, halting trains, ripping roofs off buildings and flipping over trucks. Falling trees killed two 62-year-old men in the Netherlands, a woman south of the Belgian capital of Brussels and a 59-year-old man at a camping site in the German town of Emmerich, near the Dutch border. Police spokeswoman Jose Albers told Dutch national broadcaster NOS that authorities also were investigating whether the powerful gusts were to blame for the death of a 66-year-old man...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - January 18, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Mike Corder, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

Crestline ’s 2018 Ambulance Product Guide
Crestline Coach, a global leader in ambulance and specialty vehicle manufacturing, released its annual product showcase ebook. The downloadable eBook provides an inside look into how Crestline product is manufactured to be the safest and most durable product in the marketplace. Readers will also learn how Crestline is continuing advances in ambulance safety and patient care through unparalleled designs and industry firsts. “At Crestline, we combine the ingenuity and craftsmanship of our talented staff with the latest in manufacturing automation, tools and processes to produce and deliver a superior product. Our ma...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - January 18, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Crestline Coach Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops Industry News Operations Source Type: news

ZOLL 2018 Pulse Awards Open for Nominations
January 16, 2018—Chelmsford, MASS.—ZOLL Medical Corporation, an Asahi Kasei Group Company that manufactures medical devices and related software solutions, today announced that the 2018 ZOLL PULSE Awards is now open for nominations. Nominations can be submitted online between now and March 16. The winners will be announced at SUMMIT, ZOLL’s annual user conference held May 8-10 in Denver. The intent of the ZOLL PULSE Awards is to recognize ZOLL customers who demonstrate commitment to improving outcomes: patient, financial, or operational. “Our mission with this program is to acknowledge deservin...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - January 18, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: ZOLL Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

Walmart Offers Way to Turn Leftover Opioids into Useless Gel
Walmart is helping customers get rid of leftover opioids by giving them packets that turn the addictive painkillers into a useless gel. The retail giant said Wednesday that it will provide the packets free with opioid prescriptions filled at its 4,700 U.S. pharmacies. The small packets, made by DisposeRx, contain a powder that is poured into prescription bottles. When mixed with warm water, the powder turns the pills into a biodegradable gel that can be thrown in the trash. The move by Walmart is the latest precaution being taken to cut down on opioid abuse. Around 4 million Americans are addicted to prescription painkille...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - January 17, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Tom Murphy, Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

Snow, Ice Grip the South, At Least 10 Dead
ATLANTA (AP) — Snow, ice and a record-breaking blast of cold closed runways, highways, schools and government offices across the South and sent cars sliding off roads Wednesday in a corner of the country ill-equipped to deal with wintry weather. At least 10 people died, including a baby in a car that plunged off a slippery overpass into a Louisiana canal. Icicles hung from a statue of jazz musicians in normally balmy New Orleans, and drivers unaccustomed to ice spun their wheels across Atlanta, which was brought to a near-standstill by little more than an inch (2.5 centimeters) of snow. The beach in Biloxi, Mississip...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - January 17, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Kate Brumack and Jay Reeves, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

7 People Remain Hospitalized 1 Week After Deadly California Mudslides
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Officials say seven people remain hospitalized a week after they were injured in mudslides that devastated the coastal California town of Montecito, killing 20. Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital says that as of Monday evening, two of the seven still undergoing treatment were in critical condition. Twenty-eight patients have been treated and released. The mudslides were triggered Jan. 9 by a powerful storm that dumped heavy rain on mountain slopes that had been burned bare by a huge wildfire in December. More than 500 homes were damaged or destroyed. Three people including a 2-year-old girl ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - January 16, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Mass Casualty Incidents Source Type: news

48 Injured, Mostly Children, in German School Bus Accident
BERLIN (AP) — A bus carrying children to school in southern Germany hit multiple cars and then slammed into the side of a building without braking, injuring 48 people early Tuesday, including 10 seriously, police said. The injured were 43 children and the bus driver, as well as other adults who were aboard the bus, said Mannheim police spokesman Christoph Kunkel. Three helicopters and 10 ambulances rushed to the scene in the town of Eberbach, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) east of Mannheim, to bring the injured to area hospitals for treatment. The bus crashed just after 7 a.m. as it was driving around a left-hand ben...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - January 16, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: Rescue & Vehicle Extrication News Source Type: news

Missile-Alert Error Reveals Uncertainty About How to React
HONOLULU (AP) — When Jonathan Scheuer got an alert on his phone of a ballistic missile headed for Hawaii, he and his family didn't know what to do. They went to their guest bedroom, then decided it would be safer on the ground floor of their Honolulu home. "What do we do?" he wondered. "Where do we go?" People should immediately seek shelter in a building "or other substantial structure," once an attack-warning siren sounds, according to guidance the state distributed previously. The state recommends having 14-day survival kit of food and water. Residents and tourists alike remained ratt...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - January 15, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Jennifer Sinco Kelleher and Brian Melley, Associated Press Tags: News Communications & Dispatch Source Type: news