Overdose Outbreak Near Yale Linked to Synthetic Cannabinoid
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — More than 30 people overdosed Wednesday from a suspected bad batch of "K2" synthetic marijuana at or near a city park in Connecticut. No deaths were reported, but officials said two people had life-threatening symptoms. JEMS: Patients May be Using Synthetic Cannabinoids More than You Think Most of the overdoses were on the New Haven Green, a popular, historic downtown park that borders part of Yale University, and officials expected the overdose total to increase. Police said they arrested a man believed to be connected to at least some of the overdoses. "Do not come down t...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 15, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

Five Injured in Pennsylvania Walmart Shooting
WYNCOTE, Pa. (AP) — A man pulled a gun during a dispute with another customer in Walmart checkout lines near Philadelphia and opened fire, wounding several people before fleeing but was later arrested after crashing into a police vehicle, police said Tuesday night. All victims sustained non-life-threatening injuries in the gunfire reported just after 6 p.m. Tuesday in the crowded store at the Cedarbrook Plaza Shopping Center, Cheltenham Township Chief of Police John Frye said. Frye said the gunfire started after some type of altercation between customers in separate lines near the cash register, when "words were...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 15, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Source Type: news

39 Dead in Italy Bridge Collapse
GENOA, Italy (AP) — Italian emergency experts pulled two more bodies out of tons of broken concrete and twisted steel Wednesday after a highway bridge collapsed in Genoa, raising the death toll in the disaster to at least 39 people. The collapse of the Morandi Bridge sent dozens of cars and three trucks plunging as much as 45 meters (150 feet) to the ground Tuesday as many Italian families were on the road ahead of Wednesday's major summer holiday. Civil protection authorities confirmed Wednesday that 39 people had died and 15 were injured. Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said three children were among the dead. Wor...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 15, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Source Type: news

Several Injured in Denver Explosion
DENVER (AP) — Nine people were injured, one critically, by an apparent natural gas explosion in Denver on Tuesday, firefighters said. Capt. Greg Pixley, a spokesman for the Denver Fire Department, said seven bystanders were treated for minor injuries and released after a portion of a brick rowhouse was leveled in the blast just south of downtown. A man was critically injured, and a woman who was pulled from the debris is in stable condition. Photos: Denver Gas Explosion Pixley said some of the injured were burned, and the fire department is working with Xcel Energy to determine what happened. Pieces of wood were thro...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 15, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Source Type: news

Bus Crash Kills 24 People, Injures 19 in Ecuador
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — A bus hit another vehicle at high speed and then rolled over four times, killing at least 24 people and injuring 19 while smashing into several houses along a highway near Ecuador's capital early Tuesday, officials said. The Colombian-registered bus was traveling to Quito when it hit a smaller vehicle in an area known as dead man's curve at about 3 a.m., Ecuadorean authorities said. JEMS: Three-Step Method for EMS Management of Bus Collisions Col. Wilson Pavon, head of Ecuador's transit police, said the majority of the passengers aboard were Colombians, but some Venezuelans were also among ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 14, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: CARLOS NORIEGA, Associated Press Tags: News Mass Casualty Incidents International Source Type: news

Terror Attack Near London ’s Houses of Parliament
LONDON (AP) — A car plowed into pedestrians and cyclists near the Houses of Parliament in London during the morning rush hour Tuesday, injuring three people in what police suspect is the latest in a string of attacks in the British capital that used vehicles as weapons. A rooftop camera recorded the car driving past Parliament and suddenly veering sharply to the left, striking cyclists waiting at a set of lights before crossing the road and crashing into a barrier outside Parliament. Armed police surrounded the car within seconds, pulling a man from the vehicle. JEMS: Preparing for Vehicle Attacks: Lessons Learn...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 14, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: DANICA KIRKA and JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press Tags: News Terrorism & Active Shooter Source Type: news

First Responder Sepsis Education Video and Training Module Available
Sepsis Alliance, the nation’s leading sepsis organization, launched Sepsis: First Response, a 15-minute educational video and 60-minute training module that provides Emergency Medical Service (EMS) personnel with the tools to rapidly identify and begin treating sepsis cases in the field. Sepsis is the body’s life-threatening reaction to an infection that takes more than 270,000 lives a year in the United States.   As many as 87% of sepsis cases originate in the patient’s community. First responders are often the first medical providers to reach these cases. They transport as many as 50% of patien...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 14, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Sepsis Alliance Tags: News News Videos Patient Care Source Type: news

Several Dead, Injured, in Bridge Collapse in Italy
MILAN (AP) — A bridge on a main highway linking Italy with France collapsed Tuesday in the Italian port city of Genoa during a sudden, violent storm, sending vehicles plunging 45 meters (nearly 150 feet) into a heap of rubble below. A transport official said at least 22 people were killed and eight injured in the tragedy. A huge section of the Morandi Bridge collapsed over an industrial zone, sending tons of twisted steel and concrete debris onto warehouses below. Photos published by the Italian news agency ANSA showed a massive, empty gulf between two sections of the bridge. Amalia Tedeschi, a firefighter, told RAI ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 14, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: COLLEEN BARRY, Associated Press Tags: News Mass Casualty Incidents International Source Type: news

Trauma Surgeon Called in to Help Rescue Driver From Car Wreck
  MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. - Paramedics called in a trauma surgeon to help rescue a driver from a serious car wreck early Sunday along Krome Avenue in southwest Miami-Dade County, authorities said. Lt. Kirsten Miller, a spokeswoman for Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, said the driver lost control of their pickup truck and slammed into a concrete pillar around 5:30 a.m. near Southwest 272nd Street. It took more than an hour for members of the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Technical Rescue Team and the surgeon to safely pull the driver from the mangled vehicle, Miller said. Read more at WPLG Local 10 News. (Source: JEMS: Journal of Emer...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 13, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Jennifer Jacobs (WPLG Local 10 News) Tags: Trauma News News Videos Source Type: news

FirstWatch Acquires ZOLL Data Systems ’ Resource Planner Application
Carlsbad, Calif.: FirstWatch, the leading data analytics and improvement firm serving EMS and public safety, announced the acquisition of ZOLL Data Systems’ RescueNet Resource Planner software. Resource Planner helps build optimized schedules to boost productivity and shift coverage while working to improve crew morale, by taking into account personal shift preferences. “We’ve been big fans of Resource Planner for years,” said Todd Stout, president and founder of FirstWatch. “We have several FirstWatch customers who are power users of Resource Planner and they are excited to share their bes...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 13, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: FirstWatch Tags: Operations Industry News Press Releases Source Type: news

College Football Bowl Game Renamed and Will Honor First Responders
In a joint effort to honor the service and sacrifice of America’s First Responders, the annual college football bowl game played at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, Texas has been renamed the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl.  Kickoff for the newly christened SERVPRO First Responder Bowl is set for December 26 at 12:30 p.m. CT (1:30 p.m. ET) and will be televised by ESPN.  The agreement between ESPN Events and SERVPRO was brokered by Denver-based Impression Sports & Entertainment. “We are truly grateful for all first responders’ sacrifice and service,” said Brant Ringler, Executive Director ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 13, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Anna Negron (ESPN) Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

New Study Shows Trends in Naloxone Administration by EMS
A new study released today shows the importance of EMS data in estimating the public health burden of opioid overdose and can help emergency responders, public healthcare organizations and community organizations target and evaluate prevention and strategies to address the epidemic. The report, published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), was authored by researchers at the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Office of EMS. Researchers found that the rate of EMS naloxone admini...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 10, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: NREMT Tags: Patient Care News Industry News Source Type: news

New Orleans Mayor Fires 9-1-1 Director Without Explanation
  NEW ORLEANS (4WWL)--Mayor LaToya Cantrell fired the director of the city’s independent emergency communication district Thursday, using a hastily called meeting and a series of behind-the-scenes moves that had observers -- and even insiders -- perplexed. The Orleans Parish Communication District, otherwise known as the 911 Commission, held an emergency meeting Thursday to fire Stephen Gordon as executive director and replace him with Tyrell Morris, a newcomer from Washington, D.C., who had been running the 911 Call Center operations. Read more at 4WWL.   (Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News)
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 10, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: David Hammer (4WWL) Tags: News News Videos Communications & Dispatch Source Type: news

Sunstar Paramedics Employee Honored by Florida Department of Health
ARGO, Fla.– Debbie Vass, director of quality initiatives at Sunstar Paramedics and parent company PatientCare, was honored with an Excellence in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Award from the Florida Department of Health. Vass received the Larry S. Jordan EMS Hall of Fame Award, which honors an individual for lifetime achievement in the field of EMS. As the director of quality initiatives, Vass oversees strategic planning and deployment, accreditation initiatives, and focuses on ensuring high-quality patient care throughout all levels of the organizati...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 9, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Sunstar Paramedics Tags: News Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

Indonesia's Paramedics and Emergency Physicians Treat Injured 4 Days After Massive Quake
KAYANGAN, Indonesia (AP) — Falling rubble instantly paralyzed Mary Andoni from the waist down when Indonesia was shaken by one of its deadliest earthquakes in years. But there was nobody in her destroyed village to get her the help she needed. There were too many other injured and dead. "It was overwhelming," Andoni's 35-year-old brother-in-law, Ilham, said of the chaotic aftermath of Sunday's magnitude 7.0 quake on the island of Lombok. "There was no way to get her out." On Thursday, paramedics finally evacuated Andoni to a hospital in the city of Mataram. But her story underscores the challenges...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 9, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: TODD PITMAN and NINIEK KARMINI, Associated Press Tags: International News Mass Casualty Incidents Source Type: news

Thumbs Up: Chicago's Black Fire Brigade Gives $30K to Train 30 Inner City Young Adults as EMTs
Chicago Sun-Times A single parent of two toddlers, Tashonna Williams has mostly worked at fast-food restaurants since graduating Bogan High. But a recent chance interaction with an emergency medical technician on an ambulance responding to a call could change the 25-year-old's life. Williams is among 30 young people from the inner city set to begin EMT training on Monday, through $30,000 in donations from the city’s Black Fire Brigade group, to cover their tuition, books, and uniforms. Read more at Chicago Sun-Times   Editor's Take: Earlier this week we reported on the surge of violence occurring in Chica...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 9, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Maudlyne Ihejirika (Chicago Sun-Times) & JEMS Staff Tags: Training News Source Type: news

Pasco County Fire Rescue Launches Opioid Campaign Emphasizing Alternatives
PASCO COUNTY, Fla. — One Tampa Bay area fire rescue will be the first local department to launch a three-prong campaign against the opioid crisis. Their first phase is providing alternatives to opioids for pain treatment. It is part of an effort to give you better options in the ongoing fight against opioid addiction. In just a year span, Pasco County Fire Rescue gave out Narcan, the overdose reversal drug, 1,200 times. That is about three times a day. These include patients who have overdosed or those who took too much medication by mistake. In Pasco County, they are seeing a 10% increase of Narcan use every year. &...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 9, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Isabel Rosales (WFTS) Tags: News News Videos Patient Care Source Type: news

Active Shooter Incident at Suburban NY Hospital
VALHALLA, N.Y. (AP) — A man shot a patient to death in her bed at a suburban New York hospital Wednesday and then killed himself, police said. Police were trying to determine the connection between the two, who were found in a fourth-floor room after gunfire rang out around 9:40 a.m. at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, a major medical campus about 35 miles north of Manhattan. No one else was in the room at the time, Westchester County Public Safety Commissioner Thomas Gleason said. "There appears to be some type of family relationship between the two victims and a murder-suicide-type situation," West...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 8, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: DEEPTI HAJELA and JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press Tags: News Terrorism & Active Shooter Source Type: news

AT & T and RapidDeploy Team Up to Advance Emergency Response Capabilities With Cloud-Based Solutions
DALLAS — AT&T* and RapidDeploy formed a new relationship that enables AT&T to provide Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) access to RapidDeploy’s cloud-based Computer-Aided Dispatch (CAD) platform. RapidDeploy is a modern update to the dispatch solutions currently used by PSAPs. Hosted in the cloud and browser-based, RapidDeploy’s CAD platform is cost-effective, scalable and easy to deploy, making it a viable solution for agencies of all sizes. “AT&T has a proven track record of serving as the nation’s trusted 911 solutions provider. By working together, we can help speed public...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 7, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: AT & T (press release) Tags: News Operations Industry News Source Type: news

Empress EMS to Be Featured in 'Nightwatch Nation,' Premiering Thursday, August 16 at 10pm ET/PT on A & E
Yonkers, NY–A&E Network’s hit series goes deeper with “Nightwatch Nation,” a new nonfiction series from executive producer Dick Wolf and 44 Blue Productions. The series follows EMTs and paramedics from Empress EMS in Yonkers, New York, and three other cities across the country.  Real-life heroes risk their lives to work the busiest and most unnerving shift of the day, the overnight. “Nightwatch Nation” premieres Thursday, August 16 at 10pm ET/PT. Over ten episodes, the EMTs and paramedics tackle emergencies on every level, bringing viewers along for the ride while also experienc...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 7, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Empress EMS (press release) Tags: News News Videos Operations Source Type: news

Motorola's FirstNet Ready LTE Device Enables Secure Real-Time Data Sharing
CHICAGO--Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) continues to support the rollout of FirstNet with the FirstNet Ready™ LEX L11 handheld device. The company’s public safety LTE device is designed for use on FirstNet – the nationwide public safety LTE communications platform dedicated to America’s first responders – or similar global public safety networks. FirstNet is being built by AT&T in public-private partnership with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority). Motorola Solutions is a core member of the AT&T team selected by the FirstNet Authority to deliver FirstNet. Motorola...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 6, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Motorola (press release) Tags: Operations Industry News Source Type: news

Paramedics in Indianapolis Suburb Turn to Nitrous Oxide as Fentanyl Alternative
The Times of Northwest Indiana Paramedics in the Indianapolis suburb of Fishers are now providing nitrous oxide instead of fentanyl to patients in pain, the first department in the state to make the switch. Read more at The Times of Northwest Indiana   Switch Designed to Combat Epidemic of AddictionThe move is expected to reduce the amount of fentanyl administered to injured patients by about two-thirds, reducing the risk of addiction and eliminating harmful side effects, said Fishers Fire Capt. The nitrous oxide, commonly known as "laughing gas," will only be used in certain instances, such as for broke...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 6, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

Man Killed, Woman Seriously Injured When Boat Hits Piling in Water
  TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) - A boating accident in Tampa left one person dead and another seriously injured early Sunday evening, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation. At about 5:15 p.m., the Tampa Police Department got a call regarding a boating accident in the waters off Davis Islands. Wildlife officials said the 15-foot Gheenoe was carrying two people when it struck a piling, sending both passengers into the water, according to a witness. A male passenger was recovered by Tampa Fire Rescue and taken to Tampa General Hospital where he was declared deceased, officials said. A female passenger was recover...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 6, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: WFLA News Channel 8 Tags: Major Incidents News News Videos Source Type: news

Boston EMS Help in Arrest of Breaking and Entering Suspect
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Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 6, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Boston25 News Tags: News News Videos Operations Source Type: news

11 Killed, Nearly 70 Wounded in Chicago Weekend Shootings
CHICAGO (AP) — At least 11 people were shot and killed and about 70 others were wounded over the weekend in Chicago, in a spasm of gun violence that police attributed mostly to gangs and that the president's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, used to criticize the city's Democratic leadership. The violence peaked early Sunday, including one shooting on the city's South Side that wounded eight people. JEMS: Penetrating Trauma Wounds Challenge EMS Providers By comparison, at least seven people were killed and 32 were wounded during the long Memorial Day weekend, which is often one of the most violent weekends of the year for ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 6, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Five Killed When Small Plane Crashes in California Parking Lot
  SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Witnesses watched in horror as a small plane banked low in sunny skies over a Southern California shopping center and then suddenly nosedived, crashing into a parking lot and killing all five people on board. Ella Pham and her boyfriend were walking across the lot Sunday when they saw the twin-engine Cessna plummet. "We looked up to see the plane falling nose first," Pham, 20, she told the Los Angeles Times . "It was so heartbreaking just seeing the plane crumbled into pieces." The pilot of the Cessna 414 and all four passengers were killed but nobody on the ground ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 6, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

Seattle EMTs Demand Better Pay as City's Contract with AMR Ends
SEATTLE (KOMO)– When people need medical transport in Seattle, it’s usually American Medical Response (AMR) that does it. But with the company’s seven-year contract with the city coming to an end, workers are asking for better wages. “Because contrary to popular belief, we are not paid like our brothers and sisters in the fire service,” EMT John Moore said. AMR employees say their wages start at just over $15 an hour, which is slightly above Seattle’s minimum wage, but far lower than their counterparts in similar areas throughout the country, like the Bay Area. Employees are now asking f...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 4, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Mitch Pittman (KOMONews) Tags: News News Videos Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

South Carolina Man Arrested After Chasing Paramedics with Ax
SPARTANBURG COUNTY, SC (WSPA) - An Upstate man is accused of chasing paramedics with an axe.  The Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office arrested Jacob Robertson. Deputies responded to a home on Gwinn Mill Road in Pauline Thursday for a barricaded suspect.  They say Robertson chased paramedics with an axe and rammed an ambulance with a van before trying to steal it. Read more at WSPA. (Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News)
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 4, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Nickelle Smith (WSPA) Tags: News News Videos Operations Source Type: news

Mississippi EMTs Train for Dangerous Situations on the Road
WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Every day on the road, we see EMTs rushing to medical emergencies, or to the hospital. While drivers are supposed to get out of the way, American Medical Response in South Mississippi trains their drivers to deal with any possible scenario. "We have precious cargo," said EMT Courtney Cotter. "We have the medic. We have the basic. And then we have the patient, which is the most important thing." Cotter has worked as an EMT for AMR for about four years. She has seen first hand how people react to emergency vehicles, and it's not always what you...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 4, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Dave Ryan (WLOX) Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops News News Videos Source Type: news

Chicago FD Unveils 5 New Ambulances To Address Shortage and Delays
  CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago is facing a health crisis in the form of an ambulance shortage, leading to costly delays. An ambulance that was miles away finally arrived 24 minutes after it was dispatched – four times longer than the state’s recommended response time of six minutes. (Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News)
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 3, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Pam Zekman (CBS) Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops News News Videos Operations Source Type: news

BrainScope Receives Prix Galien Award Nomination for Its Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury Assessment Product
BETHESDA, Md.--BrainScope today announced its second consecutive nomination for the 2018 Annual Prix Galien USA Awards for “Best Medical Technology” product. Its flagship BrainScope One product is a multi-modal, comprehensive, handheld capability to help clinicians objectively and rapidly assess and triage head injured patients directly at the point of care. BrainScope’s innovative technology addresses a vast market need for the global epidemic of mild head injury, which impacts more people each year than stroke and heart failure combined. BrainScope One is the first FDA-cleared medica...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 2, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Brainscope Tags: Trauma Product Announcements News Industry News Source Type: news

9-1-1 Call Amid Training at Base Sets Off Active Shooter Fears
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — An Air Force base in Ohio said there was not an active shooter incident Thursday, just hours after authorities in armored vehicles and unmarked cars swarmed the base amid reports of a shooter its medical center. Wright-Patterson Air Force Base said in a statement that someone called 911 during a training exercise that included an active shooter scenario at a separate location. The caller thought there was an incident occurring within the base hospital, sending security forces to the scene where they began searching the entire hospital, the statement said. While trying to get inside a locked door, ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 2, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: DAN SEWELL,  Associated Press Tags: News Terrorism & Active Shooter Source Type: news

Crash at Connecticut Auto Auction Leaves 6 Injured
EAST WINDSOR, Conn. (AP) — A man driving a car at a Connecticut auto auction suffered a medical emergency, struck four pedestrians and crashed into another vehicle on Wednesday, sending six people to area hospitals, police said. The driver of the car, who was revived at the scene, and a male pedestrian who suffered multiple injuries including head trauma, were the most seriously injured. Three other pedestrians and a man in the other vehicle also were hospitalized, police said. The names and conditions of the victims were not immediately released. All of them work at the auction, authorities said. The accident happen...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 1, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: DAVE COLLINS,  Associated Press Tags: News Mass Casualty Incidents Source Type: news

FICEMS: No Travel History Screening for Ebola Needed
In a letter to the EMS and 911 communities, the chair of the Federal Interagency Committee on EMS said that the cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo earlier this summer did not require Ebola-specific travel screening by first responders or 911 telecommunicators in the United States. "At this time, the [United States Government] has determined that there is very little risk to the United States of potential EVD transmission to our population," wrote Edward Gabriel, deputy assistant secretary for preparedness and response in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Ser...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 1, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: NHTSA Office of EMS Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

Braun Industries Welcomes Back Bulldog Fire & Emergency Apparatus for New Ambulance Sales
Van Wert, OH – Braun Ambulances is proud to welcome back Bulldog Fire Apparatus to the Braun family. Effective July 31, 2018, Bulldog Fire Apparatus rejoined Braun’s national dealer network as an Authorized Sales and Service Center. They will provide Braun ambulance sales and service to customers in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.   “We are pleased to have Jeff Mazza and his team at Bulldog Fire Apparatus back with Braun,” says Chad Brown, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Braun Industries. “Knowledgeable of both the Braun and Demers ambulance brands,...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - July 31, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Braun Industries Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops News Industry News Source Type: news

RedSky Emergency Vehicles to Handle Braun Ambulance Sales in California
Van Wert, OH – Braun Ambulances is proud to welcome RedSky Emergency Vehicles to the Braun family. Effective July 16, 2018, RedSky became an official dealer partner with Braun Industries. This partnership recognizes RedSky as the Authorized Sales and Service Center for Braun ambulances in the state of California. “We are beyond excited to welcome RedSky Emergency Vehicles to the Braun family,” said Chad Brown, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Braun Industries. “RedSky is the first new dealer since our merger with Demers Ambulances in February 2018. RedSky has been a valued dealer...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - July 31, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Braun Ambulances Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops News Industry News Source Type: news

49th Floor Patient Extrication in Miami
The City of Miami Fire Rescue Firehouse 4 and TRT (technical rescue team) responded to a workplace accident at the Brickell Flatiron building yesterday. A patient was extricated from the 49th floor with a crane due to extent of their injuries, poor access/egress, and concerns for any delays of patient transport. (Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News)
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - July 31, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: City of Miami Fire Rescue Tags: Rescue & Vehicle Extrication News News Videos Source Type: news

EMS Camp Allows U.S. and Canadian Teens to Make Impact on Israel
Tikva Goldberg from Queens, New York, grew up as a frequent patient of Hatzolah and hospital services. As a child, she suffered from epilepsy and was often in need of frequent treatments and transportation to and from hospitals. “I always wanted to give back and help others just as I was helped,” she said as she drove home from working her first ever ambulance shift as an emergency medical responder (EMR) in Israel. “The Rescue Israel program is really fitting for me in that it is giving me an opportunity to do just that,” she added excitedly. Goldberg is one of the twenty-two participants in a pr...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - July 31, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: United Hatzalah Tags: International News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Winners of Inaugural Poster Session Announced at ImageTrend Connect
LAKEVILLE, MINN. - ImageTrend, Inc. is pleased to announce the winners of the Inaugural Poster Session from ImageTrend Connect 2018. The posters were fitting in theme with the conference topics of using data to improve patient care, public safety and operational efficiencies. Participants demonstrated what they are doing to make an impact within their community using original research, interventions, data analysis, new programs or calls to action. Posters were available throughout the conference as a process sharing and ideating opportunity for all attendees, however a panel of judges took on the duty of awarding the top t...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - July 29, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: ImageTrend Tags: Training Industry News Source Type: news

Pittsburgh Children's Hospital Adds New Ambulance to Transport Critically Ill Kids
It’s purple and blue and though colorful and pint-sized, it’s an ambulance. An ambulance designed just for children. The Transport Team at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh is responsible for transporting kids from places all over the world. The team transports patients by helicopter, airplane and ambulance from as far as Washington, D.C.; Buffalo, New York; Richmond, Virginia; and Osaka, Japan. To improve patient care, UPMC Children’s unveiled a new state-of-the-art ambulance dedicated to transporting critically ill babies and children within 150 miles of Pittsburgh. R...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - July 28, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Taylor Andres Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops News News Videos Source Type: news

Firefighters 'in Lifesaving Mode' as Wildfire Tears Through Towns in Northern California
REDDING, Calif. (AP) — An explosive wildfire tore through two small Northern California communities before reaching the city of Redding, killing a bulldozer operator on the fire lines, burning three firefighters, destroying dozens of homes and forcing thousands of terrified residents to flee. Flames swept through the communities of Shasta and Keswick before jumping the Sacramento River on Thursday and reaching Redding, a city of about 92,000 people and the largest in the region. The so-called Carr Fire is "taking down everything in its path," said Scott McLean, a CalFire spokesman for the crews battling the...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - July 27, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JONATHAN J. COOPER and AMANDA LEE MYERS , Associated Press Tags: News Mass Casualty Incidents Source Type: news

3 Injured in Plane Crash at Catalina Island Airport
AVALON, Calif. (AP) — Three people were injured in a plane crash Wednesday at the notoriously tricky airport on Catalina Island off the Southern California coast. One person severely injured in the 9:30 a.m. crash was taken to the hospital in critical condition, while two others had moderate injuries, Los Angeles County fire spokesman Marvin Lim said. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said in a tweet that all three people are OK, and it posted photos of the partially crumpled plane in a dirt area and first responders treating a man. The single-engine Piper PA-32 went off the runway after landing, FAA spokes...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - July 27, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: News Mass Casualty Incidents Source Type: news

Paramedic Wrestles Gun Away from 94-Year-Old Shooter at Nursing Home
BUFFALO, NY - Buffalo Police have charged 94-year-old John Tenant with attempted murder after he was involved in a shooting at an assisted living facility Wednesday morning. According to police, the incident began around 9:20 a.m. Wednesday morning, at Mary Agnes Manor at 307 Porter Avenue, when a 94-year-old man refused to go to ECMC for a psychiatric evaluation. The man began telling employees that he was armed, and threatening to shoot them. The employees - including two paramedics, one maintenance worker, and several other facility employees - did not take his threats seriously, and continued to try to take him. But th...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - July 26, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: WGRZ Tags: News Terrorism & Active Shooter News Videos Source Type: news

Boston's Efforts to Boost EMT Job Readiness and Recruitment
Boston EMS Chief James Hooley and Angie Camacho of the Boston Mayor's Office of Workforce Development talk about job readiness and recruitment efforts to meet demand for Emergency Medical Technicians. Interview from BNN News. (Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News)
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - July 26, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Chris Lovett Tags: News News Videos Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Soldiers Test Army's Newest Transport Telemedicine Technology
FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- Army Medicine is developing a technology to improve patient triage and communication during medical evacuations -- and looking for units willing to test the system.  The 44th Medical Brigade and Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, have already signed up to user test Medical Hands-free Unified Broadcast, or MEDHUB. MEDHUB leverages wearable sensors, accelerometers and other technology cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to improve the communication flow between patients, medics and receiving field hospitals. Read more at United States Army   Military Techno...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - July 26, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: U.S. Army Tags: News Operations Mobile Integrated Healthcare Source Type: news

Two Alameda County Sheriff's Investigators Survive Potentially Lethal Fentanyl Exposure
Photo San Francisco Chronicle Two undercover Alameda County sheriff's investigators survived what could have been a fatal overdose of fentanyl last week following an accidental exposure while on duty, sheriff's officials said Tuesday. The investigators, a sergeant and a detective, are part of the Alameda County Narcotics Task Force. Read more at San Francisco Chronicle   Should Naloxone Be Available to All First Responders? By Jeffrey M. Goodloe, MD, NREMT-P, FACEP; Michael W. Dailey, MD, FACEP & A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P Prehospital Naloxone Administration for Opioid-Related Emergencies by Ian R. Drenna...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - July 25, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Megan Cassidy, San Francisco Chronicle Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

Livermore, Calif., Cardiac Arrest Survivor Meets Team that Saved His Life
Livermore CA 24 July. On June 26, 2018, Raghu Kowshik was leaving his regular dialysis appointment at DeVita Dialysis in Livermore, Calif., when he suffered a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) and fell to the ground. Luck was on his side that day, as an ambulance crew from Norcal Ambulance were also waiting at the facility and witnessed him go down. Norcal Ambulance EMTs Chad Hanville and Gustavo Lopez immediately rushed to his aid and began CPR, followed by applying and using their defibrillator and administering a life-saving shock. Following an additional two minutes of CPR, Mr. Kowshik regained consciousness. The Norcal crew...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - July 25, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Paramedics Plus Tags: Cardiac & Resuscitation News Source Type: news

Complaint Filed Over Prehospital Ketamine Research Without Prior Consent
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A consumer rights group has filed a complaint alleging a Minneapolis health care provider ignored ethical practices and federal safeguards when it researched the effect of the powerful sedative ketamine on more than 100 participants without their prior consent. The Public Citizen complaint asks the Food and Drug Administration and the Office for Human Research Protection to investigate whether Hennepin Healthcare complied with federal regulations during clinical trials of ketamine. In the trials, paramedics sedated people before taking them to the hospital. The Star Tribune says the feder...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - July 25, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

Paramedic Recalls Molten Rock Hitting Tour Boat in Hawaii
HONOLULU (AP) — A passenger on a tour boat that was hit by lava off Hawaii's Big Island last week shielded his girlfriend and said he was waiting for death as searing debris ripped through the catamaran's roof. "I remember getting hit with the lava in my back and just waiting for the heat," Will Bryan, a 38-year-old paramedic who was on vacation in Hawaii told The Associated Press. "I just assumed that whatever hit me was lava and I was going to burn and die." His girlfriend, Erin Walsh, 31, was sitting next to him when lava rained down on them July 16. She said she was so traumatized she now can'...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - July 24, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: CALEB JONES, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News News Videos Source Type: news

Phoenix Firefighters Rescue Hikers Due to Heat-Related Issues
  PHOENIX - Firefighters were busy Sunday helping people down Valley mountains during six separate incidents involving heat-related issues. The mountain rescues come a day ahead of an Excessive Heat Warning being issued in the Phoenix-metro area. Around 9:15 a.m., Phoenix fire crews responded to Camelback Mountain after receiving reports of a 33-year-old man who suffered an ankle injury and was overheated, a fire spokesman said. Read more at ABC15 Arizona. Identification and Treatment of Exertional Heat Stroke in the Prehospital Setting Treating Vehicular Hyperthermia in Children   (Source: JEMS: Journal of E...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - July 23, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: ABC15 Arizona Tags: News News Videos Operations Source Type: news