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US Navy Plane With 11 Aboard Crashes into Pacific; 8 Rescued
TOKYO (AP) — Eight people were rescued and three remained missing after a U.S. Navy plane crashed into the western Pacific Ocean on Wednesday, the Navy said. The C-2 "Greyhound" transport aircraft came down about 500 nautical miles (925 kilometers) southeast of Okinawa as it was bringing passengers and cargo from Japan to the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier, the Navy said in a statement. The Reagan was operating in the Philippine Sea during a joint exercise with Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force when the twin-propeller plane crashed at 2:45 p.m. Japan time. The cause of the crash was not immediately cl...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - November 22, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Ken Moritsugu, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

Lawsuits Filed in Vegas Shooting
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Attorneys who filed one of the first lawsuits after the Oct. 1 mass shooting that killed 58 concert-goers and left hundreds injured on the Las Vegas Strip filed four new negligence cases Monday on behalf of more than 450 victims. This time, however, Houston-based lawyers Chad Pinkerton and Mo Aziz filed the cases in Los Angeles against companies including MGM Resorts International, the corporate owner of both the Mandalay Bay resort and the Route 91 Harvest Festival concert venue. Pinkerton said the intent was to get the cases before a jury less likely to be influenced by the size and clout of a casi...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - November 21, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Ken Ritter, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Mass Casualty Incidents Source Type: news

3 Dead After Medical Helicopter Crash in Eastern Arkansas
DEWITT, Ark. (AP) — A pilot and two medical personnel were killed when a medical helicopter that was flying to a hospital in eastern Arkansas crashed in a rural area Sunday night. No patients were on board at the time. The cause of the crash is not yet known but federal agencies are investigating. Arkansas County Sheriff Todd Wright said a witness saw the helicopter spiral out of the sky about 7:55 p.m. Sunday, disturbing thousands of geese to the point that "they were louder than she had ever heard before." The helicopter crashed on a levee adjacent to Hampton Reservoir near Lodge Corner in Arkansas County...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - November 21, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

Four Residents Still Missing in Pa. Senior Center Fire
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Four people are missing and presumed dead following last week's fire at a Pennsylvania senior living community. The massive blaze tore through Barclay Friends Senior Living Community in West Chester late Thursday, injuring more than two-dozen people and displacing 133 residents. The cause is still unknown. Officials previously had suggested that not all the residents had made it out alive, but they didn't reveal the number of missing until Monday afternoon. A husband and wife as well as two other elderly women hadn't been found "and we aren't expecting good news," Chester County District...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - November 21, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Anthony Izaguirre, Associated Press Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

New Analysis Estimates Cost of the Opioid Epidemic Tops $500 billion
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says the true cost of the opioid drug epidemic in 2015 was $504 billion, or roughly half a trillion dollars. In an analysis to be released Monday, the Council of Economic Advisers says the figure is more than six times larger than the most recent estimate. The council said a 2016 private study estimated that prescription opioid overdoes, abuse and dependence in the U.S. in 2013 cost $78.5 billion. Most of that was attributed to health care and criminal justice spending, along with lost productivity. The council said its estimate is significantly larger because the epidemic has worsen...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - November 20, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Darlene Superville, Associated Press Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Regional Operational Restructuring to Position Priority Ambulance for Continued Growth
In 2017, Priority Ambulance’s national family of companies more than doubled in size now serving more than 350,000 patients annually and expanded its footprint to include a nine-state network. To position the company for continued growth in 2018 and beyond, the company today announced a restructuring of its operational team that would transfer operational oversight to newly-created Regional Presidents and strengthen support from its national team. “Priority has enjoyed exponential growth since we began our operations in 2014,” said CEO Bryan Gibson. “We are now the third largest national ambulance c...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - November 20, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Priority Ambulance Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

Neighbors Rush to Help During Massive Fire at Pa. Senior Living Center
Dozens of neighbors rushed to the scene of a massive late-night fire that injured at least 20 people at a Pennsylvania senior living community, wrapping the elderly in blankets and carrying them to ambulances in makeshift gurneys. Larry Kingsland, 62, said Friday he and scores of people who live around the Barclay Friends Senior Living Community ferried elderly residents to medics as firefighters rescued them from the blaze. "Everyone saw how devastating the fire was and we all had the same reaction: that people needed help," he said of the Thursday night inferno in West Chester, about 35 miles (56 kilometers) we...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - November 17, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Anthony Izaguirre, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

Floods in Athens Leave At Least 15 Dead, Communities Devastated
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Residents of the western fringes of the Greek capital struggled Thursday to clean up the devastation caused by flash floods that killed at least 15 people, while rescue crews searched for five people who remained missing. The hardest hit area was Mandra, a modest working-class district on the western outskirts of the Greek capital, where nearly all the fatalities occurred. Authorities said about 500 homes and businesses were damaged. Wednesday's flash floods, which came after a severe overnight storm, turned streets into raging torrents of mud and debris that carried away vehicles, collapsed wal...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - November 16, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Elena Bacatoros, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

AMR Las Vegas, MedicWest to Offer Free Ambulance Transportation to Bring Patients Home For The Holidays
Las Vegas, NV — Employees with American Medical Response (AMR) and MedicWest Ambulance (MWA), plan to spend Thanksgiving and Christmas helping provide free rides to at least 40 patients in assisted living facilities to transport them to their loved ones. “We get called on someone’s worst day, so we are delighted to help the community by bringing cheer to families during the holidays,” said Damon Schilling, Government Affairs Director of American Medical Response. “Our Home for the Holidays program gives new meaning to delivering holiday cheer.” AMR/MWA is offering the service to up to 20...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - November 16, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: American Medical Response/MedicWest Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

Opioid Addiction Treatments Face Off in US Trial
CHICAGO (AP) — The first U.S. study to compare two treatments for opioid addiction finds a monthly shot works as well as a daily drug to prevent relapse. The shot requires days of detox first and that proved to be a stumbling block for many. For those who made it past that hurdle, the shot Vivitrol worked about the same as an older treatment, Suboxone. Both drugs had high relapse rates and there were overdoses, including fatal ones, in the experiment in 570 adults. The study , published Tuesday in the journal Lancet, is the first to compare the two drugs in the United States, where an opioid addiction epidemic has do...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - November 15, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Carla K. Johnson, AP Medical Writer Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

Rescue Efforts Continue in Athens Outskirts after Massive Flash Flooding
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Flash floods turned roads into raging torrents of mud and debris on the fringes of Greece's capital Wednesday, killing at least 14 people, inundating homes and businesses and knocking out a section of a major highway. There were fears the death toll could rise further as rescue crews searched for potentially missing people in flooded homes and streets on the western outskirts of Athens. The flooding came after a severe overnight storm brought driving rain to the area. Roads turned into muddy rivers that carried away vehicles, tossing them into piles on roadsides and against fences and buildings....
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - November 15, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Elena Becatoros, Associated Press Tags: Rescue & Vehicle Extrication News Source Type: news

Powerful Quake on Iran-Iraq Border Leaves Over 400 Dead
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake near the Iraq-Iran border killed over 400 people across both countries, sent residents fleeing their homes into the night and was felt as far away as the Mediterranean coast, authorities said Monday. Iran's western Kermanshah province bore the brunt of the temblor Sunday night, with authorities saying the quake killed 407 people in the country and injured 6,700. Kermanshah is a rural, mountainous region where residents rely mainly on farming. In Iraq, the earthquake killed at least seven people and injured 535, all in the country's northern Kurdish region, accor...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - November 13, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Nasser Karimi and Amir Vahdat, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Mass Casualty Incidents Source Type: news

Study Suggests Women Less Likely to Get CPR From Bystanders
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Women are less likely than men to get CPR from a bystander and more likely to die, a new study suggests, and researchers think reluctance to touch a woman's chest might be one reason. Only 39 percent of women suffering cardiac arrest in a public place were given CPR versus 45 percent of men, and men were 23 percent more likely to survive, the study found. It involved nearly 20,000 cases around the country and is the first to examine gender differences in receiving heart help from the public versus  professional responders. "It can be kind of daunting thinking about pushing hard and fa...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - November 12, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Marilynn Marchione, Associated Press Tags: Cardiac & Resuscitation News Source Type: news

Puckett EMS Personnel Honored with Public Safety Appreciation Award by South Cobb Area Council
Puckett EMS Paramedic Jordan Doty and AEMT Sam White recently were honored for outstanding service in protecting public safety by the South Cobb Area Council of the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce at the organization’s annual Public Safety Appreciation Luncheon on November 1. The South Cobb Area Council recognized the team for their commitment to the community and for their exceptional ability to perform their duties under the most strenuous of circumstances. “These gentlemen exemplify the dedication and spirit that our crews here at Puckett EMS have,” said Puckett EMS Information Officer Jim McMichen. &l...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - November 10, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Puckett EMS Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

DT Research Announces First Complete Vehicle Mount Tablet Solution Purpose-built for First Responders, Field Service and Military
PHILADELPHIA, IACP 2017 - October 23, 2017 – DT Research, the leading designer and manufacturer of purpose-built computing solutions for vertical markets, today announced a complete vehicle mount tablet solution that includes a 12.5 inch Full HD display tablet (optional 4K Ultra HD) with a slim folding keyboard cradle. This is the first rugged tablet and vehicle mount solution designed by one manufacturer to ensure guaranteed compatibility and seamless interoperability for superior information capture/transfer and mobile communications through a dual pass-through antenna. The light, durable and highly reliable IP65 m...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - November 10, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: DT Research Tags: Operations Industry News Equipment & Gear Source Type: news

Is it an Emergency? Insurer Asks Patients to Question ED Visits
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Alison Wrenne was making waffles for her two young children one morning when abdominal pain forced her to the floor. A neighbor who is a physician assistant urged her to go to the emergency room. Wrong decision, according to her health insurer. Wrenne was diagnosed with a ruptured ovarian cyst, but Anthem said that wasn't an emergency and stuck her with a $4,110 bill. "How are you supposed to know that?" said the 34-year-old from Lexington, Kentucky. "I'm not a doctor ... that's what the emergency room is for." In an effort to curb unnecessary and costly ER visits, the Blue Cro...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - November 10, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Tom Murphy, Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Las Vegas Shooting Victims Search for Their Heroes
LOS ANGELES (AP) — As soon as Chris Gilman knew she would survive the gunshot wound she sustained in the Las Vegas massacre, she wanted to find the two strangers who saved her life — a man and woman whose names she didn't even know. She found a Facebook page called "Find My LV Hero" and posted a plea. "Looking for husband and wife who were by the VIP bleachers and helped me get out," wrote Gilman, of Bonney Lake, Washington. "My wife gave the husband her shirt and the wife held it against my side to stop bleeding as they carried me through the VIP area out to the street." Despite t...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - November 9, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Amanda Lee Myers, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Mass Casualty Incidents Patient Care Source Type: news

Medics Recall Scene at Texas Church Shooting
LA VERNIA, Texas (AP) — By the time Paul Brunner rolled up in his ambulance to the worst mass shooting in Texas history, the First Baptist Church was a chaotic triage scene. Parents cried and kids screamed, and nearly all the victims appeared to have been hit more than once. Two of the first four patients the burly volunteer medic loaded into ambulances were children. "Our inclination is to protect children. The thing is, that wasn't his inclination," Brunner said, referring to the gunman. "He wasn't separating going: 'I'm not going to hurt the kids. I'm going to go after whatever adults wronged me.'&q...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - November 9, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Paul J. Weber, Emily Schmall and Jim Vertuno, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

the california association of air medical services (cal-aams) is offering continued training and education for the air medical and critical care transport communities.
Starting on November 13, 2017 at Morongo Casino Resort, and again on November 15, 2017, at The Aerospace Museum of California, this years theme, “UNTIED WE STAND“ Safety Summit is Free to attend to all air medical and critical care transport providers. All other EMS providers such as; law enforcement, fire, search and rescue, and any other EMS ground responders who are also encouraged to attend. This years trainings will focus on team work and safety for patient, crew and ground personnel through out the flight and mission. Contact:Cal-AAMS | “UNITED WE STAND” Safety Summit 2017 Contact: Templ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - November 9, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Industry News Source Type: news

Pennsylvania Trooper Saves Own Life With Tourniquet
A Pennsylvania State Police trooper who was shot several times during a traffic stop likely saved his own life by applying a tourniquet to his leg before help arrived, authorities said Wednesday as they released more details of the violent confrontation along a busy highway. Cpl. Seth Kelly, 39, remained hospitalized in critical condition after suffering gunshot wounds to his neck and shoulder area and to his leg in the close-quarters gunfight. The 13-year veteran was set to undergo another surgery to remove a bullet. "He's battling. He's certainly not out of the woods by any means, but ... he is a very strong individ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - November 8, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Michael Rubinkam, Associated Press Tags: Trauma Patient Care News Source Type: news

TeamEMS: Enriching Lives of Emergency Medical Professionals
Steamboat Springs, CO: On any given day, at any given time, a life-changing traumatic event can inflict pain and suffering. Auto accidents, violent crimes, recreational mishaps, intoxicated negligence, and more can lead to death or long term disability. These events have the potential to permanently transform lives, often in painful and negative ways. At any given moment, professionals in every corner of our country are prepared and ready to respond to these victims. Every time an incident occurs, a large and vast pool of professionals jump into action without hesitation or question. Their titles and licenses are of no con...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - November 7, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Team EMS Tags: Industry News Operations Source Type: news

Crestline Awarded $23.7 Million Contract For BCEHS Ambulances
NSaskatoon, SK, Canada – Crestline Coach, a global leader in ambulance and specialty vehicle manufacturing, has secured a multi-year deal with BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS). Manufacturing is currently underway at Crestline’s production headquarters, situated in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, with delivery scheduled to begin early 2018. BCEHS is a long-standing customer of Crestline Coach, purchasing over 750 ambulances and specialty vehicles since 1995. Crestline and BCEHS worked closely to develop two prototypes to meet BCEHS’s urban and rural fleet needs. The prototypes are similar in design to BCEHS...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - November 7, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Crestline Coach Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops Industry News Operations Source Type: news

Loudon County, Tenn. Teacher Recognized with Lifesaving Award for Successfully Performing Heimlich Maneuver on Choking Student
Earlier this month, Eaton Elementary first grade teacher Melinda Moroz saved the life of her student, Colby Arwood when he choked on a piece of candy during a math test. Immediately, she remembered medical training provided by Priority Ambulance that allowed her to perform the Heimlich maneuver four times before successfully dislodging the candy. Because of these efforts, Moroz was honored with a Lifesaving Award at a ceremony at Eaton Elementary School on November 1. The award was presented by Loudon County Mayor Buddy Bradshaw, Loudon County Board of Education Director Jason Vance, Eaton Elementary School Principal Ashle...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - November 7, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Priority Ambulance Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

2 Men in a Truck Chase down Texas Church Shooter
SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (AP) — A former National Rifle Association instructor who grabbed his rifle and ran barefoot across the street to open fire on the gunman who slaughtered 26 people at a small-town Texas church was hailed as a hero Monday, along with the pickup truck driver who helped chase the killer down. Stephen Willeford, 55, said he was at his Sutherland Springs home Sunday when his daughter alerted him that she'd heard gunfire at the First Baptist Church nearby. Willeford said he immediately retrieved his rifle from his weapon safe. "I kept hearing the shots, one after another, very rapid shots &md...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - November 6, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Will Weissert and Jim Vertuno, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

Gunman Kills 26 at South Texas Church
SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (AP) — A gunman dressed in black tactical-style gear and armed with an assault rifle opened fire inside a small South Texas church, killing 26 people in an attack that claimed tight-knit neighbors and multiple family members ranging in age from 5 to 72 years old. Once the shooting started Sunday at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, a town of about 400 people, there was likely "no way" for congregants to escape, said Wilson County Sheriff Joe D. Tackitt Jr. Officials said about 20 others were wounded. "He just walked down the center aisle, turned around and my und...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - November 6, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Jim Vertuno, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Mass Casualty Incidents Source Type: news

Intermedix and Rave Mobile Safety Expand Partnership to Enhance Incident Management for Higher Education
NASHVILLE, Tenn. and FRAMINGHAM, Mass. – Intermedix and Rave Mobile Safety announced Tuesday a new partnership integrating the companies’ emergency notification and crisis information management platforms to increase incident management and communications efforts across higher education institutions. “Regional collaboration and integrated communication are key components of effective emergency response—especially on our nation’s college campuses,” said Sam Klietz, senior vice president of business development at Intermedix. “The integration of eICS and Rave Alert is another example...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - November 3, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Intermedix Tags: Industry News Source Type: news

Shooting at Colorado Walmart Leaves 3 Dead
THORNTON, Colo. (AP) — A man arrested on suspicion of fatally shooting three people inside a suburban Denver Walmart was described Thursday by neighbors as a hostile loner who cursed at them and often carried a shotgun in and out of his third-floor apartment. Police arrested Scott Ostrem, 37, a day after the shooting that killed three people following a brief morning rush-hour chase in the northern Denver suburb of Thornton several blocks from his apartment building and about 5 miles (8 kilometers) from the Walmart. Ostrem was handcuffed at a crowded intersection about 14 hours after the shooting, which killed two me...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - November 2, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: P. Solomon Banda and Kathleen Foody, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

Badger Medical Collar
Storrs/Mansfield, Connecticut: Bariatric Collar LLC introduces the Badger Medical Collar to the public safety community. This device eliminates the frustration and difficulty of trying to cervically immobilize bariatric or larger patients, especially those who are difficult “to collar”. Badger Medical Collar goes beyond the bariatric patients – though its utility patent protection it offers cervical protection to “patients that are hard to collar”, tactical scenarios, helmeted patients, water rescues -- all contributing to saving scene time which is very important. The Badger Medical Collar fi...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - November 2, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Badger Medical Collar Tags: Product Announcements Source Type: news

Haven Life Launches Emergency Services App, LifeLink, to Provide Protection Beyond Life Insurance
NEW YORK /PRNewswire/ -- Some apps are amusing. Some are addictive. Some are distracting. But few are potentially life saving. This one is. Today, life insurance startup Haven Life announces the availability of LifeLink - a free-to-all mobile app* that, with the touch of a button, connects users with 9-1-1 and instantly shares an accurate location. While emergency response teams do an incredible job saving lives, the reality is they are limited in their location-service technology because of an infrastructure that was established for landlines. The FCC estimates that more than 70% of 9-1...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - November 2, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Haven Life Tags: Operations Industry News Source Type: news

A Look at Attacks Where Vehicles Have Been Used as Weapons
The attack on a bike path in New York City, which killed eight and injured 11 others, is the latest example of a driver who used a vehicle as a weapon. Some were orchestrated by extremist groups, others by unstable individuals with unclear motives. Radical groups have urged supporters to use any weapons at hand, including cars, a tactic that presents a major challenge for security forces around the world. Here's a look at some other attacks: ___ Aug. 17, 2017 A rented van veered into Barcelona's crowded Las Ramblas promenade, swerving along the walkway and killing 13 people. Armed with an ax, knives and false explosives be...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - November 1, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News WMD & Terrorism Source Type: news

Truck Driver Kills 8 on New York Bike Path
NEW YORK (AP) — A man in a rented pickup truck mowed down pedestrians and cyclists along a busy bike path near the World Trade Center memorial on Tuesday, killing at least eight and seriously injuring 11 in what the mayor called "a particularly cowardly act of terror." The driver was shot in the abdomen by police after jumping out of the truck with what turned out to be a fake gun in each hand and shouting what witnesses said was "Allahu Akbar," Arabic for "God is great," authorities said. The man underwent surgery and was in critical condition but was expected to survive. Officials who ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - October 31, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Colleen Long and Jake Pearson, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News WMD & Terrorism Source Type: news

United Hatzalah and IDF 669 Unit Hold Collaborative Training Drill in Multiple Locations
On Monday evening, the IDF’s elite search and rescue unit known as 669 held an active drill in cooperation with United Hatzalah EMS personnel and Israel’s Search and Rescue Units. Volunteers from Beit Shemesh, Rehovot, Ramla and Lod, joined together with the helicopter evacuation unit of 669 in order to practice emergency evacuations under a variety of conditions in the field. The drill took place in two locations simultaneously, simulating the need for multiple extraction points during a time of crisis. The EMS personnel were required to treat the “victims” in the field and prepare them for transp...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - October 31, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: United Hatzalah Tags: Training News Operations Source Type: news

Aladtec to Offer In-Booth Demonstrations at the American Ambulance Association ’s Annual Conference & Tradeshow 2017
Formed in 1979, the American Ambulance Association (AAA) represents hundreds of ambulance services across the United States that participate in emergency and nonemergency care and medical transportation. Members are encouraged to attend the annual meeting to share best practices and build strategies for industry challenges. Attendees will take part in ambulance executive-specific leadership sessions, learn innovative ideas for hiring, managing, and retaining employees, and hear about the newest developments in reimbursement and ambulance policy. Along with educational opportunities, there will be a trade show on the 14th a...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - October 31, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Aladtec Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

Full Recovery from California Wildfires May Take Years
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — It will take at least months and likely years to fully recover from devastating wildfires that ripped through Northern California earlier this month, destroying at least 8,900 structures and killing 42 people, Sonoma County officials said Saturday. "We don't control these things, and it makes you realize how small you are in the world when something like this happens," Sonoma County Sheriff Rob Giordano said. "I don't think we understand the level at which it is going to impact lives, and the community will be different." Giordano spoke before hundreds of people gathered ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - October 29, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Kathleen Ronayne, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

EMS Physicians Laud Senate Passage of Bipartisan Bill Protecting Medical Treatment of Emergency Patients, Sponsored by Senators Bill Cassidy (Louisiana) and Michael Bennet (Colorado)
WASHINGTON, DC – The National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP) applauds the Senate’s passage of the Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act of 2017. The House of Representatives unanimously passed a similar version of the bill (H.R. 304) in January. The Senate-approved bill included minor technical changes from the House version requiring the House to approve the Senate version of the bill before it becomes law. This bipartisan legislation ensures emergency medical service (EMS) care providers, such as paramedics, are able to continue administering the appropriate life-saving emergency medi...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - October 27, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: National Association of EMS Physicians Tags: Patient Care News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Firework Factory Blaze in Indonesia Kills at Least 47
TANGERANG, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian police on Friday said they were questioning the owner of a fireworks factory that exploded into an inferno, killing at least 47 people working inside, and have identified one of the victims as a 14-year-old girl. Investigators were trying to determine the cause of Thursday's fire at the factory in Tangerang, near the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, and said they didn't want to speculate before the investigation is completed. Pramujoko, head of identification at a police hospital in east Jakarta, said one victim had been identified through dental records: a 14-year-old girl who po...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - October 27, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Tatyan Suflana, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

Cost of Response to Vegas Shooting Projected at $4M
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The costs of emergency police, fire and other services related to the Las Vegas shooting massacre were projected Wednesday at about $4 million and climbing. The disclosure came amid pledges by the federal government to provide $1 million, and from the state of Nevada to pay $600,000 to defray costs stemming from the Oct. 1 Las Vegas Strip shooting that killed 58 people. Las Vegas police Officer Laura Meltzer provided what she called a preliminary figure of $3.5 million for department costs associated with the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. "We still have a lot of resources devoted t...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - October 25, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Ken Ritter, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

Tom Metcalf Promoted to President, Acute and Brian LaDuke Joins Sarnova as President, Emergency Preparedness
DUBLIN, Ohio – Sarnova Inc., parent company to four fast-growing business units: Bound Tree Medical, Cardio Partners, Emergency Medical Products and Tri-anim Health Services, announced today the creation of two major leadership roles at the company. Tom Metcalf has been promoted to the new position of President, Acute, from his previous role as Senior Vice President of Acute & EMS Sales. Tom will be responsible for managing the leaders of Tri-anim Health Services’ sales, health systems, sales operations and product management teams and will assume full P&L responsibility for Sarnova’s Acute busine...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - October 25, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Sarnova Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

International Association of Fire Chiefs Partners with Intermedix and Esri to Build the National Mutual Aid System
REDLANDS, Calif. and NASHVILLE, Tenn.—The International Association of Fire Chiefs, the international fire service leader, Intermedix, the global leader of health and safety solutions, and Esri, the global leader in spatial analytics, announced on Thursday the agreement to build the National Mutual Aid System or NMAS. The NMAS will be the next generation version of the IAFC’s Mutual Aid Net tool built in 2008. The NMAS will use Esri’s ArcGIS, a powerful location intelligence platform, and Intermedix’s WebEOC, a crisis information management software, to manage and track emergency services resources ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - October 25, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Intermedix Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

2 Killed on Grambling State Campus; Shooter at Large
GRAMBLING, La. (AP) — A student and his friend were fatally shot at a university in Louisiana after an altercation that began in a dorm room and ended in a courtyard, authorities said Wednesday. The shooter remained at large. Lincoln Parish Sheriff's spokesman Stephen Williams said detectives joined campus police investigating the double homicide at Grambling State University after getting 911 calls starting at 12:04 a.m. The historically black university in northern Louisiana has an enrollment of nearly 5,000 students. "It was an altercation that started inside one of the dorm rooms and spilled out into the cou...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - October 25, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

Intermedix Announces New Emergency Preparedness Offering to Support Colleges and Universities
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Oct. 24, 2017 – The Intermedix preparedness division announced Tuesday the release of eICS for Higher Education, a web-based incident management system that provides emergency management teams at universities and colleges, with enhanced visibility into resource availability and the capabilities needed to manage notifications during incidents taking place across an educational institution. eICS improves operational resiliency by allowing institutions of higher education to document and oversee events based on their own set of needs and requirements, while simultaneously disseminating key detai...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - October 24, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Intermedix Tags: Training Industry News Source Type: news

Vietnam-Era Army Medic Awarded Medal of Honor
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday turned a Medal of Honor ceremony for a Vietnam-era Army medic who risked his life to help wounded comrades into a mini homework tutorial for the boy and girl who came to watch their grandfather be enshrined "into the history of our nation." Every Wednesday, retired Army Capt. Gary M. Rose's grandchildren — Kaitlyn and Christian — head to his Huntsville, Alabama, home for "homework night" with him and their grandmother, Margaret, Trump said. "I think that Kaitlyn and Christian will agree this fieldtrip is their best homework assign...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - October 23, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Darlene Superville, Associated Press Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Tale of Two Brothers: One Victim, One Rescuer in Vegas Shooting
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nicholas and Anthony Robone are about as close as two brothers can be. They are the only two kids in their family, born and raised in Las Vegas. Nick and Tony share a passion for ice hockey, and as boys used their tape-wrapped hockey sticks to knock a puck around the street. Tony followed Nick in becoming a defenseman, and joined him as a student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. A year ago, they pooled their money to buy the three-bedroom house they share. So it wasn't unusual that they were together at the Route 91 Harvest Festival on Oct. 1 when a gunman opened fire on the crowd from the 32n...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - October 23, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Anita Snow, Associated Press Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

City of London Police deploys Panasonic Toughpad Tablets to Allow More Time for Operational Policing
BRACKNELL, UK -- When the City of London Police force wanted to deploy mobile technology to help officers spend more time with the public and reduce time-consuming administration and costs it turned to Panasonic and its rugged FZ-M1 Toughpad tablets. After a series of pilot tests with different teams from the police force, the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 tablets were issued to 318 uniformed police officers. Alongside the police radio, the tablets are the primary tool for officers when carrying out their duties. As well as being able to use the touchscreen and stylus to enter information directly onto the device, the off...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - October 23, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Industry News Equipment & Gear Source Type: news

Reduce Risk of Drug Diversion with NarcLock: Cost-Effective Narcotics Storage with Audit Trails
New York, New York: TEC Solutions, a New York City-based security consulting firm specializing in wireless applications, offers EMS agencies a cost-effective solution for reducing exposure to drug diversion with narcotics storage: NarcLock. Using programmable smart keys and locks, agencies can manage access to narcotics stored in lock boxes, safes, cases, vaults, and more. Detailed audit trails are stored in both the key and lock every time access is attempted, increasing accountability and decreasing the risk of drug tampering. Unlike similar products on the market, there is no wiring or battery required for NarcLock s...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - October 19, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: TEC Solutions Tags: Product Announcements Industry News Equipment & Gear Source Type: news

Hotel Guard Describes Getting Shot Before Deadly Las Vegas Attack
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The gunman who unleashed the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history first wounded an unsuspecting hotel security guard in a hallway who promptly radioed for help, according to a TV interview broadcast Wednesday with the guard and a hotel building engineer whose life he is credited with saving. In his only public recounting of the Oct. 1 shooting that killed 58 people and wounded more than 500, guard Jesus Campos told Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show that he was heading down the hall after calling for a maintenance worker when he heard "rapid fire" gunshots through the nearby doors o...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - October 19, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Ken Ritter, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Mass Casualty Incidents Source Type: news

Shooting in Maryland Office Park Leaves 3 Dead, 2 Wounded
EDGEWOOD, Md. (AP) — A man with a lengthy criminal past who showed up for work at a countertop company on Wednesday and shot five of his co-workers has been arrested, authorities said. Three of them were killed and two critically wounded. Less than two hours later, Radee Labeeb Prince drove to a used car lot about 55 miles (90 kilometers) away in Wilmington, Delaware, and opened fire on a man with whom he had "beefs" in the past, wounding him, police said. The shooting rampage set off a manhunt along the Interstate 95 Northeast corridor. Police cruisers were stationed in medians, and overhead highway signs ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - October 19, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Juliet Linderman, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

REMSA Releases Comprehensive White Paper on its Nationally Acclaimed Community Health Programs
RENO, Nev. --  REMSA, the Regional Emergency Medical Services Authority based in northern Nevada, has released a new comprehensive White Paper that provides detailed information on its highly successful Community Health Programs. These nationally-acclaimed programs were launched in 2012 after REMSA received funding  through a $9.1 million Health Care Innovation Award grant from the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The White Paper describes the planning, implementation and results of REMSA’s approach created via the grant to achieve the ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - October 18, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Regional Emergency Medical Services Authority Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

NAEMSP Statement on the Las Vegas Mass Shooting and Firearms
WASHINGTON, DC - The National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP) issues the following statement in response to the recent mass shooting. We join the nation and the world in grieving for the victims of this tragic shooting and in profound gratitude for our first responders, who time and time again rise to the occasion and save lives in the most dangerous and horrific situations. The security of the American public and the first responders is increasingly threatened by deadly attacks of all kinds. Despite two decades of declining firearm-related deaths, our country has been stunned by a recent escalation of gun vio...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - October 18, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Industry News Source Type: news

Testing Confirms Fentanyl-Resistant Glove
Minerva, Ohio — PH&S Products received notification from the Akron Rubber Development Lab (ARDL) that its ResQ-Grip premium nitrile examination grade gloves were successfully tested for resistance to fentanyl. This test proves the gloves will provide protection from fentanyl exposure for law enforcement officers, first responders, healthcare workers, and others who might come into accidental contact with the drug. “We were confident in the ability of our ResQ-Grip gloves to protect from accidental fentanyl exposure, and are pleased that testing by ARDL has now verified it,” said Brett Sarbach, Gene...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - October 18, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: PH & S Products Tags: Industry News Equipment & Gear Source Type: news