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National EMS Memorial Service Closes Out 2018 Weekend of Honor
Oxon Hills, MD - On Saturday the families, friends, and colleagues of the 36 EMS and air medical professionals who lost their lives in the line of duty in service to others will gather for the National EMS Memorial Service, closing out the 2018 Weekend of Honor. Honor guards along with bagpipe and drum corps travel from around the United States to volunteer their time and services in honor of the fallen. This year’s keynote speaker will be Joseph W. Schmider, Emergency Medical Service Director for the Texas Department of Health Services. There will also be a team from HOPE Animal-assisted Crisis Response (http://hope...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 18, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: National EMS Memorial Foundation Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Arrival of the National EMS Memorial Bike Ride Kicks off the National EMS Weekend of Honor
Oxon Hill, MD- On Friday, May 18 at approximately 4:00 p.m. the families, friends, and colleagues of EMS and air medical professionals who lost their lives in the line of duty as well as EMS legacy personnel who have died of natural or non-employment-related causes will gather to cheer the National EMS Memorial Bike Riders as they roll into the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center Lower Level Atrium (Waterfront). The riders began their journey in Boston last Saturday and have traveled over 500 miles in the rain in honor their fallen colleagues. They will be led by law enforcement and fire/EMS vehicles as they proc...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 18, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: National EMS Memorial Foundation Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Shooting at High School in Houston Area, Multiple Fatalities Reported
SANTA FE, Texas (AP) — Houston-area media citing unnamed law enforcement officials are reporting that there are fatalities following a shooting at a local high school Friday morning. Television station KHOU and the Houston Chronicle are citing unnamed federal, county and police officials following the shooting at Santa Fe High School, which went on lockdown around 8 a.m. The Associated Press has not been able to confirm the reports. Media briefing from @SheriffEd_HCSO https://t.co/c8HUyarBYp — HCSOTexas (@HCSOTexas) May 18, 2018 The school district has confirmed an unspecified number of injuries but said it wou...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 18, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Terrorism & Active Shooter Source Type: news

Student, Teacher Killed After School Bus, Dump Truck Collide in New Jersey
School bus collides with truck, killing teacher and student By SETH WENIG and MICHAEL R. SISAK, Associated Press MOUNT OLIVE, N.J. (AP) — A school bus taking children on a field trip to a New Jersey historic site collided with a dump truck Thursday, ripping the bus apart and killing a teacher and student, officials said. The crash left the bus lying on its side on the guardrail of Interstate 80 in Mount Olive, its undercarriage and front end sheared off and its steering wheel exposed. Some of the victims crawled out of the emergency exit in the back of the bus and an escape hatch on the roof. More than 40 people were...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 17, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Seth Wenig, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

FDA Approves First Non-opioid Drug to Ease Withdrawal Symptoms
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Federal regulators have approved the first nonopioid treatment to ease withdrawal symptoms from quitting addictive opioids. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration expedited approval of Lucemyra (luc-eh-MEER'-eh) to help combat the U.S. opioid epidemic. The tablet was approved Wednesday to treat adults for up to two weeks for common withdrawal symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, muscle pain and agitation. It is not an addiction treatment but can be part of a longer-term plan. People going through detox are usually given opioid medicine like methadone, which eases the cravings without an intense high....
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 16, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Linda A. Johnson, Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

Deadly California Building Explosion Being Investigated as Intentional
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal and local investigators searched through debris, looking for remnants of a possible explosive device, after a blast at a Southern California medical office building that left a woman dead and three other people injured. The explosion happened around 1 p.m. Tuesday in Aliso Viejo, about 50 miles (80.5 kilometers) south of Los Angeles. Investigators worked through the night and remained at the scene Wednesday morning, said Orange County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Carrie Braun. Firefighters and sheriff's deputies escort children from Academy on the Hill pre-k school in Aliso Viejo, Cali...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 16, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Michael Balsamo, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

In Some Areas, 9-1-1 Technology Struggles to Keep Up with the Times
ROSWELL, Ga. (AP) — High school students hiding from the gunman in Parkland, Florida, were forced to whisper in calls to 911 for fear of tipping off their location. Others texted friends and family who then relayed information to emergency dispatchers over the phone. A few months later, a woman in Michigan was able to send off short text messages to 911 dispatchers as her homicidal husband held their daughter hostage. She was able to convey enough information to help officers get to the scene and formulate a plan to stop the man without the family being harmed. The two cases show how that in this era of active shoote...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 16, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Lisa Marie Pane, Associated Press Tags: News Communications & Dispatch Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Gaza Hospitals Struggle to Cope With High Casualty Toll
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Patients with gunshot wounds filled wards and hallways in Gaza's under-equipped and overwhelmed main hospital Tuesday, with dozens still waiting in line for surgery a day after Israeli soldiers shot and killed 59 Palestinians and wounded hundreds in mass protests on the Gaza border. The high casualty toll triggered a diplomatic backlash against Israel and new charges of excessive use of force against unarmed protesters. The U.N. Security Council began its session Tuesday with a moment of silence for the dead, and the U.N.'s special Mideast envoy said there was "no justification for t...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 15, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Fares Akram, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

Congo Approves use of Experimental Ebola Vaccine, WHO Says
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo has agreed to allow the World Health Organization to use an experimental Ebola vaccine to combat an outbreak announced last week, the WHO director-general said Monday. The aim is for health officials to start using the vaccine, once it's shipped, by the end of the week, or next week if there are difficulties, said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. "We have agreement, registration, plus import permit — everything formally agreed already. And as you know that vaccine is safe and efficacious and has been already tested. So I think we can all be prepared," he sa...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 14, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Saleh Mwanamilongo and Jamey Keaten, Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

Drone tests in Reno focus on Delivery of Emergency Medical Supplies
RENO, Nev. (AP) — The selection of the Reno-based drone operator Flirtey and its local partners for a national test program aimed at increasing the use of unmanned aircraft will be a "game-changer" for the delivery of emergency medical supplies in the region, backers of the effort say. The 10 sites the U.S. Department of Transportation announced Wednesday include projects ranging from monitoring crops and oil pipelines in North Dakota to applying mosquito-killing treatments in Florida. In northern Nevada, the focus will be on drugs and medical equipment. Flirtey drones already have delivered automated exter...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 11, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: News Operations Equipment & Gear Source Type: news

Utah Paramedics Now Access Patient Outcome Data: A Full-Circle Success Story
Most EMS providers are familiar with the lack of closure that comes from caring for a patient on the way to the emergency department, but not finding out the patient’s outcome after care is turned over to the hospital staff. This lack of follow-up can be frustrating and may also be a missed opportunity for both EMS and hospital providers to learn from each other and their experiences. Gold Cross Ambulance, an EMS provider that has serviced Salt Lake City, Utah, for the last 50 years, has recognized this and seized the chance to improve its quality of care and create a more complete patient care record by exchanging d...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 10, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: EMS.gov Tags: Documentation & Patient Care Reporting News Source Type: news

At Least 41 Killed as Dam Bursts in Kenya
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A dam burst its banks in Kenya's Rift Valley, killing at least 41 people and forcing hundreds from their homes, officials said Thursday. At least 20 of the dead were children, police said. Water burst through the banks of the Patel Dam in Solai, Nakuru County, on Wednesday night, sweeping away hundreds of homes, including those on the expansive Nyakinyua estate that borders the reservoir. "Many people are missing. It is a disaster," said Rongai town police chief Joseph Kioko. Nearly 170 people have now died since March from floods caused by seasonal rains, according to Kenyan authoriti...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 10, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Tom Odula, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

Congo Health Ministry Confirms 2 Ebola Cases in New Outbreak
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's government on Tuesday declared a new outbreak of Ebola in the country's rural northwest, after two cases of the deadly virus were confirmed in Bikoro. Congo's Health Ministry said that of the five samples sent to the National Institute of Biological Research in Kinshasa, two came back positive for the Zaire strain of Ebola in the country's Equateur Province. The samples were gathered after the Equateur Province Health Ministry notified Kinshasa on May 3 of some 21 cases of a hemorrhagic fever in the Ikoko Impenge area, including 17 deaths, according to the World Health Organization and ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 9, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Saleh Mwanamilongo and Carley Petesch, Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

Duped Patients Crowdfund for Fraudulent Medical Care, Study Says
CHICAGO (AP) — They're the tech-age version of donor jars at the diner: crowdfunding websites that aim to link ailing people with strangers willing to help pay for medical treatment. But new research suggests duped patients sometimes crowdfund to pay for bogus stem cell treatments. A study published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association focused on for-profit clinics that use direct-to-consumer advertising for costly unproven stem-cell treatments for conditions including chronic lung disease, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis and arthritis. Treatments are often marketed as cures or with a pr...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 8, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Lindsey Tanner, Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

Two International EMS Providers Are Saving Lives in 90 Seconds
Jerusalem - Gavy Friedson and Dovi Meyer are two United Hatzalah volunteer responders who currently live abroad. Friedson lives in the United States and works for the organization in the Washington D.C. area as a local representative there. Meyer currently lives and works in Sydney Australia and volunteers for the Sydney Hatzolah at the same time that he continues to dispatch for United Hatzalah in Israel from afar when called upon. Friedson, who often speaks all across the United States about his experiences as a volunteer EMT with the organization, was very active with the relief missions to both Texas and Florida f...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 8, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Raphael Poch, United Hatzalah Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops News Operations Source Type: news

ImageTrend Announces New Partnership with State of Tennessee
LAKEVILLE, MINN. - ImageTrend, Inc. is proud to announce a new partnership with the state of Tennessee for their EMS data collection and trauma registry reporting. The state’s Department of Health, Office of Emergency Medical Services selected ImageTrend through a competitive RFP process. The Volunteer State will be utilizing the company’s industry-leading Elite ePCR and Patient Registry solutions. “Tennessee Office of EMS is excited to move our EMS Run Reporting and Trauma Registry project forward with the assistance from ImageTrend,” remarked Donna Tidwell, Director of the Office of Emergency M...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 8, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: ImageTrend Tags: Industry News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

National 9-1-1 Program Releases New 2018 Compilation of Next Generation 9-1-1 Standards
As the country continues to advance emergency communications with the implementation of Next Generation 911 (NG911), it is critical for 911 industry stakeholders to have access to a thorough compilation of NG911-related standards. While the Program is not a standard-setting body, it collaborates with over 40 different standards development organizations (SDOs) to catalog and describe such standards. The seventh edition of the Next Generation 911 Standards Identification and Review is now available. This compilation of NG911 standards contains criteria that can serve as the basis to achieve 911 interoperability ac...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 4, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: 911.gov Tags: Communications & Dispatch Industry News Source Type: news

EMS Crews, Israeli Military and Fire and Rescue Department Conduct Collaborative Drill Mimicking MCI Missile Strike on Military Base
Jerusalem, - On Monday, United Hatzalah volunteer EMS organization together with the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and Israel’s Fire and Rescue Department held a combined training drill which mimicked missile attack on a military base that resulted in a mass casualty incident (MCI). The drill was held in the live fire shooting range of Mitvach 24 near the town of Rishon LeZion  and included evacuation by IDF helicopter and logistical and practical cooperation between all organizations. During the drill, the teams collaborated to treat some dozen injured people inside the base, whose level of injuries differed from...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 3, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: United Hatzalah Tags: Training News Operations Source Type: news

EMS Agenda 2050 Draft Available for Public Comment
Throughout the last year, the EMS Agenda 2050 project team sought input from across the nation to craft the EMS Agenda 2050, a vision for the future of EMS. The first draft of the EMS Agenda 2050, which is based on feedback generated through discussion of the initial Straw Man document, has been released for public comment. The public comment period for this draft will be open until May 31st, 2018. EMS, healthcare and public health professionals can provide comments through the submission form available on EMSAgenda2050.org.  Following the comment period, all feedback will be reviewed to help...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 3, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: EMS.gov Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Urgent Recall of SAM XT Extremity Tourniquet Announced by SAM Medical
Note from JEMS Editor-in-Chief A.J. Heightman on the SAM XT tourniquet recall: As an educator and advisor on MCI management, I want to commend SAM Medical for their voluntary recall of their SAM XT Extremity Tourniquets (SAM XT) after internal testing indicated that a failure of the stitches securing the buckle to the nylon belt could occur, and that this poses a potential risk when used on actual patients. Although the FDA is aware of the voluntary recall, they aren't requiring it to occur. It’s a noble gesture by a company with a solid reputation in an effort to ensure that actual field failures don't occur. WILS...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 3, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Industry News Source Type: news

Teen Delivers a Baby Days After Learning About Childbirth in School
EDEN, Utah (AP) — A northern Utah high school student delivered her aunt's baby Saturday, days after learning about childbirth in her child development class. Morlie Hayes, 16, was at home in Eden over the weekend while her mom was out running errands and a surprise visitor showed up: her pregnant aunt Laura Creager, who was going into early labor. "My mom's outside. She's going to have her baby!" Creager's 7-year-old daughter said through tears, the teenager told the Deseret News. The baby wasn't due until May 19. Creager thought she had another hour before she would make it to the hospital, but her baby w...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 1, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

In Brazil Firefighters Attempted to Save Man as Building Fell
SAO PAULO (AP) — They just needed 30 seconds more, a firefighter sergeant said. He had thrown a rope with an improvised harness to a man hanging from a burning building in Sao Paulo's old downtown, and the man managed to secure his leg and shoulders. But just as the sergeant's team was ready to tug the man away, the building collapsed like a pile of dominoes, pulling the man into a cloud of red-hot debris. Brazilian TV broadcast Tuesday's dramatic rescue attempt and the collapse of an abandoned government building that had been occupied by squatters. By the end of the day, only the man whose rescue failed was believe...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - May 1, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Sarah DiLorenzo and Peter Prengaman, Associated Press Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

4 Climbers Die in Swiss Alps After Unexpected Storm
GENEVA (AP) — An unexpected snowstorm coupled with high winds killed four climbers in the Swiss Alps and left five others in critical condition early Monday after they became trapped overnight and couldn't reach shelter, officials said. A total of 14 hikers from France, Germany and Italy were left stranded in the Pigne d'Arolla region, police in southwestern Valais canton said. Authorities deployed seven helicopters as part of rescue efforts. The climbers were caught off-guard by high winds, snow and bitter cold, and were forced to spend the night outdoors, Valais police spokesman Markus Rieder said. Several of those...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 30, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Jamey Keaten, Associated Press Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

Safety of Medical Helicopters Draws Scrutiny After Crash
The safety of helicopter ambulances is under scrutiny after three crew members were killed in a crash in a wooded area of northern Wisconsin this week. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating, and the cause of the crash Thursday is not yet known. However, the conditions — late at night in a remote rural area — make it "the classic case" of a crash involving a medical helicopter, said Kevin Durkin, an aviation lawyer in Chicago. MEDICAL HELICOPTER CRASHES From 1990 through 2015, 217 people died in 81 fatal accidents involving medical helicopters, according to the NTSB. The worst year ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 28, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: David Koenig, Associated Press Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops News Source Type: news

Crash of Medical Helicopter in Wisconsin Kills 3
HAZELHURST, Wis. (AP) — A medical helicopter crashed in a heavily wooded area in northern Wisconsin, killing all three people on board, authorities said Friday. Search and rescue crews located the Ascension Health Spirit helicopter early Friday, according to Oneida County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Dan Hess. The wreckage was found near Hazelhurst, a small town about 150 miles (241 kilometers) northwest of Green Bay. The three people killed were all flight crew members, Oneida County Medical Examiner Larry Mathein told Wausau television station WAOW-TV. No patients were on board. The victims' identities have not been rele...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 27, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

The National Registry of EMTs Releases New iPhone Mobile App
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The National Registry of EMTs (National Registry) today announced its first mobile app is now available for EMS personnel to efficiently manage all components of their continuing education and recertification. Compatible with iPhone devices, the National Registry mobile app allows EMS providers, training officers, and medical directors to track education, manage agency affiliations, verify skills and recertify. “The launch of the new National Registry iPhone app is an exciting milestone for us as we’re dedicated to making National EMS Certification processes easy for every level of EMS pr...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 26, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: National Registry of EMTs Tags: Training Industry News Source Type: news

Portable Test Helps Identify Refugees at Risk of Outbreaks
WASHINGTON (AP) — Call it a lab in a box: Researchers created a device about the size of a toaster that can test a drop of blood to tell, in about half an hour, who's immune to certain infections and who's not. The goal is to find groups of people at risk of outbreaks, especially in impoverished and remote parts of the world, in time to save lives. Wednesday, Canadian researchers reported their novel tool worked pretty well at identifying people vulnerable to measles and rubella in a refugee camp in Kenya. "We're very excited about the potential for this technology," said epidemiologist Aimee Summers of the...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 26, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Lauren Neergaard, Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

Physio-Control Launches Newest Version of LUCAS Chest Compression System in United States
REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--(Product Bulletin) Today Physio-Control, now part of Stryker, announced its newest version of the LUCAS 3 Chest Compression System, version 3.1. The latest version provides powerful new capabilities for tailored device functionality, wireless reporting and device status notifications sent over email. The latest LUCAS 3.1 version allows professional users to tailor setup options for compression rate/depth, pauses, alerts, timer, and ventilation features to meet local emergency care protocols. LUCAS 3.1 now includes Wi-Fi® connectivity with a LIFENET® Syst...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 25, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Physio-Control Tags: Cardiac & Resuscitation Patient Care Industry News Source Type: news

A Look at Attacks Where Vehicles Have Been Used as Weapons
A rented van that drove along a crowded sidewalk in Toronto, killing 10 people and injuring 15, is apparently the latest example of a driver using a vehicle as a weapon in recent years. Some of the attacks 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: ___ Oct. 31, 2017 A Halloween attack on a bike path in New York City killed eight and injured 11 others. Authorities say Sayfullo Saipo...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 24, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: News Mass Casualty Incidents Source Type: news

Van Driver Kills 10 on Toronto Sidewalk
TORONTO (AP) — Police in Canada's biggest city were piecing together witness accounts and surveillance video on Tuesday to determine why a 25-year-old man plowed a van into a busy stretch of sidewalk on a sunny afternoon in one of the deadliest incidents of violence in the country's history. Witnesses and the city's police chief said the suspect, who was quickly captured following a tense confrontation with police, appeared to intentionally drive the rental van into the crowd along busy Yonge Street in north Toronto. "It was like he playing a video game, trying to kill as many people as possible," said Pan...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 24, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Charmaine Noronha, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Mass Casualty Incidents Source Type: news

Mac ’s Ambulance Lift featured on Ford Transit Ambulance of the Future
LONG BEACH, Calif. — More details about the custom Ford Transit Ambulance built for Arab Health 2018 in Dubai, UAE are finally available. Dubbed “The Ambulance of the Future”, this unique design is the result of many companies working together to meet the needs of the customer, patient and industry. The ambulance was placed in a key location by the entrance and was seen by everyone entering and exiting the show. The Mac’s Ambulance Lift was a dynamic part of the show vehicle. Our contribution was awarded the “Export Achievement Certificate” from the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. C...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 23, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Mac's LiftGate Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops Industry News Source Type: news

4 Dead, Several Wounded in Waffle House Shooting in Tennessee
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A nearly naked gunman wearing only a green jacket and brandishing an assault rifle stormed a Waffle House restaurant in Nashville early Sunday, shooting four people to death before a customer rushed him and wrestled the weapon away. Authorities were searching for the 29-year-old suspect, Travis Reinking, who they said drove to the busy restaurant and killed two people in the parking lot before entering and continuing to fire. When his AR-15 rifle either jammed or the clip was empty, the customer disarmed him in a scuffle. Four people were also wounded before the gunman fled, throwing off his ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 23, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Sheila Burke, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

Patient Thanks Ada County (Idaho) Paramedics Who Saved His Life
BOISE, Idaho – On a chilly November night, Ada County Paramedics responded to a 9-1-1 call after a vehicle struck Robert Savage on his motorcycle, propelling him 35 feet down a hill and into a fence. Ada County Paramedics arrived on scene to find Savage with a broken leg, having a grand mal seizure. After a lengthy physical and emotional healing process, Savage is finally at a place where he can tell his story—and he wants to thank the paramedics who saved his life that night. “I am very excited to meet them,” Savage said. “There are a lot of gaps in my mind that I hope they can fill for me.&r...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 19, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Ada County Paramedics Tags: Patient Care Industry News Source Type: news

National 9-1-1 Program Recognizes April 9-1-1 Education Month, Telecommunicators Nationwide, and 50 Years of 9-1-1
Throughout 2018, the 9-1-1 community is celebrating 50 years of 9-1-1. And during the month of April, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the National 9-1-1 Program recognize 9-1-1 Education Month, and April 8-14 as National Public Safety Telecommunicator Week. National 9-1-1 Education Month in this landmark 50th year provides a unique opportunity to educate the public about all aspects of 9-1-1, including: its storied history and continuous adaptation to changing technologies; tips for using 9-1-1 appropriately; information about Next Generation 9-1-1, the future of emergency calling; and, th...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 19, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: 911.gov Tags: Communications & Dispatch Industry News Source Type: news

New Data Suggests Americans Filling Fewer Opioid Prescriptions
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New data show that the number of prescriptions for opioid painkillers filled in the U.S. fell dramatically last year. They showed their biggest drop in 25 years. The decline comes amid increasing legal restrictions and public awareness of the dangers of addiction. A health data firm released a report Thursday showing a 9 percent average drop nationwide in the number of prescriptions for opioids filled by retail and mail-order pharmacies. All 50 states and the District of Columbia had declines of more than 5 percent. The U.S. is estimated to consume roughly 30 percent of all opioids used worldwid...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 19, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Linda A. Johnson, Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

Heavy Rains Ease, Rescue Efforts Improve After Hawaii Storm
HONOLULU (AP) — Heavy rains on Kauai let up on Monday, which helped emergency workers better rescue people stranded by flooding on the Hawaiian island. Forty people, mostly tourists, were stuck since Saturday night at a Red Cross shelter in an elementary school in the north shore town of Hanalei. Plans to airlift them out of the school, which was surrounded by water, were abandoned because severe weather grounded helicopters, said Coralie Matayoshi, CEO of American Red Cross of Hawaii. On Sunday night, another 21 people made their way to the shelter on personal watercraft and boats, she said. The shelter earlier had ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 17, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Associated Press Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

Organs from Drug Overdoses May Help Transplant Shortage
WASHINGTON (AP) — Fatal drug overdoses are increasing organ donations, and researchers reported Monday that people who receive those transplants generally fare as well as patients given organs from more traditional donors. The findings could encourage more use of organs from overdose victims. Researchers from Johns Hopkins University found those transplants have jumped nearly 24-fold since 2000. That was before overdoses were making headlines or most transplant centers considered accepting such organs. In 2016, there were 3,533 transplants using overdose-related donated organs, up from just 149 such transplants in 20...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 17, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Lauran Neergard, Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

EMS Physicians Gather on Capitol Hill to Address Critical Drug Shortages Affecting Patient Care
WASHINGTON, DC (April 16, 2018) – Members of the National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP) gathered in Washington, D.C. last week to advocate for issues affecting quality out-of-hospital emergency medical care, including ongoing drug shortages affecting EMS providers. Medical facilities across the country are currently experiencing shortages in powerful, injectable painkillers as well as other essential emergency medications needed by patients undergoing surgery, fighting cancer or suffering traumatic injuries. The shortage is due largely to manufacturing setbacks. “Drug shortages impede our nation&rsqu...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 16, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: National Association of EMS Physicians Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

Opioid Trials to Begin in 2019 as Settlement is Also Pushed
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge with an audacious plan to settle hundreds of lawsuits filed by local governments against the drug industry over the destruction wrought by prescription opioid painkillers has altered his course. Cleveland-based Judge Dan Polster issued an order Wednesday scheduling three Ohio trials for 2019 — a shift from his earlier plan to try to work out settlements. In his order, the judge says the parties have made "good progress" and notes that lawyer in the case were asking for a litigation track in addition to settlement talks. The hope is that holding some trials can hel...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 12, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Andrew Welsh Huggins and Geoff Mulvihill, Associated Press Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Algerian Military Plane Crashes in a Field, Killing 257
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — An Algerian military plane carrying soldiers and their families crashed soon after takeoff Wednesday into a field in northern Algeria, killing 257 people in what appeared to be the North African nation's worst-ever plane crash. Algeria's Defense Ministry said those killed included 247 passengers and 10 crew. The cause of the crash was unclear and an investigation has been opened. Algerian authorities did not mention whether there were any survivors but one witness reported seeing some people jump out of the aircraft before it crashed at 7:50 a.m. Wednesday. The flight had just taken off from t...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 11, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Aomar Oualia, Associated Press Tags: News Mass Casualty Incidents Source Type: news

DQE Sentry Shield Powdered Substance Defense Kits Deliver Hazardous Opioid Exposure Protection
Opioid use in the United States is increasing dramatically. The effects of increased encounters with opioids on law enforcement and first responders can be deadly. According to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, “Since fentanyl can be ingested orally, inhaled through the nose or mouth, or absorbed through the skin or eyes, any substance suspected to contain fentanyl should be treated with extreme caution as exposure to a small amount can lead to significant health‐related complications, respiratory depression, or death.” DQE developed the Sentry Shield line of personal protective kits to pr...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 11, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: DQE Tags: Industry News Equipment & Gear Source Type: news

New Way of Defining Alzheimer's Aims to Find Disease Sooner
Government and other scientists are proposing a new way to define Alzheimer's disease — basing it on biological signs, such as brain changes, rather than memory loss and other symptoms of dementia that are used today. The move is aimed at improving research, by using more objective criteria like brain scans to pick patients for studies and enroll them sooner in the course of their illness, when treatments may have more chance to help. But it's too soon to use these scans and other tests in routine care, because they haven't been validated for that yet, experts stress. For now, doctors will still rely on the tools the...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 9, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Marilynn Marchione, Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

The National EMS Management Association ’s EMS Officer Credentialing Exams
This year at the annual Pinnacle EMS Leadership conference, NEMSMA will be providing its credentialing written examinations for Supervisory (SPO), Managerial (MPO) and Executive (Fellow) level Paramedic Officer certifications. These are the only EMS officer credentials that adhere to the NEMSMA national standardized comprehensive competencies, accepted by the industry across the country. The written tests will be given on July 22nd, 2018 at the conference venue in Phoenix, Arizona. Candidates must submit a completed application and provide all supporting documentation no later than June 8th, 2018 through NEMSMA’s web...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 9, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: National EMS Management Association Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

In Iowa, Teachers Learn How to 'Stop The Bleed'
PLEASANT HILL, Iowa (AP) — As she learned the basics of applying direct pressure, packing a wound with gauze and tying a tourniquet, sixth-grade math and social studies teacher Kari Stafford shook her head at the thought that this may now be an essential skill for her profession. Stafford didn't like it, but with school shootings now a regular occurrence, she and her colleagues have reluctantly accepted that the attacks won't stop and that teachers must know how to keep the victims from bleeding to death. "Learning to help and not just stand there is important," said Stafford, who joined about a dozen other...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 9, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Scott McFetridge, Associated Press Tags: Training Trauma News Source Type: news

New Jersey Man Celebrates 57 Years of Volunteer EMS Service
ENGLEWOOD, NJ – Englewood resident Dick Krane doesn’t do anything half way. When he commits to something, he really commits. Krane recently celebrated 61 years of marriage with his wife, Pat, and come May 2018, will mark 57 years of service with the Englewood Volunteer Ambulance Corps (EVAC). In 1966, receiving a plaque from Mayor Austin Volk (wearing suit) are Englewood Volunteer Ambulance Corps Captain Charles Hampton (left); President John Prokop (holding plaque); Secretary Dick Krane (second from right); and dispatcher Bill Hampton (right). Although no longer an active duty crew member, Krane, 81, remains ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 8, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: EMS Council of New Jersey Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Van Crashes into Crowd in Germany, Killing 2
MUENSTER, Germany (AP) — A van crashed into people drinking outside a popular bar Saturday in the German city of Muenster, killing two people and injuring 20 others before the driver of the vehicle shot and killed himself inside it, police said. A top German security official said there was no indication of an Islamic extremist motive but officials were investigating all possibilities in the deadly crash that took place at 3:27 p.m. on a warm spring day. Witnesses said people ran away screaming from the city square after the crash. Police quickly set up a large cordoned-off area for their investigation and ambulance...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 7, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Kirsten Gieshaber and Ferdinand Ostrop, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

Dr äger Introduces New Technology to Protect Against Deadly Smoke-Borne Gases Known as ‘Toxic Twins’
Houston – Dräger announced a new patented ‘toxic twins’ alarm function on its X-am 5000 multi-gas monitor that measures CO and HCN against a combined threshold. The company has also published a whitepaper detailing the effects of the ‘toxic twins.’ In structural fires, smoke inhalation causes eight times as many deaths as burns because of toxic gases. Two of the most deadly are carbon monoxide (CO) and hydrogen cyanide (HCN) – known as ‘toxic twins.’ Together, they create a lethal chemical asphyxiant that can put firefighters and victims into cardiac arrest at ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 5, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Dr äger Tags: Industry News Equipment & Gear Source Type: news

Surgeon General Urges Americans to Carry Naloxone
ATLANTA (AP) — The nation's chief doctor wants more Americans to start carrying the overdose antidote naloxone to help combat the nation's opioid crisis and save lives. Speaking at the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit in Atlanta on Thursday morning, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams issued his office's first national public health advisory in 13 years. Adams said he hopes those who are at risk — as well as their friends and family members — will keep the antidote on hand and learn how to use it. "You don't have to be a policeman or a firefighter or a paramedic to save a life," said...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 5, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: R.J. Rico, Associated Press Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

NHTSA Now Accepting Applications for EMS/9-1-1 Specialist Position
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is seeking qualified candidates to fill an open position to support both the Office of EMS and National 911 Program. These programs have national responsibility for developing and implementing new projects, providing technical assistance and support, and coordinating activities that enhance EMS and 911 systems. Job seekers interested in serving in a hands-on role overseeing projects of national significance to improve emergency medical services and emergency communication are encouraged to apply. In this role, the candidate will: Work with the technical complexiti...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 4, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: EMS.gov Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

The John D. Solomon Fellowship: Growing the Emergency Management Field
April 3, 2018 – The emergency management field draws individuals from an array of professional and educational backgrounds. Vital aspects include the ability to communicate effectively, coordinate transportation of needed resources and create plans to implement during emergencies. No two emergency managers are alike. Your emergency management agency requires professionals with different skill sets and experiences to fulfill its mission. Fellowships and internships offer a unique and beneficial experience by providing potential emergency management professionals with hands-on training in the field. Participants, some ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 3, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news