Two Dead in California Mudslides, Flooding
SAUSALITO, Calif. (AP) — Waves of heavy rain pounded California on Thursday, trapping people in floodwaters, washing away a mountain highway, triggering a mudslide that destroyed homes and forcing residents to flee communities scorched by wildfires last year. At least two people died as the powerful system swept in from the Pacific Ocean and unleashed damaging rain, snow and wind. The system was moving across the U.S. West into Wyoming and Colorado after walloping Northern California and southern Oregon a day earlier. The National Weather Service reported staggering rainfall amounts across California, including more ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 15, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

Medicare Ambulance Rides May No Longer End Up at ER
WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare wants to change how it pays for emergency ambulance services to give seniors more options besides going to a hospital emergency department, officials said Thursday. Other options could include going to an urgent care center, a doctor's office, or even treatment at home under supervision of a doctor via telehealth links. It's just a pilot project for now, but if adopted nationwide the idea could save Medicare more than $500 million a year and allow local fire departments and ambulance services to focus the time and energy of first responders on the most serious emergencies. HHS Announces Gro...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 15, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

HHS Announces Groundbreaking EMS Payment Reform: ET3 Model
We are very pleased to report on an exciting breakthrough for EMS that was announced today by HHS Secretary Alex Azar. Beginning in early 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) will offer a new payment model for EMS to allow Medicare Fee-For-Service (FFS) beneficiaries to receive the most appropriate level of care at the right time and place with the potential for lower out-of-pocket costs. The new model – Emergency Triage, Treat and Transport (ET3) Model – will make it possible for participating ambulance suppliers and providers to p...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 14, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Bus Crashes into Ravine in Macedonia Killing 14
SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — A bus carrying workers in North Macedonia crashed into a ravine outside the capital of Skopje Wednesday, killing 14 people and injuring about 30, officials said. Venko Filipce, the newly renamed European nation's health minister, said seven people were pronounced dead at the scene and the rest died after being taken to a hospital. Six of those injured had life-threatening conditions. Prime Minister Zoran Zaev declared two days of national mourning. The bus was carrying about 50 people when it veered off a highway linking Skopje with the western town of Tetovo and plunged 10 meters (30 f...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 14, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: International Major Incidents News Mass Casualty Incidents Source Type: news

Parkland School Shooting Victims Remembered on One Year Anniversary
PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre a year ago renewed the national debate on guns and school safety, turned some victims' parents and surviving students into political activists and at least temporarily ended the local sheriff's career. But Thursday's anniversary will primarily be about remembering the 14 students and three staff members who died in the third high-profile mass shooting in Florida since 2016. An interfaith service will be held at a Parkland park, near the school, to remember the victims. Many Stoneman Douglas students arrived on campus Thursday wearing headphones a...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 14, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Major Incidents News Terrorism & Active Shooter Mass Casualty Incidents Source Type: news

FEMA Administrator Brock Long Resigns
WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency resigned Wednesday after a two-year tenure in which he managed the response to historic wildfires and major hurricanes but was dogged by questions over his use of government vehicles. Brock Long said in a letter to FEMA employees that he was resigning to spend more time at home with his family. His last day is March 8. He did not mention the investigation by the agency's watchdog that found he had used government vehicles without authorization, costing taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said last fa...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 14, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Dallas Firefighter/Paramedic Injured in Ambulance Crash Expected to Make Full Recovery
DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A Dallas Fire-Rescue firefighter/paramedic is expected to make a full recovery after being involved in a weekend ambulance crash that sent him and his partner to the hospital; but resulted in the death of the driver who struck them. The collision, which happened on the passenger side of the ambulance, left Officer Nicholas Granados, 29, with a collapsed lung, a fractured rib and multiple lacerations, contusions and abrasions over multiple areas of his body, Dallas Fire-Rescue explained in a news release Monday.   (Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News)
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 13, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Ambulances & Vehicle Ops News Videos Operations Source Type: news

Preliminary Report Released in Ohio Medevac Crash
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio medical helicopter on its way to pick up a hospital patient made "a sharp left turn" before a crash that killed three people including the pilot last month, according to a preliminary federal report. JEMS: Three Dead in Ohio Medical Helicopter Crash The report released Monday by the National Transportation Safety Board said the Survival Flight helicopter, a Bell 407, made a turn to the right about 15 minutes after takeoff in suburban Columbus Jan. 29, followed by the left turn. A Survival Flight operations control specialist observed the movements on flight tracking software, t...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 13, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Ambulances & Vehicle Ops Operations Source Type: news

Las Vegas Mass Shooting Hospital Response Case Study
United States Fire Administration - The Nevada Hospital Association released a case study on the medical response to the Las Vegas, Nevada, Harvest Festival shooting. The purpose of this case study is to provide hospitals and public health agencies points of discussion to further their emergency management and mass casualty planning. A Day Like No Other: A Case Study of the Las Vegas Mass Shooting covers an incredible amount of detail on several topics, reviewing triage, staffing, safety and security, communications, surge plans, mortuary care, and mental health and wellness. Any hospital or EMS agency writing or reworking...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 12, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Major Incidents News Terrorism & Active Shooter Mass Casualty Incidents Source Type: news

Fire Chief Calls for Incident Command Changes in Wake of Vegas Mass Shooting
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A Las Vegas-area fire chief who warned lawmakers months before a 2017 mass shooting at a music festival that Nevada should bolster its emergency management planning says he wants to bypass state lawmakers to get changes made. Six months before the Oct. 1, 2017, shooting on the Las Vegas Strip that killed 58 and left hundreds injured, Clark County Fire Department Chief Greg Cassell testified before state legislators in favor of a bill that would have required more coordination of emergency medical resources ahead of such a large event. Las Vegas Mass Shooting Hospital Response Case Study Inves...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 12, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Major Incidents News Terrorism & Active Shooter Mass Casualty Incidents Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Missouri Firefighter/Paramedics Ditch Ambulance to Get Patient to Hospital
MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO (FOX 2 NOW) - A photo of two metro firefighter paramedics on the job is getting thousands of 'likes' and shares on social media. The men pushed a patient nearly a mile up an icy hill to get her to the hospital after their ambulance got stuck on ice. It happened during Sunday morning's ice event. The two men, Jonathan Stillpass and Shaylor Taetz, both work for the Maryland Heights Fire Department. They said their ambulance lost traction on the ice Sunday morning and hit a guardrail. The two had no idea someone snapped the photo of them pushing the patient up the icy hill. The two said the patient was ve...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 12, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Source Type: news

Video: Paramedics in South Africa Rescue Baby in Storm Drain
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Rescue workers in South Africa pulled a newborn baby from a storm drain in a four-hour operation that ended with whoops and cheers from onlookers. Rescue Care Paramedics, one of the groups that helped to extricate the infant girl in Durban, says it is unclear why the baby was "dumped" and that police are investigating. The group says emergency responders went to the scene on Monday after residents heard a baby crying from deep inside the concrete storm drain. It says the area was dug up and a chisel and hammer were used to break into the drain. Video shows a rescuer lifting the baby to a...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 12, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Rescue & Vehicle Extrication International News Operations Source Type: news

Nine Injured after Truck Strikes Crowd on California Sidewalk
FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) — Witnesses and emergency responders lifted a pickup truck off people trapped when a driver plowed into a crowd on a sidewalk in Southern California early Sunday, injuring at least nine, authorities said. Police arrested a 22-year-old man on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs after the truck crashed into a popular area of Fullerton filled with people leaving bars and restaurants shortly before closing time. "It was a very chaotic scene," police Lt. Jon Radus said. The Toyota Tacoma jumped the curb, struck people and then crashed into a tree, Radus said. Some of the vict...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 11, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Major Incidents News Mass Casualty Incidents Source Type: news

Istanbul Building Collapse Death Toll Rises
ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's interior minister says the death toll from a collapsed apartment building in Istanbul has risen to 21. Minister Suleyman Soylu spoke late Saturday, saying those who made "mistakes" would be held accountable. The eight-story building in the city's Kartal district collapsed on Wednesday. Rescue workers remain at the site and it is unclear how many more people are missing. The collapsed building had 14 apartments, 43 registered residents and three businesses. Thirteen people pulled from the rubble have been hospitalized and seven remain in intensive care. Chief Doctor Recep Demirhan sa...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 11, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Major Incidents International News Mass Casualty Incidents Source Type: news

Approximately 100 Injured in Barcelona Train Crash
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Two passenger trains rammed head-on into each other on a track near Barcelona on Friday, killing one person and injuring about 100 others, most of them slightly, authorities said. The commuter trains collided in the evening between the towns of Sant Vicenc de Castellet and Manresa, northwest of Barcelona, emergency services for the region of Catalonia said in a tweet. Three of the injured passengers were in serious condition. Around 100 others escaped injury, officials said. One train was heading to Barcelona and the other was going to Manresa, in northeastern Spain, when they ran into each ot...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 11, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Major Incidents International News Mass Casualty Incidents Source Type: news

Acadian Companies Promotes Asbel Montes to Senior Vice President
February 8, 2019 — Asbel Montes has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Innovation at Acadian Companies. Montes joined Acadian in 2009 and oversees Acadian’s revenue cycle management, contract management, business office process improvements and government relations for state and federal reimbursement policy initiatives. He has previously served as the vice president of Acadian Client Services and vice president of governmental relations. He is a member of the American Ambulance Association, has served on its board of directors and is currently co-chair of the Payment Reform Stee...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 8, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Industry News Source Type: news

Fire at Brazilian Soccer Team Complex Kills 10
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A fire tore through the sprawling training complex of one of Brazil's biggest soccer clubs Friday, killing 10 people and leaving three teenagers injured, firefighters said. Firefighters were called in just after 5 a.m. to battle a blaze at the Ninho de Urubu training ground of the Flamengo soccer club in Rio de Janeiro's western region, a fire official told The Associated Press. There was no word yet on the cause of the fire. "Flamengo is in mourning" the team posted on its Twitter account. The ages and identities of those killed were not released but the three injured were 14, 15 and ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 8, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: International Major Incidents News Source Type: news

Teen Rescued from Building Collapse in Istanbul
ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish rescue workers on Friday pulled out a 16-year-old boy from the rubble of an eight-story apartment building in Istanbul two days after it collapsed, Turkey's interior minister said. The teenager was immediately hospitalized, Suleyman Soylu told reporters at the scene. There was no information on his condition. His rescue raised the number of people who have been pulled out of the wreckage to 14. Eleven bodies were recovered. JEMS: Several Rescued from Istanbul Building Collapse The building, in Istanbul's mostly-residential Kartal district on the Asian side of the city, crashed down on Wednesda...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 8, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: International Major Incidents Rescue & Vehicle Extrication News Operations Source Type: news

Study Finds Uber Reduces Ambulance Use
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (FOX 59) - First responders are sounding the alarm after learning some Hoosiers are calling for an Uber or Lyft instead of an ambulance during a suspected emergency. A recent study by the University of Kansas found when Uber came to a city, ambulance usage dropped by at least 7 percent. The study read, "Many have now started to seek alternate, cheaper transport to the emergency room in the form of ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft." Brian Rasmussen can vouch for that. Over the past two years driving around the City for Uber, he has seen just about every type of person sit in his back ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 8, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Park Police Investigate Helicopter Buzzing Skaters on Reflecting Pool
WASHINGTON (ABC7) — When a group of skaters took advantage of the frozen surface of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool last week, a U.S. Park Police helicopter flew down and buzzed them off the ice. Skating on the reflecting pool ice is prohibited, but many are questioning the pilot’s enforcer tactics. In a statement, Park Police said the pilot’s actions appeared to be inappropriate. An internal investigation has been started.   (Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News)
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 7, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Man Arrested after Vandalizing U.S. Flag on FDNY Ambulance
EAST VILLAGE, Manhattan (WABC) - A man is under arrest after officials say he vandalized an American flag that was proudly displayed on an FDNY ambulance in Manhattan. The incident happened Jan. 25 around 2:30 p.m. in the East Village and was caught on video.   The ambulance was parked on East 9th Street and Second Avenue. When paramedics returned to the vehicle, they found the flag had been cut in two pieces and was thrown on the street.     (Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News)
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 7, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Videos Source Type: news

Several Rescued from Istanbul Building Collapse
ISTANBUL (AP) — A 5-year-old girl was rescued from the rubble of the eight-story apartment building in Istanbul on Thursday, raising the number of survivors of the collapsed structure to 13. At least three people have been found dead. The girl, Havva Tekgoz, was pulled from the debris about 18 hours after the building in the mostly residential Kartal district, on the Asian side of the city, collapsed. She was carried to a waiting ambulance on a stretcher with her neck in a brace, as one person in a crowd of onlookers chanted "God is great!" Overnight, emergency services also rescued a 9-year old boy. Photos...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 7, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: International Major Incidents News Source Type: news

To Educate or Not to Educate: An Economic and EMS Role Confusion Conundrum
Recently I was called out by individuals on various social media channels because I haven’t weighed in publicly about the importance of postsecondary education for EMS providers. Although I believe that pursuing higher education is an important piece of a successful progressive career, I’m not ready to “take sides” as to its mandatory requirement for all of our traditional frontline EMS provider roles. For those who advocate for formal education, the evidence is strong. A postsecondary education provides a foundation for skills development beyond what we learn in EMT and paramedic school, such as he...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 6, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Jonathan D. Washko, MBA, NRP, AEMD Tags: Training Columns News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

West Virginia Deputy 911 Director Suspended Over Facebook Post
BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — An emergency services director in West Virginia says a deputy director has been suspended after a post on social media about a proposed border wall drew outrage. News outlets report Raleigh County 911 director John Zilinski says in a statement that deputy director Mark Wilson was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation. Wilson's Facebook post shows a photo of a man in front of decapitated heads on a wall. The caption reads, "Be thankful Donald Trump is building the wall! Mine would look more like this." The photo shows the heads of people who are dark ski...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 6, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Patriots Fans Rescue Stuck Ambulance
BOSTON (WCVB) - A group of fans helped push an ambulance out of the mud after it became stuck in Boston Common during the New England Patriots' parade.     (Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News)
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 6, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Ambulances & Vehicle Ops News Videos Operations Source Type: news

Emergency Room Delays Add to Florida EMS Woes
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Florida (The Daytona Beach News-Journal) - David McLain awoke to a loud thud. It came from another room in the house, but even before getting out of bed the South Daytona man knew what had happened. His 80-year-old mother had fallen before. On this Friday morning in December, she collapsed with more worrisome conditions. She was unresponsive and struggling to breathe. McLain’s fears quickly turned to relief when city firefighters arrived at his home off U.S. Highway 1 in response to a 911 call. Minutes later, an ambulance arrived. Paramedics loaded his mother into the van and rushed her, still short o...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 6, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Videos Operations Source Type: news

South Carolina Community Paramedics Begin Home Visits for Addicts
PICKENS Co., SC (WSPA) - In the midst of an opioid epidemic sweeping the nation, Pickens County is hoping one new program can help local addicts get clean. In a special-called meeting Monday night, Pickens County Council heard testimony from Directors of two EMS agencies and one treatment service, asking for formal support of a new Community Outreach Paramedic Education Program, otherwise known as a "COPE" Program. The program would allow a specially-trained paramedic and one para-support specialist to visit addicts within 3 days after an overdose to offer their support and services.   (Source: JEMS: Journal...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 5, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Patient Care Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

At Least 10 Dead in Paris Fire
PARIS (AP) — Paris' deadliest fire in over a decade claimed at least 10 lives Tuesday, sending fleeing residents to the roof and clambering across balconies as flames rapidly engulfed their nine-story apartment building. A 40-year-old female resident of the building, said to have a history of psychiatric problems, was arrested on the street in the hours after the 1 a.m. blaze, as French police opened a criminal investigation into voluntary arson resulting in death. Officials said the unnamed woman, who is in police custody, was drunk. Multiple neighbors said they heard the suspect and her neighbor, an off-duty firefi...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 5, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: International Major Incidents News Source Type: news

Explosion Kills One at New Mexico Strip Mall
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An "improvised explosion" detonated in an alley behind a strip mall in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Monday and killed a man authorities believe was responsible for the device, police said. Albuquerque Police Chief Michael Geier said at a news conference the blast didn't appear to be linked to any terrorist act but the FBI is investigating. The name of the man killed has not been released and police don't know if he was connected to the shopping center and have yet to determine a motive. "There is no perceived threat to anybody else," Geier said in a news conference from the...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 5, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Trauma News Patient Care Source Type: news

Neighbors Recall California Plane Crash
YORBA LINDA, Calif. (AP) — A small plane shook homes and "sounded like a missile" as it broke apart and rained chunks of metal into a Southern California neighborhood, igniting a house fire that killed four people, witnesses said Monday. The pilot, a retired Chicago police officer living in Nevada, also died Sunday. Investigators were collecting pieces of the plane that fell into homes across about four blocks in Yorba Linda, a community southeast of Los Angeles. "The witnesses I've spoken with say that they saw the airplane coming out of the clouds — it was still in one piece — and then th...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 5, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

Shooting Places University of Maryland Medical Center on Lockdown
BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore hospital went on lockdown Monday after a 24-year-old employee was critically wounded by a gunman near an ambulance bay at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Lt. Col. Kevin Jones of the Baltimore Police Department said the shooter was arrested with a loaded pistol a few blocks away from the hospital. He said the gunman knows the victim — shot in the face and buttocks — but details about a motive were not immediately available. Police later said 26-year old Jamar Haughton of Baltimore is charged with attempted murder, assault, reckless endangerment, and several firearm-r...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 5, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Source Type: news

Mexico Pipeline Fire Death Toll Rises to 126
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican officials say the death toll from a Jan. 18 fire at an illegally tapped pipeline has risen to 126 after more people died of their injuries. Sixty-eight people died at the scene in the town of Tlahuelilpan in the central state of Hidalgo. The fire erupted after residents gathered to collect gasoline from a leaking tap in a field and a geyser of gasoline ignited. A total of 81 people were taken to hospitals. In the two weeks since the blast, 58 of them have died and two recovered and were released. The government of Hidalgo state said Tuesday that 21 injured people remain in hospitals. The go...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 5, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Major Incidents International News Mass Casualty Incidents Source Type: news

Boats, Helicopters Deployed for Rescues in Australia Floods
SYDNEY (AP) — Emergency workers are using boats and helicopters to rescue people from flooded parts of northern Australia where forecasts call for more heavy rainfall. More than 1,100 people had been rescued from their homes on Sunday night and evacuation efforts were continuing Monday. Queensland state Premier Anastasia Palaszczuk told reporters Monday that more rain in Townsville and the surrounding area over the next two days could cause flash flooding. The floodgates of the city's dam were opened earlier to prevent the Ross River from breaking its banks, flooding some suburbs. Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill had desc...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 4, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: International Major Incidents News Source Type: news

Train Slams into Pickup on Tracks in New Hampshire
CHARLESTOWN, N.H. (AP) — Police in New Hampshire say an Amtrak train carrying 74 people slammed into a pickup truck shortly after the driver got out. Police in Charlestown said the truck had gone over a guardrail and had landed on the railroad tracks on Sunday night. The driver had suffered minor injuries and was taken to a hospital. Shortly afterward, the Amtrak Vermonter train hit the man's vacated truck. Police say passengers were removed from the train and taken by bus to the Bellows Falls, Vermont, Amtrak station. Scattered debris from the crash struck a firetruck, injuring one person inside who was taken to a h...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 4, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

At Least Six Dead in Avalanche in Italian Alps
ROME (AP) — Rescuers on Monday located the bodies of four skiers in Italy's Alps, a day after they went missing, raising the death toll in recent avalanches in the country to six. The Valdostano Alpine Rescue aircraft, searching for two British and two French skiers who had gone skiing on Sunday in the Veny valley near the resort town of Courmayeur, spotted three of the bodies in early morning. Later in the day, the Italian news agency ANSA quoted Valdostano Alpine Rescue rescue official Paolo Comune as saying searchers had found the body of the fourth skier, a Polish native who resided in Chamonix, France. On Sunday...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 4, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: International Rescue & Vehicle Extrication News Operations Source Type: news

EMS Physicians Honored with Professional and Research Awards at NAEMSP 2019
Overland Park, KS – The National Association of EMS Physicians® (NAEMSP®) celebrated outstanding professional achievements and research abstracts during the NAEMSP® 2019 Annual Meeting held January 7-12, 2019, at the JW Marriott Austin in Austin, Texas. RJ Frascone, MD, FACEP, FAEMS, received the Ronald D. Stewart Award for his tireless work on improving EMS response to cardiac arrest, leading some of the most innovative work in resuscitation science over the past decade. This award is presented to a person who has made a lasting, major contribution to the national...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 4, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: National Association of Emergency Medical Services Physicians (NAEMSP) Tags: News Patient Care Administration and Leadership Operations Source Type: news

Five Dead, Two Injured when Plane Crashes onto California Home
YORBA LINDA, Calif. (AP) — Five people died and two others were injured after a small plane apparently came apart, raining debris across a Southern California neighborhood and igniting a house fire before landing in a backyard, authorities said Sunday. Photos: Yorba Linda, CA Plane Crash The male pilot, who was the only person in the twin-engine plane, and four people in the Yorba Linda house that caught fire died Sunday, Orange County Sheriff's Lt. Cory Martino said at a news conference Sunday night. He says the deceased occupants of the home were two males and two females. No other identifying information such as n...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 4, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Major Incidents Trauma News Patient Care Operations Source Type: news

14 Injured in West Virginia Bus Crash
BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia girls' high school basketball team is expected to return home a day after its charter bus rolled over. Berkeley County School officials said in a statement 14 people taken to hospitals Saturday night were medically cleared. The bus carrying the Martinsburg High team was leaving the Big Atlantic Classic tournament in Beckley when the accident occurred along an Interstate 64 entrance ramp. Gov. Jim Justice and his staff provided lodging for the players and their families. Justice also is the girls' coach at Greenbrier East High School, which defeated Martinsburg in the tournament e...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 4, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Major Incidents News Mass Casualty Incidents Source Type: news

Seven Dead, Over 30 Injured in Bus Crash South of Moscow
MOSCOW (AP) — A bus crashed south of Moscow on Sunday, killing at least seven people, four of them children, and sending 32 others to the hospital with injuries, authorities said. The bus carrying 45 people tipped over and crashed on a local road about 190 kilometers (118 miles) south of Moscow in the morning, the Emergency Situations Ministry said, updating previous reports that it was carrying 48 people. Dozens of people were trapped inside the bus, and it was not until hours later that the rescue teams managed to pull everyone out. The injured included 23 children. The cause of the crash was not immediately clear ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 4, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: International Major Incidents News Mass Casualty Incidents Source Type: news

29 Injured, Seven Dead, in Train Derailment in India
PATNA, India (AP) — Seven people were killed and 29 injured when nine coaches of a New Delhi-bound train derailed early Sunday in eastern India, officials said. Most of the passengers were asleep when the train jumped the tracks. Soon after the accident, hundreds of villagers rushed to help rescuers and members of India's disaster management to pull out people trapped in the twisted metal and overturned coaches. Indian Railways official Rajesh Dutt Bajpai said that by noon Sunday, the rescue work was over. Two of the injured were in critical condition, he said. The cause of the accident is being investigated. The Pre...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 4, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: International Major Incidents Rescue & Vehicle Extrication News Mass Casualty Incidents Operations Source Type: news

Five Children Killed, Ejected from Minivan in Maryland Crash
BOWIE, Md. (AP) — Maryland authorities say they're investigating a crash that killed five children who were ejected from a minivan. Two adults were also injured. Maryland State Police troopers say in a news release that the single-vehicle crash happened before 5 a.m. Saturday on northbound Route 301 in Prince George's County. The troopers identified the dead children as: 8-year-old London Dixon and 5-year-old Paris Dixon, both of Bowie; and 14-year-old Zion Beard; 6-year-old Rickelle Ricks; and 15-year-old Damari Herald, all of Washington, D.C. Police identified the driver as 32-year-old Dominique Taylor, of Bowie. T...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 4, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Rescue & Vehicle Extrication Trauma News Patient Care Source Type: news

Louisiana Police Officer Killed in Funeral Procession Crash
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Authorities say a Louisiana police officer was killed after being hit while riding a motorcycle as part of a funeral procession. In a news release, the Baton Rouge Police Department said 31-year-old Cpl. Shane Totty died from his injuries shortly after the Friday afternoon wreck. Police say a pickup truck crashed into Totty, who was escorting a funeral procession. The department says Totty was a four-year veteran of the force. The crash is under investigation. Authorities have not identified the driver of the truck or said whether charges will be filed. All contents © copyright 201...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 4, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Trauma Patient Care News Source Type: news

Winter Toll: Over Two Dozen Dead, Hundreds Hurt
CHICAGO (AP) — The dangerous cold and heavy snow that hobbled the northern U.S. this week has retreated, but not before exacting a human toll: more than two dozen weather-related deaths in eight states and hundreds of injuries, including frostbite, broken bones, heart attacks and carbon monoxide poisoning. In Illinois alone, hospitals reported more than 220 cases of frostbite and hypothermia since Tuesday, when the polar vortex moved in and overnight temperatures plunged to minus 30 (minus 34 Celsius) or lower — with wind chills of minus 50 (minus 45 Celsius) or worse in some areas. Hennepin Healthcare in Minne...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 4, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

California Search and Rescue Team Member Killed in Crash
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The second in a string of powerful storms battered California on Saturday, shutting key highways after water and mud rushed into lanes from bare hillsides in wildfire burn areas where thousands of residents were under evacuation orders. Flash flood warnings were issued for huge swaths of Southern California and forecasters said the system brought more than 4 inches (10 centimeters) of rain at lower elevations and several feet of snow in the mountains, where whiteout conditions closed roads. Photos: Powerful California Storms Wreak Havoc A wind gust in Santa Barbara County topped 80 mph (128 kph) as...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 3, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Major Incidents Rescue & Vehicle Extrication News Operations Source Type: news

Healthcare Industry Strength Fuels Need for EMTs and Paramedics
  The tight labor market is particularly weighing on the health sector. The healthcare industry added 42,000 new jobs in January, with more than 22,000 in ambulatory health-care services and another 19,000 in hospitals, according to Friday's closely watched Labor Department report. The health-care sector has added 368,000 jobs over the past year, while unemployment continues to hover near historic lows. Read more at CNBC. (Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News)
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 2, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Kate Rogers (CNBC) Tags: News Videos Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Mike McEvoy Named JEMS Executive Editor
The Journal of Emergency Medical Services, long considered the conscience of the emergency medical field, championed by the ever-present editor in chief AJ Heightman, is beyond excited to announce that as of February 1, 2019, Mike “Doc” McEvoy is coming onboard to serve as executive editor. Mike is, in Bobby Halton’s words, “a medic’s medic, a professional firefighter in the truest sense of the word. Mike not only has decades of hard-earned street cred as a medic, but he can go toe to toe with the best firefighters in the nation.” The nickname “Doc” is not casual. It is honor...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 1, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Administration and Leadership Top Story Source Type: news

Settlement in Bellingham (WA) Fire Department Intubation Case
  The city of Bellingham (WA) is settling a claim for damages after fire department personnel practiced endotracheal intubation techniques on a deceased man last year, according to a report. The Bellingham Herald reports that the City Council authorized the mayor to settle the claims for $75,000. Last July, 11 fire department employees admitted to performing "tube checks" on the body of Bradley Ginn Sr. while he was on the floor of Station 1. His body was waiting to be picked up to be taken to a funeral home. Ginn's son, Bradley Ginn Jr., filed a claim for $200,000 in damages. Besides to ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 1, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

Bill: Record Every EMS Transport in Maine
A bill being advanced at the state level in Maine would require that every EMS transport in the state be videotaped and stored should patients or their families want the tapes reviewed. WGME reports that State Senator Dave Miramant submitted a bill after the death of a patient, who reportedly died while being transported to the hospital. A friend of that patient questioned why ambulances don't have recording devices. "I'm just not sure that capturing that digitally is in the patient's best interest," Jay Bradshaw of the Maine Ambulance Association told reporters. "There's a lot of obstacles before we could g...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 1, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

Nearly Half of U.S. Adults have Heart or Blood Vessel Disease
A new report estimates that nearly half of all U.S. adults have some form of heart or blood vessel disease, a medical milestone that's mostly due to recent guidelines that expanded how many people have high blood pressure. The American Heart Association said Thursday that more than 121 million adults had cardiovascular disease in 2016. Taking out those with only high blood pressure leaves 24 million, or 9 percent of adults, who have other forms of disease such as heart failure or clogged arteries. Measuring the burden of diseases shows areas that need to improve, the heart association's chief science and medical officer, D...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 1, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Patient Care Cardiac & Resuscitation Source Type: news

Search Suspended for Missing Alaska Medical Plane
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An air ambulance with three people aboard that vanished in Alaska was presumed to have crashed and the owners said Thursday that they will look for the bodies of the crew. After an air and sea search of hundreds of square miles, the Coast Guard announced it was suspending the search for the twin-engine King Air 200, which went missing Tuesday while heading to the tiny community of Kake to pick up a patient. "This was an extensive search effort in some very challenging conditions," said Coast Guard Capt. Stephen White in a statement. "Suspending a search for any reason is one of...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - February 1, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Ambulances & Vehicle Ops Operations Source Type: news