Leveraging Volunteers During Emergent Events
Professional responders who are first to arrive at a mass casualty incident (MCI) face a complex and potentially overwhelming challenge. It’s possible the first to arrive may be an inexperienced responder who will have to make decisions quickly and may lack mental models to help drive their behaviors. Even in a well-coordinated response, the professional responders may not be able to treat all the injured at the same time, and so they must triage and prioritize the victims. Spontaneous volunteers often heroically step in to fill the gap without being asked, but their courage and commitment often adds complexity to an...
Source: JEMS Operations - April 19, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Bradford Newbury, MPA, NRP Tags: Major Incidents Terrorism & Active Shooter Mass Casualty Incidents Exclusive Articles Operations Source Type: news

German Pastor Praises Medics After Deadly Madeira Bus Crash
By BARRY HATTON LISBON, Portugal (AP) — All the 29 people killed in a tour bus crash on Portugal's Madeira Island were German, Portugal's foreign ministry confirmed Thursday.The bus carrying 55 people, all German tourists except a Portuguese driver and guide, rolled down a steep hill after veering off the road on a bend east of Madeira's capital, Funchal, on Wednesday evening when it was still light and in fine weather. The crash injured 28 others.A foreign ministry statement reiterated the government's condolences to the families of victims, and said the crash "claimed the lives of 29 German citizens."Auth...
Source: JEMS Operations - April 18, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Operations News Source Type: news

Caring for the Caregiver: I ’m Not OK, But That’s OK
“We’re here to serve others, and they’re important. But they’re not more important than we are.”1 Retired EMT and iconic author Thom Dick shared this consideration in his aptly titled book, People Care. Thom went on to explain how valuable each of us are as caregivers and that most importantly, “first things first: take care of yourself.1 To some, this mindset may seem quite self-centered and in total contrast to what many of us have come to live our careers by: that we are here to serve others and the patient always comes first. Healthcare systems that have modernized how they deliver s...
Source: JEMS Operations - April 17, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Kevin Smith, BAppBS, ACP Tags: EMS Insider Exclusive Articles Resiliency Operations Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Too Many Medics? Debating a Tiered Response vs. All-ALS EMS System
There’s been an ongoing debate in EMS, emergency medicine and fire service literature regarding whether or not having too many paramedics practicing at the ALS level leads to skill degradation and negative patient outcomes. These concerns have stemmed from the growing number of ALS-only EMS systems across the United States—a departure from more regionalized systems of ALS, where a paramedic unit (or units) served a number of communities that were supported by BLS services. These systems are largely being replaced by instituting paramedic services in all communities, and includes both paramedics staffing ambulan...
Source: JEMS Operations - April 16, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Stephen P. Wood, MS, ACNP-BC Tags: Exclusive Articles Operations Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

EMScapades, April 15, 2019
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Source: JEMS Operations - April 15, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Ben Clincy, EMT-P Tags: Comics Operations Source Type: news

‘Push-In’ Ceremony Held for New Miami-Dade Medic Unit
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Monday was a special day for Miami-Dade Fire Rescue. The department welcomed a new paramedic unit in Miami Lakes. Officials and community members from Miami Lakes joined Miami-Dade Fire Rescue at the ‘Push-In Ceremony’ at Fire Station No. 64 to inaugurate their Life Support Transport Unit. MORE   (Source: JEMS Operations)
Source: JEMS Operations - April 12, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Ambulances & Vehicle Ops Operations Source Type: news

New Ambulances for Oologah-Talala EMS in Oklahoma
OOLOGAH, Oklahoma (NewsOn6) - Oologah-Talala EMS now has four new state-of-the-art ambulances available to help people. The ambulances feature new equipment and safety upgrades, to keep both the medical crew and the patient safe. This comes more than seven years after an OTEMS ambulance rolled over ending two medics' careers. On the on the outside of the ambulances, the graphics and the placement of the lights are completely redone making it more visible. Step inside, and it's a whole redesign from the bottom up. MORE NewsOn6.com - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - KOTV.com |   (Source: JEMS Operations)
Source: JEMS Operations - April 12, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Ambulances & Vehicle Ops Administration and Leadership Operations Source Type: news

Texas Ambulance Crew Injured in Crash
HARRIS COUNTY, Texas (Houston Chronicle) - Harris County Sheriff's deputies are working a crash involving an ambulance and a dump truck on the Beltway 8 westbound frontage road near Lee Road in northeast Harris County. HCSO tweeted that Two crew members of the private ambulance service vehicle were being taken to the hospital with apparently minor injuries. The accident occurred shortly after 4 p.m. There is no information available on the condition of the dump truck driver, or if there was a patient in the ambulance at the time of the accident.   Ambulance, Dump Truck Collide in Harris County, KHOU 11   (Source: JEMS Operations)
Source: JEMS Operations - April 12, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Ambulances & Vehicle Ops Operations Source Type: news

Preparation and Training for the Ambulance Patient Offload Time in EMS Systems
The arrival of an EMS-transported patient to the hospital implies that a transfer of the patient from the transporting vehicle into the ED must take place. This ambulance patient offload time (APOT) requires the physical movement of patients who reflect the spectrum of emergency medical conditions. Considerations during the APOT include: The length of time from exiting the ambulance until patients are in physical attendance by receiving medical team members that are aware of the clinical condition of the patient and are actively managing it; The criticality of the patient’s condition; The equipment that must optimal...
Source: JEMS Operations - April 11, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Kate Krause, BS Tags: Exclusive Articles Operations Top Story Source Type: news

Announcement of 2019 National EMS Weekend of Honor and Honorees
Washington, D.C. – The National EMS Memorial Service (NEMSMS), the National EMS Memorial Foundation and the National EMS Memorial Bike Ride (NEMSMBR) will pay tribute to twenty-six EMS fallen from across the United States during the 2019 National EMS Weekend of Honor, scheduled May 17-19 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center located at 201 Waterfront St., Oxon Hill, MD 20745. The list of honorees from thirteen states can be found on the NEMSMS website. There will be several activities during the three days including two events that the public and media are invited and encouraged to attend as a show o...
Source: JEMS Operations - April 10, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

Tele-EMS Improves Productivity and Reduces Overall Costs
Nationally, it’s estimated that prehospital EMS responds to nearly 40 million annual incidents per year, with two-thirds of these cases requiring ambulance transport to a hospital ED.1 A significant volume of prehospital care is delivered through municipal fire or EMS agencies, which are typically government-funded and have constraints on their ability to raise tax rates or revenues. Many of the calls to 9-1-1 across the nation are not acute or urgent in nature, yet they frequently require the same rapid, resource-intensive response as true emergencies.2 It’s estimated that somewhere between 20–40% of EMS...
Source: JEMS Operations - April 9, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: James Langabeer II, PhD, EMT Tags: Exclusive Articles Operations Source Type: news

Power Lines Fall, Injuring and Trapping Seattle Couple in SUV
SEATTLE (AP) — A couple says they're lucky to be alive after dozens of power lines fell on the Seattle street they were driving on, with one wooden public utility pole striking their SUV. "If it had hit the glass rather than the roof, it would have just come through," Tom Cook said in an interview with KOMO-TV . "And the firefighters said the same thing, had it hit to the left or the right, it would have come down on one of us." He and wife Linda Cook were driving in their Ford Edge on Friday when wooden poles on the west side of the six-lane road started collapsing and one impaled their SUV. The ...
Source: JEMS Operations - April 9, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Rescue & Vehicle Extrication News Operations Source Type: news

PPSS Group Launch Cut Resistant Neck Guards To Help Protect Homeland Security Professionals
PPSS Group have launched SlashPRO® Cut Resistant Neck Guards in order to help further improve the personal safety of homeland security professionals worldwide. This latest addition to this widely respected brand of slash resistant clothing certainly makes sense, understanding that the side of the neck and throat contains both the Carotid Artery and Jugular Vein. If either is cut by an attacker one will most likely suffer from rapid blood loss, subsequent shock and most likely death. PPSS Group have identified a noticeable increase in the demand for such product, especially from several homeland security agencies...
Source: JEMS Operations - April 9, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: PPSS Group (press release) Tags: Press Releases Operations Source Type: news

Vuzix Partners with VSee Lab Inc. to Deliver a Telehealth and Telemedicine Smart Glasses Solution
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Vuzix® Corporation (NASDAQ: VUZI), ("Vuzix" or, the "Company"), a leading supplier of Smart Glasses and Augmented Reality (AR) technology and products, is pleased to announce a strategic partnership with VSee Lab Inc. ("VSee"), a San Jose-based video telehealth company, to introduce a telehealth and telemedicine smart glasses solution for Vuzix' M300XL and Vuzix Blade Smart Glasses. VSee provides a HIPAA-compliant video telehealth and telemedicine video conferencing solution that is used by more than 1,000 telemedicine companies operating a...
Source: JEMS Operations - April 9, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Vuzix Corporation (press release) Tags: Press Releases Operations Source Type: news

LifeSave Transport to Host 'Day in Our Life' Billing Workshop
Wichita, KS – LifeSave Transport, a ground and critical care air transport company, is pleased to host the second annual “Day In Our Life” billing workshop at LifeSave headquarters in Wichita, KS on Friday, May 10, 2019 alongside the Kansas EMS Association (KEMSA) Billing Society. This workshop, developed by LifeSave Billing Director, Nancy Ratzlaff, focuses on innovative ways to provide hands-on training for billers and patient care providers. By bringing both the billing and patient care aspect of transport together, Nancy and her team have created a workshop with scenario-based training, allowing each ...
Source: JEMS Operations - April 9, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: LifeSave Transport (press release) Tags: Press Releases Operations Source Type: news

Hyperice, Inc. Launches Technology-Based Performance Optimization Program for Firefighters
Company partners with RULK, a leading functional training expert to aid in developing this program IRVINE, Calif. (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hyperice Inc., a leading performance technology company known for its recovery and mobility devices, today announces the first performance optimization program specifically developed for firefighters and first responders. To further develop this initiative, the company has partnered with RULK, a leading training and conditioning specialist, well known for his raw functional training developed for first responders, firefighters, special ops teams and SWAT. Hyperice’s prog...
Source: JEMS Operations - April 9, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Hyperice Inc. (press release) Tags: Press Releases Operations Source Type: news

Cincinnati Firefighters Rescue Crane Operator with Nearly Severed Arm 300 Feet Above the Ground
CINCINNATI (AP) — A crane operator in Cincinnati had to call 911 for rescue after his arm was partially severed in an accident nearly 300 feet up in the air. A fire official says the crane operator made the call after a cable sliced underneath his arm Friday. Rescue crews used a basket to lower the worker. Authorities say the man lost a lot of blood but was conscious and alert when he was brought down. The accident happened at a construction site at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. In this image take from video, Cincinnati Fire Department rescue a worker after his arm was partially severed in an accide...
Source: JEMS Operations - April 8, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Rescue & Vehicle Extrication News Operations Source Type: news

Patient Fights Detroit Medics, Steals Ambulance
DETROIT (WDIV) - Police recovered a stolen ambulance Sunday night on Detroit's west side. According to authorities, the ambulance was recovered near the intersection of Plymouth Road and Woodmont Avenue. The ambulance was initially called to Prevost Street on reports of a man who overdosed. While they were taking him to a hospital, the patient fought with the paramedics.  The patient managed to get gain control of the ambulance and took off. Police used GPS to track down the ambulance, where they found the man still sitting in the front seat. He has been taken into custody. Copyright 2019 by WDIV ClickOnDetroit - All ...
Source: JEMS Operations - April 8, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Ambulances & Vehicle Ops Operations Source Type: news

Gold Cross Ambulance becomes Mayo Clinic Ambulance
As of April 1, an established and respected emergency medical service in the community has both a new name and look. Gold Cross Ambulance is now Mayo Clinic Ambulance. Gold Cross Ambulance has been part of Mayo Clinic since 1994. The name change will clarify for patients and communities that Mayo Clinic provides their ambulance service, and will reflect the safe, high-quality care that continues to be available to them from Mayo Clinic paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMTs). Ambulances, uniforms and building signage will be refreshed with a bold, consistent and highly visible design that aligns with the Mayo C...
Source: JEMS Operations - April 5, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Mayo Clinic (press release) Tags: News Press Releases Operations Source Type: news

New Structural Firefighting Gloves by HexArmor ® Brings Innovation and Performance to the Field
Grand Rapids, MI – HexArmor, an industry-leading PPE manufacturer and safety technology company, has designed a new glove for firefighters – the FireArmor SR-X structural firefighting glove. Backed by almost 20 years of offering best-in-class hand protection, this all-new structural firefighting glove harnesses years of design and innovation. “From the beginning, HexArmor has been focused on redefining safety with the latest technology to help send every worker home safe,” explained Steve VanErmen, President and CEO of HexArmor. “We are truly humbled by the work our firefighters do every day &...
Source: JEMS Operations - April 4, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: HexArmor (press release) Tags: Press Releases Operations Source Type: news

Los Angeles Jumper Response
90210FireBuff - LAPD, CHP, and LAFD were called out to the 101 Freeway on ramp at Grand Avenue for reports of a jumper. Officials arrived on scene to find a male subject threatening to jump from the on ramp onto the freeway. LAFD set up a rescue air cushion just in case the subject attempted to jump. Eventually, the subject was safely taken into custody and was evaluated by LAFD paramedics.  Downtown Los Angeles, CA - 3/21/19   (Source: JEMS Operations)
Source: JEMS Operations - April 3, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Videos Operations Source Type: news

Rhode Island Man Starts Fundraiser to Purchase New Ambulance
TIVERTON, R.I. (WPRI) - The Tiverton Fire Department has been relying on ambulances from its mutual aid partners for months while its own remain out of service, and now one concerned resident is trying to raise money to purchase new ones for the town. According to Acting Fire Chief Bruce Reimels, one of the department's original rescues is operational again, but they are still borrowing an ambulance from Warren. The department announced in early February that all of their ambulances were out of service due to mechanical issues. "The fact is we need an ambulance... working rescues so that the paramedics can do what the...
Source: JEMS Operations - April 3, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Ambulances & Vehicle Ops Administration and Leadership Operations Source Type: news

Worker Killed, Others Injured in Texas Chemical Plant Fire
HOUSTON (AP) — A tank holding a flammable chemical caught fire at a Texas plant Tuesday, killing one worker, critically injuring two others and sending panicked employees fleeing over a fence to safety. Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez confirmed the fatality in a tweet and said the two injured had been taken by helicopter to a hospital. The two injured were in critical condition, said Rachel Moreno, spokeswoman for the Harris County Fire Marshal's Office. Authorities shut down a roadway near Tuesday's fire at a KMCO chemical plant in Crosby, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) northeast of Houston, Gonzalez said. Fire cr...
Source: JEMS Operations - April 3, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Patient Care Operations Source Type: news

TOMAR ’s Revolution MultiFunction Series wins EMS Today’s Hot Product of 2019
GILBERT, AZ – TOMAR Electronics is pleased to announce that its Revloution MultiFunction Series (mfR) was recently awarded EMS Today’s Hot Product of 2019. The award was voted on by a panel of judges and was presented at the EMS Today Conference at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, MD on Thursday, February 20th . The Revolution MultiFunction Series is a multi-purpose warning and illumination lamp for first responders. Designed to clear the chaos and reduce the risks associated with working a dangerous emergency scene, the Revolution MultiFunction Series (mfR) combines award...
Source: JEMS Operations - April 3, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: TOMAR Electronics (press release) Tags: Press Releases Operations Source Type: news

Rocky Ridge Fire District Improves Safety by Updating Entire Fleet First Fire and EMS Department in State of Alabama to Implement Zero-Lift Solution
Birmingham, AL – With the help of an Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Rocky Ridge Fire District is the first Fire and EMS Service in the state of Alabama to add iNX® Integrated Transport and Loading Systems™ to their entire fleet of transport units. The iNX was developed by FERNO to eliminate lifting during patient transport, enhancing caregiver and patient safety.  EMS is one of the most injurious occupations. According to research conducted by the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians, 1 in 4 EMS professionals will suf...
Source: JEMS Operations - April 3, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Ferno (press release) Tags: Press Releases Operations Source Type: news

Tech to Protect Challenge Launches National Innovation Contest
BOULDER, Colo. — The Tech to Protect Challenge announced today the launch of its national innovation contest aimed at advancing public safety communications. The contest is set to take place in 10 U.S. cities in late 2019. The event introduces coding contests designed to foster technology solutions that will aid emergency responders in serving and protecting communities nationwide. With a series of 10 in-person coding events and an online contest, the Tech to Protect Challenge encourages widespread participation from a diverse community of innovators: students, researchers, inventors, entrepreneurs, technologists, pr...
Source: JEMS Operations - April 3, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Tech to Protect Challenge (press release) Tags: Press Releases Operations Source Type: news

Three Injured in FDNY Ambulance Crash
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – An ambulance responding to a call went crashing into the front of a deli after it was struck by a car in in Washington Heights. The incident happened Tuesday just after 8 p.m. near Saint Nicholas Avenue and 188th Street. The ambulance was on its way to help someone in cardiac arrest. MORE   (Source: JEMS Operations)
Source: JEMS Operations - April 2, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Ambulances & Vehicle Ops News Videos Operations Source Type: news

USFA: Connecticut On-Duty Death
The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of Firefighter/Paramedic James "Woody" Woodman, 55, of the West Haven Fire Department on March 29, 2019. Firefighter/Paramedic James “Woody” Woodman was a member of Recruit Class #15 at the Connecticut State Fire Academy. Only two days after being out of the academy, on October 5, 1999, Woodman was part of an ambulance crew transporting a child who had been struck by a vehicle to the Yale-New Haven Hospital. As they neared the hospital, the ambulance was broadsided by a bus and rolled over multiple times. Woodman sustained a traumat...
Source: JEMS Operations - April 1, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Ambulances & Vehicle Ops Operations Source Type: news

Florida Firefighters Use New Equipment to Rescue Citizen From Muddy Ravine
Cody, WY – After receiving a 911 call, dispatch sent a Lakeland Fire Department rescue unit to respond to a fall victim in a 55+ mobile home community. While en route dispatch received additional information and the responders learned this wasn’t an average citizen lift assist call. While taking a walk the elderly citizen fell, sliding down a muddy embankment into a stream below. When learning of this unique rescue scenario additional resources, including Lt. Chilton’s Engine, were dispatched. “The rescue arrived first and determined the patient wasn’t injured, he just couldn’t get ...
Source: JEMS Operations - April 1, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: BinderLift (press release) Tags: Press Releases Operations Source Type: news

EMScapades, April 1, 2019
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Source: JEMS Operations - April 1, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Ben Clincy, EMT-P Tags: Comics Operations Source Type: news

Fort Worth MedStar Crew Risks Their Lives to Save Others at Major Crash
On the evening of March 27, 2019, MedStar crew members Miguel Brito and Ryan Bader were enroute to a posting location when they drove up on a motor vehicle crash that had just occurred at 35W northbound ramp to 20 eastbound ramp in Fort Worth. As they approached the scene they saw a small sedan fully engulfed in flames. They acted quickly and grabbed the fire extinguisher of the ambulance. They did their best to suppress the flames, enough so that they could began rapid extrication of the two unconscious adult patients in the vehicle and at this time noted fluids leaking from one of the vehicles. They moved quickly to get...
Source: JEMS Operations - April 1, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: MedStar Mobile Healthcare Tags: Rescue & Vehicle Extrication News News Videos Source Type: news

Where in the World of EMS is A.J. Heightman?
JEMS Editor-in-Chief, A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P, was on hand to attend and speak at the 2019 National EMS Safety Summit: A Focus on Personal, Patient and Community Safety, which was held March 27-29 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Denver Downtown Convention Center. The annual conference convened by the Mile-High Regional Emergency Medical and Trauma Advisory Council (Mile-High RETAC) since 2008, is described by attendees as one of the best small EMS conferences in the country. Organized by EMS Coordinator Shirley Terry and promoted with a limited marketing budget, this year’s Safety Summit attracted attendees from a...
Source: JEMS Operations - April 1, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P Tags: Exclusive Articles Operations Top Story Source Type: news

Quality in EMS: Past, Present and Future
EMS as a system of care was born out of the need to improve outcomes of ill and injured patients. The document that fueled the emergency services movement, Accidental Death and Disability: The Neglected Disease of Modern Society (1966), focused on the clinical outcome of survival after trauma.1 Effective operations and system design were recognized as contributors to the clinical outcomes of preventing death and permanent disability. EMS provides healthcare using a wide variety of models, but very little is known about the quality of care that they provide.2 The medical specialty of EMS has made great strides in measuring ...
Source: JEMS Operations - March 29, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Maia Dorsett, MD, PhD Tags: Exclusive Articles Operations Top Story Source Type: news

Three Dead after 15-Hour Standoff at New Hampshire Hotel
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A 15-hour standoff at a New Hampshire hotel ended Thursday with three people dead, including two who had barricaded themselves inside a room and shot repeatedly at police and drug enforcement agents. Authorities, including a SWAT team, swarmed the area around the Quality Inn in Manchester, closing off a bustling commercial neighborhood filled with car dealerships, a strip mall and several restaurants. It began Wednesday evening when Stephen Marshall, 51, of Manchester, climbed out of a hotel window. Armed with an automatic handgun, Marshall "engaged" with a Manchester police officer ...
Source: JEMS Operations - March 29, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

Four Dead, Six Injured in Texas Crash
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — Four people were killed and six were hospitalized — all foreign nationals — after the sport utility vehicle in which they were travelling crashed while speeding away from deputies. The Texas Department of Public Safety says the crash happened on Duval County Road 245 and Texas Route 339, about 70 miles (110 kilometers) southwest of Corpus Christi. DPS Sgt. Nathan Brandley says the vehicle, containing a driver and 10 passengers, was eastbound on County Road 245 when Duval County sheriff's deputies tried to stop it. Instead, he says it sped to an "unsafe speed," veered...
Source: JEMS Operations - March 26, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Rescue & Vehicle Extrication News Operations Source Type: news

California Cliff Rescue
LOUDLANS NEWS - CHATSWORTH - Hiker Rescue; INC#0801; 1:18PM; 11000 N Redmesa Dr; http://bit.ly/2TSDiOn; Chatsworth; Light force 96 responded to a hiker who was unable to continue climbing up or down a rock face requiring a response from LAFD Urban Search & Rescue companies and Aerial resources with hoist capabilities; LAFD ground and air resources are determining the safest & fastest rescue options; FS96; Batt 15; Valley Bureau; Council District 12; BC15 E107 E288 E296 E88 E90 H4 H6 RA896 RA96 RH214 T88 T96 UR88; CH8; 18; Brian Wall   (Source: JEMS Operations)
Source: JEMS Operations - March 25, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Videos Rescue & Vehicle Extrication Operations Source Type: news

Two Dead, Several Injured in Charter Bus Crash in Virginia
KINGWOOD, Va. (AP) — Authorities in Virginia say two people are dead and others are injured after a charter bus overturned on an Interstate 95 exit while traveling from Florida to New York. Virginia State Police said in a statement that the Tao's Travel Inc. bus with 57 people aboard overturned Tuesday morning in Prince George County near Kingwood. Police say that as the bus turned onto an exit, it ran off the left side of the ramp and overturned. Police say one person died at the scene and a second died a few hours later at a nearby hospital. Authorities haven't released their names. Police say the motor carrier saf...
Source: JEMS Operations - March 19, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Rescue & Vehicle Extrication News Operations Source Type: news

Woman in Custody after Stealing Oklahoma City Ambulance
OKLAHOMA CITY (NEWS9) – Police say a woman stole an ambulance from a hospital early Sunday and took it for a joyride through southern Oklahoma City. EMSA says it began a little before 2 a.m. outside Integris. “We had a crew that was delivering a patient to a local emergency room,” EMSA Director of Regional Medical Response System Heather Yazdanipour said. Yazdanipour says paramedics were so busy taking a patient into the hospital that they forgot to take the ambulance keys with them into the emergency room. That’s when police say suspect Erica Toledo jumped into the ambulance and took off, driving t...
Source: JEMS Operations - March 18, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Ambulances & Vehicle Ops Operations Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Nutritional Psychology and Its Impact on Emergency Responders
This article takes recent studies and applies them to EMS and our culture. It utilizes multiple references citing the biological mechanism through meta-analysis and observational studies completed in the past few years, including a study that illustrated a lower risk of depression when a Mediterranean diet was followed. What Is Nutritional Psychology? Nutritional psychology is a new field emerging in the scientific community; a field that studies the effects of nutrition on the brain. Until recently, studies conducted in the field of nutritional psychology haven’t received much attention due to their lack of statisti...
Source: JEMS Operations - March 18, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Joseph Leone, NREMT Tags: Exclusive Articles Operations Top Story Source Type: news

Missouri EMS Service Converts Old School Bus into MCI Ambulance
ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo. (FOX 2) – A unique emergency vehicle is giving first responders in St. Charles County the ability to better handle mass casualty situations. It’s much more than your average school bus, it’s been turned into an ambulance. It’s one of the first of its kind in this region, meant to transport victims of mass casualties to the hospital. “Emergencies can happen all over the region at a moment’s notice, so it’s good to have that asset available, ready to go,” said Kyle Gaines, St. Charles County Ambulance District.   (Source: JEMS Operations)
Source: JEMS Operations - March 18, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Major Incidents Ambulances & Vehicle Ops News Operations Source Type: news

UCF RESTORES Partners with Florida Firefighters to Strengthen Statewide PTSD Support Network
ORLANDO, Fla. – UCF RESTORES, a leading independent research center devoted to revolutionizing the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), has partnered with the Florida Firefighters Safety and Health Collaborative (FFSHC) to serve as the collaborative’s committed partner for mental health and wellness. In addition to providing evidence-based research and ongoing institutional expertise, UCF RESTORES will play a crucial role in enhancing one of the collaborative’s anchor initiatives – the Redline Rescue model. Redline Rescue was designed to take peer support to a new level. By lever...
Source: JEMS Operations - March 18, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: UCF RESTORES Tags: Press Releases Operations Source Type: news

Drones Expected to Deliver Defibrillators in 2020
RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Drone company Flirty has received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to conduct drone delivery flights beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS), allowing for drones to deliver defibrillators to heart attack victims so treatment can begin before paramedics arrive. The new approval enables Flirtey to conduct drone delivery operations with a pilot controlling the flights from a remote location. Beginning in 2020, when 911 is called about a heart attack victim, a dispatcher will send an ambulance while talking through how to use a defibrillator delivered by a drone faster than paramedics can get t...
Source: JEMS Operations - March 14, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Cardiac & Resuscitation Patient Care Operations Source Type: news

Children Caught in Building Collapse in Nigeria
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Frantic rescue efforts were underway in Nigeria on Wednesday after a three-story school building collapsed while classes were in session, with scores of children thought to be inside. Photos: Children Caught in Building Collapse in Nigeria Associated Press video from the scene showed a dust-covered child being carried out of the rubble, to cheers. But another child was pulled out and slung over a rescuer's shoulder, limp and dangling.   Onlookers crowded around in the densely populated neighborhood in Lagos, Nigeria's commercial capital and a city of some 20 million people. Hundreds of peop...
Source: JEMS Operations - March 13, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: International Major Incidents Rescue & Vehicle Extrication News Operations Source Type: news

Kansas Bill Relaxes Rules on Rural Ambulance Drivers
NORTON, Kan. - A proposal before the Kansas Legislature would allow people without medical training to drive ambulances in rural areas. The bill is in response to a statewide shortage of trained personnel for ambulances in rural areas. One person with medical training - such as a nurse or an EMT - would still be required to be on board ambulances. Supporters cite places like Norton County, in northwest Kansas. The county's 5,400 residents has six full-time ambulance workers and nine volunteers to respond to all 911 calls and take patients from one hospital to another. Kansas News Service reports some state and local offici...
Source: JEMS Operations - March 12, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Ambulances & Vehicle Ops Administration and Leadership Operations Source Type: news

An Easy, Fun, Heart Healthy Workout Any Medic Can Do
As EMS providers, we try to do a good job caring for patients who are experiencing heart problems, but how often do we think about our own hearts, or our overall health for that matter? Life is busy—it's easy to get caught up in everyday tasks, but it’s important to find the time to think of ways to be heart healthy.  You can start by eating a heart healthy diet, which includes walnuts, whole grains, salmon, dark green leafy vegetables, dark chocolate and berries to name a few. Another way we can keep our heart strong is through cardiovascular exercise. You don’t have to be a marathon runner and cove...
Source: JEMS Operations - March 12, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Sandy Roth, EMT-P Tags: Training Top Story Exclusive Articles Operations Source Type: news

Patient Steals and Crashes Portland Ambulance
PORTLAND, Ore. (KGW8) — A man apparently in a mental health crisis stole an ambulance and crashed into at least three vehicles before being taken into custody in Southeast Portland on Wednesday afternoon, police said. Police were initially called just before 1 p.m. to the report that a man was "yelling, standing out in traffic, and possibly hitting passing cars with an object" at Southeast 151st Avenue and Stark Street, according to Portland Police spokeswoman Tina Jones. Due to concerns about the man's mental health, the Enhanced Crisis Intervention Team responded to de-escalate the situation. Officers tal...
Source: JEMS Operations - March 12, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Ambulances & Vehicle Ops Operations Source Type: news

Dozens Rescued after being Trapped on Lake Erie Ice Floe
MARBLEHEAD, Ohio (AP) — A sheet of ice holding fishermen on Lake Erie broke loose in windy weather Saturday morning, sending many of them scrambling to safety but leaving nearly four dozen stranded on the floe for three hours more than a mile offshore until emergency crews could rescue them. About 100 of 146 fishermen out on the ice were able to grab their gear and make it back to shore before any additional ice broke off, The Blade of Toledo reported. One of the stranded fishermen, 42-year-old Tony Adkins, said the ice began to crack quickly and soon there was a huge gap between the ice floe and the shore. "Tha...
Source: JEMS Operations - March 12, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Rescue & Vehicle Extrication News Operations Source Type: news

Dozens Rescued after being Trapped on Lake Erie Ice Flow
MARBLEHEAD, Ohio (AP) — A sheet of ice holding fishermen on Lake Erie broke loose in windy weather Saturday morning, sending many of them scrambling to safety but leaving nearly four dozen stranded on the floe for three hours more than a mile offshore until emergency crews could rescue them. About 100 of 146 fishermen out on the ice were able to grab their gear and make it back to shore before any additional ice broke off, The Blade of Toledo reported. One of the stranded fishermen, 42-year-old Tony Adkins, said the ice began to crack quickly and soon there was a huge gap between the ice floe and the shore. "Tha...
Source: JEMS Operations - March 12, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Rescue & Vehicle Extrication News Operations Source Type: news

5.11 Launches 5.11 ABR Academy at Company-Owned Retail Stores
IRVINE, Calif. – Global leader in innovative tactical apparel, footwear and gear, 5.11 Tactical, is officially launching a program of instructional classes hosted at its 45 company-owned retail stores throughout the U.S. The 5.11 ABR (Always Be Ready) Academy events are free to the public and will be held monthly at different company-owned retail locations nationwide. The 5.11 ABR Academy shows 5.11’s commitment to the 5.11 Always Be Ready mentality extending beyond just a customer’s apparel, footwear and gear. “One of the main focuses of 5.11’s company-owned retail expansion plan is to make 5...
Source: JEMS Operations - March 12, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: 5.11 Tactical (press release) Tags: Press Releases Equipment & Gear Source Type: news

Tasmanian Tiger TT First Responder Move On MKII Backpack System
MIRAMAR, Fla. –Tasmanian Tiger®, a tactical nylon line of products distributed exclusively for the US market by Proforce Equipment, Inc., offers emergency medical professionals a complete line of medical packs and bags. The TT First Responder Move On MKII is a highly optimized carrying system that consists of a large main backpack with a removeable front smaller backpack zipped to the front of it, that can also be used on its own. You get two packs in one. This allows medical personnel to set up separate medical systems, and carry separately, or together, depending upon their medical emergency. It has a Pa...
Source: JEMS Operations - March 12, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Tasmanian Tiger (press release) Tags: Press Releases Equipment & Gear Source Type: news