Future Service Dogs Schooled on Emergency Response
  GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD-TV) — The sights and sounds of emergency vehicles can be scary for anyone. If you have four legs and especially sensitive hearing and smell, it can be even more upsetting. "It can definitely complicate things," Life EMS Ambulance paramedic Tedd VanSolkema said of situations when patients have service dogs. So on Wednesday, Paws With A Cause trainees spent part of the day at Life's Grand Rapids garage facing their fears. (Source: JEMS Operations)
Source: JEMS Operations - October 16, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Joe LaFurgey (WOOD-TV) & Sasha Zidar (M LIVE) Tags: News News Videos Operations Source Type: news

Families Search for the Missing in Hurricane Michael's Aftermath
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Joanne Garone Behnke has replayed every possible scenario in her mind a hundred times. Maybe her 79-year-old aunt sought shelter at the sturdy condo nearby that withstood Hurricane Michael's devastating winds. Maybe she was rescued and is lying in a hospital bed somewhere. The pile of rubble that was once her Mexico Beach home is shallow, too shallow for a body to go unnoticed, Garone Behnke tells herself. "It's torture," says Garone Behnke, who last talked to her Aunt Aggie Vicari right before the storm hit, begging her to leave her cinderblock home. Five days after the hurricane s...
Source: JEMS Operations - October 15, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Russ Bynum and Kelli Kennedy, Associated Press Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

President Trump to Visit Storm-Ravaged Florida and Georgia
MEXICO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Upon touring the damage in several towns along Florida's Panhandle, Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Brock Long called the destruction left by Hurricane Michael some of the worst he's ever seen. On Monday, President Donald Trump plans to visit Florida and Georgia and see the recovery effort for himself. Trump declared a state of emergency for Georgia late Sunday. In hurricane-flattened Mexico Beach, crews with backhoes and other heavy equipment scooped up splintered boards, broken glass, chunks of asphalt and other debris Sunday as the mayor held out hope for the 250 or so residents...
Source: JEMS Operations - October 15, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Russ Bynum and Brendan Farrington, Associated Press Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

Canyon County Paramedics and Ada County Paramedics Unite to Highlight Safe Infant Sleep Practices During SIDS Awareness Month
BOISE, Idaho – In light of October’s SIDS Awareness Month, Ada County Paramedics and Canyon County Paramedics have united to deliver “The ABCs of Safe Sleep,” to their respective communities promoting safe infant sleep education to caretakers across both counties. The ABCs of Safe Sleep, an acronym standing for Alone, on their Back in a Crib, is a nationwide initiative established to help protect infants from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID). “When we get a 911 call from dispatch about a child not breathing. That’s the worse call we can g...
Source: JEMS Operations - October 11, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Canyon County Paramedics and Ada County Paramedics (Press Release) Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops Press Releases Industry News Source Type: news

Coordinated Response Delivers Specialized Medical Resources During Hurricane Florence
“Leading our community to outstanding health” isn’t just the mission of New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC), it’s a motto that every team member lives by. Never was this more evident than in the early morning hours of Sep. 14, 2018.   As the eye of Hurricane Florence approached Wilmington, N.C., NHRMC EMS coordinated their responses to 9-1-1 calls with the Joint Command Center (JCC) that included fire department leaders from the city of Wilmington and New Hanover County. Around 3 a.m., sustained wind speeds began exceeding 50 miles per hour, which is when NHRMC EMS ceases responding to ...
Source: JEMS Operations - October 11, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Kevin Collopy, BA, FP-C, CCEMT-P, NRP, CMTE Tags: Rescue & Vehicle Extrication Exclusive Articles Source Type: news

Hurricane Michael Charges into Southeast after Slamming Florida
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — The most powerful hurricane on record to hit Florida's Panhandle left wide destruction and at least two people dead and wasn't nearly finished Thursday as it crossed Georgia, now as a tropical storm, toward the Carolinas, that are still reeling from epic flooding by Hurricane Florence. A day after the supercharged storm crashed ashore amid white sand beaches, fishing towns and military bases, Michael was no longer a Category 4 monster packing 155 mph (250 kph) winds. As the tropical storm continued to weaken it was still menacing the Southeast with heavy rains, blustery winds and possible spi...
Source: JEMS Operations - October 11, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Jay Reeves and Brendan Farrington, Associated Press Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

Four Killed, 20 Injured in Collapse in UAE
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Police in Bahrain say four people have been killed and some 20 others were injured when a building collapsed in the island kingdom. The Interior Ministry said that an "old building" collapsed Tuesday in Salmaniya, a neighborhood of Bahrain's capital, Manama. The two-story residential building reportedly housed foreign laborers. Police said the injuries were "medium and serious," without elaborating, and that 60 rescuers with firetrucks and ambulances responded. The police updated the casualty figures Wednesday on Twitter, saying that three bodies were retrieved a...
Source: JEMS Operations - October 11, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: Rescue & Vehicle Extrication News International Operations Source Type: news

Trek Medics to Partner with the Government of Malawi and World Bank in Nation's First Emergency Response System
Trek Medics is very proud to announce the launch of a new program beginning next month in partnership with the Malawi Roads Authority, the Malawi Ministry of Health and the World Bank's Global Road Safety Facility. The purpose of this partnership will be to design and implement a dispatch and communications system to support the implementation of a new emergency response system along a 250-mile stretch of the North-South Corridor highway in Malawi. This first-of-its-kind program will ensure that road traffic injury victims traveling along the North-South Corridor between the northern capital of Lilongwe and Blantyre in the...
Source: JEMS Operations - October 10, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Trek Medics (Press Release) Tags: Operations Industry News Press Releases Source Type: news

50 Dead in Kenya Bus Crash
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — At least 50 people were killed when their bus left the road, rolled down a slope and crashed in western Kenya, an official said Wednesday, with the roof of the bus ripped off. Around 15 survivors from the bus that was headed from the capital, Nairobi, to the western town of Kakamega were receiving treatment at a hospital in Kericho, Rift Valley regional police boss Francis Munyambu said. The accident occurred around 4 a.m. and seven children were among the dead, he added. "The information we have is that the driver lost control," Kericho County police commander James Mugera told The As...
Source: JEMS Operations - October 10, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Major Incidents Rescue & Vehicle Extrication News Mass Casualty Incidents Operations Source Type: news

Five Dead, 35 Injured in Train Derailment in India
LUCKNOW, India (AP) — Police say an express train has partially derailed in northern India, killing five passengers and injuring dozens more. Police director general OP Singh said rescuers have responded to the scene where the train's engine and five cars derailed about 5:30 a.m. Wednesday. It occurred at a railway station in Rae Bareli, 80 kilometers (50 miles) southwest of Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh state. At least 35 passengers were injured and taken to hospitals. Singh said buses were used to take the passengers to a safe place The derailment occurred when the rain was entering the station zone, but th...
Source: JEMS Operations - October 10, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Major Incidents Rescue & Vehicle Extrication News Mass Casualty Incidents Operations Source Type: news

Some Stay as Hurricane Michael Approaches
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Timothy Thomas isn't budging from his home on Ocean View Drive, even though it's directly in the path of Hurricane Michael. Thomas, a 50-year-old air conditioning repairman, plans to defy an evacuation order and ride out the monster storm in an apartment that's just a few hundred yards from the beach and even closer to the tea-colored Grand Lagoon, which will rise as the massive storm pushes ocean water toward the coast of the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday. An Illinois native with a beard, long hair and a streak of independence, Thomas hasn't been through a major hurricane before; he's...
Source: JEMS Operations - October 10, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Jay Reeves, Associated Press Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

SUV Crashes into California Goodwill Store
PLACENTIA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say two sport utility vehicles have plowed into a Goodwill store in Southern California, injuring five people. Orange County fire Capt. Tony Bommarito says an 88-year-old woman rear-ended a parked car shortly after 4 p.m. Tuesday in Placentia, pushing the SUV all the way into the store. The woman's SUV wound up partially inside. The woman was taken to the hospital with a trauma injury, but she's expected to survive. Bommarito says a 14-year-old boy in the SUV that was struck and three women inside the store — two shoppers and an employee — were treated for minor injuri...
Source: JEMS Operations - October 10, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Major Incidents Rescue & Vehicle Extrication News Mass Casualty Incidents Operations Source Type: news

Gold Cross EMS Improves Safety for Patients and Medics
Augusta, GA – Gold Cross EMS is the first emergency medical service department in the state of Georgia to add the world’s first Integrated Patient Transport and Loading System™, the iNʃX®, to their fleet. The iNʃX 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 suffer a career-ending back injury within the first four years of service. The average work...
Source: JEMS Operations - October 10, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Gold Cross/FERNO Press Release Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops Industry News Press Releases Source Type: news

One Killed, Five Hurt in Dallas Construction Collapse
DALLAS (AP) — A construction worker is dead and five co-workers are hospitalized with injuries after a three-story town house they were building in Dallas collapsed during a thunderstorm. The collapse happened about 4 p.m. Monday about a mile (1.6 kilometers) west of the city's downtown. Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans says 20 to 30 people were working in and around the wood-frame structure when it collapsed, trapping six workers. One worker died at the scene, while five others were taken to hospitals. Evans says their injuries did not appear to be life-threatening. The cause of the collapse remains under in...
Source: JEMS Operations - October 9, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents Rescue & Vehicle Extrication News Mass Casualty Incidents Operations Source Type: news

Truck Lands on Top of Car in Arizona Crash
PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities say a pickup truck landed on top of a car after the truck was hit by another vehicle and went flying through the air. The car was crushed but no one was hurt. Firefighters in the small city of Prescott north of Phoenix say it was amazing that the two people in the car and the woman driving the pickup were not hurt after the crash Sunday night. Prescott Fire Department spokesman E. Conrad Jackson said Monday that the pickup truck driver was hit by another pickup truck that came alongside her vehicle. The impact sent the pickup that was hit soaring and it landed on the car. In this S...
Source: JEMS Operations - October 9, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: Rescue & Vehicle Extrication News Operations Source Type: news

Floods Sweep Away West Texas RV Park, 4 Men Missing
DALLAS (AP) — Emergency crews were searching for four men Monday whose recreational vehicle was among those swept away from an RV park by floodwaters in a small West Texas city, prompting dramatic rescues by helicopters and boats. Heavy rains started falling Sunday night, causing the South Llano River to rise in Junction, about 140 miles (225 kilometers) west of Austin. Kimble County Sheriff Hilario Cantu said no fatalities have been confirmed but that "all the RVs, everything, got swept away." Texas Game Warden Rachel Kellner said the four missing men worked together and were swept away before daybreak by ...
Source: JEMS Operations - October 8, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Ryan Terinelli and Jamie Stengle, Associated Press Tags: Rescue & Vehicle Extrication News Source Type: news

Ambulance Crew Configuration: Are Two Paramedics Better Than One?
The appropriate complement of ambulance crews has long been debated in the United States. From the very beginning of modern day EMS, circa 1966, we’ve failed to agree on the most efficacious number of crew members who should staff an ambulance, as well as their appropriate combined scope of practice.1,2 Numerous models exist around the country, differing in both the number of practitioners that compose a crew, and the levels of training each possesses.3 Levels of EMS practitioners have been well-defined through state regulations and national standards. Published reports have concluded the essential nature of EMS, the...
Source: JEMS Operations - October 8, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Vincent D. Robbins, FACPE, FACHE Tags: Exclusive Articles Operations Source Type: news

One Dead in Fatal NY Ambulance Crash
  A man has died following a crash involving an ambulance in the Town of Bethany. Deputies responded to the scene on Route 63 just before midnight Saturday for the report of a two-car crash involving an ambulance. Deputies say 61-year-old Syed Rahman, of Williamsville, was traveling northbound when he crossed over the center of the roadway and struck a Bethany Volunteer Fire Company ambulance going southbound. Read more at WHEC. (Source: JEMS Operations)
Source: JEMS Operations - October 8, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: WHEC Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops News News Videos Source Type: news

Man Rescued From Cave in Missouri
KISSEE MILLS, Mo. (AP) — A man was rescued after being stuck in a cave in Taney County. KOLR-10 reports that Central Taney County Fire District Training Officer Jeff Romines says that three men were in a cave on Tuesday near Devil's Tea Table Road when one became too tired to get out. He says the men were about 30 feet (9.14 meters) into the cave. Romines says two men stayed to help keep the stuck man calm. Crews used a harness to remove the man from the cave. Central Taney County Fire tweeted at 9:12 p.m. that all three were out of the cave and doing well and that the Taney County Ambulance District was &q...
Source: JEMS Operations - October 3, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: Rescue & Vehicle Extrication News News Videos Source Type: news

Crash, Flip, and Sideswipe: 1 Day, 3 Damaged Rigs
Yesterday was one of those days. JEMS editors keep an eye on the news, and today we found three stories from around the U.S. of ambulances involved in incidents with other motor vehicles. Although it doesn't necessarily point to an uptick in ambulance-related MVCs or injuries of personnel, it underscores the daily reminder of the inherent risk involved in the work we do. Stay aware of your surroundings. Drive safe. Stay safe.   Car Driver Injured After Crash With Ambulance in Wilmington, Del. WILMINGTON, Del. (WPVI) -- A car driver was injured after a crash involving an ambulance on Monday morning ...
Source: JEMS Operations - October 2, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops News News Videos Operations Source Type: news

PURVIS Systems Uniquely Positioned for Continued Growth
Middletown, RI – PURVIS Systems, a leading IT systems and services provider for the Public Safety, Federal and Department of Defense industries, is strategically positioned for growth as qualified Joseph Drago steps into the Chief Executive Officer role on October 1, 2018. Drago, an experienced executive, has a successful, 20-year track record working closely with PURVIS. As founder, sole-owner, and President of Integrated Management SOLUTIONS, Inc. (IMS), Drago has led the IMS team in providing project management, test and evaluation, and logistics support to real-time system implementation and maintenance projec...
Source: JEMS Operations - October 2, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Purvis (Press Release) Tags: Operations Industry News Press Releases Source Type: news

EMScapades, October 2018
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Source: JEMS Operations - October 1, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Ben Clincy, EMT-P Tags: Operations Comics Source Type: news

Purse, Cellphone Stolen from EMT Trying to Save Woman's Life
  DETROIT (WJBK) - An EMS worker was robbed while responding to a person in need.  Her purse and cell phone stolen right out of the ambulance. "It's very disheartening, it's ugly - and it's hurtful," said Charlene Kinnard, a Detroit EMT. Just how low can you go? Two thieves were caught on camera after stealing from a Detroit EMT while she had been trying to save an elderly woman's life. Read more at WTXF-FOX 29. (Source: JEMS Operations)
Source: JEMS Operations - October 1, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: WTXF-FOX 29 Tags: News News Videos Operations Source Type: news

One Year After Vegas: Medics with a New Perspective
Jeff Scheid-The Nevada Independent Mike Whitehead, critical care paramedic at Medicwest, assisted victims in the Oct.1 shooting. Mike Whitehead of Medic West wears many hats. Paramedic. Educator. Father. On the night of Oct. 1, 2017, he was getting ready to be a teacher. He was training a class of emergency medical technicians and was headed to bed early after prepping a test for the next day's class. Read more at The Nevada Independent   How Community Ambulance Has Altered its Approach to Mass Casualty Incidents Las Vegas Sun Glen Simpson, special event manager, responds to a question during an interview at Comm...
Source: JEMS Operations - October 1, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

Medic-CE's Resiliency Training Helps Combat Increasing Mental Health Risks Among EMS Providers
First responders face challenging and often traumatic experiences on a near daily basis as they serve our communities. Over time, these experiences often lead to an increased risk of mental and behavioral health issues. To help, Medic-CE, a leading provider of accredited online continuing education for emergency medical services (EMS) and fire professionals, is pleased to announce the launch of Resiliency training that teaches first responders how to work through the trauma they experience in the field. “Our new Resiliency training will give first responders tangible skills and techniques they can use to really proce...
Source: JEMS Operations - October 1, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Medic-CE Tags: News Resiliency Operations Source Type: news

Sunstar Paramedics Employee Recognized for Streamlining Billing Processes
LARGO, Fla. (Sept. 27, 2018) – Sunstar Paramedics employee Ed Wilson has been honored with the 2018 ZOLL Pulse Award for his work. The award recognizes EMS professionals who use data solutions to save money, time and resources, which helps EMS organizations to save more lives in their community. Wilson is a paramedic and Clinical Technonlogy Coordinator with Sunstar Paramedics. He’s responsible for managing the Electronic Patient Care Reporting (ePCR) system for Sunstar Paramedics, which processes over 400,000 electronic medical records every year, both for Sunstar Paramedics and 18 fire departments in Pinellas...
Source: JEMS Operations - September 28, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Sunstar Paramedics Tags: Operations Industry News Press Releases Source Type: news

A Duty to Act at 30,000 Feet
Andrew King Needum was raised in the small rural town of Celina, Texas, where he grew up working on his grandfather’s farm spending many years tending to the cattle and helping manage crops. Needum went to college at Tarleton State University where he received a Bachelor of Science in agriculture service and development in 2006. In 2007, he married his wife, Stephanie, and began serving on the Weston Volunteer Fire Department, in Weston, TX. After a year as a volunteer firefighter, Needum knew that the fire service was where he needed to be. He enrolled in the Collin College Fire Academy and graduated as an EMT with ...
Source: JEMS Operations - September 27, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT P Tags: Exclusive Articles Operations Source Type: news

Firefighter/Paramedic Recalls Springing Into Action on Southwest Flight 1380
Editor's Note: On April 17, 2018, Jennifer Riordan, a 43-year-old vice president of community relations for Wells Fargo bank and mother of two children from Albuquerque, N.M., was pulled halfway out of an airplane window on Southwest Flight 1380 after the windows was hit by shrapnel from a failed engine just 20 minutes into the flight. The seatbelt around her waist kept her from being completely sucked away, and it was through heroic efforts by a handful of brave passengers risking their own lives that Jennifer was pulled back into the plane so resuscitation attempts could begin. What follows is the firsthand account from ...
Source: JEMS Operations - September 26, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Andrew Needum, NRP Tags: Exclusive Articles Operations Source Type: news

Reuniting and the Bonds of Trauma After Flight 1380
This is the story about a “family” I never knew that I had until a tragic and traumatic event brought us together. Following the incident that occurred on Southwest Airlines Flight 1380, a cohesive bond was formed among all of us directly involved.   The Immediate Aftermath Immediately following our offloading of the plane, several buses were lined up to transport us to the Philadelphia airport terminals from the tarmac. It just so happened that my family was on the same bus as Peggy Phillips, the nurse who assisted me in the performance of CPR on Jennifer Riordan. My parents and Peggy began to con...
Source: JEMS Operations - September 26, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Andrew Needum, NRP Tags: Exclusive Articles Resiliency Operations Source Type: news

Arkansas Firefighter/EMTs Raising Statewide Awareness of PTSD Effects on First Responders
GRANT COUNTY, Ark. (KARK) - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an often under acknowledged but sometimes debilitating problem among first responders. People in professions like law enforcement, fire and EMS often respond to calls that leave them struggling emotionally. "It's hard to get law enforcement, it's hard to get EMS, it's hard to get fire to come out and say 'I have a problem', " says Travis Browning, one of the co-founders of Heroes Behind the Line. Browning is no stranger to stress. He works as a K-9 deputy for Grant County Sheriff's Office, is a volunteer firefighter and works part time as an ...
Source: JEMS Operations - September 26, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Caitlin Rearden (KARK) Tags: News News Videos Resiliency Operations Source Type: news

Peer Support Groups Help Sedgwick County EMS Providers Deal with Psychological Trauma
  SEDGWICK COUNTY, Kan. (KSNW) - Every nine minutes, Sedgwick County EMS is responding to a call. "We take about 170 calls per day and transport 120 patients," explained, Former Director of Sedgwick Co. EMS Department, Scott Hadley. "That equates to about 63,000 calls a year and 44,000 patients." Hadley told KSN the job can take a toll on first responders, whom become connected with the person on the other end of that 911 call or the person they're rushing into the emergency room, on a stretcher. "Unfortunately as first responders, dispatchers, firefighters, law enforcement officer or paramedi...
Source: JEMS Operations - September 24, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Ashonti Ford (KSNW) Tags: News News Videos Resiliency Operations Source Type: news

Emotional Retirement Ceremony for Colombia Search Dogs
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Fourteen police dogs received medals and diplomas during an emotional retirement ceremony in Colombia's capital Friday as they wrapped up years of service sniffing out drugs, bombs and bodies. Some of the German shepherds, pit bulls and golden retrievers were treated to special scented baths before they were retired during the event in an auditorium at the Chief Prosecutor's Office. Among the retired dogs was "Canela," a 12-year-old Labrador who helped investigators undercover 65 mass graves containing the victims of paramilitary violence, and "Negra," a pit bull mutt who h...
Source: JEMS Operations - September 24, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JOSHUA GOODMAN and MANUEL RUEDA, Associated Press Tags: Rescue & Vehicle Extrication News International Source Type: news

Two Dead in Truck-School Bus Collision in Poland
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish media are reporting that a truck has collided head-on with a school bus, killing the driver and one of the children's caretakers and injuring several others on board. The accident occurred Monday morning in Tyrowo, in northern Poland. Police spokeswoman Anna Balinska told the private broadcaster TVN24 that the children were on their way to school when the accident happened. She said initial findings indicate that the truck moved into the oncoming traffic lane and hit the bus head on. She said the caretaker and the driver were killed on the spot. The driver of the truck was transported to ...
Source: JEMS Operations - September 24, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: Rescue & Vehicle Extrication News International Source Type: news

Car-Moose Collisions Down in Maine
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — It's a pretty good time to be a moose in Maine. The Portland Press Herald reports that Maine saw 287 car-moose collisions in 2017. That's down from 646 crashes in 2007, and a 32 percent decline from 2012. Meanwhile, Maine biologists say moose calves appear to be showing strong survival rates in the northern part of the state. Maine Department of Transportation data shows there have been 158 car crashes involving a moose so far this year. Democratic Sen. Troy Jackson said his tiny community of Allagash has seen four moose collisions this summer. Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife ...
Source: JEMS Operations - September 24, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Rescue & Vehicle Extrication Trauma News Patient Care Source Type: news

Man Arrested After Assaulting Paramedic in Philadelphia
  PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Police have arrested the man they say assaulted a first responder in Center City. Medics were responding to a call Friday night of a 41-year-old disoriented male at 11th and Spruce streets. When they arrived, medics say the man who was believed to be intoxicated became abusive. One medic was injured. Read more at WPVI. (Source: JEMS Operations)
Source: JEMS Operations - September 23, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: WPVI Tags: News News Videos Operations Source Type: news

Unending Disaster: Florence Floods Prompt New Evacuations
GALIVANTS FERRY, S.C. (AP) — With muddy river water still washing over entire communities on Friday, eight days after Hurricane Florence slammed into land with nearly 3 feet of rain, new evacuation orders forced residents to flee to higher ground amid a sprawling disaster that's beginning to feel like it will never end. At least 42 people have died, included an elderly man whose body was found in a pickup truck that had been submerged in South Carolina, and hundreds were forced from their homes as rivers kept swelling higher and higher. Leaders in the Carolinas warned residents not to get complacent as it became plai...
Source: JEMS Operations - September 21, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Meg Kinnard and Jeffrey Collins, Associated Press Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

Infants Among Five People Stabbed in Queens Daycare
QUEENS, New York (CBS News) - Five people have been stabbed, including three infants, at a daycare center in Flushing, Queens, New York City Police told CBS New York on Friday. The police said a female suspect was in custody with self-inflicted wounds to her wrists, making a total of six injured people at the scene. One of the wounded infants was in serious condition. Two additional adults were also injured, including the father of one of the wounded infants. The man was stabbed in the leg. The other adult stabbed was a staff member at the daycare center.   (Source: JEMS Operations)
Source: JEMS Operations - September 21, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Trauma News News Videos Patient Care Operations Source Type: news

Minivan Driver Killed in Collision with Ambulance in Virginia
  KING GEORGE COUNTY, Va. (WTVR)-- The driver of a Nissan van was killed in a collision with a Westmoreland County ambulance, a Virginia State Police spokesperson said. The name of the woman killed in the crash has not yet been released. The crash was reported Monday, September 17, at 6:46 p.m. at the intersection of Route 301 and Ridge Road in King George County. Read more at WTVR. (Source: JEMS Operations)
Source: JEMS Operations - September 19, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Scott Wise (WTVR) Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops News News Videos Source Type: news

EMScapades, September 2018
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Source: JEMS Operations - September 18, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Ben Clincy, EMT-P Tags: Operations Comics Source Type: news

Flood Victims Get Food and Water; Rain Spreads to Northeast
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Hundreds of people waited in long lines for water and other essentials Tuesday in Wilmington, still mostly cut off by high water days after Hurricane Florence unleashed epic floods, and North Carolina's governor pleaded with more than 10,000 evacuees around the state not to return home yet. The death toll rose to at least 34 in three states, with 26 fatalities in North Carolina, as Florence's remnants went in two directions: Water flowed downstream toward the Carolina coast, and storms moved through the Northeast, where flash floods hit New Hampshire and New York state . North Carolina Gov. Ro...
Source: JEMS Operations - September 18, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Chuck Burton and Martha Waggoner, Associated Press Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

Bristol Hospital Selects ESO Health Data Exchange To Improve Community Health and Safety
BRISTOL, Conn. – Bristol Hospital has chosen ESO Health Data Exchange for its Emergency Center. The staff of the Bristol Hospital Emergency Center will have access to timely, actionable data on patients arriving by ambulance, creating near real-time insights for more accurate assessments and treatment options. Additionally, EMS agencies will have more clinical information regarding patient outcomes to help improve the overall patient experience.   “We are fully committed to providing the best possible healthcare experience for our community,” said David Koscuk, Director of Emergency Medical Services ...
Source: JEMS Operations - September 18, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: ESO Tags: Operations Industry News Press Releases Source Type: news

Psychological Trauma: The Silent Stalker
Having been in EMS for more than two decades, I—like many of you—have grown up in an ambulance. The difference between me and you—or maybe not—is that the monster, called suicide, stalked and killed my wife, brother and 10 of my EMS colleagues. Psychological trauma can be fatal and EMS would do well to realize it. It should come as no surprise that we in EMS are routinely exposed to stress and psychological trauma significantly more than the general public.1 Psychological Disorders One-fourth of U.S. adults are diagnosed with a mental illness,2 while it’s estimated that 50% have a mental illne...
Source: JEMS Operations - September 17, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Chris G. Caulkins, MPH, MA, ABD Tags: Exclusive Articles Resiliency Operations Source Type: news

Rescues Continue as Florence Flooding Spreads as Storm Heads Northeast
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Emergency workers delivered truckloads of food and water to Wilmington, a city of 120,000 people mostly cut off from the rest of North Carolina by Florence's still-rising floodwaters, as helicopters and boat pulled people from homes swamped by swollen rivers. The storm, which is blamed for the deaths of at least 19 people, still had abundant rain and top winds around 30 mph (50 kph) on Monday. Forecasters said it was expected to gradually pick up forward speed and complete a big turn toward the Northeast, which is in for as much as 6 inches (15 centimeters) of rain. Flooding worries increased ...
Source: JEMS Operations - September 17, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Chuck Burton, Associated Press Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

Amazon Web Services, a subsidiary of Amazon.com, Features Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance in Partner Story
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.,-- Amazon Web Services (AWS), a subsidiary of Amazon.com that provides on-demand cloud computing platforms, featured Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance in a Partner Story outlining how the company is using technology to push healthcare forward. The article highlights how Angel MedFlight's development team created an iPad medical charting application, MedLog2, and soon saw a need to explore and expand storage solutions for its digital content. After not finding a canned solution, the team opted to build their own solution and integrate Salesforce and Amazon Web Services. "In the aviation he...
Source: JEMS Operations - September 17, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance (press release) Tags: Operations Industry News Press Releases Source Type: news

P.L. Custom Body and Equipment Co., Inc. Adds Distributor
Manasquan, NJ -- P.L. Custom Body and Equipment Co., Inc. (PLCB) is pleased to announce the addition of Kaza Fire Apparatus Sales & Service (Kaza Fire), a division of Kaza Fire Equipment, LLC, to its growing family of distributors. Kaza Fire will be providing sales and service to emergency services providers in the western half of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In addition to providing sales and service for PL Custom Emergency Vehicles and Rescue 1, Kaza Fire will be able to provide remounting and specialty conversions through PLCB as well. Andy Kaza, founder and President of Kaza Fire Equipment, LLC, stated that...
Source: JEMS Operations - September 17, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: P.L. Custom Body and Equipment Co., Inc. (Press Release) Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops Industry News Press Releases Source Type: news

Hurricane Florence Floods the Carolinas
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Source: JEMS Operations - September 15, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Slideshow Operations Source Type: news

Florence Pours on the Rain in the Carolinas; Death Toll at 5
NEW BERN, N.C. (AP) — Thousands of people living near North Carolina's rising rivers were ordered evacuated Saturday as hurricane-turned-tropical storm Florence practically parked itself over land and poured on the rain Saturday, raising fears that the state could be in for the most destructive flooding in its history. The death toll climbed to at least five. A day after Florence blew ashore in North Carolina with 90 mph (145 kph) winds, Coast Guard officials reported using helicopters to lift scores of people from rooftops and swamped cars near the shoreline, and rescue crews used inflatable boats to reach others tr...
Source: JEMS Operations - September 15, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Allen G. Breed, Associated Press Tags: Rescue & Vehicle Extrication News Source Type: news

Country's Largest EMS Supplier Preps for Hurricane Response at Central Ohio Headquarters
  DUBLIN, Ohio — Dublin is home to one of the largest emergency medical suppliers, Bound Tree Medical. Several employees have spent hours making sure its warehouses are stocked with products and supplies now that hurricane Florence has hit, so when first responders hit the ground running, they have what they need. When it comes to hurricanes and other natural disasters, Bound Tree Medical Vice President Tim Rubert said early preparation is key. Rubert and other employees anticipated hurricane Florence about three weeks ago and made sure they had enough emergency medical supplies to last. “We've been doing ...
Source: JEMS Operations - September 14, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Alexis Moberger (WSYX/WTTE) Tags: News Equipment & Gear News Videos Source Type: news

Rescues Needed and Flooding Worsening Due to Florence's Heavy Rains
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Florence (all times local): 2 p.m. A weakening Hurricane Florence is almost at a standstill over southeastern North Carolina. It just barely has Category 1 hurricane strength with top sustained winds of 75 mph (120 kph). At 2 p.m., Florence was centered about 35 miles (55 kilometers) west-southwest of Wilmington, North Carolina, and about 35 miles (55 kilometers) east-northeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. It was crawling west at 5 mph (7 kph). The National Hurricane Center said Florence was forecast to keep moving farther inland across the Carolinas through the wee...
Source: JEMS Operations - September 14, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

Priority Ambulance Deploys Ambulances, Personnel to Assist with Response to Hurricane Florence
More than 25 ambulances staffed with emergency personnel from Priority Ambulance’s Southeast Division operations have been activated at the request of FEMA for Hurricane Florence. Ten ambulances and 20 team members have been deployed and are currently stationed in South Carolina and North Carolina to assist in the evacuations in advance of Hurricane Florence, and 16 additional ambulances are on standby ready to travel and immediately assist in emergency response efforts following the hurricane, including 10 Medshore ambulances on standby stationed at home in South Carolina. “Our disaster response teams are eq...
Source: JEMS Operations - September 14, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Priority Ambulance Tags: News Operations Source Type: news