ECG Consult: 77yo Nursing Home Resident with Shortness of Breath and Lightheadedness
ECG Consult video Episode 4: We arrive on scene and find a 77yo nursing home resident with acutely altered mental status complaining of shortness of breath and lightheadedness. Watch in the player below.   (Source: JEMS Patient Care)
Source: JEMS Patient Care - September 10, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: John Hayden, MD, EdD, FACEP Tags: Airway & Respiratory Training Training Videos Exclusive Articles Patient Care Patient Care Videos Source Type: news

1 Dead, 14 Hurt by Frying Pan Blast at German Village Fest
In this Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019 photo police officers investigate a booth after an explosion at a village festival in Freudenberg, Germany. Authorities say 14 people have been injured, five of them with life-threatening burns, during an explosion at a village festival in western Germany. Police told German news agency dpa that it appears likely that oil inside a big frying pan caused the explosion at the local 'Backesfest' (bakery festival) that was attended by about 100 people. (Berthold Stamm/dpa via AP)   BERLIN (AP) — Police say one woman has died from severe burns sustained during a frying pan explosion that ...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - September 9, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: International Trauma News AP News Tag Source Type: news

Purdue Pharma Says Settlement Talks in Opioid Cases Not Over
In this Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, file photo, Christine Gagnon of Southington, Conn., protests with other family and friends who have lost loved ones to OxyContin and opioid overdoses at Purdue Pharma LLP headquarters in Stamford, Conn. Gagnon lost her son Michael 13 months earlier. OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma is expected to file for bankruptcy after settlement talks over the nation’s deadly overdose crisis hit an impasse, attorneys general involved in the talks said Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, in a message to their counterparts across the country. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)   OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma and la...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - September 9, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Patient Care AP News Tag Source Type: news

North Carolina Paramedic Loses Leg After Crash
  Paramedic Heather Haynes speaks to WGHP-TV from her hospital bed after losing part of her leg after being hit. LEXINGTON, N.C – A paramedic pinned between an ambulance and car last month lost part of her leg in the crash but is not giving up hope. "I want to keep going, because, first of all, I didn't go through paramedic school for two years for nothing, and because I have four kids looking at me," Heather Haynes said in a video message to WGHP-TV from her hospital bed. "If I give up, then it's going to teach them that you just give up no matter what. So, I'm just going to keep going, ...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - September 6, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Trauma News News Videos Source Type: news

EMTs in Israel In Need of Lifesaving EpiPens Following Worldwide Shortage
Photo provided by United Hatzalah An EMT in Israel administers an EpiPen to a young girl. There is a worldwide shortage of EpiPens, which is affecting individuals who have severe allergies that can cause anaphylactic reactions. The EpiPen is an auto-injection delivery system that administers a dose of adrenaline hormones which increases the heart rate and blood pressure and reverses the swelling of the airways. In cases of severe anaphylactic reactions, it can slow the allergic reaction and reverse its effects long enough to allow first responders to arrive or for a person to get to the hospital to receive f...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - September 5, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: International Patient Care Press Releases Source Type: news

Rush, N.Y. Firefighter/EMT Hurt by Combative Victims
Watch the report on WHEC-TV   RUSH, N.Y. – A firefighter/EMT suffered minor injuries Wednesday morning when treating two people possibly on drugs after they became combative after a crash, authorities said. New York State Troopers and EMS arrived on Route 390 Northbound around 7:30 a.m. in Rush, a suburb of Rochester, on a report of a disabled car against the guardrail. Officials found a male and a female passed out in the car, according to a Facebook post from the Rush Volunteer Fire Department. Advanced Life Support was requested to wake up the two. The fire department said the two people, who were not identif...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - September 5, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: News Patient Care Source Type: news

“First Responders for Recovery” program aims to end opioid addiction in Richmond, Virginia
YouTube/Richmond Ambulance Authority   The Richmond Ambulance Authority (RAA) and Richmond City Health District (RCHD) announced, in recognition of International Overdose Awareness Day, a new partnership and program to combat the opioid crisis in the City of Richmond. “First Responders for Recovery” is an evidence based program aimed at connecting addicts to recovery resources in the Metro Richmond area. At the center of the new program is RCHD’s new Peer Recovery Specialist Courtney Nunnally. Courtney is a recovering heroin and cocaine addict who now dedicates her life to helping others recover from...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - September 4, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Patient Care Administration and Leadership Press Releases Source Type: news

International Prehospital Medicine Institute Literature Review, September 2019
Logo courtesy International Prehospital Medicine Institute   Vol. 1.12 1.       Prehospital administration of tranexamic acid in trauma patients: A 1:1 matched comparative study from a level 1 trauma center. El-Mentar A, Sathian B, Wahlen BM, et al. Am J Em Med. Published on-line April 30, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajem.2019.04.051. 2.       Prehospital Blood Product Administration Opportunities in Ground Transport ALS EMS –A Descriptive Study. Mix, F; Zielinski, M; Myers, L; et al. Prehosp Disaster Med, 2018;33(3):230-236. 3.  &nbs...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - September 4, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: International Prehospital Medicine Institute Tags: Training Exclusive Articles Patient Care Source Type: news

Florida EMS Crew Invites TV Station for Ride-Along
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Source: JEMS Patient Care - August 30, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: News Patient Care Source Type: news

EMTs, Teddy Bears Ride Along Together in Denver
  CBS Denver video DENVER – In this city, teddy bears ride along with the EMS crew. The furry friends are part of the Teddy Bear Patrol, an initiative used to comfort kids traumatized during an emergency. KOSI 101.1 is partnering with Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children and CBS4 Denver to collect new stuffed animals. They will be given to local first responders to help children in a time of need. (Source: JEMS Patient Care)
Source: JEMS Patient Care - August 29, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: News Patient Care Patient Care Videos Source Type: news

ImageTrend Introduces Historical Medical Images, Outcome Notifications
Rendering courtesy ImageTrend ImageTrend Elite with EKG Image   LAKEVILLE, Minn. - ImageTrend, Inc. announced two exciting new features on the company’s Elite ePCR solution: historical EKG images for repeat patients and hospital outcome notifications. These new features complement the already powerful ImageTrend Elite solution for EMS, fire and critical care documentation and integrated reporting and analysis tools. The historical EKG image feature is groundbreaking in allowing the pre-hospital care provider to view the current image and compare it to historical images from previous encounters with that patient....
Source: JEMS Patient Care - August 29, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Cardiac & Resuscitation Press Releases Source Type: news

NHTSA Office of EMS Marks International Overdose Awareness Day with New Resources
Photo U.S. Food and Drug Administration A file photo of various opioid cessation products. This August 31, communities around the world will recognize International Overdose Awareness Day, an especially meaningful event as our nation continues to fight an epidemic of deaths from opioids and other substances. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Office of EMS joins in observing this day and acknowledging the important role that EMS clinicians and systems can have in preventing and mitigating the effects of substance use. EMS and the Opioid Crisis The opioid epidemic impacts EMS across the nation every da...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - August 28, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Patient Care Press Releases Source Type: news

Lancaster County, Pa. EMS Concerned About National Drug Shortage
  Fox 43 MOUNT JOY, Pa. – First responders in Pennsylvania are sounding off on a nationwide drug shortage they say is putting people in their community in danger. Paramedic Rob Walker of Susquehanna Valley EMS tells Fox 43: "It is medications you would never believe, and the list is long, and will make you shake your head.” Some of the drugs EMTs and paramedics in Lancaster County need include fentanyl, ketamine, epinephrine, and sodium bicarbonate, according to the report. According to a Sept. 2018 article on JEMS written by Vincent D. Robbins, FACPE, FACHE, 93% of the shortages are caused by...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - August 27, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Jeff Frankel Tags: News Resiliency Patient Care Source Type: news

Why Red Wyoming Seeks The Regulatory Approach To Air Ambulance Costs
Photo National Highway Traffic Safety Administration   Wyoming, the reddest of Republican states and a bastion of free enterprise, thinks it may have found a way to end crippling air ambulance bills that can top $100,000 per flight. The state’s unexpected solution? Undercut the free market by using Medicaid to treat air ambulances like a public utility. The issue has come to a head in Wyoming, where rugged terrain and long distances between hospitals forces reliance on these ambulance flights. Costs for such emergency transports have been soaring, with some patients facing massive unexpected bills as the fr...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - August 27, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Rescue & Vehicle Extrication News Ambulances Vehicle Ops Patient Care Operations Source Type: news

A Systematic Approach to Capnography Waveforms
Capnography was first proposed for use in the operating room in 1978 and has since become the standard of care for monitoring ventilation.1 Capnography is rapidly growing in use for intubated and non-intubated applications across hospital environments including the ICU, resuscitation, procedural sedation, and postoperative monitoring of patients receiving opioid analgesia. 1,2 When used appropriately, capnography has been cited as meaningful in providing key, often life- sustaining, information in dozens of different clinical applications. These range from common indications such as monitoring for apneas, hypoventilation, ...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - August 27, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Gina Farquharson, RRT-NPS, MBA, MS, CPPS Tags: Exclusive Articles Patient Care Cardiac & Resuscitation Source Type: news

Charges Expected in Florida Nursing Home Deaths
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Defense attorneys said Sunday that arrests are expected shortly in the case of a Florida nursing home where 12 patients died after its air conditioning power went out amid sweltering heat following Hurricane Irma in 2017. Lawrence Hashish told The Associated Press his client is one of three nurses, in addition to an administrator, expecting to be charged in connection with the deaths after Hurricane Irma, which blew through Florida on Sept. 10 of that year. The storm knocked out a transformer linking the main air-conditioning unit to the power grid at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywoo...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - August 26, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Patient Care AP News Tag Operations Source Type: news

Lightning Strike Injures Six at PGA Tour Championship in Atlanta
ATLANTA (AP) — Six people were injured Saturday when lightning struck a 60-foot pine at the Tour Championship where they were taking cover from rain and showered them with debris, Atlanta police said. The third round of the season-ending PGA Tour event had been suspended for about 30 minutes because of storms in the area, and fans were instructed to seek shelter. The strike hit the top of the tree just off the 16th tee and shattered the bark all the way to the bottom. Photos: PGA Tour Lightning Strike Brad Uhl of Atlanta was crammed under a hospitality tent to the right of the 16th hole that was open to the public. &...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - August 26, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Patient Care AP News Tag Source Type: news

Kansas Hiking Group Overwhelmed in Arizona Heat
APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. (AP) — A group of fitness coordinators from Kansas became overwhelmed while climbing a mountain trail near metro Phoenix in sweltering temperatures and two members had to be airlifted to safety, authorities said Friday. The two who were flown by helicopter Thursday off the trail near Apache Junction were treated for heat-related but only one went to the hospital, Superstition Fire & Medical District spokesman Richard Ochs said. Ochs did not know that person's current condition Friday. The rest of the 44-person group was able to walk down the trail but needed water, Ochs said. The temperatur...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - August 26, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Patient Care AP News Tag Source Type: news

Seven Hospitalized after Smoke Fills Cabin of Hawaii Flight
HONOLULU (AP) — Seven people were taken to the hospital Thursday after smoke filled the cabin of a Hawaiian Airlines flight from California to Hawaii. Hawaiian Airlines says 184 passengers and seven crew members used evacuation slides to get off the plane after it declared an in-flight emergency and landed in Honolulu. Jon Snook, Hawaiian Airlines chief operating officer, said smoke was first detected on Hawaiian Airlines Flight 47 from Oakland, California, about 20 minutes prior to landing as the plane began to descend. American Medical Response spokesman James Ireland said a total of 11 patients had breathing compl...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - August 23, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Patient Care AP News Tag Source Type: news

Suspects Wanted After Teen, Man in Wheelchair Shot
WXII-TV WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Police are looking for two people who allegedly shot a 16-year-old boy and a man in a wheelchair earlier this week. Authorities say the two suspects entered the home with handguns and stole money Tuesday morning just before 10 a.m. The incident happened not far from the Smith-Reynolds Airport, according to WXII-TV. The man in the wheelchair, identified by police at 34-year-old Jake Westmoreland, was found shot in his home. He was reportedly put in a wheelchair after a previous shooting, the station reported. The 16-year-old boy, whose name was not released, was shot outside the home and ...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - August 22, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Trauma News Patient Care Source Type: news

EMT Crew, Doctor Honored for Saving Man ’s Life
ABC Columbia COLUBMIA, S.C. – An EMS crew from Richland County and a doctor were honored for saving the life of a man after suffering a medical emergency. John Johnson ruptured a hernia and lost consciousness at home back in March, ABC Columbia reports. Police were called to his home after he did not show up to work. The EMT crew and doctor were able to keep him alive. At a ceremony yesterday, everyone involved were honored with their own day. Johnson has since fully recovered, the station reports. (Source: JEMS Patient Care)
Source: JEMS Patient Care - August 22, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: News Patient Care Source Type: news

The Basic Fall Victim that Tested Our Skills
Photo provided by David R. Harris, PA PM, NR PM, AA, BA, Fire Officer IV, Instructor III  A basic fall victim tested the skills of two paramedics with the Penndel Middletown Emergency Squad in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Incident  Bucks County 911 Communications Center (BCC) dispatched the Penndel Middletown Emergency Squad (PMES), Medic 168 for a reported basic fall victim in the area of a local strip mall. Our medic unit responded and was staffed this day with two paramedics. We received further information via our mobile data terminal (MDT) enroute that the patient was reported to be in a vehicle in the p...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - August 22, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: David R. Harris, PA PM, NR PM, AA, BA, Fire Officer IV, Instructor III Tags: Exclusive Articles Patient Care Source Type: news

EMTs Save Boy After Father Cuts Off Ambulance
  CBS Boston   METHUEN, Mass. – Two EMTs rushing to a call were surprised when their rig was cut off by an SUV, only to find the man behind the wheel called 911 first. Turns out, it was the same call. (Source: JEMS Patient Care)
Source: JEMS Patient Care - August 21, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: News Cardiac & Resuscitation Source Type: news

Area 51 events in Nevada prompt emergency crowd planning
In this July 22, 2019 file photo, signs warn about trespassing at an entrance to the Nevada Test and Training Range near Area 51 outside of Rachel, Nev. Officials in Nevada's rural Lincoln County have drafted an emergency declaration and are planning with state officials to handle possible crowds that might arrive for an event next month dubbed "Storm Area 51." The county commission on Monday, Aug. 19, 2019 conditionally approved two events in tiny desert towns near the site popularly known as the home of government studies of outer space aliens. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)   LAS VEGAS (AP) — Fearing ...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - August 20, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Major Incidents News Patient Care AP News Tag Source Type: news

International Prehospital Medicine Institute Literature Review, August 2019
International Prehospital Medicine Institute A look at some of the most up-to-date prehospital information and education to those who provide emergency medical care in the prehospital setting.   Introduction The mission of the International Prehospital Medicine Institute (IPHMI) is to provide the most up-to-date prehospital information and education at an affordable cost to those individuals worldwide who provide emergency medical care in the prehospital setting. In service to that mission, we review the published literature specific to prehospital care. We then summarize the article to help explain exactly what it is...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - August 19, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: International Prehospital Medicine Institute Tags: Exclusive Articles News Patient Care Source Type: news

Woodstock at 50: EMS Response
Editor's note: Fifty years ago this week, “three days of peace and music” were underway at Max Yasgur's upstate New York farm. The 1969 Woodstock Festival had the potential to generate a medical disaster of epic proportions. Although the planning proved woefully inadequate, the festival came off with a minimum of death and injury.  For a look back at what happened, read "EMS at Woodstock," originally published in JEMS on April 28, 2010. (Source: JEMS Patient Care)
Source: JEMS Patient Care - August 16, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Major Incidents Exclusive Articles Patient Care Operations Source Type: news

Understanding Aphasia: Realities and Strategies for EMS Providers
Photo provided by Avi Golden Avi Golden is an EMT who can no longer talk after suffering a stroke. He now makes it his mission to educate others about those dealing with aphasia.   Editor’s Introduction It was a chance encounter one day as I scanned Facebook posts from “friends” and acquaintances. I have countless “friends”, many of which I have never met in person, but find, through their content or other “friends” to be in my world of interest and specialization. Several postings were from paramedic Avi Golden, one such “friend” I followed frequently on Facebook ...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - August 16, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Ellayne S. Ganzfried, M.S., CCC-SLP Tags: Training Exclusive Articles Patient Care Source Type: news

Did EMT Leak Epstein Details? FDNY Say No
New York State Sex Offender Registry This March 28, 2017, photo shows Jeffrey Epstein. He died in police custody on Saturday.   The Fire Department of New York says an EMT did not leak information about the death of wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein nearly 40 minutes before Epstein’s death was confirmed by authorities. BuzzFeed News reports Epstein’s death was first posted to the message board 4chan on Saturday morning at 8:16 a.m. The first tweet from an ABC News reporter did not come until 8:54 a.m. Parts of the 4chan posts refers to specific terms used by EMTs and other medical professionals, like telem...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - August 14, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Jeff Frankel Tags: News Patient Care Source Type: news

Double Sequential External Defibrillation for Refractory Ventricular Fibrillation: It ’s All About the Timing
Double sequential external defibrillation (DSED) for refractory ventricular fibrillation (VF) has generated a great deal of interest, excitement and confusion as a treatment option for patients who present in refractory VF. Our research team was delighted by the invitation by JEMS to describe our findings from the 2019 NAEMSP annual meeting in this edition of the journal. In this article, we will also discuss controversies surrounding the practice of DSED and highlight some of the previous research into the effectiveness of DSED for refractory VF. The Background DSED has been studied for decades in the electrophysiology la...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - August 13, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Sheldon Cheskes, MD, CCFP (EM), FCFP Tags: Training Videos Cardiac & Resuscitation Exclusive Articles Patient Care Source Type: news

Shootout Kills One California Officer, Wounds Two Others
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A man whose truck was being impounded suddenly grabbed a rifle and opened fire, killing a California Highway Patrol officer and wounding two others before he was killed, authorities said. Other drivers ran for cover and two people were slightly injured as dozens of bullets flew shortly after 5:30 p.m. Monday just off a freeway in Riverside, east of Los Angeles. "We don't know his motive for this crime," Riverside Police Chief Sergio Diaz said. KABC-TV reported that a man identified the shooter as his son, Aaron Luther, 49, of neighboring Beaumont. A CHP officer was doing paperwork t...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - August 13, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Patient Care AP News Tag Operations Source Type: news

How a Community Paramedics Program Can Help Keep Emergencies at Bay
Photo UnitedHealthcare The Milwaukee fire department is getting involved before an emergency happens. You might usually think of your city’s fire department as being first on the scene during an intense situation, with flashing lights and sirens. But what about a fire department that gets involved before an emergency happens? That’s exactly what’s happening in Milwaukee. Take Mary*, for example. She called 911 several times a week, due to issues related to her diabetes. In order to find a new solution, the Milwaukee Fire Department (MFD) enrolled her in the Community Paramedics Program...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - August 12, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops Patient Care Press Releases Source Type: news

Children Dead in Erie, Pennsylvania House Fire
ERIE. Pennsylvania (Erie News Now) - Five children have died, and a mother was flown to a Pittsburgh hospital after an early morning fire in West Erie. Its after Erie firefighters responded to a house fire at 1248 West 11th Street, with reports of multiple people trapped inside around 1:15 a.m. According to Erie Fire Chief Guy Santone, seven people had to be rescued from the home, including five young children.  Neighbors a block away heard the screams of teens who had escaped as far as a second floor porch roof. They indicated that there were babies still trapped inside. MORE Erie News Now | WICU & WSEE in Erie, ...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - August 11, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Videos Patient Care Source Type: news

Dealing with Psychotic Patients
  YouTube/John Stossel   This very well-crafted segment by renowned journalist John Stossel gives an extremely good background on where we are today in this country in dealing with patients who suffer from psychosis. It shows how we previously dealt with individuals with this affliction (placing them in "insane asylums") and how we are currently doing it – inadequately. No matter what side of the issue you are on, if you are involved in the delivery of emergency medical services, you will be confronted with these patients on the streets; encounter recently discharged patients from hosp...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - August 7, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT P Tags: Columns Patient Care Source Type: news

One Step Closer to Drones in EMS
As with many other products and devices, the military is often the leader in adopting innovations that can bring care and medical supplies to troops as soon as possible to save lives. Such is the case with MASH units, splinting/functional tourniquets, wound clot, and packing dressings. Now the United States military is working with a reputable start-up company in California to have medical supplies dropped from the air by a specialized drone that is much different than quadcopters we have been seeing in development. The military concept will use a free-flying small aircraft drone that will drop a parachuted package at a sp...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - August 6, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT P Tags: Trauma Exclusive Articles Mobile Integrated Healthcare Source Type: news

Pre-Hospital Newborn Resuscitation: The Ten Minute Dilemma
(Photo: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) A baby is treated in the back of an ambulance in his undated photo.   An ambulance is dispatched to a full-term imminent birth. As they arrive, the newborn is delivered and, after a minute shows no signs of cardiorespiratory effort. Newborn resuscitation is delivered and despite best efforts the situation is becoming increasingly futile. Five minutes have passed with no detectable cardiac activity; the midwife and additional paramedics are five minutes away, the nearest hospital fifteen. Should the paramedic crew decide to stay or leave? In 2012, the World H...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - August 5, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Simon Robinson, MSC Tags: Airway & Respiratory Exclusive Articles Source Type: news

Man Charged After Attacking Lollapalooza Paramedic
(Picture: Chicago Police) Eric Shorb, 25, is accused of attacking a paramedic at the Lollapaloazza music festival in Chicago on Thursday.   CHICAGO – A 25-year-old West Virginia man is due back in court this week after allegedly attacking a paramedic at the Lollapalooza music festival. Benjamin Shorb is facing charges of one felony count of aggravated battery on a government employee, and one felony count of criminal damaging of government property between $500 and $10,000. Shorb was leaving the festival Thursday night when he told officers “he was having a bad trip,” NBC Chicago reported. Shorb then...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - August 5, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: News Patient Care Source Type: news

Six-Year-Old Pushed from 10th-Floor of London ’s Tate Modern Gallery
LONDON (AP) — A 6-year-old boy who was thrown from a 10th-floor viewing gallery at London's Tate Modern gallery is no longer in a life-threatening condition, police said Monday. A 17-year-old boy is being held on suspicion of attempted murder over the incident, which happened Sunday afternoon while the gallery was packed with visitors. The Metropolitan Police force said the younger boy is in a critical but stable condition in a London hospital. He fell from the open-air viewing platform to a fifth-floor roof. Nancy Barnfield was at the gallery with her family when she heard a "loud bang," and then saw a wom...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - August 5, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: International News Patient Care AP News Tag Source Type: news

Cities Now See More Overdose Deaths than Rural Areas
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. drug overdose deaths, which have been concentrated in Appalachia and other rural areas for more than a dozen years, are back to being most common in big cities again, according to a government report issued Friday. The report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the urban overdose death rate surpassed the rural rate in 2016 and 2017. Rates for last year and this year are not yet available. But experts, citing available data, say the urban rate is likely to stay higher in the near future. The difference between the urban and rural counties was not large. In 2017, there were 22 ov...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - August 2, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Patient Care AP News Tag Source Type: news

ZOLL Announces Recipients of the 2019 ZOLL EMT Scholarship
 ZOLL® Medical Corporation, an Asahi Kasei Group Company that manufactures medical devices and related software solutions, today announced announced 14 recipients of the 2019 ZOLL EMT Scholarship Program. The intent of the ZOLL EMT Scholarship Program is to award medical education grants annually to qualifying caregivers who demonstrate a career commitment to the profession. The goal of the program is to support the education of EMTs (EMT-Basic, EMT-Advanced) who are working toward their paramedic certification (EMT-P). All scholarships are reviewed and award decisions are made by an independent commit...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - August 1, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Patient Care Press Releases Source Type: news

The Art and Science of Improving Resuscitation
For over 40 years as a physician, researcher, author and EMS medical director, Mickey Eisenberg has led the charge for increasing sudden cardiac arrest survival rates and is one reason for the success that Seattle and King County, Washington, have demonstrated in saving people’s lives. Eisenberg first came to Seattle and the King County EMS system, known as Medic One, in the 1970s. Under the guidance of Drs. Leonard Cobb and Michael Copass, Eisenberg helped take the Medic One system that had started in Seattle and implement it throughout the entire county. At the same time, he combined his public health education and...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - July 30, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Exclusive Articles Cardiac & Resuscitation Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

North Carolina Bomb Squad Agents Injured in Explosion
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Two North Carolina bomb squad agents were injured Friday, one of them critically, when bomb-making materials blew up while they were searching the home of a man stopped with homemade explosives in his car, authorities said. Two State Bureau of Investigation agents were assisting the Sampson County Sheriff's Office in a rural area southeast of Raleigh when the materials exploded early Friday, according to an SBI news release. Both were taken to a burn center in Chapel Hill, including one airlifted in critical condition. The other was in stable condition Friday. "There was a heck of an explosi...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - July 26, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Trauma News Patient Care AP News Tag Source Type: news

ECG Consult: 55yo Firefighter with Acute Chest Pain
In this month's ECG consult video, we encounter a 55-year-old firefighter complaining of acute chest pain after unloading a fire hose. View details in the player below.   (Source: JEMS Patient Care)
Source: JEMS Patient Care - July 23, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: John Hayden, MD, EdD, FACEP Tags: Cardiac & Resuscitation Columns Exclusive Articles Patient Care Videos Source Type: news

Number of U.S. Overdose Deaths Appear to be Falling
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. overdose deaths last year likely fell for the first time in nearly three decades, preliminary statistics suggest. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday posted the provisional numbers showing nearly 68,000 drug overdose deaths were reported last year. The number may go up as more investigations are completed, but the agency expects the tally will end up below 69,000. Overdose deaths had been climbing each year since 1990, topping 70,000 in 2017. The numbers were celebrated by the U.S. secretary of health and human services. "Lives are being saved, and we're beginning to ...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - July 18, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Patient Care AP News Tag Source Type: news

Kentucky Deputy Shot During Wellness Check
WHITLEY CITY, Ky. (AP) — A sheriff's deputy who was shot in southeastern Kentucky while conducting a wellness check is reported in stable condition after surgery. In a news release, Kentucky State Police say McCreary County sheriff's deputy Dustin Watkins went to visit a home Tuesday around 8 p.m. when a man sitting in a vehicle fired several shots from a handgun. The 28-year-old Watkins was struck at least once. State police say 48-year-old Mark L. Dungan fired several rounds and then fled in the vehicle, striking the patrol car of a county constable as he sped away. Police later found Dungan at a nearby cemetery an...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - July 18, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Patient Care AP News Tag Source Type: news

Utah Girl Dies After Being Accidentally Struck by Golf Ball
OREM, Utah (AP) — Authorities say a 6-year-old Utah girl has died after her father accidentally hit her with a golf ball. Police say the ball struck the girl in the back of the head on Monday morning, while the father and daughter were golfing at Sleepy Ridge Golf Course in Orem. The ball collided with the base of her neck. Lt. Trent Colledge with the Orem Police Department says she was flown to a hospital in Salt Lake City in critical condition. She died from her injuries later that evening. Colledge said police are investigating but are not planning to pursue charges because it appears to have been a tragic acciden...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - July 17, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Patient Care AP News Tag Source Type: news

Utah Girl Dies After Being Accidentally Stuck by Golf Ball
OREM, Utah (AP) — Authorities say a 6-year-old Utah girl has died after her father accidentally hit her with a golf ball. Police say the ball struck the girl in the back of the head on Monday morning, while the father and daughter were golfing at Sleepy Ridge Golf Course in Orem. The ball collided with the base of her neck. Lt. Trent Colledge with the Orem Police Department says she was flown to a hospital in Salt Lake City in critical condition. She died from her injuries later that evening. Colledge said police are investigating but are not planning to pursue charges because it appears to have been a tragic acciden...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - July 17, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Patient Care AP News Tag Source Type: news

Two Dead, Officer and Woman Wounded in Shooting at Baltimore Clinic
BALTIMORE (AP) — Two people are dead and a police sergeant and a woman are injured following a shooting at a methadone clinic in Baltimore, police said Monday. Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said at a news conference that the sergeant is in stable condition and had gone into surgery. Harrison said the suspect who fired at the sergeant is dead as well as another person who was found inside the clinic. The woman who was injured is expected to survive. Harrison said the shooting was reported shortly after 7 a.m. and was captured on video by the body cameras of the officers who responded to the clinic. Ha...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - July 15, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Patient Care AP News Tag Source Type: news

Ohio Hospital Fires 23 in Case of Excessive Doses, Deaths
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio hospital system where excessive painkiller doses were given to dozens of patients who died fired 23 nurses, pharmacists and managers Thursday and said it is changing leadership, a sign that professional fallout from the scandal has expanded far beyond the intensive care doctor accused of ordering the drugs. The announcement by the Columbus-area Mount Carmel Health System comes five weeks after that doctor, William Husel, pleaded not guilty to murder charges in 25 of the deaths, marking one of the biggest cases of its kind against an American health care professional. The newly fired emp...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - July 12, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Patient Care AP News Tag Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Two Dead, Two Hurt in California Freeway Bridge Jump
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Authorities say two teenagers were killed and two critically injured when they jumped off a 75-foot freeway bridge after a crash in California. The California Highway Patrol says a car spun out and crashed into a bridge guardrail on State Route 56 in Carmel Valley at about 11 p.m. Tuesday. The CHP says six people left the stalled car, possibly out of fear that oncoming cars might hit it. Sgt. Brent Lowry says four of the six ran across the road and jumped what they may have thought was a wall. It was the side of the bridge. An 18-year-old man and a younger male teen were killed. Two girls, ages 14 an...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - July 12, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Trauma News Patient Care AP News Tag Source Type: news

Report: New Protocol in Chicago After Medics Failed to Treat Gunshot Victim
The Chicago Fire Department has enacted new protocols after paramedics failed to treat a gunshot victim for an hour as he lay dying in the street last year, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Although an investigation into that incident is not complete, the department has reportedly changed the way paramedics assess shooting victims and anyone else injured. All patients are now placed on a heart monitors to check for signs of life, Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford told reporters. The monitors will be placed on all patients, unless they have suffered extreme trauma. The new procedure is "for ...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - July 11, 2019 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Trauma News Patient Care Source Type: news