Man Reaching for Free Shirt Critical after Fall Over Railing
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A fan reaching for a free T-shirt is in critical but stable condition at Vanderbilt University Medical Center after losing his balance and falling through the awning that covers the tunnel to the Tennessee Titans' locker room. Metro Nashville Police say Thomas Carrico Jr., 37, of Goodlettesville received medical attention at Nissan Stadium on Sunday before being taken to the hospital. The Tennessean reported a witness saw a T-shirt land on the awning over the tunnel during the third quarter of the Titans' 34-10 win over New England when cheerleaders were tossing out shirts during a t...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - November 12, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: Trauma News Source Type: news

19-Year-Old Minnesota Man Revives Squirrel with CPR
  BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. (CBS Sunday Morning) -- "Life is life," said 19-year-old Chris Felix, who was desperately trying to revive a young one who'd darted out in front of his car in Brooklyn Park, Minn. The subject of his attention was a squirrel. Steve Hartman talked with Felix and with two police officers who responded to the scene of a unique application of CPR. (Source: JEMS Patient Care)
Source: JEMS Patient Care - November 11, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Steve Hartman (CBS Sunday Morning) Tags: Cardiac & Resuscitation News News Videos Source Type: news

5 Found Dead in Cars as Fire Incinerates N. California Town
PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — Five people were found dead in their burned-out vehicles after a Northern California wildfire incinerated most of a town of about 30,000 people with flames that moved so fast there was nothing firefighters could do, authorities said Friday. Only a day after it began, the blaze near the town of Paradise had grown to nearly 110 square miles (280 square kilometers) and was burning completely out of control. "There was really no firefight involved," Capt. Scott McLean of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said, explaining that crews gave up attacking the flames and...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - November 10, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Don Thompson and Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press Tags: Trauma News Source Type: news

Tennessee Paramedic Crews Battle Opioid Epidemic
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) - To say the opioid problem in Knox County is still a problem would be an understatement. According to the Knox County Drug Related Task Force, 293 deaths were linked to opioid overdoses in 2017. This year, 253 lives have been lost with six of those coming during the first seven days of November. This problem has been extremely evident than with the paramedic crews of the Knoxville Fire Department. (Source: JEMS Patient Care)
Source: JEMS Patient Care - November 9, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Bo Williams (WATE) Tags: News News Videos Patient Care Source Type: news

14 Treated for Carbon Monoxide Exposure at Downtown Nashville Hotel
  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) - Crews with the Nashville Fire Department were called to the Westin Nashville in downtown Wednesday morning for a carbon monoxide incident. The leak was reported around 6:45 a.m. at the hotel on Clark Place. At first, six people reported symptoms of CO exposure. The number of people feeling sick rose through the day. By 2 p.m., 14 people were treated by medics, including six who were taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. (Source: JEMS Patient Care)
Source: JEMS Patient Care - November 8, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: WKRN Web Staff Tags: Airway & Respiratory News News Videos Source Type: news

Raising the Intubation Bar is Noble, But Not Practical
We thank Mr. Wood and Mr. Podsialdo for their insightful comments regarding the Pragmatic Airway Resuscitation Trial (PART) results.  With regards to their comment of prior studies finding better outcomes with intubation than supraglottic airways, one must bear in mind that these prior studies were biased by their retrospective designs; the airway was selected by paramedic choice and may have been influenced by a range of factors such as the patient’s condition, anatomy, the physical environment or the practitioner’s level of comfort. Meta-analysis or systematic reviews of these retrospective studies ...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - November 6, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Shannon W. Stephens, EMT-P Tags: Airway & Respiratory Exclusive Articles Source Type: news

It ’s About Paramedic Intubation Skill Maintenance, Not ETI vs. SGA
In this study, for all-comers, that was an abysmal 6%. This is an important number because it tells us that overall, successful resuscitation from cardiac arrest is rare and that a number of our efforts may have some statistically significant differences but the absolute effect on the gold standard outcome is rather small. But that’s a story for another time. The focus here is on airway management in cardiac arrest, and the suggestion that the “verdict is out” on whether or not paramedics should be using an endotracheal tube or a supraglottic device. (Source: JEMS Patient Care)
Source: JEMS Patient Care - November 6, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Stephen P. Wood, MS, ACNP-BC Tags: Airway & Respiratory Exclusive Articles Source Type: news

EMScapades, November 2018
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Source: JEMS Patient Care - November 5, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Ben Clincy, EMT-P Tags: Patient Care Comics Source Type: news

12 Hours Tracking Overdoses with Paramedics in Forsyth County, N.C.
  FORSYTH COUNTY (WFMY) -- It’s Thursday afternoon in Winston-Salem. I'm (Erica Stapleton with WFMY News 2) and I did a 12 hour overnight shift with Forsyth County EMS. The goal was to track overdoses, which happens, but inadvertently I also have new insight on how a paramedic sees the world. "We’re more than just ambulance drivers," explains paramedic Chris Nichols. "I think that’s the one thing that irritates our profession more than anything is that we get called ambulance drivers and we’re not just ambulance drivers. We can handle anything from bringing life in or being there...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - November 5, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Erica Stapleton (WFMY) Tags: News Videos Patient Care Source Type: news

Girl Scouts, Adult, Killed in Wisconsin Crash
LAKE HALLIE, Wis. (AP) — A young driver was inhaling chemical vapors, or huffing, just prior to striking and killing three Girl Scouts and a mother and critically injuring a fourth girl who had been picking up trash along a rural Wisconsin highway, police said Monday. Colten Treu, 21, sped off after the collision in Lake Hallie Saturday morning, but later surrendered. Treu was being held in the Chippewa County Jail on 13 possible charges, including four counts of intoxicated use of a motor vehicle, Chippewa County Sheriff's Sgt. Robert Jensen said. He is expected to appear for a bond hearing at 10 a.m. Monday, J...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - November 5, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: Trauma News Patient Care Source Type: news

Two Stabbed Near Sony ’s London Headquarters
LONDON (AP) — Two people were stabbed and a man arrested Friday at an address in central London that is home to the offices of Sony Music, police said. The Metropolitan Police force said armed officers were sent to Derry St. in Kensington at about 11 a.m. Friday and the building was evacuated as a precaution. It said the incident is not being treated as terrorism and there's no evidence guns were involved. The condition of the two victims was not immediately known. The London Ambulance Service said it took one to a hospital and the other to a major trauma center. Photos showed a large number of police cars and ambula...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - November 2, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Trauma Patient Care News Source Type: news

10th Patient Dies in Viral Outbreak at New Jersey Pediatric Facility
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Health officials say a 10th patient has died from an infection at a pediatric care facility in New Jersey as a different strain of the virus has been found at another facility in the state. The state health department on Wednesday confirmed the "medically fragile child" at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation had the adenovirus infection. The department says 27 cases have been associated with the respiratory virus at the center. The affected children had severely compromised immune systems. One death was a young adult. Meanwhile, the state says there are four confirmed aden...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - November 1, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

Infection-Control Teams Sent to New Jersey Pediatric Centers
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey health officials said Monday they are sending infection-control teams to four long-term pediatric centers and a hospital to assist with training amid viral and bacterial outbreaks that have left 10 people dead. The teams will assess infection prevention practices and deploy beginning in November, according to Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal. The response comes amid a fatal adenovirus outbreak at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation that left 9 people dead, most under age 18. In addition, a premature baby died following the discovery of a bacterial infection at Newa...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - November 1, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

Pediatric Extremity Hemorrhage and Tourniquet Use
It’s two o’clock in the afternoon on a busy Monday. As the radio alerts you, your stomach sinks to your feet: You’ve just been dispatched to a school shooting. The estimated casualty count: 28 persons; ages 5–46 years. As your adrenaline surges, a flurry of thoughts race through your mind: “Sarah is 4-years-old, we were planning to enroll her in that school this fall.” “Are my friends’ children safe?” “Do I have enough pressure dressings and tourniquets?” “Will my commercial tourniquets even work on small children?” The Gun Violence Archive repor...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - October 30, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Erica Simon, DO, MHA Tags: Trauma Exclusive Articles Source Type: news

1 Injured in San Diego Cannabis Oil Explosion
  SAN DIEGO (FOX 5 News) -- A person was seriously injured in an explosion during an apparent cannabis oil extraction operation at a South Bay home, an officer said Sunday. Police and paramedics were called around 7:30 p.m. to a house on Leider Drive near Green Bay Street, in Egger Highlands, according to San Diego police Officer Sarah Foster. One person was badly burned and had to be taken to a hospital, Foster said. Read more at FOX 5 News. Related Article: Prehospital Ramifications of Butane Hash Oil Synthesis and Use (Source: JEMS Patient Care)
Source: JEMS Patient Care - October 29, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: City News Service (FOX 5 San Diego) Tags: Trauma News News Videos Source Type: news

Guns Send over 8,000 U.S. Kids to ED Each Year, Analysis Says
Gun injuries, including many from assaults, sent 75,000 U.S. children and teens to emergency rooms over nine years at a cost of almost $3 billion, a first-of-its-kind study found. Researchers called it the first nationally representative study on ER visits for gun injuries among U.S. kids. They found that more than one-third of the wounded children were hospitalized and 6 percent died. Injuries declined during most of the 2006-14 study, but there was an upswing in the final year. The researchers found that 11 of every 100,000 children and teens treated in U.S. emergency rooms have gun-related injuries. That amounts to abou...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - October 29, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer Tags: Trauma News Patient Care Source Type: news

13 Hospitalized From Carbon Monoxide Poisoning At Baltimore City Fire Academy
  BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Crews are investigating after 13 people were hospitalized after showing signs of Carbon Monoxide poisoning at the Baltimore City Fire Academy. First responders were called to the academy located in the 6700 block of Pulaski Hwy. for reports of Carbon Monoxide poisoning. Testing revealed a situation that could have proved potentially deadly. “Once we were able to assess the building and get in, there were high levels of carbon monoxide our numbers were well over 200 ppm when the normal reading is around 8, anything under 8 ppm,” said Blair Skinner with Baltimore City ...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - October 26, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: WJZ Tags: News News Videos Patient Care Source Type: news

Ditch the Machine to Improve Accuracy in Blood Pressure Measurement and Diagnostics
“Medic 14, respond to an unconscious subject.” On arrival, two paramedics find a 45-year-old male sitting on a chair under a shade umbrella outside a car wash. The time is approximately 4:00 p.m., and the temperature is 94 degrees F. The patient presents with pale skin and his breathing appears slightly labored. After the paramedics introduce themselves, the patient reports that he’s feeling faint and says he almost passed out while working in the hot sun. He’s willing to submit to an assessment, but reluctant to accept transport, stating, “I just got this job, and I need to get back to work.&...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - October 24, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Mark Rock, NRP Tags: Exclusive Articles Cardiac & Resuscitation Source Type: news

Taking a Manual Blood Pressure: Techniques & Pitfalls
Follow the steps below in order to get the best results from use of the aneroid sphygmomanometer when measuring a patient’s blood pressure, taking care to avoid some common errors. 1. Properly expose the patient. The blood pressure should be measured during the secondary examination, which begins with exposing the patient. This will ensure that the cuff is placed on the skin. The blood pressure cuff should never be placed over clothing, as doing so will increase pressure on the cuff and produce an inaccurate reading. 2. Properly position the patient. The patient should be seated comfortably, with the legs uncrossed. ...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - October 24, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Mark Rock, NRP Tags: Exclusive Articles Cardiac & Resuscitation Source Type: news

ZOLL Introduces the Z Vent Portable Ventilator for EMS and Hospital Use
CHELMSFORD, MASS.—ZOLL® Medical Corporation, an Asahi Kasei Group Company that manufactures medical devices and related software solutions, today announced the launch of the company’s Z Vent™ transport ventilator for pre- and intra-hospital use. Z Vent delivers a full range of ventilation options and is easy to use. With ZOLL’s unique Smart HelpTM technology, Z Vent removes the complexity associated with many portable ventilators, as Smart Help provides on-screen prompts to quickly guide users through alarm resolution. Designed with a simple Touch, Turn and Confirm interface, Z Vent makes...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - October 24, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: ZOLL (press release) Tags: Airway & Respiratory Industry News Press Releases Source Type: news

ZOLL Introduces the Z Vent Portable Ventilator for EMS and Hospital Use
CHELMSFORD, MASS.—ZOLL® Medical Corporation, an Asahi Kasei Group Company that manufactures medical devices and related software solutions, today announced the launch of the company’s Z VentTM  transport ventilator for pre- and intra-hospital use. Z Vent delivers a full range of ventilation options and is easy to use. With ZOLL’s unique Smart HelpTM technology, Z Vent removes the complexity associated with many portable ventilators, as Smart Help provides on-screen prompts to quickly guide users through alarm resolution. Designed with a simple Touch, Turn and Confirm in...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - October 24, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: ZOLL (press release) Tags: Airway & Respiratory Industry News Press Releases Source Type: news

Wisconsin Paramedics Save Pregnant Woman and Baby After Cardiac Arrest
MENASHA, Wis. (WBAY) -- A young Menasha mom is thanking her lucky stars after a recent cardiac arrest incident put her life and her baby's life in jeopardy. “To have a young pregnant mom go into cardiac arrest and have both baby and mom survive is really remarkable,” said Nick Romenesko, systems director with Gold Cross Ambulance. It’s the outcome Gold Cross Ambulance paramedics hope for every time they respond to a 911 call, but it's the result they rarely get. Read more at WBAY. (Source: JEMS Patient Care)
Source: JEMS Patient Care - October 23, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Brittany Schmidt (WBAY) Tags: Cardiac & Resuscitation News News Videos Source Type: news

Guard Shoots Man in Washington D.C. Fox Station
WASHINGTON (AP) — A security guard shot a man at Washington's local Fox station Monday after he kicked through a pair of locked doors and tried to enter the lobby, police said. Commander Melvin Gresham of the Metropolitan Police Department told reporters that the man was apparently unarmed and was in stable condition at an area hospital. The incident just after 3 p.m. in Washington's Friendship Heights neighborhood put the Fox 5 news crew in the unusual position of covering their own shooting incident live from a building on security lockdown. The channel broadcast security camera footage showing a man in a red, hood...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - October 23, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Trauma Patient Care News Source Type: news

Managing the Toxic Chemical Release that Occurs During a Crush Injury
You’re called to the scene of a large structure that collapsed from an accident during demolition. Upon arrival, you’re informed there are multiple casualties in the house, and fire and rescue crews are extricating patients as safely and quickly as possible. You’re notified of a patient trapped with a large metal beam resting on his left femur. Fire and rescue crews are carefully stabilizing the surrounding support structures and estimate extrication of the patient to be prolonged. The patient is alert, able to talk to rescue crew members, and reports no other complaints outside of his severe left leg pai...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - October 22, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Andrew Parrish, MD, EMT-P Tags: Trauma Exclusive Articles Source Type: news

Paramedics Rescue Tortoise in California … and Transport to Appropriate Destination
In perhaps the most unusual rescue story from last week, paramedics from Heartland Fire Rescue and American Medical Response “came across a rather unusual patient” on Thursday, Oct. 18, according to the Fire department’s Facebook page.   As the tortoise slowly made its way down the sidewalks of El Cajon, a city just east of San Diego, paramedics easily caught up with the animal and transported it to the most appropriate destination: the El Cajon Animal Shelter.Thanks to social media, inquiries were made on Friday and comments on the Facebook post pointed to the tortoise’s possible home and owne...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - October 21, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

Athlete Thanks Paramedics Who Save Her Life
  GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. - Months after suffering a traumatic brain injury a college softball star thanked the paramedics who rushed to her aid. Kali Shultz was home for the summer and hanging out with her boyfriend at a Gwinnett County park when she fell off a longboard. Read more at Fox 5 Atlanta. (Source: JEMS Patient Care)
Source: JEMS Patient Care - October 18, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Natalie Fultz (Fox 5 Atlanta) Tags: News News Videos Patient Care Source Type: news

Mysterious Paralyzing Illness Found Among Kids in 22 States
  NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials on Tuesday reported a jump in cases of a rare paralyzing illness in children, and said it seems to be following an every-other-year pattern. At least 62 cases have been confirmed in 22 states this year, and at least 65 additional illnesses in those states are being investigated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Similar waves of the same illness occurred in 2014 and 2016. CDC officials say they haven't found the cause. Some possible suspects, such as polio and West Nile virus, have been ruled out. Another kind of virus is suspected, b...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - October 17, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Mike Stobbe, Associated Press Medical Writer & Reuters (Video) Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

Variabilities in the Use of IV Epinephrine in the Management of Cardiac Arrest Patients
Animal studies in the 1960s first demonstrated the benefits of using epinephrine alongside external compressions and external shock to achieve return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) in arrested and asphyxiated dogs.1–4 Since then, epinephrine has become integral to the performance of advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) care. The American Heart Association’s (AHA) recommendations in the Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC) Guidelines are that a standard dose of 1 mg of 1:10,000 epinephrine every 3–5 minutes “may be reasonable for patients with cardiac arrest.”5 No maximum total dose is deline...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - October 15, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Nidhish Lokesh, NREMT Tags: Exclusive Articles Cardiac & Resuscitation Source Type: news

Life-Saving CPR Spotify Playlist Created by New York-Presbyterian Hospital
Forget "Stayin' Alive," the New York Presbyterian Hospital has created a Spotify playlist and shared it via Twitter to help raise awareness about effective CPR, and help everyday individuals easily remember how to time chest compressions. More of the story is available at NBC Connecticut.   (Source: JEMS Patient Care)
Source: JEMS Patient Care - October 12, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: Cardiac & Resuscitation News Source Type: news

Nitrous Oxide Use in Florida EMS
SARASOTA, Fla. (10 News WTSP) - Sarasota paramedics ready to treat your pain a little differently. Instead of reaching for the opioids, you're going to get nitrous oxide.   (Source: JEMS Patient Care)
Source: JEMS Patient Care - October 11, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: 10 News WTSP Tags: Trauma News News Videos Source Type: news

Ada County Paramedics Receive American Heart Association Award for Medical Advances in Heart Attack Patients
BOISE, IDAHO —  Ada County Paramedics was honored today with the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Mission: Lifeline® Quality Achievement Award for improving protocols for patients with STEMI (ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction) heart attacks. “When Ada County Paramedics identify a STEMI heart attack, we’re able to quickly alert the hospital cardiologist and often bypass the Emergency Department altogether, taking the patient directly to the cardiac cath lab for immediate treatment—which can save precious minutes,” said Ada County Paramedics’ Deputy Chief Pede...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - October 10, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Ada County Paramedics (Press Release) Tags: Cardiac & Resuscitation Industry News Press Releases Source Type: news

Small, Portable AED Wins ACEP Innovation Challenge
DENVER, CO - Medical device startup HeartHero won the AngelMD InnovatED Innovation Challenge at the 50th American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) Conference and Trade Show. In addition to winning the competitive pitch, HeartHero received an opportunity to open a syndicate funding round with AngelMD, connected with some of the country’s top emergency physicians and spoke to companies that invest in lifesaving technology. More than 60 emergency medicine startups applied to participate in the InnovatED Innovation Challenge. A committee of fifty emergency physicians selected...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - October 10, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: HeartHero (Press Release) Tags: Cardiac & Resuscitation Industry News Press Releases Source Type: news

New York Limo Driver ’s Family Questions Vehicle Safety
SCHOHARIE, N.Y. (AP) — Relatives of the limousine driver involved in a crash that killed 20 people in upstate New York said Tuesday they believe he was unwittingly assigned an unsafe vehicle. The family of Scott Lisinicchia released a statement through a lawyer shortly after another attorney representing the limousine company, Prestige Limousine, said the driver might have been unfamiliar with the rural road. Lisinicchia was driving the limousine that ran through a stop sign Saturday at the bottom of a T-intersection on a rural road 25 miles west of Albany. Two pedestrians and all 18 people in the limo celebrating a ...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - October 10, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Michael Hill, Associated Press Tags: Trauma News Patient Care Source Type: news

N.C. Man Dies from Allergic Reaction to Fire Ant Bite
  FRANKLINTON, N.C. (WTVD) -- A Franklinton family is warning others after the death of a father and husband. Floyd Edwards died September 28 after his family said he had an allergic reaction following a fire ant bite. "There ain't no telling how many times he got bit by fire ants," said Carlton Curtis, Edwards's son. Curtis, his brother, and Edwards were clearing out a trailer on their 45-acre property when he began having problems. "All of a sudden he says - 'Carlton, something's in my throat,'" Curtis said. Edwards drank some water, and then returned to working. Shortly after, he came back to th...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - October 8, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Michael Perchick (WTVD) Tags: News News Videos Patient Care Source Type: news

Airway, Breathing or Consequences: Medical-Legal Consequences of Airway Mismanagement
In the first part of this two-part article, we reviewed the tools and technology available to help ensure proper endotracheal tube placement through the detection and evaluation of end-tidal carbon dioxide (EtCO2). The key takeaway from part one is that we need to understand, use and trust the equipment available and the information we are given. Each time; every time; all the time. When we lose track of that key principle, bad things happen. As healthcare professionals, whether we work outside of hospitals, inside hospitals or between hospitals, our experience often leads us beyond direct patient care. For some, that mean...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - October 4, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Scott DeBoer, RN, MSN, CEN, CPEN, CCRN, CFRN, EMT-P Tags: Airway & Respiratory Exclusive Articles Source Type: news

New Orleans Officers Unable to Revive Handcuffed Man
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A man stopped breathing shortly after he was handcuffed by New Orleans police officers who tried unsuccessfully to save him using CPR and an opioid-overdose antidote, authorities said Wednesday. The man died early Wednesday at a hospital, Police Chief Michael Harrison said. Speaking at a news conference, Harrison said three officers responded to calls Tuesday night about a screaming man and a break-in at a residence. Officers spotted the man in a driveway and repeatedly told him to drop a knife he was carrying, according to the chief. Harrison said the man complied but continued to approach officer...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - October 4, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

Trapped in Sausage Mixer, North Dakota Man Amputates Arm
JAMESTOWN, N.D. (AP) — A 69-year-old Vietnam vet who lost a hand after it got stuck in a meat mixer while he was making sausage at his North Dakota home says he had to slice off his left arm above the wrist with a butcher knife or risk bleeding to death In his first public comments since the Aug. 17 accident, Myron Schlafman said he credits two police officers with saving his life by quickly applying a tourniquet before ambulance crews took him to the hospital. "I've always appreciated life, but not as much as I do now," he told KFGO radio . Schlafman said he was taking a chunk of meat out of the mixer in t...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - October 4, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: Trauma News Patient Care Source Type: news

Nine Children Hurt in California Crash
DANA POINT, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say nine children have been hurt when their van crashed into a tree in a Southern California coastal city. The Orange County Fire Authority says the van smashed into the tree Wednesday afternoon in Dana Point. The injured children are between 9 and 12 years old. Five youngsters suffered traumatic injuries, and four had minor injuries. The driver refused transport to a hospital. The van appeared to be towing a trailer carrying surfboards. There's no immediate word where the van was headed or what caused the crash about 60 miles (97 kilometers) south of Los Angeles. (Source: JEMS Patient Care)
Source: JEMS Patient Care - October 4, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: Trauma News Patient Care Source Type: news

Body Camera Video Shows Police and Paramedics Saving Boy's Life
TEMPLE, Ga. - Temple Police officers are being hailed as heroes after two of their own helped save the life of a three-year-old boy. Tuesday morning, officers heard the 911 call on the radio for a boy found unresponsive in a pool. Officer David Yates and Lt. James Hollowood came to the home before paramedics, and were able to perform CPR. Read more at FOX5 Atlanta. (Source: JEMS Patient Care)
Source: JEMS Patient Care - October 3, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Jaclyn Schultz, FOX5 Atlanta Tags: News News Videos Patient Care Source Type: news

Overdose Outcomes Improve with Telemedicine
CHALLENGE AND EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The opioid crisis is a population health issue impacting lives in nearly every community across the country. Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and public safety first responders are on the front line of treating these overdose patients. The initial lifesaving acute care they provide is but one step in the continuum of time-sensitive care that includes hospitals, recovery specialists and ongoing treatment programs necessary to prevent the vicious reoccurrence cycle. Through the use of a specialized digital mobile telemedicine app, EMS is uniquely positioned to save lives through timely int...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - October 2, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: General Devices (press release) Tags: Patient Care Industry News Press Releases Source Type: news

Airway, Breathing or Consequences: Use Your Tools and Trust the Technology
“An esophageal intubation is no sin, but there is great sin in not recognizing such a placement.” — Special Operations Combat Medical Skills Sustainment Course (U.S. Special Operations Command) How hard is it take to properly intubate the trachea? Actually, it’s far more difficult than most people think. Recent anesthesia research shows that at least 75 live adult intubations are needed to achieve a 90% initial competency.1 Yes, 75! Not the very limited live number that are experienced in many paramedic schools, and certainly not only practicing with manikins. And how hard is it to intubate the esop...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - October 1, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Scott DeBoer, RN, MSN, CEN, CPEN, CCRN, CFRN, EMT-P Tags: Airway & Respiratory Exclusive Articles Source Type: news

Teen Attacked by Shark at Southern California Beach
ENCINITAS, Calif. (AP) — A teenage boy has been bitten by a shark at a Southern California beach. Just after a shark attack victim was pulled ashore at Beacon’s Beach in Leucadia. #sharkattack #beaconsbeach #leucadia #encinitas pic.twitter.com/Hr93IVxwQd — John Robbins (@JohnRobbins) September 29, 2018 Fox 5 San Diego reports the attack occurred around 7 a.m. Saturday at Beacon's Beach in Encinitas, north of San Diego. Witness Chad Hammel tells the TV station the victim was lobster diving. Hammel says he heard screaming and then realized the boy was yelling, "I got bit!" Hammel was al...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - September 29, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: Trauma News Patient Care Source Type: news

Pennsylvania Paramedics and Firefighters Visit Man Whose Life They Saved Following Horrific Crash
  Firefighters with Penndel Fire Company and first responders with the Penndel-Middletown Emergency Squad, who responded to a horrific crash on I-95 are reunited with Alberto Sordo at St. Mary Rehabilitation Hospital in Middletown Township. Sordo, 32, of Philadelphia wanted to show his gratitude to the men and women who gave him another chance at life. Read more at Bucks County Courier Times. (Source: JEMS Patient Care)
Source: JEMS Patient Care - September 28, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Bucks County Courier Times Tags: Trauma News News Videos Source Type: news

More Than 100 Elementary School Students Stung by Wasps in British Columbia
KAMLOOPS, British Columbia - Chaos at Dufferin Elementary School today as 135 students were stung by wasps during the annual Terry Fox Run. The incident occurred just before lunch on the hillside behind the school, says Principal Colleen Topolovec. The school called in some medical personnel to help out. Thankfully, she says none of the students appeared to suffer a life-threatening reaction. Read more at cfjctoday.com   Editor's Take: Although this occured in Canada, something like this could easily happen in any of our communities. And with parents having trouble getting (or affording) Epi-pens, EMS and other first...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - September 28, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Greg Fry (CFJC) Tags: International News Patient Care Source Type: news

Retired Wisconsin EMT Survives Life-Threatening Infection
  Dancing with the devil —that’s how one Wales man described his work as an EMT and volunteer firefighter, but over the summer, he got sick and he found himself on the other side of that work.  What started as back spasms and a dry cough in August for 58-year-old Tom Laumann quickly turned into something more serious when he could no longer breathe.  “I couldn’t inspire air and take a breath, and that’s what scared me,” Laumann said. Read more at Today's TMJ 4 Milwaukee. (Source: JEMS Patient Care)
Source: JEMS Patient Care - September 28, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Lauren Winfrey & Photojournalist Ryan Whittaker (Today's TMJ 4 Milwaukee) Tags: News News Videos Patient Care Source Type: news

FDNY, NYPD Brothers Answer Same 9-1-1 Call, Help Deliver Baby Together
NEW YORK CITY (NBC5) -- Two brothers, one an NYPD cop and the other an FDNY EMT, responded to the same call for a woman in labor in Times Square and together helped deliver her baby. NYPD officer Yan Poon was among the first cops responding to the 911 call from a hotel on West 43rd Street just after 12:30 p.m., according to police. In the room, he and officers Zhan Ren and Nicole Davis found Kristen Smith and her 35-year-old wife, Heather Smith, who was in active labor. Read more at NBC 5.   (Source: JEMS Patient Care)
Source: JEMS Patient Care - September 25, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Michelle J. Kim (NBC 5) Tags: News News Videos Patient Care Source Type: news

5-Year-Old Girl Rushed to Hospital After Being Shot in Miami
MIAMI (WSVN) - Police are investigating after a 5-year-old girl was shot inside a Miami apartment early Tuesday morning. According to police, at around 3 a.m., they responded to an apartment building along Northwest 12th Avenue and 66th Street. Upon their arrival, officers encountered a woman holding her injured daughter in the building’s courtyard. “Our main goal right now is to ensure that that juvenile is OK and that we locate this offender who was behind this senseless act,” said Miami Police Officer Kiaira Delva. The girl was carried into an ambulance and transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital. Rea...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - September 25, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Gina Benitez (WSVN) Tags: Trauma News News Videos Source Type: news

Texans Fan Claims Paramedics as Favorite Team
HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) - A Texans fan that suffered a heart attack during the preseason, returned to NRG Stadium to thank the medics who saved his life. While the Texans took on the San Francisco 49ers in the preseason, the action wasn't only on the field. In the stands, work was underway to save a man's life. During the game, Donald Stampley suffered a heart attack. After weeks of recovery, he returned.   (Source: JEMS Patient Care)
Source: JEMS Patient Care - September 24, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: KTRK Tags: News Videos Cardiac & Resuscitation 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 Patient Care - September 24, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Rescue & Vehicle Extrication Trauma News Patient Care Source Type: news

Man Dies in Fall on New Hampshire Waterfall
FRANCONIA, N.H. (AP) — Authorities in New Hampshire say a Connecticut man was killed when he fell down a waterfall. The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department says 23-year-old Zachariah Peterson, of Jewett City, Connecticut, was killed Saturday night. Authorities say Peterson and a friend were camping near a waterfall on Cannon Mountain. Police say Peterson slipped and fell about 250 feet around 11:15 p.m. Officials say Peterson's friend pulled him from the brook. The man was able to stop a car to call for help. Emergency personnel responded to the area but Peterson died of his injuries. Police say alcohol may have b...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - September 24, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Trauma Patient Care News Source Type: news