Video: JEMS Editor-in-Chief Reunites With Man He Saved 27 Years Ago
(ABC News) - A.J. Heightman, 62, and Rodney Barron Jr., now 26, met face-to-face Sunday--the first time since the incident that occurred on May 24, 1990. That night, Heightman, who was then a 37-year-old command officer, answered a call to a home in Bethlehem Township, Pennsylvania, to assist a woman who was giving birth. (Read more...) (Source: JEMS Patient Care)
Source: JEMS Patient Care - April 26, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Nicole Pelletiere, ABC News Tags: News Videos Patient Care Source Type: news
Where in the World of EMS is A.J. Heightman? The 2017 Leading Edge Conference in Camden, NJ
On Monday April 24, A.J. delivered the keynote address at the 2017 Leading Edge Conference sponsored by the ALS agencies in Camden, NJ. A.J. and other EMS innovators discussed key issues and answers in EMS, including sepsis and the need for thermometers in med kits, the pressure variants (and proper generation and use of them) to save patients, skill decay in the field, the need to reinforce BLS care and skills, the merits and value of mechanical CPR, impedance threshold devices (ITDs) for cardiac (ResQ-Pod) and trauma cases (ResQ-Guard) and ultrasound by field providers. Look for important follow-up articles i...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - April 25, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT P Editor in Chief Tags: News Patient Care Source Type: news
JEMS Editor-in-Chief Reunites With Baby He Helped Revive 27 Years Later
A.J. Heightman calls it nothing short of a miracle 27 years ago when he made a split, gut decision to begin resuscitation on a premature baby not breathing. Heightman, with the help of other medics, in May 1990 eventually got the baby breathing again on his own while en route to the hospital. (Read more...) Perhaps the greatest honor of my career – the chance to meet a patient that challenged all my training, my senses and my emotions. To finally meet Rodney Barron II and hold his son Rodney III was magical. I could feel the “life forces” in Rodney the III telling me that I had contributed to ...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - April 24, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT P Editor in Chief, JEMS Tags: News Patient Care Administration and Leadership Source Type: news
Local EMS, Law Enforcement Collaborate to Combat Opioid Addiction
It will take a joint effort by law enforcement, health care providers, social workers and addiction recovery professionals to combat the opioid crisis. What do you get when you put together two recovering opioid users, two police chiefs, a narcotics officer, an EMS supervisor and a social worker? The answer is not a punch line or a crime drama. The answer is solutions. You get solutions. Those participants met last week at a remarkable panel discussion, presented by Triad Behavioral Resources & New Vision Therapy, to talk about addressing opioid addiction. "I'm very exited to have this conversation," said Cha...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - April 19, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Susan Ladd, Greensboro News & Record Tags: Patient Care News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news
Houston Paramedics Reunited with 12-Year-Old Saved After Allergic Reaction at School
HOUSTON (KAGS-TV) - A local boy who had a severe allergic reaction at his school two months ago, was finally able to meet with the men and women who saved his life. In February, Kenyan Bernard, 12, was in school at Westbrook Intermediate when he had an allergic reaction while eating a snack. Within minutes, he began having trouble breathing. (Read more...) (Source: JEMS Patient Care)
Source: JEMS Patient Care - April 18, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Emily Reaux, KHOU Tags: News Videos Patient Care Source Type: news
Newly Unsealed Documents Highlight Prince's Struggle with Opioids
Before his death, Prince abused opioid pain pills, suffered withdrawal symptoms and received at least one opioid prescription under his bodyguard's name, according to search warrants and affidavits unsealed Monday. Prince was 57 when he was found alone and unresponsive in an elevator at Paisley Park on April 21. Nearly a year after his accidental overdose death at his suburban Minneapolis studio and estate, investigators still don't know how he got the fentanyl that killed him. The newly unsealed documents give the clearest picture yet of Prince's struggle with opioid painkillers. What Do Authorities Say Happened? Investig...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - April 18, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: CARLA K. JOHNSON, AP Medical Writer Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news
Hero paramedic saves 'miracle baby' Poppy
THE parents of a toddler have expressed their gratitude to the paramedic who saved her life. Poppy Palmer was just 14 months old when she suffered a heart attack and cardiac arrest at her home in Hull Road in February. Her parents John Palmer and Elaine Smith said Poppy was lifeless when paramedic Lisa Derbyshire - who was parked just minutes away - arrived and performed CPR. Read More at The Press (Source: JEMS Patient Care)
Source: JEMS Patient Care - April 17, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Patient Care Operations Category Source Type: news
Do Marathons Delay Medical Care?
Marathons can be risky for hearts, but not necessarily those of the runners. It takes longer for nearby residents to get to a hospital for emergency heart care on the day of a race and they're less likely to survive, a U.S. study finds. Any event that draws a crowd and causes traffic detours — parades, ball games, concerts, fairs — may cause similar problems, researchers warn. It's more than inconvenience: For every 100 people suffering a heart attack or cardiac arrest, three to four more died within a month if they had sought care on a marathon day versus another time, the study found. It was published Wednesd...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - April 13, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer Tags: Cardiac & Resuscitation News Source Type: news
Important Strategic Partnership Announced Between Priority Dispatch & Pulse Point
Priority Dispatch Corp. (“PDC”) and the PulsePoint Foundation (“PulsePoint”) today announced a global, strategic partnership that will optimize the way Emergency Medical Dispatchers (EMD) pinpoint and communicate the location of automated external defibrillators (AED) during time-critical cardiac emergencies. Through this partnership, the organizations unveiled integration plans that allow EMDs to inform callers of the exact location of nearby AEDs directly within existing medical dispatch protocols and with no changes to workflow. The announcement was made at Navigator, the annual premier confere...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - April 11, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT P Tags: Trauma News Cardiac & Resuscitation Category Patient Care Operations Source Type: news
13-Year-Old Boy Dies of Drug Overdose
Teen who OD'd had 'big heart'; Death of Dayton schools 7th-grader prompts regrets. By Mark Gokavi and Katie Wedell, Dayton Daily News (Ohio) Robert Wylie is currently in jail on an earlier drug-related case. His 13-year-old son Nathan died April 1. Police and Montgomery County Children Services were called to this Valley Street residence in February. Evidence of drug use was found in the home. Nathan Wylie was a happy, bighearted boy, "the type of kid who didn't have much and he was so happy with anything he got." Nathan was excited even if his "crispy shoes" were a friend's hand-me-downs, according to ...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - April 11, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Mark Gokavi and Katie Wedell, Dayton Daily News (Ohio); Inside Edition (Video) Tags: News Videos Patient Care Source Type: news
Guidelines for Treatment of Prolonged Seizures in Children and Adults
An actively seizing patient is a relatively common prehospital emergency, and all EMS providers need to be expert at caring for patients with seizures. Although most seizures stop spontaneously, it's essential to have a well-planned strategy when a patient with active seizures is encountered. The American Epilepsy Society has recently released its evidence-based guidelines for the treatment of actively seizing children and adults, and this article incorporates its treatment recommendations. Many terms are used to describe seizure duration. In general, "brief seizures" are self-limited seizures which last less tha...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - April 10, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: H. Evan Dingle, MD Tags: Patient Care Source Type: news
An Evidence-Based Review of Prehospital Traumatic Cardiac Arrest
"Medic 1, please respond to 123 Maple Tree Drive for a gunshot wound." After a short drive, you arrive at a scene that has been secured by police to see a young male lying supine in the middle of the road with several gunshot wounds to his chest. He yells "help me" several times before going unresponsive. You check for a pulse and find none. What interventions should be considered? Are advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) medications and guidelines appropriate to follow? Should you transport the patient in cardiac arrest if the nearest trauma center is five minutes away? What about 20 minutes away? Curr...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - April 10, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Matthew Chinn, MD Tags: Trauma Cardiac & Resuscitation Source Type: news
Man Dies Trying to Eat Doughnut in Shop's Eating Challenge
DENVER (AP) — A man trying to eat a half-pound glazed doughnut in 80 seconds as part of a Denver doughnut shop's eating challenge choked to death, one of two people who died in such contests this past weekend. Travis Malouff, 42, died early Sunday of asphyxia due to obstruction of the airway, a coroner said. He had been participating in a contest to eat a doughnut the "size of a small cake," witness Julia Edelstein said Tuesday. Winners get the doughnut for free and a button saying they won the challenge, which Voodoo Doughnuts said it was suspending, according to statement given to Denver news station KUSA...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - April 4, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: P. SOLOMON BANDA, Associated Press Tags: News Patient Care Source Type: news
New Kensington: 5 injured in ambulance-car crash
Sign up for one of our email newsletters. Five people were injured in a crash between an ambulance and a car in New Kensington shortly before midnight Friday, according to Westmoreland County 911. The ambulance was transporting a patient before the collision on Freeport Road, according to dispatchers. Another important reason why all personnel and all equipment must be secured during the transport of a patient. Equipment (and personnel) become missiles when not locked in place or belted. Read More at Tribune Review (Source: JEMS Patient Care)
Source: JEMS Patient Care - April 2, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops Equipment Gear Patient Care Administration and Leadership JEMS imported Communications Dispatch Source Type: news
Young Man's Mysterious Weakness Reveals Life-Threatening Condition
The paramedic crew on Medic 3, dispatched to a bus stop for a "sick person," arrives to find an approximately 25-year-old male sitting alone on a bench. He's in obvious respiratory distress and complaining of worsening dyspnea, as well as weakness, fatigue and muscle spasms in his extremities. The patient reports that he just traveled across the country by bus. He also reports extensive medical history and says he "sees a bunch of doctors," but is unable to give further details. Upon initial assessment, the patient is awake, with diminished lung sounds in all fields, but no obvious rales, rhonchi or whe...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - April 2, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Simon Taxel, NREMT-P Tags: Patient Care Source Type: news
Trauma & Triage Geriatric Teaching Moments from A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P – JEMS Editor-in-Chief relative to the Texas Church Mini Bus Crash that Killed 13 Senior Citizens
When 13 senior citizens were killed in a horrible head-on collision between a San Antonio church mini bus and a pickup truck in southwest Texas, the AP story noted that the elderly occupants “were more susceptible to internal injuries and damage to vulnerable organs because of their advanced ages.” (see below as presented by the Associated Press). As an educator who spends a lot of time educating crews about the unique impact trauma can have on geriatric patients, I thought I would take the opportunity to present a few important facts about geriatric trauma and assessment tips to remember when you are tasked wi...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - April 2, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT P Tags: Major Incidents News Patient Care Source Type: news
Emergence of EMS in India
In 2007, writing in EMSIndia, India's first peer-reviewed publication on EMS, Tamorish Kole, MBBS, MRCS, FRSM, a former president of the Society for Emergency Medicine, India (SEMI), stated, "With more than 100,000 road traffic related deaths, 98.5% 'ambulance runs' transporting dead bodies, 90% of ambulances without any equipment/oxygen, 95% of ambulances having untrained personnel, most ED doctors having no formal training in EMS, misuse of government ambulances and 30% mortality due to delay in emergency care, India portrays a mirror image of the U.S. of the 1960s. The good news is that EMS has taken firm root in I...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - April 1, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Subroto Das, MD Tags: International Patient Care Source Type: news
Wound Packing Essentials for EMTs and Paramedics
Uncontrolled hemorrhage is the largest cause of preventable mortality in trauma. When extremity bleeding is uncontrolled many, if not most EMS agencies, have now recognized the benefit of using tourniquets. Today, because of national Stop the Bleed educational campaigns emphasizing bystander response to active shooter situations, many laypersons are now becoming familiar with simple but effective hemorrhage control techniques.1 Using direct pressure and tourniquets on extremity bleeding is relatively straightforward for EMS providers. The most challenging wounds however, are those in the junctional areas-the groin and the ...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - April 1, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Peter P. Taillac, MD, FACEP Tags: Trauma Source Type: news
Damage Control Resuscitation Principles Adapted for EMS Civilian Trauma
You and your partner are dispatched to the scene of a rural motor vehicle collision. After a 35-minute response, you arrive on scene to find a single patient who was involved in a vehicle rollover on a state highway. The driver is unrestrained and still in the vehicle. The vehicle shows a large amount of external damage. The patient is awake and alert but complaining of abdominal pain. Volunteer fire department personnel have placed him in a C-collar prior to your arrival and are extricating him on a long backboard to ease movement from the roadside ditch to your gurney. As the patient is removed from the backboard, you be...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - April 1, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: William Selde, MD Tags: Trauma Source Type: news
Getting Medical Care to Patients Faster with Drones
The Research Claesson A, Fredman D, Svensson L, et al. Unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) in out-of- hospital-cardiac-arrest. Scand J Trauma Resusc Emerg Med. 2016;24(1):124. The Science To explore the potential role of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), commonly known as drones, to deliver an automated external defibrillator (AED) to the scene of a cardiac arrest, the authors examined the global positioning system coordinates of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in Stockholm County in Sweden. Geographical models were developed for the urban and rural areas, and test flights with an AED equipped drone were conducted over the rur...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - April 1, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Keith Wesley, MD, FACEP Tags: Patient Care Columns Cardiac & Resuscitation Source Type: news
CBS Orders 'Ambulance' Reality Series About EMTs
CBS has given a series order to "Ambulance," a reality show following emergency medical workers and 911 dispatchers. The one-hour series hails from producer Endemol Shine North America. "Ambulance" is based on the the BBC One series produced and created by Endemol Shine U.K. production company Dragonfly. A. J. Take on this: It's about time that a national channel like CBS chose to highlight our profession. Can't wait to see what they produce! Read More at Variety (Source: JEMS Patient Care)
Source: JEMS Patient Care - March 31, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Airway & Respiratory News Ambulances Vehicle Ops Cardiac Resuscitation Patient Care Operations Trauma imported Communications Dispatch Source Type: news
American Medical Response & Lyft Announce Innovative Transportation Partnership
GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. – Two leading specialists in transportation services have joined forces to make it easier for hospitals, healthcare systems and managed care organizations to offer patients efficient transport services to and from hospital settings and medical appointments. American Medical Response (AMR), the nation’s largest provider of medical transportation, and on-demand transportation service Lyft announced a partnership to provide non-emergency medical transportation services for patients who need a ride from the hospital to their home or to outpatient procedures. This will include technology int...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - March 31, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops Category Equipment Gear Patient Care Administration and Leadership Operations Mobile Integrated Healthcare Source Type: news
NASEMSO Presents Interim Guidance on the Safe Transport of Children by EMS
Editor’s note from A.J. Heightman, Editor-in-Chief of JEMS The National Association of EMS State Officials (NASEMSO) took a big step recently in presenting interim guidance to EMS agencies for safely transporting children by in ambulances until evidence-based standards are created. This action by NASEMSO offers important recommendations that agencies should review and develop policies and procedures to ensure that children are transported in a safe and secure manner. While not endorcing and specific immobilization and/or securing products, the NASEMSO Ad Hoc Committee does recommend that “The device(s) should c...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - March 30, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT P Tags: News Patient Care Special Topics Industry News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news
Quantum EMS Solutions Announces their Acr-4 Ambulance Child Restraint System Meets and Exceeds Weight NASEMSO Pediatric Restraint Guidelines
LAKE SUCCESS, NY, March 21, 2017– Quantum EMS Solutions announces that their Ambulance Child Restraint System-4 safely restrains all children from 4-99 pounds. Kris Bordnick, Vice-President of EMS North America, issued the following statement regarding the announcement: “We are pleased to announce that the weight range for the ACR-4 meets and exceeds the child restraint weight range recommendations of the 2017 National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) Safe Transport of Children by EMS: Interim Guidance. The Quantum Ambulance Child Restraint System, (ACR-4) is the only device on the market that can r...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - March 29, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Patient Care Industry News Category Source Type: news
Cyclone Rips off Roofs, Flings Boats onto Land in Australia
TOWNSVILLE, Australia (AP) — Residents of Australia's cyclone-battered tropical northeast emerged from their homes on Wednesday to find roofs lying in their yards, boats flung onto rocks and roads blocked by tangles of fallen trees and power lines, as emergency officials tried to reach communities cut off by the powerful storm. Cyclone Debbie, which slammed into the coast of Queensland state on Tuesday with winds up to 260 kilometers (160 miles) an hour, weakened quickly as it moved inland and was downgraded to a tropical low by Wednesday morning. Australia's military sent vehicles, aircraft and supplies to the regio...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - March 29, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Dan Peled, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Patient Care Source Type: news
Z-Medica Provides Bleeding Control Kits to UPMC to be Distributed to Schools in Pennsylvania
Wallingford, Conn. - Z-Medica, LLC, a leading developer and marketer of hemostatic devices, announces today that the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) will acquire QuikClot Bleeding Control Kits (BCK) to equip up to 1,000 schools in Central and Western Pennsylvania. The program, developed in association with efforts by the American College of Surgeons, U.S. Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security and the White House national “Stop the Bleed” campaign, ensures the schools in that region align with guidelines established by the Hartford Consensus. “We are seeing more and mo...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - March 27, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Z-Medica Tags: Patient Care Industry News Source Type: news
EMS for Police Dogs
URBANA -- First responders will now be working to protect more than just humans, thanks to a new partnership. Read More at Illinoishomepage (Source: JEMS Patient Care)
Source: JEMS Patient Care - March 25, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news
London Attacks: Paramedic Jon Goldie on Arriving at the Scene
There has been a lot of praise for the police and ambulance crews who attended the scene of the terrorist attack in Westminster. Paramedic manager Jon Goldie spoke to BBC London about what he was confronted with. Read More at BBC (Source: JEMS Patient Care)
Source: JEMS Patient Care - March 24, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news
4-Year-Old Boy Uses Siri to Call Ambulance, Saves Mom's Life
A 4-year-old boy in the U.K. saved his mom's life after he used Siri to call an ambulance, telling emergency services that "she's closing her eyes and she's not breathing." The boy used his unconscious mother's iPhone to contact police, according to a statement released this week by London's Metropolitan Police. Read More at FOX News (Source: JEMS Patient Care)
Source: JEMS Patient Care - March 24, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news
EMS Response to Attack on British Parliament
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Source: JEMS Patient Care - March 23, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Major Incidents Patient Care Slideshow Source Type: news
Cleveland Heights Ambulance Crew Honored After Saving One of Their Own from Cardiac Arrest
CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio -- University Hospitals officials honored the "lifesavers and caregivers" who revived a resident after he slipped into full cardiac arrest last fall. And Nick Pishnery, an EastCom dispatcher since 1989, arrived at Monday's City Council meeting to thank his comrades as well. Pishnery, 66, was on medical leave Sept. 27 after getting a hip replacement earlier in the month. Read More at Cleveland (Source: JEMS Patient Care)
Source: JEMS Patient Care - March 22, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Patient Care Cardiac & Resuscitation News Source Type: news
Spice Creates Unique Problems for EMS Crews, Police
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Spice, or synthetic marijuana, is marketed as a safe alternative to marijuana, but experts say that's not true.Last month, three LMDC inmates overdosed on the drug, and EMS crews are seeing an increase in runs for it."You don't really know what you're getting into until you get there,” Major Ben Neal, who's been with EMS for more than a decade, said. Read More at WAVE (Source: JEMS Patient Care)
Source: JEMS Patient Care - March 22, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news
Tri-State Ambulance in Wis., Transmitting ECG Data from Field to ED
La Crosse, WI (WXOW) - Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. When someone suffers a heart attack, every second counts. Paramedics are often the first on the scene, and making sure they have the tools they need to save lives is a priority. EMS can now transmit important detailed information to hospitals from the field with just a click of a button. Emergency Responders like Tri-State Ambulance have had access to 12-lead ECG machines for years, but over the past few, they have been able to share that information from the field to the ER. While the patient is on their way...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - March 16, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: WXOW Tags: News Videos Patient Care Documentation & Patient Care Reporting Source Type: news
Austin Medics Debut 'Emergency Medical Hotspot' at SXSW
AUSTIN (KXAN) — If you get into medical trouble during South by Southwest this year, city paramedics are rolling out a high tech lifesaver that could be a first in the nation. EMS is using a dedicated, private WiFi signal to send real-time information from ECG heart machines at the downtown festival directly to local emergency rooms. (Source: JEMS Patient Care)
Source: JEMS Patient Care - March 16, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: KXAN Tags: News Videos Patient Care Documentation & Patient Care Reporting Source Type: news
Kenya's Public Doctors to End 100-Day Strike that Saw Deaths
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Thousands of doctors at Kenya's public hospitals have agreed to end a 100-day strike that saw people dying from lack of care, an official with the doctors' union said Tuesday. The strike was blamed for dozens of deaths, as the majority of Kenyans cannot afford private health care. Deputy Minority leader Jakoyo Midiwo said during a TV interview that 24 of his constituents had died due to lack of care during the period. The government and union officials signed a deal to address pay and other issues in dispute, said Dr. Ouma Oluga, the secretary-general of the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmaci...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - March 15, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: TOM ODULA, Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news
Southside Fire & EMS ’s PulsePoint App is Saving Lives
SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – There’s a new call for doctors, nurses, first responders & folks who know CPR to download the PulsePoint App. It lets you know if someone is in cardiac arrest within four blocks so you can start CPR until EMS arrives. The PulsePoint uses geo-coding to show you right where the person is and if there’s an AED nearby, it will even show you a picture of the AED. (Source: JEMS Patient Care)
Source: JEMS Patient Care - March 14, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: WSAV Tags: News Videos Patient Care Cardiac & Resuscitation Source Type: news
Drug Overdoses, Deaths Have Painful Effect on EMS Personnel
KEYSER - The escalating amount of overdoses and deaths in the area due to heroin and opioids not only has a devastating effect on the families left behind, but it also leaves a lasting impression on the EMS personnel who try to bring the patients back from the brink of death. Read More at Newstribune (Source: JEMS Patient Care)
Source: JEMS Patient Care - March 14, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news
Bird Flu Cases Revive Fear of Major Outbreak
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The detection of a highly pathogenic strain of bird flu at a Tennessee chicken farm has poultry farmers stepping up security in an attempt to prevent an outbreak like the one in 2015 that required the destruction of millions of chickens and turkeys in the Midwest. The appearance of milder forms of bird flu at a Wisconsin turkey farm and another Tennessee chicken farm has heightened concern. Here are some things to know about the state of avian influenza in the U.S. and worldwide, and how the poultry industry has tried to prepare for a recurrence: THE THREAT The U.S. Department of Agriculture announ...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - March 10, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news
Seven Injured in Axe Attack at German Train Station
BERLIN (AP) — A man was arrested after injuring seven people with an ax at the main train station in Duesseldorf, Germany on Thursday in what appeared to be a random attack, police said. Officers were alerted about an attack shortly before 9 p.m. (2000 GMT), prompting a large-scale police response. "A person, probably armed with an ax, attacked people at random," police said in a statement. Seven people were injured, three of them seriously. The statement said police are investigating whether the suspect attacked passengers on a commuter train as well. The suspected attacker was arrested after jumping off a...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - March 10, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: Trauma Patient Care News Source Type: news
Telemedicine Ambulance May Deliver Faster Stroke Care
When experiencing a stroke, people who are brought to the hospital in an ambulance with a CT scanner and telemedicine capabilities are evaluated and treated nearly two times faster than people taken in a regular ambulance, according to a study published in the March 8, 2017, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Read More at Medical Express (Source: JEMS Patient Care)
Source: JEMS Patient Care - March 9, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news
Woman in Labor Demanded Injection of Heroin and Meth before Giving Birth in Ambulance
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A woman in labor demanded a friend inject her with heroin and methamphetamine before firefighters arrived at their home and she gave birth while entering an ambulance, New Hampshire police said Wednesday. Police in Concord arrested Felicia Farruggia, 29, of Concord, this week, about six months after her son was born. He is in state custody. Police also arrested Rhianna Frenette, 37, of Belmont, who is accused of giving Farruggia the drugs. They're charged with felony reckless conduct. Frenette also faces a misdemeanor count on the same offense. "This case is just, honestly, absolutely appall...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - March 9, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: KATHY McCORMACK, Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news
Louisville EMS Administered Naloxone to 394 Suspected Overdose Victims in February
Louisville's opioid epidemic continues to rapidly escalate, as there was a record-high number of overdose runs by Louisville Emergency Medical Services in February, as well as a record-high number of suspected overdose victims receiving naloxone from EMS personnel. Read More at Insiderlouisville (Source: JEMS Patient Care)
Source: JEMS Patient Care - March 8, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news
California Considers Taxing Prescription Opioids
California is looking to impose a surcharge on prescription opioids to fund treatment for addicts. The move in such a large state could have a ripple effect through the rest of the country dealing with spiking rates of overdoses. The proposed measure introduced Wednesday by California Assemblymember Kevin McCarty, of Sacramento, would place a one-cent-per-milligram tax on prescription opioids. Read More at Modern Healthcare (Source: JEMS Patient Care)
Source: JEMS Patient Care - March 7, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news
Duke EMS Recognized as HEARTsafe Campus
If you ever find yourself needing CPR or an AED, Duke's campus is good place to be. Duke was recently designated a HEARTsafe campus by the National Collegiate Emergency Medical Services Foundation, thanks to efforts by Duke Emergency Medical Services. Read More at Duke Chronicle (Source: JEMS Patient Care)
Source: JEMS Patient Care - March 4, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Patient Care Cardiac & Resuscitation News Source Type: news
Impact of Overdose Crisis on EMS
There have been times when paramedics from F-M Ambulance have responded to three overdose deaths in one week. Sometimes two people in the same room. Dead. As we continue our in-depth community response to addiction in our metro area, WDAY 6 reporter Kevin Wallevand has more on how this crisis is impacting... Read More at Inforum (Source: JEMS Patient Care)
Source: JEMS Patient Care - March 3, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news
Feedback in EMS: Do We Really Know if Our Diagnosis is Correct?
You are dispatched to a 70-year-old male with shortness of breath. On arrival, you see a man sitting in his bed with labored breathing. After you examine the patient and take his medical history, you decide the patient has pulmonary edema, and treat him per your EMS protocol. After 20 minutes of driving to the nearest hospital, you deliver the patient to the ED and go to your next call. Was your diagnosis correct? Did you treat the patient correctly? Is there any system in place to help you learn from your success and mistakes? Remarkably, in 2017 most of us in EMS do not receive routine feedback on our diagnosis. Imagine ...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - March 2, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Oren Wacht, EMT-P, MHA, PhD Tags: International Patient Care Source Type: news
Pulsara Founder and CEO wins EMS10 Innovator Award
Bozeman, MT— James Woodson, MD, Founder and CEO of Pulsara, was recognized as a recipient of an EMS10: Innovators in EMS 2016 Award at a ceremony at the EMS Today Conference & Exposition last month. Hosted by the Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS) and sponsored by Physio-Control Inc and Stryker Corporation, the EMS10 awards recognize ten individuals who made significant innovative contributions in EMS in the previous year. Over 40 nominations were considered for this year’s award. A panel of EMS professionals selected the ten distinguished winners, who “each displayed initiati...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - March 1, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Cardiac & Resuscitation Industry News Source Type: news
Considerations for Using Blood Products for Prehospital Trauma Patients
This article will address those issues. (Source: JEMS Patient Care)
Source: JEMS Patient Care - March 1, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Mark E.A. Escott, MD, MPH, FACEP Tags: Trauma Source Type: news