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Whelen Engineering Introduces New Products at FDIC 2017
Indianapolis, Indiana –Whelen Engineering introduced today several new products at the FDIC in Indianapolis, Indiana. Whelen’s newest innovations are designed for optimal intensity and dependability, keeping emergency response professionals and the public safe at every scene. New optics and features have made some of the most popular products even more efficient and reliable. Helios™ Optic: Helios Optics are Whelen’s innovative and efficient solution to distorted optical shape and fringe lighting. Whelen’s unique Helios Optics use the same amount of power as traditional polycarbonate optics, but with a great...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 28, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Industry News Source Type: news

Reduce, Reuse, Remount
Saskatoon, SK Canada – In honor of Earth Day Crestline released a time-lapse video of an Ambulance Remount.  Crestline Remount Video Remounting is an excellent, environmentally responsible and economical solution. Crestline’s product is designed with remount-ability in mind.  Having the option to remount the box onto a new chassis not only saves money but extends the life of each unit.  A typical ambulance will be on the road anywhere from 5 – 7 years and having the option to remount the box extends its life.  “Thank you Crestline for featuring one of our ambulances in the remount video.  B...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 28, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Crestline Tags: Industry News Source Type: news

The Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN ®) Awards Angel MedFlight's Director of Clinical Services with 2017 Distinguished CFRN Award
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. /PRNewswire/ -- The Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN®) has awarded Angel MedFlight's Director of Clinical Services, Bambi Pish-Derr, DNP, RN, CCRN, CFRN, The Distinguished CFRN Award for 2017. The Distinguished CFRN Award is presented annually by BCEN and the Air and Surface Transport Nurses Association (ASTNA) and it recognizes a CFRN or CTRN who has shown outstanding support of the certification process in flight or critical care ground transport nursing. "Receiving the Distinguished CFRN Award is humbling but this award is something I see more as a team achievement. It re...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 28, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Angel MedFlight Tags: Industry News Source Type: news

Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance CEO, Jason Siegert, Awarded Department of Defense Program Patriot Award
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., /PRNewswire/ -- Jason Siegert, CEO of Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance, was awarded the Patriot Award on Thursday, April 20, 2017. The award was presented to Siegert by Carol Smetana, Arizona ESGR representative. The Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Patriot Award recognizes supervisors for supporting National Guard and Reserve service members. Family members or employees serving in the National Guard or Reserve nominate their supervisors for supporting their military service. The Patriot Award reflects the efforts made to support citizen warriors through a wide-range of measur...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 28, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Angel MedFlight Tags: Industry News Source Type: news

Latest Software Update from Intermedix Enables Health Care Providers and Public Health Agencies to Track Patients in Virtually Any Situation
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Intermedix Corporation latest software release provides users with increased flexibility when tracking patients and assets during major events and daily operations.    The company, which has been recognized as an emergency management and preparedness industry leader for years, announced major enhancements to its patient tracking software, EMTrack. “The web-based tracking market has significantly evolved in the past few years,” said Joel Portice, CEO of Intermedix. “For our latest EMTrack release, we’ve expanded the solution’s workflow to meet our clients’ evolving needs, and given...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 28, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Intermedix Tags: Industry News Source Type: news

Angela Fiege, M.D., Joins AMR ’s NASCAR Safety Team as Medical Director
GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. – American Medical Response (AMR) announced today the appointment of Angela Fiege, M.D., as the NASCAR/AMR Safety Team medical director. As a physician medical consultant to NASCAR for the past two years, she has been instrumental in enhancing on-track care and advocating for the health and safety of drivers and crew members. She will build upon her efforts to advance the medical care and emergency response services in motor sports as she leads AMR’s NASCAR team effective April 22, 2017. “We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Fiege to the team,” said Edward M. Racht, M.D., chief medical officer, A...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 28, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: American Medical Response (AMR) Tags: Industry News Source Type: news

Nasco Healthcare Releases New 2017-2018 Healthcare Catalog
Fort Atkinson, WI - The 2017-2018 Healthcare catalog, featuring Life/form® and Simulaids highly specialized skills trainers, manikins, and simulators for Nursing and Medical, EMS, Fire, and Rescue, is now available from Nasco Healthcare in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin and Saugerties, New York. The 252-page catalog includes Nasco Healthcare’s Life/form® and Simulaids lines, as well as many other teaching aids and models of outstanding quality. The catalog’s major emphasis is to provide more effective training tools for educators to train their students, who are facing an increasingly demanding work environment that re...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 28, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Nasco Tags: Industry News Source Type: news

City of Pittsburgh Prepares for a Severe Air Quality Incident Using Predictive Analytics Technology
PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The City of Pittsburgh was joined Monday by representatives from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health and Intermedix to host an emergency preparedness resilience workshop as a part of the ONEPGH initiative, which is a partnership with 100 Resilient Cities- Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation.   The three organizations put on a daylong workshop at the university aimed at exploring how emergency response technology would work with predictive simulations to prepare the region for an air quality combined with a heat wave disaster of the magnitude of the killer Donora smog e...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 28, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Intermedix Tags: Industry News Source Type: news

Rural PA County Addresses EMT Shortage
  Huntingdon County, PA (WTAJ) - A nationwide shortage of EMS workers is affecting Huntingdon County.  Pre-hospital coordinator Debra Fleagle from J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital said she's seen drastic changes in her 24 years in the industry.  "I had some concerns that the population of EMS providers in Huntingdon County is middle-aged, not a whole lot of younger people that were getting involved," Fleagle said.  Read more at WTAJ. (Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News)
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 28, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Aaron Thomas, WTAJ Tags: News Videos Source Type: news

Lawsuit Accuses Local Ambulance Company of Denying Rest Breaks to Paramedics and EMTs
A recently filed federal court lawsuit alleges that the City of San Diego's emergency medical provider, Rural/Metro, has systematically denied its ambulance crews state-required rest breaks. An attorney for Rural/Metro's paramedics and EMTs says the lack of those 10 minute breaks, which are required every four hours for non-salaried employees in California, endangers patients' lives and health.  Read the full article. How do you make sure to get the rest that you need?   Here are some related JEMS articles articles on fatigue and its impact on EMS providers, including the work that was done in Austin-Travis Count...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 28, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JEMS Staff Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

'Superbug' Fungus Outbreak in NY, NJ Hospitals
NEW YORK (AP) — A 'superbug' fungus is emerging as a new menace in U.S. hospitals, mostly in New York and New Jersey. First identified in Japan in 2009, the fungus has spread to more than a dozen countries around the globe. The oldest of the 66 cases reported in the U.S. dates back to 2013, but most were reported in the last year. The fungus called Candida auris is a harmful form of yeast. Scientists say it can be hard to identify with standard lab tests. U.S. health officials sounded alarms last year because two of the three kinds of commonly used antifungal drugs have little effect. "It's acting like a superbug&qu...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 28, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Mike Stobbe,  AP Medical Writer Tags: News Patient Care Source Type: news

Austin, TX Receives Its First Hospital-Affiliated Ambulance Aircraft
    The plane is staffed every hour of every day and is the first hospital-affiliated ambulance aircraft in Austin, serving St. David's patients. "It's new and it's great for the patients and it's going to make a difference for patients' lives throughout the region," said Brett Steffen, Assistant VP of Outreach and EMS Relations for St. David's HealthCare. The fixed-wing ambulance aircraft isn't limited by inclement weather including fog and it can provide a less turbulent ride for passengers. (Read more....) (Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News)
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 28, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Lindsay Liepman\CBS Austin Tags: News Videos Source Type: news

Ken Simpson Joins MedStar as Chief Operations Officer
Fort Worth, TX. -- MedStar Mobile Healthcare is pleased to announce that Ken Simpson has joined the MedStar executive team as Chief Operations Officer.  In this role, Ken will be responsible for field and communications center operations, support services, business intelligence, information technology and risk and safety. Ken was selected after a national search resulting in of over 60 applicants and joins MedStar from the Georgia operations of American Medical Response, where he was responsible for high performance ambulance service operations for 20 communities in the Metro Atlanta area.  Ken has an extensive b...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 27, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: MedStar Mobile Healthcare Tags: Industry News Source Type: news

Delaware Police Officer Killed, Suspect Barricaded in Home
MIDDLETOWN, Del. (AP) — Officers came under fire again early Thursday outside a home where the suspect in the fatal shooting of a Delaware state trooper remained holed up. Delaware State Police said in a statement that officers were fired at about 4 a.m. at the home in Middleton. Police say officers used explosives to blow off windows but did not enter the home. They blew the front door off its hinges Wednesday night. Cpl. Stephen J. Ballard, 32, was shot several times about 12:10 p.m. Wednesday after he approached a vehicle in the parking lot of a Wawa convenience store near Bear. State police superintendent Col. Nathan...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 27, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Randall Chase, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

A Report From EMS 3.0 Summit 2017
Across the Potomac River from our nation’s capital, EMS leaders and visionaries gathered April 24, 2017 in Arlington, VA to discuss the future of EMS within the United States. Organized by the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) and in part sponsored by JEMS, the 2017 EMS Transformation Summit explored likely changes and key components of tomorrow’s EMS, also known as “EMS 3.0.” Matt Zavadsky, chief strategic integration officer, MedStar Mobile Health (Fort Worth, TX) and JEMS MIH Editor, served as moderator of the Summit’s agenda.  In his opening remarks, Zavadsky captured the sco...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 27, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: William K. Atkinson, PhD, MPH, MPA, EMT-P Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Collision on Los Angeles Freeway Leaves One Dead, Traffic Stopped
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A fiery collision Tuesday involving two big trucks and several smaller vehicles killed one person and injured 10 others while triggering a massive traffic jam on Interstate 5 in Los Angeles. One of the injured was in critical condition, and the other nine had minor injuries, said Brian Humphrey, a Fire Department spokesman. The person killed was big-rig driver, authorities said. A dog also was killed. Flames initially raged through the wreckage strewn across the southbound lanes. There was also a damaged car and trailer on the other side of the freeway divider. Paramedics triaged the injured and took t...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 26, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Reed Saxon, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

Where in the World of EMS is A.J. Heightman? The 2017 Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC)
A.J. is with 34,000 of his fellow emergency responders in Indianapolis at PennWell's FDIC Conference, North America's largest gathering of responders. Like EMS Today, A.J. loves attending this epic event every year because, as he says, "It charges his emergency service batteries." Like EMS Today, FDIC is International in scope and attracts responders from 50 countries.  This PennWell conference occupies the entire Indianapolis Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the Indianapolis Colts. This week, responders own and are honored by the City of Indianapolis. Most are sworn firefighters but all are...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 26, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT P Tags: Training News Source Type: news

Four Georgia Students Killed, 1 Injured When SUV Collides with Semi
FULTON COUNTY, GA (WXIA) -- Four students from Langston Hughes High School were killed, and another injured, in a south Fulton County collision between two vehicles at 1:17 p.m. on Monday. The five teenagers were in a Lincoln Navigator when it collided with a semi tractor trailer at the Butner Rd./Ridge Rd. intersection with Campbellton-Fairburn Rd., which is GA Highway 92. Read more ...  (Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News)
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 25, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Tim Darnell , WXIA Tags: Major Incidents News Videos 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: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 25, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT P Editor in Chief Tags: News Patient Care Source Type: news

Kentucky Hospital Improves Treatment for Heart Attack Patients Through Collaboration and Technology
April 24, 2017   Edgewood, KY –  In the past year, St. Elizabeth Healthcare in Edgewood, Kentucky, significantly decreased the time-to-treatment for heart attack patients, following an effort by stakeholders from every part of the care team to collaborate and improve processes that speed up care. This improvement was due also in part to the use of a mobile app, Pulsara, which puts timely, clear information in the hands of everyone responsible for caring for the patient, both inside and outside of the hospital. For patients who arrived at St. Elizabeth Edgewood via ambulance, the average time from first medical ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 24, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Pulsara Tags: Industry News Source Type: news

Study Finds That EMS Activation of Stroke Cases Using Pulsara Stop Stroke Is Associated With Faster Treatment Times Than Activation in the Emergency Department
April 24, 2017   Bozeman, MT — Duke University School of Medicine researchers found that patients with stroke received faster treatment when emergency medical services (EMS) activated the stroke team from the field than patients who presented by other methods of arrival. The researchers conducted a retrospective analysis of 12 major medical centers that used Pulsara’s Stop Stroke, a mobile application that allows EMS transporting a stroke patient to notify emergency department staff and stroke specialists with the tap of a button on a smart phone. Using data from March 2013 to May 2016, they found cases activated ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 24, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Pulsara Tags: Industry News Equipment & Gear Source Type: news

SSCOR Is Very Pleased and Excited to Announce That as of January 2017, Ross I. Baum Is Our New Director of Marketing
April 24, 2017   Ross has an extensive history marketing medical devices and supplies.  He served as Director of Marketing for Promed and Bound Tree Medical before founding Carson Marketing Group to serve the marketing needs of many healthcare companies.   We are excited to have Ross’ commitment to quality, desire to learn and grow, and work ethic at SSCOR as we continue to make Clearing the Airway our #1 Priority! (Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News)
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 24, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: SSCOR Tags: Industry News Operations Source Type: news

Binder Lift Offers Trade-in for Other Lifting Related Products Crediting up to 100% of Original Purchase Price
April 24, 2017 Cody, WY – Binder Lift is pleased to announce the launch of our new Trade-In program. “This is something that we have been working on for a long time” states Rick Binder, Director of Sales. “Our customers were just throwing their old lift assist products away after upgrading to the Binder Lift”. Not only is this an unfortunate waste of money for the department, but emergency services in developing countries that lack resources can still make use of these products. With Binder Lift’s new Trade-In Program departments will be credited up to 100% of the original purchase price of the products th...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 24, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Binder Lift Tags: Industry News Equipment & Gear 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 his birth by...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - 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

Ambulance Flips in Two-Vehicle Crash
      GALVESTON, Texas (KHOU) - An ambulance flipped upside down in a two-vehicle crash in Galveston on Sunday.  The ambulance with the Galveston Area Ambulance Authority (GAAA) crashed with another vehicle around 7 p.m.  The ambulance was responding to an emergency call at the time of the accident.  (Read more...) (Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News)
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 24, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: KHOU-TV Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

North Dakota Medical Center Tests New Helipad
FARGO -- A blue AirMed helicopter ambulance, its rotors thumping and stirring a small windstorm, touched down in a symbolic first flight to christen the helipad at the new Sanford Medical Center. The flight, which originated minutes earlier at Sanford's downtown medical center on Friday, is part of a multitude of preparations being made to open the new $494 million medical center July 25. The helipad at the new medical center will provide ready access to deliver patients to the emergency department or cardiac catheter lab, for instance, in cases where minutes can make the difference. "Literally, as soon as patients ar...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 23, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Scott Olsen, Forum News Service, The Bismarck Tribune Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

Local EMS, School Districts Offer EMT Training to High School Students
I wanted to share this article outlining a partnership between EMS and school districts whose aim is to get students interested in EMS as a career option.   A snippet from the article:   Both school districts’ programs lean heavily on partnerships with the fire departments, which are providing teaching materials and staff to work with students. In the county, faculty from the Jefferson College of Health Science also are involved.   Those partnerships give students an up-close view of what careers in the field look like, said Steven Simon, Roanoke County’s fire and rescue chief.   "You can talk ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 23, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Training News Source Type: news

Community Ratings, Essential Benefits at Center of New GOP Push to Replace ACA
This news report highlights exactly why the EMS profession should keep a very close eye on legislative efforts to change healthcare public policy options as an alternate to the current Affordable Care Act. From the article: While the draft amendment would retain the ACA's provision that insurers cover 10 essential benefits, states would be able to seek a waiver to do away with that requirement. The draft amendment also aims to retool how premiums are set. Under the ACA, insurers calculate premiums using a community rating, which is intended to bring down costs for sicker members. Here too, the draft amendment would allow s...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 21, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Seattle Police Officers Shot During Robbery
SEATTLE (AP) — Three Seattle police officers were shot and injured during an exchange of gunfire with a suspect, who later died, after a robbery at a downtown convenience store. Three people are suspected in the Thursday robbery at a 7-Eleven store near Pioneer Square, the city's oldest neighborhood, said Deputy Police Chief Carmen Best. Officers chased two suspects, a 19-year-old man and a 17-year-old girl, who ran from the store, police said. While one officer struggled with the male suspect on the ground, the girl struck the officer over the head with a bottle, police said. The 19-year-old then ran to the entryway of...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 21, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Lisa Baumann & Gene Johnson, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

One Police Officer Killed, Another Injured in Paris Shooting
PARIS (AP) — Paris police say a gunman has killed a police officer and wounded another before being killed himself in an attack on the Champs-Elysees shopping district. Paris police spokeswoman Johanna Primevert told The Associated Press that the attacker targeted police guarding the area near the Franklin Roosevelt subway station Thursday night at the center of the avenue popular with tourists. The attack came three days before the first round of balloting in France's tense presidential election. Security is high preceding the vote after police said they arrested two men Tuesday in what they describe...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 20, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

Limited Communication Between 911 Dispatchers a Factor in Fatal Bike Crash
DETROIT (AP) — A crash that killed five bicyclists in southwestern Michigan might have been prevented by better communication between 911 dispatchers who got three calls about a reckless driver before he plowed into a pack of riders on a rural road, the National Transportation Safety Board said. The dispatchers, who worked for three different police agencies in Kalamazoo County, had "limited communication" with each other in the 22 minutes between the first 911 call and the crash last June, the NTSB said in an April 11 report. Five cyclists were killed and four more were injured in Kalamazoo...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 20, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Ed White, Associated Press Tags: News Communications & Dispatch Source Type: news

Community Paramedicine Lets Patients Receive In-Home Care
This Dark Daily article raises an additional perspective about the ongoing evolution of mobile integrated healthcare and community paramedicine (MIH-CP) that I wanted to share with you.  A snippet from the article: For years, geriatricians have cautioned that hospitalizations can accelerate physical decline in elderly patients. They are more vulnerable to hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) and often require physical rehabilitation upon release due to deconditioning during hospital stays. Delirium also is reported in about half of the hospitalizations for older patients.   ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 20, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Mobile Integrated Healthcare 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: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 19, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Susan Ladd, Greensboro News & Record Tags: Patient Care News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Idaho School Bus Rolls Over, 17 Taken to Hospitals
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — At least a dozen students were hospitalized after their school bus rolled over on a rural Idaho highway, police said. Lincoln County Sheriff Rene Rodriguez said junior high students from Carey School were on their way to a track meet in Gooding when their bus crashed about 125 miles (201 kilometers) southeast of Boise on U.S. Highway 26. The driver, 67-year-old Richard Mecham, drove off the right shoulder, overcorrected and rolled the 2011 school bus Tuesday, according to Idaho State Police. A parent of one of the 39 students on the&nbs...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 19, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: KEITH RIDLER & KIMBERLEE KRUESI, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

Federal Departments Conduct Inter-Agency Ebola Drill
WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump railed against President Barack Obama's decision to bring patients with Ebola to the United States for treatment in 2014. Now that Trump is president, his administration is preparing for similar, and possibly larger-scale, evacuations. The State Department and Department of Health and Human Services said Tuesday they led an unprecedented inter-agency drill last week to test their preparedness to deal with a new outbreak of Ebola or another deadly, highly infectious disease. In the drill, 11 simulated patients were flown in specially designed bio-containment containers on a pair of 747s and ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 19, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: MATTHEW LEE, Diplomatic Writer, Associated Press Tags: Training Major Incidents News 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: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 18, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: CARLA K. JOHNSON, AP Medical Writer Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

Army Helicopter Crashes into Golf Course
LEONARDTOWN, Md. (AP) — A Black Hawk helicopter crashed onto a golf course in Maryland during a routine training flight, killing one crew member and injuring the two others on board, the U.S. Army said. The cause of the Monday crash is under investigation, the Army Military District of Washington said in a statement. One witness described pieces falling from the aircraft and another said it was spinning before it went down. "We are deeply saddened by this loss within our community," said Maj. Gen. Bradley A. Becker, commanding general of the Joint Force Headquarters National Capital Region and the U.S. Army Mil...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 18, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

Woman Attacks EMS Tech, Nurse and Police after Grocery Store Arrest
A New Orleans East woman accused of threatening a grocery store customer with a knife after a checkout line dispute on Easter Sunday (April 16) was booked with additional allegations that she tried biting police, an EMS technician and a hospital nurse after being taken into custody. New Orleans ... Read More at New Orleans-NOLA Related JEMS Article: Pro Bono: Self-Defense & the Risk of Liability (June 2016) (Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News)
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 18, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Ken Daley, NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune Tags: News Source Type: news

MTA officer honored for catching suspect in death of EMT Yadira Arroyo
The MTA police officer who helped catch the man accused of running down FDNY EMT Yadira Arroyo was honored at her station house Monday.Arroyo's relatives and co-workers thanked MTA K-9 Officer Daniel McDade at a ceremony in front of the EMS Station 26.There was a large turnout for the event on Boston Road in the Bronx, and fire commissioner Daniel Nigro also was in attendance. Read More at abc7ny.com (Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News)
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 18, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

Woman attacks police, EMS tech, hospital nurse after grocery store arrest, NOPD says
A New Orleans East woman accused of threatening a grocery store customer with a knife after a checkout line dispute on Easter Sunday (April 16) was booked with additional allegations that she tried biting police, an EMS technician and a hospital nurse after being taken into custody. New Orleans ... Read More at New Orleans-NOLA (Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News)
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 18, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

DeKalb Ambulance Service donates 120 boxes of clothes to Domestic Violence Crisis Services
DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. - After a month of collecting donations, "We would like to thank DeKalb Ambulance Service for all the donations," said Summer Howard of Domestic Violence Crisis Services. DeKalb Ambulance Service was able to collect 120 boxes of clothes to give to DVCS. "With these donations our agency will be able to help many victims that arrive at our shelter due to domestic violence," said Howard. Read More at WHNT (Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News)
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 17, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Category Source Type: news

Jeff Clawson, MD, MPDS Creator - Recognized at 2017 NAVIGATOR Conference
It was 38-years ago when Dr. Jeff Clawson created the MPDS System as a young, pre-med student, and the innovative system was introduced to the world in the February 1981 issue of JEMS. Clawson's system of properly (Priority) triaging/dispatching EMS resources on a multi-priority basis based upon information presented by a caller to 9-1-1 (often confused and excited) enabled specially trained dispatchers, utilizing carefully and medically-vetted scripts and questions (originally on alphabetically- ordered by chief complaint on a system of flip cards in a carefully and efficiently-designed flip tray (and now computerized and...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 14, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT P Tags: Iconic Moments International Training News Category Operations 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 Wednesday by th...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 13, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer Tags: Cardiac & Resuscitation News Source Type: news

Pregame Blasts Rock Soccer Team's Bus in Germany
DORTMUND, Germany (AP) — One suspect has been detained as a note left at the scene suggests a possible Islamic extremist motive for the attack on Borussia Dortmund's team bus, German prosecutors said Wednesday. Related JEMS Article: Preparation is Key when Responding to MCIs Caused by Low-tech Terrorism (Sept. 2013) Frauke Koehler, a spokeswoman for federal prosecutors in Germany, said investigators were focusing on two suspected Islamic extremists and have searched their homes — but authorities said a range of other motives are still possible for the three explosives that hit the bus Tuesday evening before a Cham...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 12, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: MIKE CORDER & MARK CARLSON, Associated Press Tags: News WMD & Terrorism Source Type: news

CAN I GET AN AMEN: Donated Ambulance Saves The Donor
We believe there are more good people than bad in the world, and we believe that goodness should be celebrated when you find it! If you’ve listened to this show for very long, you know that we don’t believe in coincidences and this morning, another story to make you go hmmmm. Last year, Beryl and Doug Good won a community raffle in the remote, little community of St. John, New Zealand. Read More at Cbslocal (Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News)
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 12, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Orientation News Category Source Type: news

Blinding laser beam shone into eyes of air ambulance helicopter pilot from outside supermarket
The chief pilot of the region’s air ambulance charity has warned against the dangers of laser strikes after his aircraft was targeted while returning from a rescue mission. Captain Jay Steward, of the Great North Air Ambulance Service, was flying back from James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough to the charity’s base at Durham Tees Valley Airport when a green laser beam was shone into the helicopter’s cabin on Sunday evening. Read More at Gazette Live (Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News)
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 12, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Operations Category Source Type: news

Why Send a Firetruck To Do An Ambulance's Job?
This National Public Radio (NPR) article raises several current issues in EMS that I wanted to share with you. A snippet from the article: In a lot of cities across the country there's a good chance that a firetruck — with a full fire crew including a paramedic — will race to your door. But that doesn't mean they can deliver the emergency care you might need. In Chicago, like many cities, the fire department oversees both firefighters and paramedics who work on ambulances. When a medical call comes in, dispatchers usually prefer to send ambulances. But there are half as many of those as there are firetrucks. (Read More...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 11, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT P Tags: News Ambulances & Vehicle Ops Communications Dispatch Operations 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 conference for police, ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - 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

Building Collapse in Mexico City Leaves 6 Dead, 9 Injured
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Part of a building under construction collapsed in Mexico City on Monday, trapping workers underneath concrete slabs and leaving at least six people dead and nine injured, an official said. Mexico City's Civil Protection chief Fausto Lugo said rescuers were using dogs and specialized equipment to look for workers still trapped beneath the rubble but they needed to proceed "with a lot of care to not put at risk" their colleagues and any survivors. The accident took place in what was to be the multistory parking garage of a shopping center in Mexico City's Olivar de Los Padres district. A stat...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 11, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: News Mass Casualty Incidents Source Type: news

Multiple People Injured in School Shooting in San Bernardino
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Students dove under desks when a man walked into his estranged wife's elementary school classroom and opened fire without saying a word, killing her and an 8-year-old student and wounding a 9-year-old before fatally shooting himself, authorities said. Some six weeks earlier, 53-year-old Cedric Anderson was a newlywed calling his 53-year-old wife Karen Smith an "angel" in one of many social media posts professing his love. San Bernardino police have said nothing of what might have motivated Anderson to open fire in the special-education classroom at North Park Elementary School on M...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - April 10, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: CHRISTOPHER WEBER & MICHAEL BALSAMO, Associated Press Tags: News Mass Casualty Incidents Source Type: news