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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: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News)
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - March 25, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

Former Wethersfield Ambulance Chief Accused of Stealing from Volunteer Ambulance Association
The former chief of the Wethersfield Volunteer Ambulance Association (WVAA) is making nearly $100,000 of unauthorized purchases on the association's credit and debit cards. Police charged 48-year-old Philip J. Lombardo, of Wethersfield, with one count first-degree larceny on Monday, March 13. Read More at NBC Connecticut (Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News)
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - March 25, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Administration and Leadership 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: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News)
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - March 24, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

South Central Ambulance Service Now Equipped with Live Streaming Cameras to Improve Services
This new innovation allows staff working on the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service ( HEMS) Desk in SCAS’ clinical coordination centre to see live footage streams when the paramedics and doctors get to an emergency scene. Dr Syed Masud, Consultant in Emergency Medicine & Pre-Hospital Medicine ... Read More at Bucks Herald (Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News)
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - March 24, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Operations 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: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News)
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - March 24, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

Yankees to Help Fund EMT Yadira Arroyo's Funeral, Parking
For one day, Yankee Stadium will be the House that Yadira Built. The Bronx Bombers will provide free parking Saturday for some of the 10,000 people expected at slain EMT Yadira Arroyo’s funeral — followed by a repast for mourners at the ballpark, the Daily News has learned. EMTs from around the nation are expected in the city to honor the mother of five. Read More at New York Daily News (Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News)
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - March 24, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Selma EMS Handling of New Year's Shooting Raises Questions as County Considers Dissolving Contract
Johnston County officials are examining the actions of paramedics who responded to a shooting during a New Year's Day home invasion in Selma. Perry Champion told a 911 dispatcher that he awoke at 2 a.m. on Jan. 1 to the sound of pounding on the front door of his home on West Elizabeth Street and a man threatening to break into his home. Read More at WRAL.com (Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News)
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - March 24, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Hyattsville Furniture Store Helps PGFD Medics Improve Living Conditions for Patient
The Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department continues their innovative approach in assisting citizens with their healthcare needs. The program, titled Mobile Integrated Healthcare (MIH), focuses on linking our residents with available healthcare agencies throughout the county and region.  Through the utilization of community based paramedics and nurses, the program brings healthcare providers to a citizens home to assess and coordinate their health needs.  Based on the complexities of the current healthcare system, many citizens utilize the 911 system as their primary means of healthcare. This innovative app...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - March 23, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Mark Brady, PIO, Prince George ’s County Fire and EMS Tags: News Mobile Integrated Healthcare Source Type: news

Police Officer, At Least 2 Others Shot in Wisconsin Town
ROTHSCHILD, Wis. (AP) — A police officer and at least two other people were shot when a domestic dispute at a bank escalated into shootings at three locations in northern Wisconsin on Wednesday, investigators said. The shootings happened at a bank, a law firm and an apartment complex, where officers, including a SWAT team, were in a standoff with the suspect late in the afternoon, Wausau police Capt. Todd Baeten said at a news conference. The area is about 90 miles west of Green Bay. Baeten would not give details of the officer's injuries or those of other victims. But he said authorities were in contact with the suspect...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - March 23, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: TODD RICHMOND, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Source Type: news

At Least 2 Dead in Car Rampage, Knife Attack in London
LONDON (AP) — A vehicle mowed down pedestrians on London's Westminster Bridge, killing at least one woman and leaving others with injuries described as catastrophic. Around the same time Wednesday, a knife-wielding attacker stabbed a police officer and was shot on the grounds outside Britain's Parliament, sending the compound into lockdown. Authorities said they were treating the attacks as a terrorist incident. The threat level for international terrorism in the U.K. was already listed at severe. Wednesday was the anniversary of suicide bombings in the Brussels airport and subway that killed 32 people, and the latest ev...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - March 22, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JILL LAWLESS and DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Mass Casualty Incidents Source Type: news

Panel Selected to Facilitate Development of EMS Agenda 2050
What could be the role of EMS in our nation's healthcare, public health, and public safety systems in three decades? What do we have to do now to make that happen? EMS Agenda 2050, a two-year project with a mission to write a new Agenda for the Future, has selected 10 members to serve as the Technical Expert Panel (TEP), which will work with the EMS community to answer these and other questions. The panel will take ideas and suggestions from the EMS, public safety, and healthcare communities, as well as the general public, to create a path for a comprehensive system of emergency care integrated with the broader healthca...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - March 22, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

FDNY Holds Vigil to Remember EMT Yadira Arroyo
The New York City Fire Department held an unbearably sad vigil for Yadira Arroyo, the hero EMT who was killed in the line of duty last week.The vigil was held on Tuesday night outside EMS station 26 in the Morrisania section of the Bronx.The vigil was proof of what it looks like when an entire FDNY family reaches out to the Arroyo family. Read More at abc7ny.com (Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News)
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - March 22, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Virginia Beach Announces First-Time Event to Recognize EMS Volunteers
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - City staff and Mayor Will Sessoms made an announcement about "Rock the Squads" today. The announcement took place at Mount Trashmore Park at 11 a.m. "Rock the Squads" will be a first-time event to recognize the efforts of more than 1,000 individuals that make up the Volunteer Rescue Squads of Virginia Beach. Read More at WTKR (Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News)
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - March 22, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Administration and Leadership 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: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News)
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - 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: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News)
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - March 22, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

Co-Founder of Ohio's Courtesy Ambulance Dies
NEWARK - The co-founder of Courtesy Ambulance, Clair Griggs, died at his home Friday at the age of 90. Griggs and his wife, Lois, founded Courtesy Ambulance and Courtesy Funeral Livery in 1971 to help serve the community. The company's foundation was the continuation of a lifelong desire to help others and a passion for emergency medical work, according to Griggs' obituary. Read More at Newarkadvocate (Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News)
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - March 22, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

France's Orly Airport Shut Down After Would-Be Attacker Steals Soldier's Rifle
ORLY, France (AP) — Yelling that he wanted to kill and die for Allah, a suspected Islamic extremist attacked a French soldier Saturday morning at Paris' Orly Airport and wrested away her assault rifle, a French prosecutor said. Two colleagues on her patrol shot and killed the man before he could fire the military-grade weapon in the busy airport terminal. The attack forced the airport's terminals to shut down and evacuate, sent passengers and workers fleeing in panic and trapped hundreds of others aboard flights that had just landed. It was the violent climax of what authorities described as a 90-minute spree of destruct...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - March 21, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: NICOLAS GARRIGA, JOHN LEICESTER, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News WMD & Terrorism Source Type: news

North Central EMS Hires Mobile Intensive Care Unit Director
Registered nurse James Garber recently joined North Central EMS as the director of the newly created mobile intensive care unit. He began his career in EMS when he was sixteen years old, and acquired his RN license in 1993. James holds multiple certifications in advanced cardiac, trauma, adult, pediatric, and neonatal life support, and has an advanced practice certification as a Certified Emergency Nurse. Read More at thebeacon.net (Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News)
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - March 21, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News imported Mobile Integrated Healthcare Source Type: news

London Ambulance Crews to Carry DNA 'Spit Kits' After Rise in Assaults on Paramedics
London Ambulance crews have become the first in the UK to be provided with DNA "spit kits" after a rise in assaults on front-line medics. The kits - which include a swab and test tube - are being carried on every ambulance and fast-response car, and will enable saliva to be gathered for matching against police records. Read More at Yahoo News (Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News)
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - March 21, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News imported Operations Source Type: news

Suspect Accused of Killing FDNY EMT is Mentally Ill, Defense Attorney Says
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on a New York City emergency medical technician who was fatally struck by a stolen ambulance (all times local): 6:50 p.m. A defense lawyer says a man accused of fatally running over an emergency medical technician with a stolen ambulance is severely mentally ill and didn't act deliberately. Attorney Alice Fontier (FAHN'-tee-ay) spoke after Jose Gonzalez was arraigned Friday on murder and other charges. Fontier says "whatever may have happened here, none of his actions were intentional." She calls EMT Yadira Arroyo's death a terrible tragedy but says the truth about Gonzalez and his hi...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - March 21, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: COLLEEN LONG, JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

Connecticut Bill Aims to Reduce Emergency Room Visits through Community Paramedicine
HARTFORD, CT - Senator Ted Kennedy, Jr. (D-Branford) led passage of Senate Bill 317 in the General Assembly's Public Health Committee. This bill, which received unanimous, bipartisan support, establishes a pilot program to allow paramedics to provide the expanded medical care they are trained to administer, rather than being limited to transporting patients to a hospital. Read More at www.branfordseven.com (Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News)
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - March 18, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News imported Mobile Integrated Healthcare Source Type: news

Union Boss Calls on Alberta Health to Increase Ambulance Funding
The union that represents Alberta’s ambulance workers says the provincial government is risking the stability of the service by refusing to provide a funding increase in the latest health budget. ‘This budget fails to respond to current response levels … with no growth of any kind,” Mike Parker, president of the Health Sciences Association of Alberta, said Friday. Read More at Ottawa Citizen (Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News)
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - March 18, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News imported Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Paramedic Saves Baby in Bone-Chilling Waters
Paramedic Todd Zobrist is being hailed a hero after saving a baby from a vehicle that went into Silver Lake in Highland, IL, on Thursday morning. Police say the baby’s mother, Cristy Campbell, 32, of Glen Carbon, IL, drove a blue-gray Nissan Armada SUV, with the 3-month-old baby inside, off a two-lane highway and into Silver Lake, which is located in southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO.  Read More at Ft. Worth Star-Telegram (Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News)
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - March 18, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Rescue & Vehicle Extrication News imported Operations Source Type: news

New York Man Charged with Murder after EMT Killed by Ambulance
Jose Gonzalez was charged Friday afternoon with two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree murder, first-degree manslaughter and first-degree robbery. His next court date is scheduled for Wednesday. Read More at Fox43 (Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News)
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - March 18, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News imported Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

JEMS Partners with Paramedics Australasia International Conference
TULSA, OK – PennWell Corporation, a diversified global media and conferences and exhibitions company, announced a collaborative partnership between the Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS) and Partners with Paramedics Australasia International Conference, based in Australia. Under the terms of the partnership, JEMS has been named the official and exclusive North American media partner of PAIC. Under the terms of the partnership, JEMS and PAIC will jointly promote and cross-market their respective activities serving the emergency services industry to facilitate the sharing of experiences and information between th...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - March 17, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Industry News Source Type: news

Primary Ambulance Looking to Hire EMTs, Paramedics
Priority Ambulance is expanding into the greater Memphis area and is looking to hire approximately 60 EMTs and paramedics. Priority Ambulance will host several hiring events with interviews and offers that will be completed onsite. Upcoming hiring events include: Tuesday, March 14, 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Read More at www.wmcactionnews5.com (Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News)
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - March 16, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Crisis Diversion Team Reduced Police, EMS Workload by Helping Thousands of Homeless People Last Year
A 24-hour crisis diversion team helped people nearly 8,000 times in 2016, according to data released Wednesday by REACH Edmonton. The program, which serves people who are in crisis but don’t require emergency services, is designed to ensure police and medical responders focus on higher-priority calls. Read More at Ottawa Citizen (Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News)
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - March 16, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Mobile Integrated Healthcare Source Type: news

St. David's Hospital in Austin, Texas, Has New Fixed-Wing Air Ambulance for Emergency Transport
The availability of a new fixed-wing ambulatory aircraft for St. David's HealthCare in Austin is expected to address a growing need for emergency care services for Texans living in areas of the state that lack advanced medical facilities. Read More at communityimpact.com (Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News)
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - March 16, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops News Operations Source Type: news

Pa. EMT Injured When Ambulance Slipped Off Icy Road
A Northwest EMS ambulance transporting multiple patients slid off the road around 2:20 a.m. Tuesday morning in Rapho Township, injuring an EMT. The EMT suffered minor injuries and was transported to Lancaster General Hospital out of precaution, Lori Shenk, Northwest EMS community outreach manager, said. Read More at Lancasteronline (Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News)
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - March 16, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

4 Killed in Mexico Helicopter Crash During Hiker Rescue
MEXICO CITY (AP) — A police helicopter has crashed in northern Mexico, killing four people on mission to recover the body of a hiker. The government of the border state of Baja California says the state police helicopter crashed in the hills near the city of Mexicali. The state police pilot and co-pilot of the chopper were killed, as were two members of local rescue groups. The government says the crew had found the woman's body and was bringing back rescue workers when it hit an electrical power cable. The tail rotor apparently fell off and the helicopter crashed and burst into flames. The hiker had ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - March 15, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops News Operations Source Type: news

9-1-1 Dispatcher in Tamir Rice Case Suspended for Protocol Violation
CLEVELAND (AP) — A 9-1-1 dispatcher who took a call that led to a white police officer's fatal shooting of a 12-year-old black boy outside a recreation center has been suspended for eight days. Police Chief Calvin Williams found in a disciplinary letter dated March 10 that Constance Hollinger violated protocol the day of the shooting of Tamir Rice, who had been playing with a pellet gun. Tamir was shot within seconds of a police cruiser skidding to a stop just a few feet away from him in November 2014 outside the Cleveland rec center. The city's internal disciplinary charges accused Hollinger of failing to tell the dispa...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - March 15, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: News Administration and Leadership Communications & Dispatch Source Type: news

Rescuers Search for Dozens Missing in Ethiopia Garbage Landslide that Killed at Least 46
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — A mountain of trash gave way in a massive garbage dump on the outskirts of Ethiopia's capital, killing at least 46 people and leaving several dozen missing, residents said, as officials vowed to relocate those who called the landfill home. Addis Ababa city spokeswoman Dagmawit Moges said most of the 46 dead were women and children, and more bodies were expected to be found in the coming hours. It was not immediately clear what caused Saturday night's collapse at the Koshe Garbage Landfill, which buried several makeshift homes and concrete buildings. The landfill has been a dumping ground for ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - March 15, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: ELIAS MESERET, Associated Press Tags: Rescue & Vehicle Extrication News Operations Source Type: news

Northeast Hit by Late-Season Snow
NEW YORK (AP) — A blustery late-season storm plastered the Northeast with sleet and snow Tuesday, paralyzing much of the Washington-to-Boston corridor but falling well short of the predicted snow totals in New York, Boston and Philadelphia. The powerful nor'easter, which came after a stretch of unusually mild winter weather that had people thinking spring was already here, unloaded 1 to 2 feet in many places inland, grounded more than 6,000 flights and knocked out power to nearly a quarter-million customers from Virginia northward. By the time it reached Massachusetts, it had turned into a blizzard, with near hurricane-f...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - March 15, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: COLLEEN LONG, DENISE LAVOIE, Associated Press Tags: News Operations 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, Pharmacists ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - March 15, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: TOM ODULA, Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

New EMS Director for Greeneville, Tenn.
When the Greene County-Greeneville Emergency Medical Services Board voted unanimously to name then-interim EMS Director Calvin Hawkins as the permanent head of the organization on June 2, 2016, they had just placed him into what he would later call "the best job I ever had and the only job I ever want." Read More at www.greenevillesun.com (Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News)
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - March 14, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News imported Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Woman Disfigured in Savage Attack Marries EMT Who Rescued Her
This couple has proven the testament and definition of love as they recently walked down the aisle. In 2011, Melissa Dohme was stabbed 32 times by her jealous ex-boyfriend. Her wounds were so bad that witnesses thought she was dead. But six years later, Dohme is very much alive, and walking down the aisle to say "I do" to the EMT who rescued her. Read More at AOL (Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News)
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - March 14, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Man Steals Ambulance from Alabama Hospital, Leads Police in Chase
A Dothan man is accused of stealing an ambulance from a Eufaula hospital on Saturday morning and leading police on a chase. Eufaula police were notified of a Clay County, Ga. ambulance being stolen from Medical Center Barbour at around 5:40 a.m., police said. Officers located the ambulance driving south on Eufaula Avenue. Read More at Everything Alabama (Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News)
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - March 14, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops News Operations Source Type: news

Women of Medic Ambulance Always Working to Improve Themselves
VALLEJO - When it comes to women making a difference, you can't get much better than Vallejo-based Medic Ambulance where four of the six co-owners are women - Helen Pierson, Cindy McBride, Sandra Whaley and Kristi Kendall. Quality Assurance Director McBride and Communications Center Director Whaley are the twin daughters of Pierson, chief financial officer and older sister of Medic CEO Rudy Manfredi. Read More at Dailyrepublic (Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News)
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - March 14, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Administration and Leadership 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: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News)
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - March 14, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

Council Hears Debate On Expanding Life-Saving Services to Peoria Fire Houses
The Peoria City Council is exploring options for adding advanced life support services at more of its firehouses. The Peoria Fire Department currently provides advanced life support, also known as ALS, service at three of its twelve firehouses. ALS is a set of life-saving procedures that extend Basic Life Support to further support circulation and provide an open airway, such as intubation. All other houses offer basic life support. The city fire department hopes to add ALS on a pilot basis at House 19. The man authorized to approve such a pilot, Dr. Matt Jackson, who told council Tues. evening, the area doesn’t...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - March 13, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Industry News Source Type: news

$4.5 Million Bill for FDNY at Trump Tower
Stationing firefighters and medics 24 hours a day at Trump Tower costs New York City taxpayers $4.5 million a year - none of which has been reimbursed to the FDNY, agency officials said Thursday at the City Council. Read More at Newsday (Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News)
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - March 11, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News imported Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

26 Killed, 36 Injured in Bus Accident in Nepal
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — At least 26 people died and 36 more were injured when an overcrowded bus veered off a mountain road in Nepal, officials said Friday. Government administrator Krishna Chandra Poudel said the bus plunged off the road Thursday near a village about 400 kilometers (250 miles) west of the capital, Kathmandu. The bus rolled about 200 meters (650 feet) down a slope before crashing into the Pasagad river. Local villagers helped police and soldiers pull the bodies and the injured from the wreckage. Poudel said rescue helicopters reached the accident area late Thu...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - March 11, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Mass Casualty Incidents Source Type: news

At Least 36 Killed by Fire in Guatemala Youth Center
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Families buried some of the 36 girls killed in a fire at an overcrowded government-run youth shelter as Guatemalan authorities worked Friday to determine exactly what happened. The death toll mounted as girls succumbed to gruesome burns from Wednesday's disaster, which officials said began when mattresses were set afire during a protest by the shelter's residents. Questions remained over why someone among the girls set the blaze and whether doors remained locked as the girls pleaded for their lives. Parents and relatives said many of the young people at the shelter, which had both female and male re...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - March 11, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: SONIA PEREZ D., JOSE LOPEZ, Associated Press Tags: Major Incidents News Mass Casualty Incidents Source Type: news

SE Wisconsin Gets its First "Off-Road" Ambulance
WEST ALLIS - The West Allis Fire Department is bringing Southeast Wisconsin its first off-road ambulance, after more than two years of working to get it here. Madison and Green Bay are the only other departments in the state with one. The mini ambulance can go places most rescue vehicles can't even attempt. Read More at www.tmj4.com (Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News)
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - March 11, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops News Operations Source Type: news

India's First Rail Ambulance Can Transport up to 50 Patients
As many as 50 people can be transported and treated using this air conditioned rail ambulance Central Railway (CR) has unveiled India's first air conditioned rail ambulance that is designed to rush for the relief of injured passengers during the vital 'golden hour' after a rail disaster. ... Read More at Business Standard (Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News)
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - March 11, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Ambulances & Vehicle Ops News Operations 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 announced ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - March 10, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

Illinois Official's Pay Tied to Health Fund Meant to Pay Ambulance Services
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration had arranged to pay a new deputy governor out of an employee health care account that is more than $4 billion behind on its bills due to the state's budget crisis, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. After the AP reported Thursday that half of Leslie Munger's $138,000 salary was scheduled to come from a pool of insurance premiums, a spokeswoman for the governor said an agency "mistakenly" designated the wrong fund and that Munger's pay would come from elsewhere. Munger, Rauner's hand-picked choice to fill a vacancy in the ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - March 10, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: JOHN O'CONNOR, Associated Press Tags: News Administration and Leadership 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 an ov...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - March 10, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Associated Press Tags: Trauma Patient Care News Source Type: news

Florida Man Arrested for Battering Woman, Fighting Deputy Sheriff, EMS Worker, Firefighters
POLK COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) - A man was arrested on Monday after sexually abusing a woman, then violently attacking law enforcement and emergency personnel. According to an affidavit, the victim reported to the Polk County Sheriff's Office that she had been kidnapped, struck in the face multiple times, choked, sexually battered and held against her will by Shawn Watkins, 26. Read More at wfla.com (Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News)
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - March 9, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Operations Source Type: news

Ambulance Services in Pennsylvania 'in Crisis'
HARRISBURG, Pa. - Members of the Ambulance Association of Pennsylvania say there is an EMS crisis in the state. Since 2004 there has not been an increase in medical reimbursement rates. Despite not being reimbursed fully ambulance services are required, by law, to respond to calls regardless of a patient's ability to pay. Read More at Fox43 (Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News)
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - March 9, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news