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Boston EMTs: Overdose Rx a `Stupid' Fix; Drug doled out to Hub junkies

Advertising with the glib phrase "Got Narcan? Need a refill?" plastered on the side of its needle exchange vans, the Boston Public Health Commission is stuffing the pockets of Hub junkies with the powerful prescription drug in hopes of countering heroin overdoses. Front-line ambulance workers said giving addicts a powerful overdose remedy is a flat-out "stupid" practice.

Posted Tuesday, October 23, 2007

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Fire's Destructive Path

Wildfires fanned by fierce desert winds consumed huge swaths of bone-dry Southern California yesterday, burning dozens of buildings and threatening hundreds more from Malibu to San Diego, including a jail, a hospital and nursing homes.

Posted Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Thousands relive a disaster

As this county burned, firefighters confronted a familiar reality: too few resources and not enough personnel to effectively make a stand.

Posted Tuesday, October 23, 2007

EMS Units Bypassed Nearest Helicopters: Physician Says Ties to a Firm Don't Influence Agencies' Decisions

It s becoming increasingly common in the competitive air ambulance industry for people who oversee local EMS agencies to also work for air medical providers. Can such ties compromise patient care?

Posted Monday, October 22, 2007

Flaws Seen in Dispatch System for Air Ambulances

The growth in for-profit air ambulance operators nationally has given EMS providers more options, but it also has subjected them to marketing pitches and other influences that can affect patient care.

Posted Monday, October 22, 2007

City of Philadelphia Won t Appeal Firefighters Award: Arbitration Cost is $30M; Gov t Will Keep Hiring Rights

The Street administration has decided not to appeal a June 2006 arbitration award that gave the Philadelphia firefighters union a 45 percent increase in the city s health-care contributions.

Posted Monday, October 22, 2007

City Must Pay $236K for 2004 Dead Body Incident

In 2004, a 58-year-old man died in an ambulance while being treated by paramedics. A jury has ruled that the city of San Marcos should pay the family for damages for negligence, trespass and invasion of privacy their handling of the death.

Posted Monday, October 22, 2007

Wildfires Rage in Southern Calif.

Wildfires are forcing the evacuation of nearly 250,000 people in San Diego County alone, including hundreds of patients who are being moved by school bus and ambulance from a hospital and nursing homes.

Posted Monday, October 22, 2007

N.Y. Paramedics Get the EZ-IO

Paramedics with the Town of Tonawanda (N.Y.) Police Department are some of the first units in the state now use the EZ-IO. They also have CPAP.

Posted Friday, October 19, 2007

Firefighter Staffing at Issue

Staffing shortages have led to a controversial decision that pits EMS against firefighting.

Posted Friday, October 19, 2007






 

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