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Avra Valley Fire District fined $366K for Safety Gaps

The Industrial Commission of Arizona has approved $366,000 in fines against the Avra Valley Fire District for workplace-safety violations, among the biggest fines ever levied against an Arizona employer.

Posted Thursday, October 11, 2007

Air-Ambulance Service Once Lost Accreditation

The air-ambulance flight service that operated the plane that crashed Friday in southwestern Colorado previously failed to report accidents and incidents involving its planes to regulators.

Posted Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Threatened L.A. Hospitals Seek State Assistance; Uninsured Patients Burden System

Nine private Los Angeles hospitals have been losing millions of dollars due to an influx of uninsured patients and those covered by Medi-Cal.

Posted Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Baltimore Marathon Officials Add Precautions Following Chicago Woes

Following Sunday s Chicago Marathon, during which about 150 runners were hospitalized and one-man died of an unrelated heart condition, organizers of Saturday s Baltimore Marathon take extra precautions to ensure the runners safety.

Posted Wednesday, October 10, 2007

New Device Automates CPR: Medtronic-Distributed Technology Acts as Chest 'Thumper' for Heart Attack Victims

Medtronic Inc. is distributing a medical device in the U.S. that mechanically thumps the chests of heart attack patients as part of cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Posted Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Injured Ambulance Passengers Awarded $6.4 Million

After a seven-day trial, the jury returned a $6.4 million verdict to two people being carried from the scene of a crash between an ambulance and a disabled motor vehicle.

Posted Tuesday, October 9, 2007

AMR Raises Concerns Over Consultant Writing Contract

American Medical Response expressed concerns in a letter about two officials with the consulting company hired to write bid requirements and its new contract.

Posted Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Berkeley Continues to Pursue Drug Testing for Firefighters & Paramedics

Berkeley, Calif., is continuing to pursue drug testing for firefighters and paramedics after failing to get union approval in a four-year contract agreement.

Posted Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Proposed Bill Calls for EMT Background Checks

A top county medical administrator says the California bill calling for mandatory criminal background checks for EMTs will prevent regulators from punishing rogue rescuers.

Posted Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Clinic's Results Make 9/11 Responders Believe

Independent medical experts who have talked to patients at the New York Rescue Workers Detoxification Project center are impressed and mystified by the patients experiences.

Posted Monday, October 8, 2007


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