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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 Tuesday, October 9, 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 Tuesday, October 9, 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 Tuesday, October 9, 2007

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No Pain, No Gain

Moving the„EMS machine toward safety and success is often difficult, painful and time consuming for the change agent.

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 Monday, October 8, 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 Monday, October 8, 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 Monday, October 8, 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 Monday, October 8, 2007

Heat During Marathon Claims One Life

During Chicago s hottest marathon on record Sunday, a Michigan man died after collapsing and more than 300 were transported by ambulance for heat-related conditions.

Posted Sunday, October 7, 2007


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