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Grant to Enhance EMS/Hospital Data Exchange

The University of California, San Diego (UCSD) has been awarded one of 15 Federal Beacon Grants to demonstrate the capacity of electronic medical records.

Posted Wednesday, May 5, 2010

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Burger Bosses Battle for Business and an Idea with Bite

A Colorado paramedic invents a scoop-and-suction catheter, the Erin (Ontario) Fire Department encourages citizens to exaggerate complaints, and a Kentucky air medical service aims to improve STEMI outcomes in rural communities.

Posted Wednesday, April 28, 2010

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One Connecticut EMS post is run entirely by high school students; an ambulance manufacturer fulfills the Christmas wishes of disabled residents; rapid response teams recognize in-hospital emergencies; and a Michigan service is shut down by the state for 30-plus safety violations.

Posted Friday, March 5, 2010

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Going it A-Loan & Mobilizing EMS in Pittsburgh

Chicago Fire Department sued for allegedly failing to maintain AED batteries; EMS comes out in full force for Pittsburgh's G-20 summit; and a Lacrosse, Wisc., EMS agency starts the nation's first AED loaner program.

Posted Tuesday, December 8, 2009

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St. Paul starts an EMS diversity program, a West Virginia county brings its providers into pay parity with neighboring counties, New Mexico holds hospitals liable for their air ambulance selections, and more.

Posted Wednesday, September 30, 2009

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Louisiana toll bridge charges EMS; EMT recertifies after major disability; English medics suspended after death of patient; and more.

Posted Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Cuting Cardiac Deaths; Expired Antidotes & ZOLL on Forbes List

Heart disease drops to number-two killer in San Diego; Detroit ambulances caught carrying expired meds; ZOLL makes Forbes trustworthiness list for third year in a row; and more.

Posted Tuesday, June 2, 2009

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Paramedics all but sweep the NAEMSP awards; Tulsa Fire Department succeeds at training, but fails at documentation; and Portland International Airport paramedics buy food for stranded passengers.

Posted Monday, April 13, 2009

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Immigrant Physicians Become Paramedics

Alberta, Canada, is taking the matter of paramedic shortage into its own hands by training immigrant physicians; several states are starting registries for patients using home medical equipment so the special-needs population can have their power restored first in an outage; Louisville, Ky., is requiring some city employees to take four unpaid days off; and more.

Posted Sunday, March 15, 2009


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