Legal And Ethical

Controversial five-minute rule may become new policy

MUNDY TOWNSHIP, Michigan - The township fire department likely will find itself subject to a policy that prohibits it from responding to medical calls if an ambulance service can do it faster.

Posted Monday, August 20, 2007

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Has the EMS world gone lawsuit crazy?

Dear Mr. Werfel, Has the EMS world gone lawsuit crazy over the last year or what? Is it really necessary for an EMT instructor to carry malpractice insurance?

Posted Friday, August 17, 2007

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Has the EMS world gone lawsuit crazy?

Dear Mr. Werfel, Has the EMS world gone lawsuit crazy over the last year or what? Is it really necessary for an EMT instructor to carry malpractice insurance?

Posted Friday, August 17, 2007

Arizona public safety officers connected to steroid investigation

PHOENIX - Authorities confirmed that more than a dozen Phoenix firefighters and one Mesa police officer are connected to a steroid investigation being conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Posted Thursday, August 16, 2007

CMS Proposes One Rule & Withdraws Another

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services proposed a rule in the July 12 Federal Register that would require ambulance staff to sign a statement during transport if a Medicare beneficiary is mentally or physically unable to sign a claim form and has no representative available to do so.

Posted Wednesday, August 15, 2007

County's medical protocols rankle some area fire chiefs

FENTON - Area fire chiefs say new protocols mandated by the county medical control authority could compromise patient care and will tax already budget-strapped departments.

Posted Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Firefighters may sue over pride parade participation

Four San Diego city firefighters have filed a complaint with the state saying their superiors forced them to participate in last month's gay pride parade, where they became targets of obscene gestures and sexual comments.

Posted Thursday, August 9, 2007

Emergency staff demand OT from city of Houston

Paramedics, EMTs file lawsuit after missing out on settlement that paid $79.7 million

Posted Sunday, August 5, 2007

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Technology and Patient Privacy

Advances in technology have brought new meaning to the issue of patient privacy during and after EMS responses. The advent of cell phone cameras, text messaging and Internet access from EMS stations has opened up areas involving patient privacy...

Posted Thursday, August 2, 2007






 

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