Politics

Bill OKd to tighten rules on medics in California

Ambulance and fire department medics disciplined for patient care problems and other wrongdoing would be tracked across the state and not be allowed to float unhindered from one jurisdiction to another under a last-minute bill that was passed late Tuesday by the California Legislature.

Posted Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Adverse drug reactions rise sharply, study says

The number of serious adverse events and deaths attributed to prescription medications has nearly tripled since the Food and Drug Administration initiated a system in 1998 to make it easier to report significant side effects, researchers said today.

Posted Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Deal struck on EMT reviews

Legislators and key players in California's emergency medical services world hammered out a deal Friday to require rescuers to undergo mandatory criminal background checks.

Posted Monday, September 10, 2007

Sick 9/11 Responders Still Coming Forward

Six years after the Sept. 11 attacks, the number of first responders and workers who are ill and are seeking monitoring and treatment continues to rise, a trend that surprises the medical professionals caring for them.

Posted Sunday, September 9, 2007

Bill would tighten medical alert service rules

A draft of legislation intended to create government oversight of medical alert services says providers should request emergency help immediately if a subscriber fails to respond to voice-to-voice communication or face hefty fines for injuries.

Posted Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Safety drives Visalia debate

VISALIA, California- After listening to a pitch to change ambulance services to a single provider, Tulare County supervisors told staffers to continue working on all options to address concerns over response times and the loss of service in rural areas.

Posted Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Vicious circle ensnares volunteer responders

Being a first responder like a firefighter or emergency medical responder has its perks. Then there is reality. The compensation for putting your life on the line and saving others doesn't match up.

Posted Sunday, August 19, 2007

FICEMS Gets Down to Work

The Federal Interagency Committee on EMS held its second meeting June 26, drawing high-level government officials into a two-hour meeting where they assigned projects to several federal workgroups.

Posted Thursday, August 2, 2007

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Negotiations Avert AMR Strike

AMR and NEMSA reached an agreement during contract negotiations on Sunday, which averted a strike that would have kept EMS professionals in three„New England streets off their ambulances on Monday.

Posted Monday, July 30, 2007


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