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Rural Georgia and Tenn. Short on Paramedics

Ambulance service directors in rural Georgia and Tennessee say they're battling a shortage of paramedics as training facilities dwindle and graduates seek jobs in better-paying fields.

Posted Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Higher Pay Attracts Would-Be Paramedics in Tenn.

Though ambulance services in surrounding Tennessee counties have complained of an acute shortage in paramedics, Hamilton County officials say local recruitment problems stem from the quality of applicants -- not quantity.

Posted Wednesday, November 7, 2007

9/11 Nine' To Receive Full Benefits Under Bill

Nine privately employed EMTs and paramedics who responded to the attacks of September 11 will receive full worker s compensation benefits under legislation signed by Governor Spitzer.

Posted Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Calif. Health-Care Worker Shortage Dire

Shortages in the California's widespread health-care work force are reaching critical numbers, a fact that could endanger every Californian's health in the near future.

Posted Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Health Care Jobs in Calif. Expected to Grow 26% in 7 Years

Employment demand for technical and college-educated health workers in California is expected to grow by 26 percent over the next seven years, compared with an overall job growth of 16 percent.

Posted Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Anchorage Upgrades First Responder Network

Harris Stratex Networks announced a deal with the city of Anchorage and Municipal Light and Power to upgrade microwave links in the Anchorage Wide Area Radio Network, or AWARN, used by local fire, police and emergency-services personnel.

Posted Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Drunken Ambulance Driver Kills Two

A 22-year-old ambulance driver drank before her shift and was impaired when she collided with a car in Marshall, Pa., killing two men instantly.

Posted Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Be Ready Camp Teaches Sixth Graders Emergency Response Skills

Alabama sixth graders attended camp in September at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville to learn emergency response skills.

Posted Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Task Force to Review Heart Attack Treatment

About 200 people met in Pennsylvania recently at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center to share information about "door-to-balloon" time in an effort to improve cardiac care statewide.

Posted Tuesday, November 6, 2007

N.Y. Firefighter, Paramedic Shine on Wheel of Fortune's 'Heroes Week'

A retired paramedic will appear on Wheel of Fortune's "Heroes Week," scheduled to air from Nov. 19 to 23.

Posted Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Chicago Paramedics, Firefighters Ordered to Sensitivity Training Following Racist Radio Transmissions

Three years after racist transmissions over fire radio reopened decades-old wounds in the Chicago Fire Department, the city's 5,000 firefighters and paramedics will be required to undergo three hours of sensitivity training.

Posted Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Faster Heart Attack Care Saving Lives

Two Duke University cardiologists launched an ambitious effort to streamline heart attack care about two years ago. At the AHA meeting, they reported that the effort has significantly sped up time to treatment, saving lives.

Posted Tuesday, November 6, 2007

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The Impact of Mandatory Minimums on Intubation

What would happen to intubation rates if they were limited only to individuals and agencies with different minimum intubations per year?

Posted Monday, November 5, 2007

Legislation Would Require Defibrillators at Sports Facilities

A Norwalk, Conn., doctor is working with AHA on legislation that would require defibrillators at sports facilities.

Posted Monday, November 5, 2007

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The Impact of Mandatory Minimums on Intubation

What would happen to intubation rates if they were limited only to individuals and agencies with different minimum intubations per year?

Posted Monday, November 5, 2007

Family of Dead Runner Hires Lawyer, May Sue

The family of a runner who died last month during the LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon has hired a lawyer to investigate whether they should file a wrongful death lawsuit.

Posted Monday, November 5, 2007

Audit Questions CareFlite Charges for Transporting Evacuees

CareFlite billed the federal government about $2 million more than it should have to transport evacuees from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, according to a government audit.

Posted Monday, November 5, 2007

108-Vehicle Pileup Kills at Least Two On Fresno Highway

In a horrific matter of minutes along a fog-swathed stretch of Highway 99 south of Fresno, Calif., two people were killed and 41 others injured Saturday morning.

Posted Monday, November 5, 2007

Loma Linda University Medical Center Gets New Mobile Telemedicine Vehicle

Loma Linda University Medical Center gets a new Mobile Telemedicine Vehicle -- a combination mobile medical command center and telemedicine center.

Posted Monday, November 5, 2007

San Jose Emergency Drill Organizers Seek Volunteers for Mock Nov. 14 Concert

San Jose seeks volunteers for bio-terror drill.

Posted Monday, November 5, 2007


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