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Sleep Deprivation Study Details Effects of Shiftwork in EMS

A report on sleep deprivation released by the IAFC and USFA should profoundly affect EMS agencies in the way they fill staffing needs in the future.

Posted Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Odor Downs Flight Crew at Logan

It was a foul odor, not foul play, that forced the crew of a Boston-bound US Airways jet to call for medical help Monday.

Posted Wednesday, November 7, 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

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

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

40 years of Emergency Care; Emergency Services PA Treats More than 70,000 Emergencies a Year at Wesley Medical Center

Emergency Services PA celebrates 40 years of service.

Posted Monday, November 5, 2007

$52.5 million OK'd For 9/11 First Responders

The Joint House and Senate Conference Committee has approved an additional $52.5 million in federal funding to address the mounting health care needs of those exposed to environmental hazards as a result of the Sep. 11, 2001 World Trade Center attacks.

Posted Monday, November 5, 2007

Drug-Addicted Paramedic Escapes Electronic Monitoring

Authorities don't know how a drug-addicted paramedic thwarted the electronic anklet monitoring system that is supposed to ensure that people abide by house arrest.

Posted Monday, November 5, 2007

FDA Can't Ensure Safety of Foreign Drugs

The FDA's system of inspecting foreign pharmaceutical companies is broken, making it impossible to ensure the growing number of drugs and drug ingredients coming from abroad are safe.

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

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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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