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New Computer Architecture Aids Emergency Response

A new computer architecture enables the secure transmission of crucial rescue information to first responders during events such as natural disasters, fires or terrorist attacks.

Posted Thursday, November 1, 2007

Children Would Need Different Medical Care In Wake Of Dirty Bomb

In the event of a dirty bomb, medical authorities should be prepared to treat children differently than adults because their developing bodies would absorb and respond to the radiation exposure in distinct ways.

Posted Thursday, November 1, 2007

Triage Study Challenges Notions of Emergency Medical Response To Disaster

Researchers at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center have created a computer simulation model of trauma system response to mass casualty incidents involving dozens or hundreds of injured victims.

Posted Thursday, November 1, 2007

Colo. Didn't Factor Risk in Earmarking Grants

A state audit reveals that Colorado officials failed to consider risk when doling out grant money.

Posted Wednesday, October 31, 2007

N.J. Emergency Services Unprepared for a Major Crisis

New Jersey's emergency management system is in "a state of near crisis," according to a recent report.

Posted Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Nation's Health System Found Unready for Terror

The nation's public health system is not prepared to handle the mass casualties that would result from an act of terrorism.

Posted Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Paramedics Test Direct Response Project

Paramedics in Simcoe County, Ontario, are involved in a project where paramedics determine if an eligible resident with suspected heart attack should go directly to a facility where they can immediately undergo an emergency angioplasty procedure.

Posted Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Oakland Reviews Citizens' Wish List

A full-time ambulance and fire department topped the wish list of residents of one of Tennessee's fastest-growing cities.

Posted Wednesday, October 31, 2007

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We Have Met the Enemy & He Is Us!

Lately, I have noticed three issues that illustrate how we are our own worst enemy. These three issues affect everybody who is or has been a part of the EMS community in the United States.

Posted Wednesday, October 31, 2007

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Audit Faults State Driving Program

Auditors said listed in a recent report that Houston-area drivers, including some AMR employees, who have been providing non-emergency transport of patients lack driver's licenses or have criminal backgrounds.

Posted Wednesday, October 31, 2007

New Berlin Hopes to Hire 19 Paramedics; Some EMTs Take Offense

New Berlin, Wis., upgrades its rescue services, insulting EMTs in the process.

Posted Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Memphis F.D. Equips Recruits with LifeShirts; Equipment Transmits Wearer's Vital Signs

Memphis F.D. spends $300,000 to purchase 80 LifeShirts that wirelessly transmit heart and respiration rates and skin temperature in real time.

Posted Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Colorado Paramedic Named Best in State

EMSA names Paramedic JT Orta best in Colorado.

Posted Tuesday, October 30, 2007

New Mexico Responders Drill for Rail Accident

First Responders in New Mexico participated in a rail accident drill on Sunday.

Posted Tuesday, October 30, 2007

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Missouri Lags in Emergency 911 Coverage

Missouri's emergency communications officials say the state of E-911 in Missouri is embarrassing when compared with surrounding states.

Posted Monday, October 29, 2007

San Jose Fire Department s Pilot Program Sends STAR Cars Out On Non-Emergency Calls

In January, the San Jose (Calif.) Fire Department is changing its EMS response by expanding its use of Supplemental Transport Ambulance Resources, or STAR cars.

Posted Monday, October 29, 2007

Teenage LifeFlight Patient Helps Plot Landing Zones in Maine

As part of a school project, Chris Lirakis worked with LifeFlight officials to identify and plot potential landing zones throughout his hometown, doubling the number of areas where the helicopter can land in an emergency.

Posted Monday, October 29, 2007

Paramedic posts bond after being charged with child pornography possession

A 39-year-old city of Seminole paramedic has been charged with possession and Internet transmission of child pornography.

Posted Monday, October 29, 2007

Specialized Disaster Team Undertakes First Mission for San Diego Fires

A unique team of Bay Area disaster specialists was dispatched on its inaugural mission last week to provide EMS in San Diego County.

Posted Sunday, October 28, 2007

VA Hospitals Often Divert the Sick: Florida Trying to Improve Efficiency

Diverting patients has become a fact of life in American health care. Critics say the problem may be more acute at VA facilities.

Posted Sunday, October 28, 2007

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