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Chilling a Heart attack Victim May Save the Brain

Doctors at LifeFlight of Maine, the only medical helicopter service in the state, decided it made sense to start cooling patients in transit to the intensive care unit.

Posted Sunday, October 7, 2007

Emergency Response: Missouri & Kansas Hospitals Reach a New Agreement

A Missiouri and a Kansas hospital have agreed to alter an agreement to allow ambulances to respond from Kansas into southern Buchanan County, Mo. to answer medical emergencies, vehicle accidents and the like.

Posted Sunday, October 7, 2007

Grow Your Own EMS Leaders

Every year, JEMS, in partnership with Fitch & Associates, surveys hundreds of EMS organizations across the United States in search of trends in salary and workplace practices. This year, we asked how organizations develop and manage their personnel talent.

Posted Thursday, October 4, 2007

N.Y. to Replace Gas Masks for First Responders

The N.Y. state Homeland Security office is recalling more than 35,000 gas masks it shipped to counties statewide.

Posted Thursday, October 4, 2007

Hinchey Named NAEMT Medical Director

Paul Hinchey, MD, has been appointed medical director for NAEMT.

Posted Thursday, October 4, 2007

FCC Sets E911 Deadlines

Commercial wireless carriers must meet Enhanced 911 Phase 2 location-accuracy requirements at the public-safety answering point level and comply with annual benchmarks within five years.

Posted Thursday, October 4, 2007

Change in Paramedic Procedure Disputed

An emergency room doctor said a government panel's change in when a life-saving procedure can be used could put patients at risk.

Posted Thursday, October 4, 2007

Paramedic Won't be Disciplined: Controversial Medical Procedure is at Issue

State medical officials won't take disciplinary action against an ambulance paramedic in Colorado accused of misusing a controversial medical procedure. However, the investigation found the paramedic violated licensing guidelines.

Posted Wednesday, October 3, 2007

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Questions Raised Over U.S. Terror Exercise

The nation is preparing for its biggest terrorism exercise ever later this month when three fictional "dirty bombs" go off and cripple transportation arteries in two major U.S. cities and Guam.

Posted Wednesday, October 3, 2007

D.C. Area Ready for Possible Flu Pandemic

With flu season looming, lawmakers and health officials gathered Tuesday to study how prepared the National Capital Region is for the potential outbreak of pandemic influenza.

Posted Wednesday, October 3, 2007

New Austin Kids ER Already Burdened

Like other area hospitals, the newest one in Austin is experiencing wait times in the ER. But having waits that trigger a plan to add beds is not something a new hospital expects.

Posted Wednesday, October 3, 2007

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Patient Abandonment: What It Is -- and Isn't

In the field, what exactly is "abandonment"? Is it when you inappropriately transfer care? Is it when your system fails to respond? What about a scene that becomes unsafe?

Posted Wednesday, October 3, 2007

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Patient Abandonment: What It Is -- and Isn't

In the field, what exactly is "abandonment"? Is it when you inappropriately transfer care? Is it when your system fails to respond? What about a scene that becomes unsafe?

Posted Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Rescue Workers Find Missing Man's Body After More than Three Months

Rescue workers Monday found the vehicle of a Cameron man who had been missing for more than three months after his truck vanished during heavy rains.

Posted Tuesday, October 2, 2007

A Great Assignment: Airlift Wing Gets Chance to Shine with New Medical Response Team

The Missouri Air National Guard's 139th Airlift Wing picks up a new assignment that will expand its current mission to include an emergency medical response team next month.

Posted Tuesday, October 2, 2007

N.C. Emergency Agencies Provide Mutual Aid

N.C. emergency agencies share a newly renovated facility.

Posted Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Duffle Bags Offer Tools of Life: Doctor's Experience Prompts Albany Med to Prepare Items to Help in a Roadside Emergency

Albany Medical Center Hospital distributed silver duffle bags filled with the equipment a doctor would need to stabilize victims if they happen upon a scene before the EMTs arrive. The doctors stashed the bags in the trunks of their personal cars.

Posted Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Lab Plans Detector that Could Aid First Responders

A portable biotoxin detector is in the works at Sandia/California National Laboratories that could give emergency responders vital information within minutes about a person's exposure.

Posted Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Lauderdale-by-the-Sea Looks at Fire-Rescue Cost

Lauderdale-by-the-Sea commissioners want to explore cheaper deals for the beach side town's fire and emergency medical service.

Posted Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Saybrook FD Receives State EMS Grant

The Saybrook (Ohio) Fire Department has been awarded grant money from the Ohio Department of Commerce Division of Emergency Medical Services.

Posted Tuesday, October 2, 2007


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