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Cervical Immobilization at the Expense of Proper Airway Management

Are we so concerned with cervical immobilization in trauma patients that we neglect -- at a far greater cost -- proper airway management?

Posted Thursday, October 11, 2007

Pittsfield, Mass., AMR Laying Off 35, Closing

American Medical Response, one of two emergency medical response companies in Pittsfield, Mass., will close its local operation as of Dec. 31.

Posted Thursday, October 11, 2007

Fast Help for a Failing Heart; Device Drains Fluid from Lungs Without Intubation

CPAP is replacing intubation on some ambulances.

Posted Thursday, October 11, 2007

N.C. Man Dies in Accident: Paramedics, Firefighters Failed to Find Wreck Down Embankment

Paramedics and firefighters initially missed finding a truck that ran off the highway down a steep enbankment in Charlotte, N.C. It s unknown if the lost time contributed to the driver s death.

Posted Thursday, October 11, 2007

Giant Steps: Former N.Y. Giant Walks Across America to Raise Money for 9/11 Rescue Workers

George Martin, the 54-year-old former N.Y. Giants defensive end is walking across America to raise a minimum of $10 million to help provide medical care for the surviving rescue and recovery workers who rushed to Ground Zero after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center in Manhattan.

Posted Thursday, October 11, 2007

Developer Donates $3.3 Million to Design, Build Calif. Fire Station

Pulte Homes/Del Webb contributed $3.3 million to build, design and oversee the creation of the Apple Valley (Calif.) Solera Station No. 337, which will begin serving the Jess Ranch area.

Posted Thursday, October 11, 2007

Homeland Security Has Aides Immunized Before Attending NASCAR Events

NASCAR fans might seem rabid, but are they actually contagious?

Posted Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Chicago Police & Fire Departments Give heroism awards: Police, Firefighters, Paramedics honored

Thirty-nine Chicago police officers, detectives, firefighters and paramedics were honored for their heroism both on and off the job.

Posted Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Flight for Life Keeps On Choppin in Colorado

For 35 years, Colorado s seriously ill and injured have been transported to the care they need by the nation s first civilian, hospital-based emergency medical helicopter service, regardless of their financial condition.

Posted Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Copters Fly New Path: Flight for Life Plans to Move its Operations Base to Waukesha County, Wis.

Aiming to broaden its reach in an expanding region, the helicopter ambulance service Flight for Life announced Wednesday that it is relocating its base of operations to Waukesha County, Wis.

Posted Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Avra Valley Fire District fined $366K for Safety Gaps

The Industrial Commission of Arizona has approved $366,000 in fines against the Avra Valley Fire District for workplace-safety violations, among the biggest fines ever levied against an Arizona employer.

Posted Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Alabama F.D. Joins Heart Attack Study

The Pelham (Ala.) Fire Department is set to become the second department in the nation to join in a study that seeks to improve the care heart attack patients receive prior to arriving at a hospital. Pelham will be the first of 10 local agencies to take part in the study.

Posted Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Air-Ambulance Service Once Lost Accreditation

The air-ambulance flight service that operated the plane that crashed Friday in southwestern Colorado previously failed to report accidents and incidents involving its planes to regulators.

Posted Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Threatened L.A. Hospitals Seek State Assistance; Uninsured Patients Burden System

Nine private Los Angeles hospitals have been losing millions of dollars due to an influx of uninsured patients and those covered by Medi-Cal.

Posted Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Baltimore Marathon Officials Add Precautions Following Chicago Woes

Following Sunday s Chicago Marathon, during which about 150 runners were hospitalized and one-man died of an unrelated heart condition, organizers of Saturday s Baltimore Marathon take extra precautions to ensure the runners safety.

Posted Tuesday, October 9, 2007

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No Pain, No Gain

Moving the„EMS machine toward safety and success is often difficult, painful and time consuming for the change agent.

Posted Tuesday, October 9, 2007

New Device Automates CPR: Medtronic-Distributed Technology Acts as Chest 'Thumper' for Heart Attack Victims

Medtronic Inc. is distributing a medical device in the U.S. that mechanically thumps the chests of heart attack patients as part of cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Posted Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Proposed Bill Calls for EMT Background Checks

A top county medical administrator says the California bill calling for mandatory criminal background checks for EMTs will prevent regulators from punishing rogue rescuers.

Posted Monday, October 8, 2007

Injured Ambulance Passengers Awarded $6.4 Million

After a seven-day trial, the jury returned a $6.4 million verdict to two people being carried from the scene of a crash between an ambulance and a disabled motor vehicle.

Posted Monday, October 8, 2007

AMR Raises Concerns Over Consultant Writing Contract

American Medical Response expressed concerns in a letter about two officials with the consulting company hired to write bid requirements and its new contract.

Posted Monday, October 8, 2007


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