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N.C. Health Department Drills for Epidemic

Burke County (N.C.) Health Department and emergency services officials gathered to plan for a potential disease outbreak.

Posted Monday, October 15, 2007

Crash Severs a Vital Calif. Artery; Fiery I-5 Pileup Kills Three

The fiery Interstate 5 truck crash that killed at least three people south of Santa Clarita, Calif., has severed the state s main north-south transportation artery for an indefinite period.

Posted Monday, October 15, 2007

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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 Friday, October 12, 2007

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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 Friday, October 12, 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 Friday, October 12, 2007

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

CPAP is replacing intubation on some ambulances.

Posted Friday, October 12, 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 Friday, October 12, 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 Friday, October 12, 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 Friday, October 12, 2007

Emerald Isle, N.C., EMS Gets New Digs

Emerald Isle (N.C.) EMS broke ground on the construction of a new 4,878-square-foot facility expected to be completed in July. The service currently operates out of an outdated and cramped converted beach house.

Posted Friday, October 12, 2007

Homeland Security Has Aides Immunized Before Attending NASCAR Events

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

Posted Thursday, October 11, 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 Thursday, October 11, 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 Thursday, October 11, 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 Thursday, October 11, 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 Thursday, October 11, 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 Thursday, October 11, 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 Wednesday, October 10, 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 Wednesday, October 10, 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 Wednesday, October 10, 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 Wednesday, October 10, 2007


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