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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

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 Tuesday, October 9, 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 Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Berkeley Continues to Pursue Drug Testing for Firefighters & Paramedics

Berkeley, Calif., is continuing to pursue drug testing for firefighters and paramedics after failing to get union approval in a four-year contract agreement.

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 Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Heat During Marathon Claims One Life

During Chicago s hottest marathon on record Sunday, a Michigan man died after collapsing and more than 300 were transported by ambulance for heat-related conditions.

Posted Monday, October 8, 2007

Clinic's Results Make 9/11 Responders Believe

Independent medical experts who have talked to patients at the New York Rescue Workers Detoxification Project center are impressed and mystified by the patients experiences.

Posted Monday, October 8, 2007

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 Monday, October 8, 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 Monday, October 8, 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 Friday, October 5, 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 Friday, October 5, 2007

Hinchey Named NAEMT Medical Director

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

Posted Friday, October 5, 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 Friday, October 5, 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 Friday, October 5, 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 Thursday, October 4, 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 Thursday, October 4, 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 Thursday, October 4, 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 Thursday, October 4, 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 Thursday, October 4, 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 Thursday, October 4, 2007


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