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Paramedic charged with drug theft

Minn. paramedic is charged with theft of a controlled substance after police say she stole narcotics out of her ambulance.

Posted Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Some Fear Ambulance Rotation Will Fatigue Firefighters

The City Council approved an agreement Tuesday to put city firefighters on two MedStar ambulances to help the emergency transport service with a staffing shortage.

Posted Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Wisconsin Emergency Personnel Balk at Reorganization Plan

The quaint image of the volunteer fire department is being blown apart in Mequon, Wis., where an outsider who was hired as chief is taking aim at a department he says has one supervisor for every 1.8 subordinates.

Posted Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Bees Interrupt 911 Service in Texas Town

"All circuits are busy now. Please try your call again later." It's not what you want to hear when you call 911. But that is what happened Tuesday afternoon for many Hays County, Texas, residents.

Posted Wednesday, September 19, 2007

In EMS, Perception Is Everything

Last week in part 1 of this series, I introduced the topic of perception, as discussed by Dr. Edward Racht, EMS medical director for Austin/Travis County, Texas, during the 2004 CHANGES Conference in Augusta, Ga.

Posted Tuesday, September 18, 2007

In EMS, Perception Is Everything

Last week in part 1 of this series, I introduced the topic of perception, as discussed by Dr. Edward Racht, EMS medical director for Austin/Travis County, Texas, during the 2004 CHANGES Conference in Augusta, Ga.

Posted Tuesday, September 18, 2007

In EMS, Perception Is Everything (1)

In March, I found myself cruising west over the South Carolina Midlands toward the Georgia line. It was a misty day, eerie, with small patches of clear sky only at the peak of the rolling hills. From the CD player, Glen Campbell was wailing in his best Jimmy Webb mode; and as I crossed the Savannah River, I found that Gov. Sonny Perdue was glad I had "Georgia on my Mind."

Posted Tuesday, September 18, 2007

In EMS, Perception Is Everything (1)

In March, I found myself cruising west over the South Carolina Midlands toward the Georgia line. It was a misty day, eerie, with small patches of clear sky only at the peak of the rolling hills. From the CD player, Glen Campbell was wailing in his best Jimmy Webb mode; and as I crossed the Savannah River, I found that Gov. Sonny Perdue was glad I had "Georgia on my Mind."

Posted Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Also On Jems Thumb

The Call to Public Health

If you got a chance to go back to where you started and cause mischief for nearly 3 million people, it would be silly to turn it down.

Posted Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Also On Jems Thumb

The Call to Public Health

If you got a chance to go back to where you started and cause mischief for nearly 3 million people, it would be silly to turn it down.

Posted Tuesday, September 18, 2007

EMS icon dies

Charles Sawkins, a thirty-six year member of Rural/Metro and an icon in the local EMS community died yesterday.

Posted Tuesday, September 18, 2007

State probing medical process used by AMR

Colorado State health officials are investigating an incident involving a patient treated by American Medical Response, and the ambulance company has agreed to temporarily stop using a procedure unless directed by a doctor.

Posted Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Firefighter's family gets $12 million in his death

Jurors awarded $12 million Tuesday to a St. Louis firefighter's family and will consider additional damages against the maker of breathing equipment they said killed him while fighting a blaze in 2002.

Posted Tuesday, September 18, 2007

How Much Training Is Enough?

We know that training students in clinical procedures is a difficult issue. Even if we ignore the problem of too many students competing for too few procedures, concerns about liability, supervision, reimbursement and technical problems remain.

Posted Tuesday, September 18, 2007

How Much Training Is Enough?

We know that training students in clinical procedures is a difficult issue. Even if we ignore the problem of too many students competing for too few procedures, concerns about liability, supervision, reimbursement and technical problems remain.

Posted Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Virtual Reality Simulation Training

From time to time, I like to pretend that I'm still in academics. That's why I was excited when my friend Dr. Dennis Vincenzi, assistant professor of human factors and systems at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, invited me out for a beer a few weeks ago.

Posted Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Virtual Reality Simulation Training

From time to time, I like to pretend that I'm still in academics. That's why I was excited when my friend Dr. Dennis Vincenzi, assistant professor of human factors and systems at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, invited me out for a beer a few weeks ago.

Posted Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Flu Vaccine Supply Looks Plentiful So Far

The flu vaccine shortages and delays of recent years might finally be over, federal health officials say but they're keeping their fingers crossed.

Posted Monday, September 17, 2007

Motorcycle Diaries

Although best known for investigating airplane crashes, the National Transportation Safety Board is an independent federal agency charged with investigating accidents and making safety recommendations in various transportation modes.

Posted Monday, September 17, 2007

National Paramedic of the Year Talks About Her Love of the Job

Valerie DeFrance, this year's National Paramedic of the Year, has personal connections to her job. DeFrance directs emergency medical services in Hope, Alaska, a tiny community about 80 miles from Anchorage.

Posted Monday, September 17, 2007


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