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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

Penn. Township Ambulance Driver Faces Homicide Charges in Crash

A Penn Township Rescue 6 ambulance driver faces a charge of homicide by vehicle in an Oct. 30 accident in Hempfield that killed a Westmoreland County Prison guard.

Posted Monday, September 17, 2007

FCC Summit to Address Emergency Communications

FCC and HHS to host health care summit on emergency communications, response and recovery.

Posted Sunday, September 16, 2007

HYPERVENTILATION

Recent studies document a high incidence of hyperventilation by prehospital providers, with a potentially detrimental effect on outcome in traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Posted Sunday, September 16, 2007

ED Kiosks Let Patients Avoid Long Lines

DallasED provides self-service computer kiosks for patient check-in.

Posted Sunday, September 16, 2007

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Villager s fire engine golf cart pays tribute to his son

There are 343 pictures on Bob Ogren s golf cart, each one a firefighter killed on Sept. 11, 2001. And Ogren, a retired New York firefighter, knew a lot of them.

Posted Sunday, September 16, 2007

California Ambulance Strikes House after Crash with SUV

A Medic Ambulance crashed into a Vallejo home Thursday morning, after it collided with a Chevy Tahoe, fire officials said.

Posted Thursday, September 13, 2007

Ethical Question Raised in Spokane/AMR Relationship

The son of Spokane Mayor Dennis Hession has been hired by American Medical Response, the ambulance company that is a defendant in a pending class-action lawsuit for allegedly overbilling more than 20,000 city residents in the last decade.

Posted Thursday, September 13, 2007

Health Issues Linger for 9/11 Responders

It takes less than a year for doctors to treat most patients with Hodgkin's disease. Ryan McCormick has been battling the lymphatic system cancer for four.

Posted Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Bill OKd to tighten rules on medics in California

Ambulance and fire department medics disciplined for patient care problems and other wrongdoing would be tracked across the state and not be allowed to float unhindered from one jurisdiction to another under a last-minute bill that was passed late Tuesday by the California Legislature.

Posted Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Paramedic, 6 others hurt in Illinois ambulance crash

Seven people were injured this afternoon in a chain-reaction crash involving a Chicago Fire Department ambulance on the Near Northwest Side.

Posted Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Adverse drug reactions rise sharply, study says

The number of serious adverse events and deaths attributed to prescription medications has nearly tripled since the Food and Drug Administration initiated a system in 1998 to make it easier to report significant side effects, researchers said today.

Posted Tuesday, September 11, 2007

FDA approves Va. invention used to block hemorrhaging

Potentially deadly, severe bleeding on battlefields and in emergencies has a new savior: a product developed at Virginia's largest university.

Posted Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Taking the mouth-to-mouth out of CPR

While cardiopulmonary resuscitation can save the life of a person having a heart attack, it's far from a perfect technique.

Posted Tuesday, September 11, 2007

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Trauma Training in Europe and the Rewards of Teaching

No chance to travel abroad this summer? Take a mental trip with Chapleau, who describes his rewarding experiences teaching PHTLS courses in Europe.

Posted Monday, September 10, 2007

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Trauma Training in Europe and the Rewards of Teaching

No chance to travel abroad this summer? Take a mental trip with Chapleau, who describes his rewarding experiences teaching PHTLS courses in Europe.

Posted Monday, September 10, 2007

Hearts don't keep beat with iPods, study hints

Researchers say the music devices interfered with pacemakers in nearly 30 percent of their test group.

Posted Monday, September 10, 2007

Deal struck on EMT reviews

Legislators and key players in California's emergency medical services world hammered out a deal Friday to require rescuers to undergo mandatory criminal background checks.

Posted Monday, September 10, 2007

Ex-Employee Who Reported D.C. Fire/EMS Sex Scandal Arrested

Metropolitan Police yesterday arrested a former D.C. firefighter who, sources said, told investigators about a sex ring being operated by fire department employees.

Posted Sunday, September 9, 2007

Rescuers to Use AutoPulse in Boca Raton

Paramedics at Fire Rescue Station 1 in Boca Raton strapped in a test dummy, pressed a green button and watched as their new lifesaving machine went to work.

Posted Sunday, September 9, 2007


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