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The Devil Is in the Details

Let's take a closer look at health-care reform and possible implications for EMS.

Posted Thursday, October 29, 2009

Maryland Paramedic Suspended for Mistaken Death Declaration

A Baltimore City Fire Department paramedic who incorrectly determined a gunshot victim had died will be suspended without pay.

Posted Friday, October 16, 2009

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Judge Rules on Definition of Fallen Delaware Responder

The ruling by Judge Jerome O. Herlihy seems to clear the way for a possible conviction.

Posted Thursday, October 15, 2009

Georgia County Begins Charging for Patient Refusals

The Bryan County Board of Commissioners approved charging a $75 response fee to patients who refuse ambulance transport.

Posted Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Former Denver Paramedic Found Guilty of Assault

A former Denver paramedic faces up to 12 years in prison when he is sentenced next month for second-degree assault and false reporting.

Posted Thursday, October 8, 2009

Settlement in Chicago Faulty Defibrilator Case

The family of a 49-year-old man who died of a heart attack after a defibrillator on the Chicago Fire engine sent to resuscitate him did not work - because the batteries hadn't been replaced - will receive $3.2 million under a settlement advanced Monday by a City Council committee.

Posted Thursday, October 8, 2009

1,800 Florida Hospital Patients Possibly Exposed to HIV and Hepatitis

"Right now, we don't have any victims," Sousa said, adding that exposure alone may not constitute a crime. "In order to be a victim, you have to contract some kind of communicable disease."

Posted Wednesday, October 7, 2009

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Always Open: Study finds no adverse effects from stopping ambulance diversion

Halting ambulance diversion doesn_t impact patient care; video game products make EMS training more fun; legal experts tackle wage averaging; and we explore alternatives to N95s.

Posted Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Kentucky EMT Charged, Allegedly Murdering Wife with Medications Stolen from Work

"Homicide detectives were able to determine she was actually injected with different medications," Wilkerson said.

Posted Monday, October 5, 2009


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