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Has the EMS world gone lawsuit crazy?

Dear Mr. Werfel, Has the EMS world gone lawsuit crazy over the last year or what? Is it really necessary for an EMT instructor to carry malpractice insurance?

Posted Thursday, August 16, 2007

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Has the EMS world gone lawsuit crazy?

Dear Mr. Werfel, Has the EMS world gone lawsuit crazy over the last year or what? Is it really necessary for an EMT instructor to carry malpractice insurance?

Posted Thursday, August 16, 2007

Arizona public safety officers connected to steroid investigation

PHOENIX - Authorities confirmed that more than a dozen Phoenix firefighters and one Mesa police officer are connected to a steroid investigation being conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Posted Wednesday, August 15, 2007

CMS Proposes One Rule & Withdraws Another

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services proposed a rule in the July 12 Federal Register that would require ambulance staff to sign a statement during transport if a Medicare beneficiary is mentally or physically unable to sign a claim form and has no representative available to do so.

Posted Tuesday, August 14, 2007

County's medical protocols rankle some area fire chiefs

FENTON - Area fire chiefs say new protocols mandated by the county medical control authority could compromise patient care and will tax already budget-strapped departments.

Posted Monday, August 13, 2007

Firefighters may sue over pride parade participation

Four San Diego city firefighters have filed a complaint with the state saying their superiors forced them to participate in last month's gay pride parade, where they became targets of obscene gestures and sexual comments.

Posted Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Emergency staff demand OT from city of Houston

Paramedics, EMTs file lawsuit after missing out on settlement that paid $79.7 million

Posted Saturday, August 4, 2007

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Technology and Patient Privacy

Advances in technology have brought new meaning to the issue of patient privacy during and after EMS responses. The advent of cell phone cameras, text messaging and Internet access from EMS stations has opened up areas involving patient privacy...

Posted Wednesday, August 1, 2007

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Should EMS Be a Part of Public Safety?

One of the biggest issues facing EMS is that we re not sure what we really are. Is EMS health care? Is EMS public safety? Is EMS public health? In its recent publication, the National Institutes of Health determined that EMS actually has components of each of these...

Posted Tuesday, July 31, 2007


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