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Territorial Imperative

Ever return from vacation and find a new crew member who seems bent on making an impression? Read this Tale and see how egos are kept in check.

Posted Friday, September 14, 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 Friday, September 14, 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 Thursday, September 13, 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 Thursday, September 13, 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 Wednesday, September 12, 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 Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Sick 9/11 Responders Still Coming Forward

Six years after the Sept. 11 attacks, the number of first responders and workers who are ill and are seeking monitoring and treatment continues to rise, a trend that surprises the medical professionals caring for them.

Posted Monday, September 10, 2007

Bill would tighten medical alert service rules

A draft of legislation intended to create government oversight of medical alert services says providers should request emergency help immediately if a subscriber fails to respond to voice-to-voice communication or face hefty fines for injuries.

Posted Thursday, September 6, 2007

Safety drives Visalia debate

VISALIA, California- After listening to a pitch to change ambulance services to a single provider, Tulare County supervisors told staffers to continue working on all options to address concerns over response times and the loss of service in rural areas.

Posted Thursday, August 30, 2007


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