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Emergency Medical Services Systems Act Talking Points

Pa. Gov. Edward G. Rendell signed into law Senate Bill 240, a measure to update and enhance Pennsylvania's existing Emergency Medical Services Act. Read some key points of the law.

Posted Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Ambulance Reform on Hold in Kansas City

Theoretically, moving ambulance service into City Hall could make a lot of sense.

Posted Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Ohio EMS Board Reviews Executions

Board members asked Frient to determine whether these technicians were under their jurisdiction. Under state law, intermediate EMTs are not authorized to work with these drugs.

Posted Wednesday, August 19, 2009

LifeFlight Reaches Two New Maine Hospitals

The helipads around the state will cut at least 30 minutes, and as much as three hours, from transport times of patients taken hospital-to-hospital statewide, Judge said. They streamline critical care and make it safer.

Posted Wednesday, August 19, 2009

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Pennsylvania Governor Signs New EMS Law

The EMS Act now requires all EMS agencies to have a medical director and all prehospital providers to be certified through the state's department of health.

Posted Tuesday, August 18, 2009

LA County Votes to Fully Reopen Troubled Hospital

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to revive Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital, where two years ago a woman with a perforated bowel was ignored and died after writhing on a waiting room floor for nearly an hour.

Posted Tuesday, August 18, 2009

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New Specialty to Help Abused Children

The field involves not only treating suspected abuse victims but coordinating with police and welfare workers and testifying in court hearings.

Posted Monday, August 17, 2009

Okla. Ambulance Policy Reduces Turnaways

The policy directs paramedics and emergency medical technicians to decline a hospital's diversion request when a patient is stable and has an established relationship with a particular hospital or hospital physician.

Posted Sunday, August 16, 2009

Ohio Township gets 24/7 EMS Staff

The Washington Township Fire Department and Community Ambulance are teaming up to have a Community Ambulance squad and EMS team based out of the township's station 24 hours a day.

Posted Monday, August 10, 2009


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