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Report Finds N.J. EMS System in Critical Condition; Urges Overhaul

New Jersey's EMS system is in a "state of near crisis" and requires an urgent, fundamental overhaul that should include the creation of a new state division and the transfer of EMS responsibilities to cities and towns, a long-awaited report says.

Posted Monday, September 24, 2007

First Responders Train for Chemical Accidents on Railways

In rail cars converted to classrooms and tank cars outfitted for demonstrations, Norfolk Southern, along with chemical and railway experts from across the country, taught first-responders how to recognize tanks carrying dangerous chemicals, how to protect themselves, and ways to respond to emergencies.

Posted Monday, September 24, 2007

Paramedics Stand at the Ready on Southeast Texas Sidelines

Look in the ambulance at the end of the stadium some Friday night, and there's no telling what you might find: torn-up shoulders, busted ankles, painful hernias. And that's just the paramedics.

Posted Monday, September 24, 2007

In EMS, Perception Is Everything

Last week in part 1 of this series, I introduced the topic of perception, as discussed by Dr. Edward Racht, EMS medical director for Austin/Travis County, Texas, during the 2004 CHANGES Conference in Augusta, Ga.

Posted Wednesday, September 19, 2007

In EMS, Perception Is Everything (1)

In March, I found myself cruising west over the South Carolina Midlands toward the Georgia line. It was a misty day, eerie, with small patches of clear sky only at the peak of the rolling hills. From the CD player, Glen Campbell was wailing in his best Jimmy Webb mode; and as I crossed the Savannah River, I found that Gov. Sonny Perdue was glad I had "Georgia on my Mind."

Posted Wednesday, September 19, 2007

How Much Training Is Enough?

We know that training students in clinical procedures is a difficult issue. Even if we ignore the problem of too many students competing for too few procedures, concerns about liability, supervision, reimbursement and technical problems remain.

Posted Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Virtual Reality Simulation Training

From time to time, I like to pretend that I'm still in academics. That's why I was excited when my friend Dr. Dennis Vincenzi, assistant professor of human factors and systems at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, invited me out for a beer a few weeks ago.

Posted Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Firefighter's family gets $12 million in his death

Jurors awarded $12 million Tuesday to a St. Louis firefighter's family and will consider additional damages against the maker of breathing equipment they said killed him while fighting a blaze in 2002.

Posted Wednesday, September 19, 2007

In EMS, Perception Is Everything

Last week in part 1 of this series, I introduced the topic of perception, as discussed by Dr. Edward Racht, EMS medical director for Austin/Travis County, Texas, during the 2004 CHANGES Conference in Augusta, Ga.

Posted Wednesday, September 19, 2007


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