WASHINGTON - Stacy Friedman didn't think her sister's job was particularly risky.As a flight nurse for Airlift Northwest, her sister, Erin Reed, tended seriously ill or injured patients being transported by helicopter.Then on Sept. 29, 2005, the helicopter that carried Reed, 48, another nurse, Lois Suzuki, 47, and pilot Stephen Smith, 59, crashed into Puget Sound. All three were killed.It was dark and raining at the time, but the cause of the accident was never determined.
Two men who tried to climb Mount Washington near the Wabash Tunnel found themselves stranded on a ledge when one of them weakened and could not finish the climb.City paramedics, firefighters and police closed the Wabash Tunnel, McArdle Roadway and a park-and-ride lot near the tunnel to undertake a difficult rescue of the men stranded on an almost cliff-face covered with trees.
WASHINGTON The tuberculosis patient who triggered a global health scare by traveling to Europe and back with a rare form of the infection told the Senate on Wednesday that doctors knew he was planning to go abroad and never told him that he was a threat to others.
PORTLAND, Ore. Joanne Dulwick's work as a relief leader of a disaster-action team for the American Red Cross Oregon Trail Chapter recently took the Lake Oswego woman to New Jersey to help the victims of massive floods caused by a northeaster in April. Dulwick and about 10 volunteers spent 16 days providing displaced people with shelter, food, clothing and other support.
Several studies have found a relationship between low socioeconomic status and smoking. But Zagorsky has found something a bit different: smoking may actually lead to lower wealth. While it is impossible to prove that statement without doing randomized studies and forcing some people to smoke and preventing others from smoking against their will, the data clearly indicates to me that the causality runs from smoking to wealth and not the other way around, he says.
BLUE LAKE, TWP., Mich. The Blue Lake Township Fire Department will be under scrutiny for the next year after county medical officials determined an unlicensed firefighter provided medical treatment to a patient. The fire department has been put on probation by the Muskegon County Medical Control Authority, according to Dr. Jerry Evans, medical director of the authority. The action follows an investigation by the authority into former township fire Capt. Steve Holke, whose emergency medical technician license expired in September 2005.
TUCSON, Ariz. For the fourth straight summer, the humanitarian organization No More Deaths will have volunteers patrolling near Arivaca in southern Arizona hoping to prevent illegal immigrants from dying as they cross the desert.Organizers expect about 600 volunteers including physicians, nurses and other health professionals to participate over the summer, like last year, with a permanent desert camp east of the small community of Arivaca. But they've added a few new wrinkles in their latest campaign to keep migrants alive.
RIDGEFIELD Ridgefield is gearing up for the possibility of future natural disasters such as the microburst series of thunderstorms that hit May 16. The town learned where its weaknesses were in emergency response. And its strengths. "We ve sent out a letter to residents to have their names and numbers put on the reverse 911 (phone calling) system if they have medical problems that will require emergency response," said Fire Marshal Dave Lathrop.
Injuries are non-life threatening, suspect shot by police after two-hour stand-offASHLAND, Neb. A Horseshoe Lake man shot and injured an Ashland firefighter and was shot by a State Patrol SWAT team after a two hour standoff on Wednesday.Rodger Alley, a longtime member of the Ashland Volunteer Fire Department, was shot in the arm by Stanley Bjorkman, a resident of Horseshoe Lake. He was taken to Creighton University Medical Center where he was treated and released.
ST. LOUIS A delay in letting paramedics into the city jail and "substandard" emergency care by staff there may have doomed an inmate who suffered an asthma attack, according to a blistering report by the fire department.One of the paramedics who treated LaVonda Kimble early April 11 wrote of commonly encountering delays and apathy on calls to the St. Louis Justice Center, at 200 South Tucker Boulevard.And autopsy findings obtained Wednesday showed no trace of the drug that jail nurses said they repeatedly administered to ease Kimble's breathing.