Cardiac & Resuscitation

Attention, iPod users: Your music might be breaking Grandpa's heart - and not just because he doesn't care for the lyrics.A study of 83 volunteers with pacemakers found the music devices interfered with the pacemakers nearly 30 percent of the time.The results of the study, conducted by Michigan high school student Jay Thayer and Dr. Krit Jongnarangsin, a University of Michigan cardiologist, were presented Thursday at the Heart Rhythm Society meeting in Denver. The society is a professional group focusing on irregular heart rhythm.
Equipment & Gear

WASHINGTON ƒ The medical device industry would pay 31 percent more in fees next year to defray the cost of having its products reviewed by the government, under a proposal released Monday. The Food and Drug Administration floated the increase as part of its recommendations to Congress for reauthorizing the Medical Device User Fee and Modernization Act. The law allows the FDA to charge fees for reviewing medical devices seeking federal approval. It will expire Sept. 30 unless reauthorized by Congress.
Ambulances & Vehicle Ops

It's 1 a.m. in a rural county surrounding a mid-size American city. A sport utility vehicle driven by an intoxicated driver crosses the median and strikes a car head on, immediately killing the car's driver and seriously injuring her husband, the passenger. A local volunteer firefighter witnesses the accident and calls it in, triggering a full response to include a paramedic ambulance from the county service and a helicopter headquartered in the region. Help is on the way.
Airway & Respiratory

As an EMS manager, you never want to open the morning paper and read a headline claiming one of your employees is responsible for stealing drugs from your service. But cases of prehospital drug abuse are making the news across the U.S.
Industry News

It s not surprising that famous people also endure a condition that strikes roughly 18% of North American women and 6% of men at some point in their life. But over the past decade or so, migraines have seen more than their share of celebrity confession, product endorsement and advice.