Airway & Respiratory

NEW YORK -- Reps. Jerrold Nadler and Carolyn Maloney testified at City Hall Wednesday that Congress and the president need to increase the scope and amount of health care funding for first responders, residents of Lower Manhattan, and others affected by the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The teenage daughter of a paramedic who was killed in a freak accident last month has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against a coal truck driver and the company that owns the truck.Olivia Dawn Burchett, 15, seeks millions of dollars in damages from Leslie Spence of Tomahawk and M&R Trucking Inc. of Salyersville, Ky.
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BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- Four rural ambulance services in Illinois will receive much-needed infusions of cash after tax increases to support the agencies were overwhelmingly approved by referendum voters.Voters in Heyworth, McLean, Hudson and Bloomington Township were asked to support a tax of up to 30 cents per $100 equalized assessed valuation. The owner of a $200,000 home will pay an additional $200 on property tax bills.
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NAPLES, Fla. -- Good news for the North Naples/Bonita Springs/Estero/San Carlos Park area. A stand-alone emergency room in south Lee County is still on the drawing board.After hearing little about the concept for the past several months, we are pleased an official from Lee Memorial Health System held a public meeting the other day in Estero to brief the are's civic leaders on what is and is not going on.
Cardiac & Resuscitation

DALLAS -- A Dallas Fire-Rescue proposal could affect when an ambulance charges through intersections with its lights flashing and sirens blaring and whether noncritical patients are transported to the hospital in an ambulance.The plan released Monday spells out how Dallas Fire-Rescue intends to address the city's increasing emergency medical call load.Its recommendations include the institution of a medical priority dispatch system, an alternative transportation program and a more in-depth screening process for recruits.
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- A year after the Memphis City Council relaxed its residency requirements to attract more police officers and paramedics, a push is on to loosen the rules even more.Councilman Jim Strickland is proposing to allow Memphis police officers, Fire Department paramedics and Emergency Management Agency employees to live anywhere outside Memphis as long as they can report to work "upon two hours notice."
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MANATEE, Fla. -- President Bush's 2009 budget proposes $196 billion in cuts to Medicare and Medicaid -- reductions local health care providers say will be disastrous for Manatee County.Bush is proposing freezing the rates Medicare pays for hospital, nursing home and hospital services over the next three years."These cuts would be disastrous for Manatee County, said Mary Ruiz, chief executive of Manatee Glens. "We are already experiencing problems under the current Medicare system where payments are too low."
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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Three Twin City Ambulance paramedics are being sued by the company for falsely claiming Twin City refused to aid Buffalo Police Officers Patricia A. Parete and Carl Andolina when they were shot on duty 14 months ago, the City of Tonawanda company's attorney said Monday.The defamation suit against paramedics Christian M. Cloen, Jeffrey R. Abbott and Timothy J. Licht has asked for a State Supreme Court trial for the alleged false claims to the news media, professional publications and on the Internet.
Cardiac & Resuscitation

PHILADELPHIA -- Every few seconds, the sonorous male voice issues a command:Compress a little deeper. Increase duration of each compression. Release pressure between compressions.Ernest Kwiatkowski obediently adjusts the force of his hands on the breastbone of Resuscitation Anne, a vinyl dummy long used to teach cardiopulmonary resuscitation.