OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. Milisha Thompson did not die from the toxic level of cocaine in her system.The struggle she had with Oklahoma City police and the Taser shocks they delivered didn't kill her, either.Instead, Thompson, 35 - a schizophrenic homeless woman who passed away in the back of an ambulance May 19 - died of all of the above. And then some.
NEW ORLEANS, La. Grand opening ceremonies will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. for the $1 million, 4,000-square-foot emergency operations center and terminal building at the Slidell Municipal Airport at the end of Airport Drive north of Interstate 12. Designed by Sizeler Architects of New Orleans and built by Mickey O'Connor General Contractor Inc. of Belle Chasse, the state-of-the-art glass and steel structure contains reinforcement crossbars, an angle-vaulted roof, and is designed to withstand the most severe weather conditions.
NATIONAL Almost daily, Lt. Matthew Partyka flies into the most dangerous spots in Iraq to pick up someone who has been shot or injured in an accident.There is always the threat of enemy fire and explosions from homemade weapons, but it is the landings that make the job exceptionally dangerous."At our most critical point, we are going out to where the patient is. . . . The wind from the helicopter is kicking up a lot of sand and we lose sight of the landing spot," said Partyka during a telephone interview from Iraq.
ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. When a child slips underwater, there's no thrashing about or calling out for help as seen in the movies.Within 30 seconds, the child loses consciousness. Within four to six minutes, he or she suffers irreparable brain damage.Within 10 minutes, he or she can be brain-dead.
SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn With a seal of approval from the Shelby County Commission, the enhanced ambulance contract through service provider Rural/Metro awaits the go-ahead from the county's participating municipalities.Millington officials said they plan to participate in the more expensive county-wide $2.88 million contract but have not yet confirmed their source of funding.
PITTSBURGH, Penn Continuing education usually conjures images of stuffy classrooms, flickering fluorescent lights and naps snuck on propped elbows.The Pittsburgh Mercy Health System is trying to avoid those frights this weekend by holding continuing education classes for regional emergency medical services at Cooper's Lake Campground in Slippery Rock. It's the first time they've done it, and "I hope it won't be the last," said Jeff Wess, manager of prehospital services at The Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh.
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. Joined by thousands of firefighters from across the country, this grieving region bade farewell to "our dear heroes" Friday morning and struggled to find meaning in the deaths of nine men who battled a furniture store blaze this week.
PUEBLO, Colo. The Beulah Ambulance District has been an all-volunteer operation for 30 years, but as the community grows, some in the area now hope to establish a taxing district in order to hire an administrator and ensure 24-hour service.Pueblo County commissioners conducted a public hearing on the district's service plan this week, but didn't make a decision pending a similar hearing before the county's planning commission Tuesday.
KENNEWICK, Wash. Roger Wright credits Northwest MedStar for saving his life. About two years ago, a MedStar aircraft flew him to Seattle's Harborview Medical Center after doctors at Richland's Kadlec Medical Center referred him there. A cyst on Wright's brain stem had burst a day earlier.A weeklong stay in the intensive care unit nursed him back to health. But he shudders to think what would have happened in absence of the air ambulance service run by MedStar, which is part of nonprofit Inland Northwest Health Services and has a base in Richland.
LOS ANGELES Hospitals in Los Angeles County could absorb patients from Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital if the facility closed, but only if more emergency room and critical care beds were added nearby, according to a report released Monday.