Airway & Respiratory

LOWELL, Mass. Mexican police call him "El Cerebro." The Brain. Ricardo Valdez, rogue chemist, spent 11 years in a U.S. prison for making a synthetic drug called fentanyl, which is like heroin times 50. And when he got out, he quickly set up shop in Mexico.He cooked another batch, 22 pounds, authorities claim -- enough to get 80 million people high if it didn't kill them and sent it across the border.The drug's trail is easy to trace.
Ambulances & Vehicle Ops

Pod systems for ambulances may increase the number of cases paramedics can handle and reduce the number of transports, as reported by CNN.com.
Administration and Leadership

LAS CRUCES At midnight today, one contract will expire and another will begin.Ending will be the tenure of Southwest Ambulance, which has provided emergency transport services in most of Do a Ana County for the past four years. Beginning will be the county's contract with another company, the Colorado-based American Medical Response.What should be notable as the transition occurs?Nothing, company officials say.
Industry News

LONDON Police in London's bustling nightclub and theater district on Friday defused a bomb that could have killed hundreds after an ambulance crew spotted smoke coming from a Mercedes filled with a lethal mix of gasoline, propane and nails, authorities said.The bomb near Piccadilly Circus was powerful enough to have caused "significant injury or loss of life" - possibly killing hundreds, British anti-terror police chief Peter Clarke said.
Cardiac & Resuscitation

There's really never a good time for someone's heart to stop, but a welder at Super Steel Products Corp. went into cardiac arrest this week at the same time a first aid trainer was teaching the welder's co-workers how to perform CPR and use a defibrillator.Sabrina Kurban had trained employees at the northwest side steel fabrication plant to use an automated external defibrillator a few months ago and was back Tuesday morning for a CPR refresher class when a worker ran in and said there was a medical emergency.
Industry News

A mass casualty drill Wednesday turned into a minor disaster because firetrucks and ambulances couldn't reach "injured" survivors of a mock plane crash.American Medical Response ambulances and Colorado Springs firefighters didn't reach the "crash" scene on Peterson Air Force Base until an hour after the drill began.Doug McIntyre, a paramedic and disaster coordinator for AMR, said the delay was due to an escort's failing to accom- pany the five ambulances and firefighters taking part in the drill through a security gate.
Industry News

A top California ambulance executive, a leading fire chief and a union official representing rescuers blasted the Emergency Medical Services Authority on Wednesday, saying the regulator takes too long to investigate paramedic misconduct while cases pile up and languish for years.The three men -- all members of the state's Emergency Medical Services Commission, appointed by the governor and legislators -- leveled the searing criticism at EMSA and its director, Dr. Cesar Aristeiguieta, during a commission meeting in Sacramento.
Industry News

FAYETTE COUNTY, Tenn. Fayette County Emergency Medical Services has 10 full-time paramedics.Five of them recently interviewed for jobs paying upwards of $47,000 a year with Rural/Metro ambulance service in Shelby County, said Sam McKnight, Fayette's EMS director."I can't be mad at them when they're offering that kind of money. That's more than I'm making," McKnight said. Starting pay for a paramedic in Fayette is about $35,000 a year, depending on the numbers of hours clocked, McKnight said.
Industry News

SHEET HARBOUR, Nova Scotia A rural hospital struggling with a shortage of emergency-room nurses is relying on paramedics to help out.The Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital in Sheet Harbour will have only one registered nurse and one licensed practical nurse on shift. But when demand is up, paramedics stationed down the road will respond. "It's just a sign of the pressure that we're under," said Sheila Martin of the Capital District Health Authority, which oversees the hospital.
Industry News

PITTSBURGH, Penn. Neighbors on Margery Drive in O'Hara have dropped their lawsuit opposing a new garage for Parkview Emergency Medical Service, clearing the way for the facility to be ready this fall. Eric Schmidt, Parkview chief, said he expected to receive a township building permit in about two weeks for the 1,300-square-foot garage to be built in the rear of the service's base at Fox Chapel Road and Margery Drive.