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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. The proverbial cat didn't get rescued from a tree, but the firefighters of Station No. 11 did respond to a fuel spill, suicide attempt and bogus medical call.On Wednesday, I got to experience something many kids, and probably adults, wish they could do. Hang out with firefighters. Ride in a firetruck with sirens and horns blazing.
MILWAUKEE, Wis. 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.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. The near deaths -- and miraculous saves -- of two athletes at the National Senior Games has focused attention on what cities do to protect people who gather in large numbers.The city of Louisville and the organizers of the "senior Olympics" decided to pool public and private resources to be ready in case any of the 30,000 spectators or 12,000 athletes (who range from 50 to more than 100 years old) suffered a cardiac arrest.