Aug. 13--The hottest PGA major championship on record forced more than 200 people to seek medical attention during the four-day event. The busiest day for medical crews was Sunday, when 70 people -- 64 with heat-related illnesses -- required help from EMSA paramedics and 23 more found first aid stations at Southern Hills Country Club by themselves.
ENCINITAS ---- Two Carlsbad Fire Department paramedics transported a patient to Scripps Encinitas' emergency room shortly before midnight Thursday on what they thought would be a routine medical call.Instead they endured what might well be one of their worst nights on the job ---- watching a wayward patient drive their ambulance away as they tried to chase him down. Then, to make matters worse, they had to sit and wait while sheriff's deputies chased the culprit for 15 miles.
PARADISE -- Rescue personnel spent two hours Sunday rescuing a quadriplegic women after she took a 75-to-80 feet fall off a cliff alongside a park trail. Tera Holst, a quadriplegic, and Miles Eckert, a paraplegic, were in electric wheelchairs or scooters on a trail in Bille Park when both fell off the path. The trail slopes towards the cliff and was marked with signs "use at your own risk."
FENTON - Area fire chiefs say new protocols mandated by the county medical control authority could compromise patient care and will tax already budget-strapped departments. Ten of the 19 fire departments in the county are first responders, meaning they are the first to be dispatched to a medical call. In rural areas, they often arrive before ambulances and paramedics. But new county standards prohibit nonlicensed medical first responders from assisting with patient care.
Firefighters not only battle fires and selflessly risk their lives for others, but they also battle a silent killer - heart disease. Heart attacks are the number one killer of fire and emergency personnel. In fact, nearly half of all on-duty firefighter deaths are attributed to heart attacks. These individuals are on the front lines, keeping our community safe in the wake of terrorist attacks, natural disasters, and other emergencies. It is for this reason that we must all work to raise awareness about their health and ensure their well-being.
Ambulance crews couldn't get to a pregnant woman in distress whose Flushing home was surrounded by flood water yesterday. So a couple of enterprising emergency medical technicians flagged down a pair of kayakers who happened to be paddling down 153rd Street.
U.S. hospitals are increasingly shutting down their burn centers in a trend experts say could leave the nation unable to handle widespread burn casualties from a fiery terrorist attack or other major disaster.Associated Press interviews and an examination of official figures found that the shrinking number of beds is a growing cause for concern in this post-Sept. 11 world.
Editor s note:
EDWARD J. REARDON 1943-2007 Eddie Reardon once told author Studs Terkel that when he died, "I'd like to be cremated and then shot out of a cannon during the '1812 Overture' when they set off the fireworks at Grant Park. That'd be a nice sendoff."Mr. Reardon's observations on life and death during his 15 years as a Chicago Fire Department paramedic were captured by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Terkel in his 2001 book, Will the Circle Be Unbroken? Reflections on Death, Rebirth and Hunger for a Faith.
(Original publication: August 3, 2007)HARRISON - A fire official responding to an accident averaged 79 mph on Harrison Avenue before colliding with a civilian vehicle at a school intersection, a Westchester County investigator says.Michael Susi, a county police investigator, concluded there was no way the vehicles could have avoided the accident at Harrison and Union avenues six weeks ago.