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Proper Restraint Technique Starts in the Classroom

Proper Restraint Technique Starts in the Classroom

Of all the topics in EMS education, patient restraint is probably the most important and least stressed topic for all levels of providers. Encountering a patient who requires restraint is one of the rare situations that increases risk for both providers and the patient. Beyond the physical risk of injury, an improperly handled patient-restraint situation puts the provider and organization at risk legally and in the court of public opinion.
Memos: Firefighter Refused Call To Tucson Shooting

Memos: Firefighter Refused Call To Tucson Shooting

TUCSON, Arizona - A veteran firefighter refused to respond to last month's deadly shooting spree that left Rep. Gabrielle Giffords wounded because he had different political views than his colleagues and "did not want to be part of it," according to internal city memos. Mark Ekstrum's insubordination may have delayed his unit's response because firefighters had to stop at another station to pick up a replacement for him, the Arizona Daily Star reported.
4 Amish Children Die When Buggy Flips In Ky. Creek

4 Amish Children Die When Buggy Flips In Ky. Creek

MAYFIELD, Ky. - A horse-drawn buggy carrying an Amish family of nine home from using a community telephone toppled in a rain-swollen creek in rural Kentucky, killing four children who were swept away in the swift-moving water, authorities said Friday. The group was traveling in a downpour in the dark Thursday about 8:30 p.m. CST when the buggy flipped just a mile from their house. The buggy was crossing a creek that is normally a trickle, but often floods during heavy rains.
Four Pennsylvania Ambulance Operators Indicted For Fraud

Four Pennsylvania Ambulance Operators Indicted For Fraud

PHILADELPHIA - Fox 29 Investigates has learned exclusively Thursday morning that the U.S. Attorney has indicted four Philadelphia area ambulance company operators for healthcare fraud. Indicted is 43-year-old Boris Rostovsky, the operator of the Gray Eagle Ambulance Co. In an indictment unsealed Thursday morning, the feds charge Rostovsky with carrying out a scheme to fraudulently bill Medicare by transporting patients by ambulance who were able to walk or travel by paratransit.
“On Air Stroke?” Reporter’s Story Leaves Many Questions (Video)

“On Air Stroke?” Reporter’s Story Leaves Many Questions (Video)

CBS 2 Los Angeles news reporter Serene Branson was said to be "feeling fine" the morning after a confounding live latenight news report raised widespread concern about her health. Branson's live report outside Sunday's Grammys on Sunday night started with her being unable to complete a sentence and quickly deteriorated to the point where no words were intelligible. A look of concern spread across her face as the 15-second report concluded.
EMS Panel Releases National Field Triage Guidelines

EMS Panel Releases National Field Triage Guidelines

Injuries are the leading cause of death for children and adults in the U.S. between the ages of 1 and 44. So when an injury does occur, getting the right patient to the right place at the right time really matters. The National Study on the Costs and Outcomes of Trauma reported a 25% reduction in death for severely injured patients who received care at a Level I trauma center rather than at a non-trauma center.(1) When do we have an opportunity in EMS—or in all of medicine for that matter—to reduce the number of deaths by 25%?
Wisconsin Worker Killed, Caught In Machine

Wisconsin Worker Killed, Caught In Machine

ROCHESTER, Wis. - A worker at a Racine County recycling plant is dead after his clothing apparently got tangled in machinery. The sheriff's office says Kyle Wene of West Allis worked at a plant in Rochester for Kenosha-based Green 46 Recycling. Wene was working on a conveyor belt used to process asphalt shingles for recycling. Sheriff's spokesman Lt. Dan Klatt tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the belt apparently caught Wene's clothing and choked him.
City Officials Appeal Reinstatement Of Pittsburgh Medic In Snowstorm Death

City Officials Appeal Reinstatement Of Pittsburgh Medic In Snowstorm Death

City officials said this afternoon they will appeal an arbiter's decision to reinstate a Pittsburgh paramedic who was fired after she said she wouldn’t be “waiting all day” for a dying 911 caller to walk from his home to her ambulance. The appeal means Josie Dimon, will remain off the job for now. Dimon, an 11-year veteran who had been acting crew chief of the unit Medic 8 during the 2010 blizzard, was fired last spring in connection with the death of Curtis Mitchell. The Hazelwood resident died a year ago this month while waiting 30 hours for help.
Assessing Trauma Patients Proves Difficult

Assessing Trauma Patients Proves Difficult

Las Vegas Fire and Rescue and MedicWest Ambulance were summoned to render care for a man who was found hanging by his foot from a fence. The patient was a 48-year-old male whom bystanders found east of the strip in Las Vegas. They reported finding a large amount of excrement and other body fluids on and around the patient.
N.C. Man Tries To Shoot His Way Out Of Wreck

N.C. Man Tries To Shoot His Way Out Of Wreck

GRIMESLAND, N.C. - A man is recovering at Pitt County Memorial Hospital after he wrecked his car on Grimesland Bridge Road. Pitt County Sheriff's Deputies, along with EMS and the Grimesland Fire Department were called to the Grimesland Bridge around 10 o'clock Monday night. That's where officials at the scene say a man lost control of his vehicle and collided with the bridge's railing. The accident flipped his vehicle on it's side and caused the driver to be pinned inside. In an attempt to free himself, the driver shot multiple rounds into his car and airbag.