Caffeine is omnipresent. It’s found in coffee, tea, most soft drinks, chocolate, dietary supplements, prescription medications and energy drinks. Brewed coffee usually averages about 80–100 mg of caffeine per 8 oz. cup, and coffee drinks at places like McDonald’s and Starbucks range in caffeine from 50–200 mg. Some specialty coffee drinks have as much as 330 mg in a large drink.
Today’s shooting and killing of 20 children at Sandy Hook Elementary School in the peaceful, beautiful town of Newtown, Conn.—45 miles southwest of Hartford and 60 miles northeast of New York City—causes us all to take pause and wonder how such a tragedy can happen. Those of us in the emergency community think of the responders, the tragic and grisly scene that they were forced to endure, and we feel the desire to reach out, pat them on the back and let them know that our thoughts and prayers are with them.
On Sept. 14, PennWell Corporation announced the acquisition of Elsevier Public Safety, the publisher of JEMS, from Elsevier, Inc. The deal also includes JEMS.com, the EMS Today Conference & Exposition (the JEMS Conference), EMS Insider, FireRescue magazine, FirefighterNation.com, FireEMSblogs.com, Law Officer magazine, LawOfficer.com and the publishing contract for APCO’s Public Safety Communications magazine.
The Institutes of Medicine’s landmark publication To Err is Human estimates that at least 44,000 and perhaps as many as 98,000 Americans die in hospitals each year as a result of medical errors.1 And hospital patient safety incidents account for $6 billion in extra costs annually in the U.S.(2) Is EMS any different?
Burning Man is a massive event held around every Labor Day in the Black Rock desert in northwestern Nevada. The encampment is an official city called Black Rock City, and although it exists for only a week or so each year, it becomes the third-largest city in Nevada. The event attracts in excess of 50,000 attendees.
EMS High School It's not every day that you run into a 40-year-old EMS agency that's fully staffed 24/7 with volunteers. Add to that the fact that the 68 first responders are all high school students, and you have a truly rare if not one-of-a-kind organization. Welcome to Darien (Conn.) Emergency Medical Services Post 53. Post 53 is staffed and run by high school students who start their four-year position with the post in the summer after eighth grade and receive their EMT-B certification in their junior year.
Responding in PinkIf you thought you saw a pink fire truck recently, you don_t need to switch to decaf. It was a part of the Pink Ribbon Tour organized by Glendale (Ariz.) Firefighter/EMT Dave Graybill.„It all started when a firefighter/EMT friend mentioned his department was going to wear pink shirts to show support for women with breast cancer. The next morning, Graybill expanded on that idea: He decided to cross the country in a pink fire truck. "It_s not just about cancer," he says. "It_s to honor all women on the planet."