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JEMS Volume 35 Issue 11

Ohio Law Allows Providers to Draw Blood

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A new law in Ohio allows EMT-Is and EMT-Ps to draw blood from accident victims for which police suspect drug or alcohol involvement, but the law is getting a lukewarm welcome from the EMS community. It remains to be seen how many EMS organizations will agree to participate. “A lot of the agencies in our area, as well in the other parts of the state, do not plan on doing blood draws,” says Daniel Mack, NREMT-P, assistant chief of the Miami Township Fire and EMS Department.

Last Word: The Ups and Downs of EMS

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JetCodeBlue Some airlines look for flight attendants with upbeat personalities or pretty smiles. New York-based jetBlue has all that and more. Since its launch 10 years ago, the airline has hired several hundred police officers, EMTs and firefighters, many of them retirees. With some 10% of its total cabin crew workforce trained in emergency response, jetBlue is building a safety-conscious flight staff. Out-of-this-World Care What happens when an astronaut has a potentially serious accident in space?

EMS Responds to Tree Trauma

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E MS providers from Central Islip (N.Y.) Hauppauge Volunteer Ambulance treat a 30-year-old male patient who sustained severe injuries to his head, arms, hands and legs when the pickup truck he was riding in struck a tree in Hauppauge. Suffolk County Police Department was the first agency on scene. Firefighters with the Hauppauge Fire Department extricated the patient from the truck, and EMS providers placed him in C-spine precautions and applied pressure to his right arm to control an arterial bleed.