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JEMS Volume 36 Issue 2

2010 JEMS 200-City Survey

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In 2011, the survivability of EMS systems across the country is being challenged and their future in question. Many struggling systems are under the financial burden of decreased tax funding and increasing numbers of uninsured patients. Communities are asking such questions as, “How bad will it get?” and “Are we at the bottom yet?”

Standardizing AEDs Could Prevent Progress

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently held a two-day workshop to launch its External Defibrillator Improvement Initiative, which was met cautiously by attendees, and some observers think there may be a downside. Although presenters praised the benefits of AEDs, a running theme that came through the two-day FDA event (held in December) was the issue of industry standardization, which could slow the development of new products. Standardization isn’t always good, says John Freese, MD, chief medical director of the Fire Department of New York.

Providers Race to Revive Heart Attack Patient

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Preventive Measures Southwest Ambulance of Mesa, Ariz., has partnered with Mothers Against Drunk Driving’s (MADD) “Tie One On For Safety” campaign since 2004. The organization’s red ribbons are tied to vehicles to raise awareness of drunken driving during the winter holiday season, from Nov. 25 to Jan. 2.