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14 Injured in West Virginia Bus Crash

JEMS - News - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 06:26

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia girls' high school basketball team is expected to return home a day after its charter bus rolled over.

Berkeley County School officials said in a statement 14 people taken to hospitals Saturday night were medically cleared. The bus carrying the Martinsburg High team was leaving the Big Atlantic Classic tournament in Beckley when the accident occurred along an Interstate 64 entrance ramp.

Gov. Jim Justice and his staff provided lodging for the players and their families. Justice also is the girls' coach at Greenbrier East High School, which defeated Martinsburg in the tournament earlier Saturday.

The statement said the team planned to head back to Martinsburg on Sunday.

Police haven't released a cause of the accident. Team member Deaira Hairston said on Twitter the bus slid on black ice and flipped four times down a hill.

Martinsburg coach Kyle Triggs said on Twitter the team was amazed by the outpouring of prayers and well wishes.

"Our players, staff, and our families truly appreciate your thoughtfulness," he said. "Words cannot express how grateful we are!"

Beckley is in southern West Virginia and is about 270 miles southwest of Martinsburg, a community in the state's Eastern Panhandle.

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14 Injured in West Virginia Bus Crash

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 06:26

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia girls' high school basketball team is expected to return home a day after its charter bus rolled over.

Berkeley County School officials said in a statement 14 people taken to hospitals Saturday night were medically cleared. The bus carrying the Martinsburg High team was leaving the Big Atlantic Classic tournament in Beckley when the accident occurred along an Interstate 64 entrance ramp.

Gov. Jim Justice and his staff provided lodging for the players and their families. Justice also is the girls' coach at Greenbrier East High School, which defeated Martinsburg in the tournament earlier Saturday.

The statement said the team planned to head back to Martinsburg on Sunday.

Police haven't released a cause of the accident. Team member Deaira Hairston said on Twitter the bus slid on black ice and flipped four times down a hill.

Martinsburg coach Kyle Triggs said on Twitter the team was amazed by the outpouring of prayers and well wishes.

"Our players, staff, and our families truly appreciate your thoughtfulness," he said. "Words cannot express how grateful we are!"

Beckley is in southern West Virginia and is about 270 miles southwest of Martinsburg, a community in the state's Eastern Panhandle.

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Seven Dead, Over 30 Injured in Bus Crash South of Moscow

JEMS - News - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 06:15

MOSCOW (AP) — A bus crashed south of Moscow on Sunday, killing at least seven people, four of them children, and sending 32 others to the hospital with injuries, authorities said.

The bus carrying 45 people tipped over and crashed on a local road about 190 kilometers (118 miles) south of Moscow in the morning, the Emergency Situations Ministry said, updating previous reports that it was carrying 48 people.

Dozens of people were trapped inside the bus, and it was not until hours later that the rescue teams managed to pull everyone out. The injured included 23 children.

The cause of the crash was not immediately clear and police said they detained the driver for questioning. Footage released by emergency responders showed the bus lying on the side of a snow-covered road.

In this Russian Emergency Situations Ministry frame grab, made available on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, Emergency Situation employees work at the scene of an accident in the Kaluga region, on a local road about 190 kilometers (118 miles) south of Moscow, Russia. Russian authorities say at least seven people, four of them children, have died in a bus crash south of Moscow. (Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations photo via AP)

The Interfax news agency quoted the mayor of the town of Yartsevo as saying the bus was carrying a children's dance club to a competition in the city of Kaluga.

The local Emergency Situations Ministry said there was no collision. It said the driver appeared to lose control of the vehicle for some reason and the bus veered off the road.

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Seven Dead, Over 30 Injured in Bus Crash South of Moscow

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 06:15

MOSCOW (AP) — A bus crashed south of Moscow on Sunday, killing at least seven people, four of them children, and sending 32 others to the hospital with injuries, authorities said.

The bus carrying 45 people tipped over and crashed on a local road about 190 kilometers (118 miles) south of Moscow in the morning, the Emergency Situations Ministry said, updating previous reports that it was carrying 48 people.

Dozens of people were trapped inside the bus, and it was not until hours later that the rescue teams managed to pull everyone out. The injured included 23 children.

The cause of the crash was not immediately clear and police said they detained the driver for questioning. Footage released by emergency responders showed the bus lying on the side of a snow-covered road.

In this Russian Emergency Situations Ministry frame grab, made available on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, Emergency Situation employees work at the scene of an accident in the Kaluga region, on a local road about 190 kilometers (118 miles) south of Moscow, Russia. Russian authorities say at least seven people, four of them children, have died in a bus crash south of Moscow. (Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations photo via AP)

The Interfax news agency quoted the mayor of the town of Yartsevo as saying the bus was carrying a children's dance club to a competition in the city of Kaluga.

The local Emergency Situations Ministry said there was no collision. It said the driver appeared to lose control of the vehicle for some reason and the bus veered off the road.

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29 Injured, Seven Dead, in Train Derailment in India

JEMS - News - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 06:06

PATNA, India (AP) — Seven people were killed and 29 injured when nine coaches of a New Delhi-bound train derailed early Sunday in eastern India, officials said.

Most of the passengers were asleep when the train jumped the tracks. Soon after the accident, hundreds of villagers rushed to help rescuers and members of India's disaster management to pull out people trapped in the twisted metal and overturned coaches.

Indian Railways official Rajesh Dutt Bajpai said that by noon Sunday, the rescue work was over. Two of the injured were in critical condition, he said.

The cause of the accident is being investigated. The Press Trust of India news agency said a rail fracture appeared to have caused the derailment about 30 kilometers (20 miles) north of Patna, the Bihar state capital.

India's vast railway system is the world's third largest but lacks modern signaling and communication systems. Most accidents are blamed on poor maintenance, outdated equipment and human error.

In 2016, 127 people were killed after 14 coaches derailed in Uttar Pradesh state, in one of India's worst train accidents.

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29 Injured, Seven Dead, in Train Derailment in India

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 06:06

PATNA, India (AP) — Seven people were killed and 29 injured when nine coaches of a New Delhi-bound train derailed early Sunday in eastern India, officials said.

Most of the passengers were asleep when the train jumped the tracks. Soon after the accident, hundreds of villagers rushed to help rescuers and members of India's disaster management to pull out people trapped in the twisted metal and overturned coaches.

Indian Railways official Rajesh Dutt Bajpai said that by noon Sunday, the rescue work was over. Two of the injured were in critical condition, he said.

The cause of the accident is being investigated. The Press Trust of India news agency said a rail fracture appeared to have caused the derailment about 30 kilometers (20 miles) north of Patna, the Bihar state capital.

India's vast railway system is the world's third largest but lacks modern signaling and communication systems. Most accidents are blamed on poor maintenance, outdated equipment and human error.

In 2016, 127 people were killed after 14 coaches derailed in Uttar Pradesh state, in one of India's worst train accidents.

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Five Children Killed, Ejected from Minivan in Maryland Crash

JEMS - News - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 05:59

BOWIE, Md. (AP) — Maryland authorities say they're investigating a crash that killed five children who were ejected from a minivan. Two adults were also injured.

Maryland State Police troopers say in a news release that the single-vehicle crash happened before 5 a.m. Saturday on northbound Route 301 in Prince George's County.

The troopers identified the dead children as: 8-year-old London Dixon and 5-year-old Paris Dixon, both of Bowie; and 14-year-old Zion Beard; 6-year-old Rickelle Ricks; and 15-year-old Damari Herald, all of Washington, D.C.

Police identified the driver as 32-year-old Dominique Taylor, of Bowie. Twenty-three-year Cornell Simon of Oxon Hill is believed to have been a front-seat passenger. Both were injured.

The preliminary investigation shows the vehicle struck several trees and then spun in a snow-covered field.

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Louisiana Police Officer Killed in Funeral Procession Crash

JEMS - News - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 04:54

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Authorities say a Louisiana police officer was killed after being hit while riding a motorcycle as part of a funeral procession.

In a news release, the Baton Rouge Police Department said 31-year-old Cpl. Shane Totty died from his injuries shortly after the Friday afternoon wreck.

Police say a pickup truck crashed into Totty, who was escorting a funeral procession. The department says Totty was a four-year veteran of the force.

The crash is under investigation. Authorities have not identified the driver of the truck or said whether charges will be filed.

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Winter Toll: Over Two Dozen Dead, Hundreds Hurt

JEMS - News - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 04:43

CHICAGO (AP) — The dangerous cold and heavy snow that hobbled the northern U.S. this week has retreated, but not before exacting a human toll: more than two dozen weather-related deaths in eight states and hundreds of injuries, including frostbite, broken bones, heart attacks and carbon monoxide poisoning.

In Illinois alone, hospitals reported more than 220 cases of frostbite and hypothermia since Tuesday, when the polar vortex moved in and overnight temperatures plunged to minus 30 (minus 34 Celsius) or lower — with wind chills of minus 50 (minus 45 Celsius) or worse in some areas.

Hennepin Healthcare in Minneapolis normally sees around 30 frostbite patients in an entire winter. It admitted 18 in the past week, spokeswoman Christine Hill said Friday.

"I definitely saw more frostbite than I've ever seen in my entire career just in the last three days," said Dr. Andrea Rowland-Fischer, an emergency department physician at Hennepin Healthcare.

Most of those patients, she said, had underlying problems that made it difficult for them to take care of themselves: the developmentally delayed, the mentally ill, the very young and the very old. They also included people with injuries related to drugs and alcohol — people who passed out or did not realize they were cold or injured.

"It's heartbreaking when there are people who can't take care of themselves and get exposed, just because they either escape from the care that they're being given or because they're not being supervised."

Others got frostbite on their way to work after being exposed to the cold for a short time, often on their hands, feet, ears and face. That included people whose cars would not start or who got stuck outside for other reasons, as well as those who just did not think they could get frostbitten so quickly and went outside without gloves or other protective gear.

Several required "maximal treatment," admission to the hospital's burn unit for therapies that include drugs to restore circulation to try to avoid amputations. Some of them will probably still require amputations, a decision usually made by burn doctors four to 10 days after the injury.

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California Search and Rescue Team Member Killed in Crash

JEMS - News - Sun, 02/03/2019 - 12:47

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The second in a string of powerful storms battered California on Saturday, shutting key highways after water and mud rushed into lanes from bare hillsides in wildfire burn areas where thousands of residents were under evacuation orders.

Flash flood warnings were issued for huge swaths of Southern California and forecasters said the system brought more than 4 inches (10 centimeters) of rain at lower elevations and several feet of snow in the mountains, where whiteout conditions closed roads.

Photos: Powerful California Storms Wreak Havoc

A wind gust in Santa Barbara County topped 80 mph (128 kph) as the storm moved south and at one point dropped more than a half-inch (1.27 centimeters) of rain in five minutes. Trees and power lines were down across the region.

In Malibu, where the Woolsey fire last year destroyed homes and burned hillsides bare, officials closed Pacific Coast Highway and many other roadways after mud carried trees and rocks into lanes. Residents whose homes survived the flames barricaded their properties with sandbags to protect their properties from floodwaters.

Carol Cavella was evacuated during the November fire and again Saturday when the creek behind her house threatened to overflow and inundate her backyard.

The 86-year-old put her cat in the car and drove to a coffee shop on higher ground, her son-in-law, Warren Bowman said.

"She does not scare easily, but she got a little scared watching that water rise," Bowman said. He was trying to convince her to come to his house in Los Angeles but she said she'd rather wait to see if the waters recede and she can return home.

The California Department of Transportation said Saturday night in a tweet that the both the northbound southbound lanes of U.S. 101, a vital route between Los Angeles and points north and west, have been reopened. Earlier Saturday, in the Montecito area of Santa Barbara County, several miles of U.S 101 were closed because of flooding.

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California Search and Rescue Team Member Killed in Crash

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Sun, 02/03/2019 - 12:47

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The second in a string of powerful storms battered California on Saturday, shutting key highways after water and mud rushed into lanes from bare hillsides in wildfire burn areas where thousands of residents were under evacuation orders.

Flash flood warnings were issued for huge swaths of Southern California and forecasters said the system brought more than 4 inches (10 centimeters) of rain at lower elevations and several feet of snow in the mountains, where whiteout conditions closed roads.

Photos: Powerful California Storms Wreak Havoc

A wind gust in Santa Barbara County topped 80 mph (128 kph) as the storm moved south and at one point dropped more than a half-inch (1.27 centimeters) of rain in five minutes. Trees and power lines were down across the region.

In Malibu, where the Woolsey fire last year destroyed homes and burned hillsides bare, officials closed Pacific Coast Highway and many other roadways after mud carried trees and rocks into lanes. Residents whose homes survived the flames barricaded their properties with sandbags to protect their properties from floodwaters.

Carol Cavella was evacuated during the November fire and again Saturday when the creek behind her house threatened to overflow and inundate her backyard.

The 86-year-old put her cat in the car and drove to a coffee shop on higher ground, her son-in-law, Warren Bowman said.

"She does not scare easily, but she got a little scared watching that water rise," Bowman said. He was trying to convince her to come to his house in Los Angeles but she said she'd rather wait to see if the waters recede and she can return home.

The California Department of Transportation said Saturday night in a tweet that the both the northbound southbound lanes of U.S. 101, a vital route between Los Angeles and points north and west, have been reopened. Earlier Saturday, in the Montecito area of Santa Barbara County, several miles of U.S 101 were closed because of flooding.

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Healthcare Industry Strength Fuels Need for EMTs and Paramedics

JEMS - News - Sat, 02/02/2019 - 15:38
 

The tight labor market is particularly weighing on the health sector. The healthcare industry added 42,000 new jobs in January, with more than 22,000 in ambulatory health-care services and another 19,000 in hospitals, according to Friday's closely watched Labor Department report. The health-care sector has added 368,000 jobs over the past year, while unemployment continues to hover near historic lows.

Read more at CNBC.

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Mike McEvoy Named JEMS Executive Editor

JEMS - News - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 16:47

The Journal of Emergency Medical Services, long considered the conscience of the emergency medical field, championed by the ever-present editor in chief AJ Heightman, is beyond excited to announce that as of February 1, 2019, Mike “Doc” McEvoy is coming onboard to serve as executive editor. Mike is, in Bobby Halton’s words, “a medic’s medic, a professional firefighter in the truest sense of the word. Mike not only has decades of hard-earned street cred as a medic, but he can go toe to toe with the best firefighters in the nation.” The nickname “Doc” is not casual. It is honored, borrowed from our Navy corpsmen, for Mike, like them, puts himself on the line not only for the mission but for the team.

Mike will bring to JEMS his street sense and his vast knowledge of emergency medicine as well as his intellect and expertise. Mike has, for the past three decades, immersed himself in every aspect of emergency response, from firefighting to medical, from technical to administrative. Mike has studied, served, and excelled at every aspect of our profession. Mike will bolster AJ’s team with his personality and wisdom. Long-standing friends and colleagues, Mike and AJ together represent the most distinguished duo of emergency medical services practitioners in America.

Mike’s duties will include acquisition of new writers for JEMS and new presenters for EMS Today. Mike’s vast network of connections and his countless relationships among field medics and the hospital community place him among the most respected and influential of all emergency responders practicing today. Mike will help the evolving world of community-based paramedicine find a voice in JEMS, find a way to improve integrated community risk reduction, and benefit our nation.

Mike has never failed to answer the call for service, and now, with assuming the role of Executive Editor of JEMS, Mike will empower, embolden, and establish the medics—the “Docs” of America’s street voice—as never before. It is with unreserved pride that the Journal of Emergency Services welcomes its new executive editor. Congratulations, “Doc,” and welcome aboard.

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Settlement in Bellingham (WA) Fire Department Intubation Case

JEMS - News - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 12:58
 

The city of Bellingham (WA) is settling a claim for damages after fire department personnel practiced endotracheal intubation techniques on a deceased man last year, according to a report.

The Bellingham Herald reports that the City Council authorized the mayor to settle the claims for $75,000.

Last July, 11 fire department employees admitted to performing "tube checks" on the body of Bradley Ginn Sr. while he was on the floor of Station 1. His body was waiting to be picked up to be taken to a funeral home.

Ginn's son, Bradley Ginn Jr., filed a claim for $200,000 in damages. Besides to monetary compensation, Ginn Jr. asked the city to implement a written policy that prohibits similar conduct in the future.

Read more about the settlement HERE.

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Bill: Record Every EMS Transport in Maine

JEMS - News - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 12:09

A bill being advanced at the state level in Maine would require that every EMS transport in the state be videotaped and stored should patients or their families want the tapes reviewed.

WGME reports that State Senator Dave Miramant submitted a bill after the death of a patient, who reportedly died while being transported to the hospital. A friend of that patient questioned why ambulances don't have recording devices.

"I'm just not sure that capturing that digitally is in the patient's best interest," Jay Bradshaw of the Maine Ambulance Association told reporters. "There's a lot of obstacles before we could get from capturing the image to ultimately using it."

According to the report, the Maine Ambulance Association says it would cost $1,000 to outfit each of the 500 ambulances in the state with recording devices, and thousands more to store and secure those recordings.

Read more about the situation HERE.

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Inside EMS: Is concealed carry a good option for EMS providers?

FR1 and EMS Podcasts - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 10:31
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Nearly Half of U.S. Adults have Heart or Blood Vessel Disease

JEMS - News - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 07:46

A new report estimates that nearly half of all U.S. adults have some form of heart or blood vessel disease, a medical milestone that's mostly due to recent guidelines that expanded how many people have high blood pressure.

The American Heart Association said Thursday that more than 121 million adults had cardiovascular disease in 2016. Taking out those with only high blood pressure leaves 24 million, or 9 percent of adults, who have other forms of disease such as heart failure or clogged arteries.

Measuring the burden of diseases shows areas that need to improve, the heart association's chief science and medical officer, Dr. Mariell Jessup, said in a statement.

High blood pressure, which had long been defined as a top reading of at least 140 or a bottom one of 90, dropped to 130 over 80 under guidelines adopted in 2017. It raises the risk for heart attacks, strokes and many other problems, and only about half of those with the condition have it under control.

Being diagnosed with high blood pressure doesn't necessarily mean you need medication right away; the first step is aiming for a healthier lifestyle, even for those who are prescribed medicine. Poor diets, lack of exercise and other bad habits cause 90 percent of high blood pressure.

The report is an annual statistics update by the heart association, the National Institutes of Health and others.

Other highlights:

—Heart and blood vessel disease is linked to 1 of every 3 deaths in the United States and kills more Americans than all forms of cancer and respiratory diseases like pneumonia combined.

—Certain groups have higher rates than others; 57 percent of black women and 60 percent of black males.

—Coronary heart disease, or clogged or hardened arteries, caused 43 percent of cardiovascular deaths in the U.S., followed by stroke (17 percent), high blood pressure (10 percent) and heart failure (9 percent).

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Marilynn Marchione can be followed at @MMarchioneAP

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Search Suspended for Missing Alaska Medical Plane

JEMS - News - Fri, 02/01/2019 - 07:35

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An air ambulance with three people aboard that vanished in Alaska was presumed to have crashed and the owners said Thursday that they will look for the bodies of the crew.

After an air and sea search of hundreds of square miles, the Coast Guard announced it was suspending the search for the twin-engine King Air 200, which went missing Tuesday while heading to the tiny community of Kake to pick up a patient.

"This was an extensive search effort in some very challenging conditions," said Coast Guard Capt. Stephen White in a statement. "Suspending a search for any reason is one of the most difficult decisions we have to make."

Guardian Flight, Alaska  and Cost Guard Press Release

A wing part and other aircraft debris were found near the plane's last known position.

The Coast Guard couldn't confirm whether it came from the missing plane.

However, Guardian Flight, the medical flight company that owns the plane, announced late Thursday that it will try to recover the bodies of the missing: pilot Patrick Coyle, 63; flight nurse Stacie Rae Morse, 30, and 43-year-old Margaret Langston, the flight paramedic.

All were based in Juneau.

"Our hearts are heavy, and we respectfully offer our deepest thoughts and prayers to our lost employees and their families," Randy Lyman, a company vice president, said in a statement.

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EMS Agenda 2050 is Released, Emphasizes People-Centered Care

JEMS - News - Thu, 01/31/2019 - 15:20

After more than two years of stakeholder and public input, the Office of EMS at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and its federal partners today released "EMS Agenda 2050: A People-Centered Vision for the Future of Emergency Medical Services." The document describes a vision for evidence-based, data-driven EMS that is integrated with the rest of the nation's healthcare system.

"The release of EMS Agenda 2050 marks a beginning, not an end. It is now up to all of us to work together to make this vision a reality," said Jon Krohmer, MD, director of the NHTSA Office of EMS. "NHTSA and our federal partners appreciate the work of the Technical Expert Panel, project team, and everyone who contributed to this effort. They have provided an inspiring framework on which to build."

EMS Agenda 2050's people-centered vision is grounded in six guiding principles. The EMS system of the future should be:

  • Inherently safe and effective
  • Integrated and seamless
  • Socially equitable
  • Reliable and prepared
  • Sustainable and efficient
  • Adaptable and innovative

"Achieving this vision will require deliberate actions of stakeholders at every level of EMS: individuals like you, EMS services of all models and sizes, public officials from local regulators to the Federal Government, and national associations," the document says. "It will also require bold collaboration with our partners in this effort: our communities, local volunteers, payers, healthcare systems, social services, public health, and our partners in public safety."

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