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Seattle EMTs Demand Better Pay as City's Contract with AMR Ends

JEMS - News - Sat, 08/04/2018 - 14:01

SEATTLE (KOMO)– When people need medical transport in Seattle, it’s usually American Medical Response (AMR) that does it. But with the company’s seven-year contract with the city coming to an end, workers are asking for better wages.

“Because contrary to popular belief, we are not paid like our brothers and sisters in the fire service,” EMT John Moore said.

AMR employees say their wages start at just over $15 an hour, which is slightly above Seattle’s minimum wage, but far lower than their counterparts in similar areas throughout the country, like the Bay Area.

Employees are now asking for $25 an hour and for better medical benefits.

Read more at KOMONews.

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South Carolina Man Arrested After Chasing Paramedics with Ax

JEMS - News - Sat, 08/04/2018 - 13:30

SPARTANBURG COUNTY, SC (WSPA) - An Upstate man is accused of chasing paramedics with an axe. 

The Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office arrested Jacob Robertson.

Deputies responded to a home on Gwinn Mill Road in Pauline Thursday for a barricaded suspect. 

They say Robertson chased paramedics with an axe and rammed an ambulance with a van before trying to steal it.

Read more at WSPA.

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Mississippi EMTs Train for Dangerous Situations on the Road

JEMS - News - Sat, 08/04/2018 - 09:27
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BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Every day on the road, we see EMTs rushing to medical emergencies, or to the hospital.

While drivers are supposed to get out of the way, American Medical Response in South Mississippi trains their drivers to deal with any possible scenario.

"We have precious cargo," said EMT Courtney Cotter. "We have the medic. We have the basic. And then we have the patient, which is the most important thing."

Cotter has worked as an EMT for AMR for about four years. She has seen first hand how people react to emergency vehicles, and it's not always what you'd expect. "There's a lot of people on the roads that swerve in and out and don't behave appropriately," said Cotter. "You move right when you hear sirens, they don't do that. So this is just defensive driving for that purpose."

This defensive driving course is mandatory for new hires at AMR.

Read more at WLOX.

 

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Chicago FD Unveils 5 New Ambulances To Address Shortage and Delays

JEMS - News - Fri, 08/03/2018 - 11:29

 

CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago is facing a health crisis in the form of an ambulance shortage, leading to costly delays.

An ambulance that was miles away finally arrived 24 minutes after it was dispatched – four times longer than the state’s recommended response time of six minutes.

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BrainScope Receives Prix Galien Award Nomination for Its Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury Assessment Product

JEMS - News - Thu, 08/02/2018 - 16:22

BETHESDA, Md.--BrainScope today announced its second consecutive nomination for the 2018 Annual Prix Galien USA Awards for “Best Medical Technology” product. Its flagship BrainScope One product is a multi-modal, comprehensive, handheld capability to help clinicians objectively and rapidly assess and triage head injured patients directly at the point of care.

BrainScope’s innovative technology addresses a vast market need for the global epidemic of mild head injury, which impacts more people each year than stroke and heart failure combined. BrainScope One is the first FDA-cleared medical device to offer capabilities to assess the full spectrum of brain injury – from concussions (functional abnormality) to brain bleeds (structural injury). Recent white papers authored by third parties have shown the potential for BrainScope One to decrease unnecessary head CT scans by one-third, to reduce head injury referrals to emergency departments by up to 75% and to reduce healthcare costs for payers and patients by over 30%.

The Prix Galien USA Awards are bestowed by the Galien Foundation which “…fosters, recognizes and rewards excellence in scientific innovation to improve the state of human health. It is widely regarded as the equivalent of the Nobel Prize in biopharmaceutical and medical technology research.” Nominees are evaluated by a committee of twelve esteemed scientific leaders from the biopharmaceutical industry and academia, including four Noble Laureates. As one of ten nominees for “Best Medical Technology”, BrainScope stands among prominent medical device companies such as Abbott, Boston Scientific and Medtronic.

BrainScope CEO Michael Singer stated, “It is a tremendous honor to be nominated for the Prix Galien USA award, and to be nominated twice is a testament to our team’s efforts in creating tangible scientific and health impacts with the creation and commercialization of BrainScope One. We are grateful to the Galien Foundation for its recognition of our innovation and dedication to providing the public with objective and comprehensive neurological assessment capabilities addressing the global brain injury problem.”

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9-1-1 Call Amid Training at Base Sets Off Active Shooter Fears

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Thu, 08/02/2018 - 16:04

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — An Air Force base in Ohio said there was not an active shooter incident Thursday, just hours after authorities in armored vehicles and unmarked cars swarmed the base amid reports of a shooter its medical center.

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base said in a statement that someone called 911 during a training exercise that included an active shooter scenario at a separate location. The caller thought there was an incident occurring within the base hospital, sending security forces to the scene where they began searching the entire hospital, the statement said.

While trying to get inside a locked door, a security team member shot his firearm to open the door, the statement said.

Wright-Patterson tweeted that emergency units responded to a "reported incident" around 12:40 p.m. An hour later, they said it was a reported active shooter incident and personnel were instructed to shelter in place on the sprawling base.

Video from outside of the hospital showed service members and others standing outside the building later in the afternoon. Some had come out with their hands in the air.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said via Twitter it was among several agencies responding.

Local police directed traffic away from the base, which is Ohio's largest single-site employer with more than 27,000 civilian employees and military personnel. The Ohio State Highway Patrol and local police also had officers at the base.

The base was the site where the Dayton Peace Accords were finalized in 1995, an international peace agreement that ended the war in Bosnia.

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9-1-1 Call Amid Training at Base Sets Off Active Shooter Fears

JEMS - News - Thu, 08/02/2018 - 16:04

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — An Air Force base in Ohio said there was not an active shooter incident Thursday, just hours after authorities in armored vehicles and unmarked cars swarmed the base amid reports of a shooter its medical center.

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base said in a statement that someone called 911 during a training exercise that included an active shooter scenario at a separate location. The caller thought there was an incident occurring within the base hospital, sending security forces to the scene where they began searching the entire hospital, the statement said.

While trying to get inside a locked door, a security team member shot his firearm to open the door, the statement said.

Wright-Patterson tweeted that emergency units responded to a "reported incident" around 12:40 p.m. An hour later, they said it was a reported active shooter incident and personnel were instructed to shelter in place on the sprawling base.

Video from outside of the hospital showed service members and others standing outside the building later in the afternoon. Some had come out with their hands in the air.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said via Twitter it was among several agencies responding.

Local police directed traffic away from the base, which is Ohio's largest single-site employer with more than 27,000 civilian employees and military personnel. The Ohio State Highway Patrol and local police also had officers at the base.

The base was the site where the Dayton Peace Accords were finalized in 1995, an international peace agreement that ended the war in Bosnia.

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Inside EMS: What does the 2018 EMS Trend Report tell us about the future of the industry?

FR1 and EMS Podcasts - Thu, 08/02/2018 - 12:05
Inside EMS: What does the 2018 EMS Trend Report tell us about the future of the industry? by FR1 and EMS1 Podcasts
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Crash at Connecticut Auto Auction Leaves 6 Injured

EMS-1 Major Incidents - Wed, 08/01/2018 - 17:58

EAST WINDSOR, Conn. (AP) — A man driving a car at a Connecticut auto auction suffered a medical emergency, struck four pedestrians and crashed into another vehicle on Wednesday, sending six people to area hospitals, police said.

The driver of the car, who was revived at the scene, and a male pedestrian who suffered multiple injuries including head trauma, were the most seriously injured. Three other pedestrians and a man in the other vehicle also were hospitalized, police said.

The names and conditions of the victims were not immediately released. All of them work at the auction, authorities said.

The accident happened shortly after 9:30 a.m. as people were viewing vehicles for sale at Southern Auto Auction in East Windsor, about 15 miles ( 24 kilometers) north of Hartford. At the time, several cars were being driven through viewing areas in adjacent bays. The pedestrians were struck outside the bay by a Buick sedan that was pulling out.

"The driver of that vehicle suffered some type of medical emergency," Detective Sgt. Matthew Carl said.

"He accelerated across the bays and hit four pedestrians and hit the side of the building, careened off the building, hit a vehicle coming out of one of the bays, careened off of that and ended up down into the backside of the parking lot in the woods line," Carl said.

A police officer who was stationed at the auction helped revive the driver.

An executive at Southern Auto Auction did not immediately return a message Wednesday.

The accident came 17 years after a similar mishap in which 10 people were injured in a parking lot at Southern Auto Auction. A Chevrolet Monte Carlo went out of control when the accelerator got stuck, police said.

In May 2017, a Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by a 76-year-old employee of the LynnWay Auto Auction in Billerica, Massachusetts, accelerated out of control on the auction floor, killing five and injuring seven.

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Crash at Connecticut Auto Auction Leaves 6 Injured

JEMS - News - Wed, 08/01/2018 - 17:58

EAST WINDSOR, Conn. (AP) — A man driving a car at a Connecticut auto auction suffered a medical emergency, struck four pedestrians and crashed into another vehicle on Wednesday, sending six people to area hospitals, police said.

The driver of the car, who was revived at the scene, and a male pedestrian who suffered multiple injuries including head trauma, were the most seriously injured. Three other pedestrians and a man in the other vehicle also were hospitalized, police said.

The names and conditions of the victims were not immediately released. All of them work at the auction, authorities said.

The accident happened shortly after 9:30 a.m. as people were viewing vehicles for sale at Southern Auto Auction in East Windsor, about 15 miles ( 24 kilometers) north of Hartford. At the time, several cars were being driven through viewing areas in adjacent bays. The pedestrians were struck outside the bay by a Buick sedan that was pulling out.

"The driver of that vehicle suffered some type of medical emergency," Detective Sgt. Matthew Carl said.

"He accelerated across the bays and hit four pedestrians and hit the side of the building, careened off the building, hit a vehicle coming out of one of the bays, careened off of that and ended up down into the backside of the parking lot in the woods line," Carl said.

A police officer who was stationed at the auction helped revive the driver.

An executive at Southern Auto Auction did not immediately return a message Wednesday.

The accident came 17 years after a similar mishap in which 10 people were injured in a parking lot at Southern Auto Auction. A Chevrolet Monte Carlo went out of control when the accelerator got stuck, police said.

In May 2017, a Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by a 76-year-old employee of the LynnWay Auto Auction in Billerica, Massachusetts, accelerated out of control on the auction floor, killing five and injuring seven.

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FICEMS: No Travel History Screening for Ebola Needed

JEMS - News - Wed, 08/01/2018 - 12:55

In a letter to the EMS and 911 communities, the chair of the Federal Interagency Committee on EMS said that the cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo earlier this summer did not require Ebola-specific travel screening by first responders or 911 telecommunicators in the United States.

"At this time, the [United States Government] has determined that there is very little risk to the United States of potential EVD transmission to our population," wrote Edward Gabriel, deputy assistant secretary for preparedness and response in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

FICEMS will continue to coordinate and communicate with EMS, 911 and other key community members at the local, state and national levels as the Federal government monitors the situation and reviews guidance documents developed during our previous experience with EVD. State and local agencies should also take this opportunity to review policies, procedures and plans that were developed in the past.

The letter is available below or online at ems.gov.

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'Nightwatch: First Responders' Short-Form Series to Premiere This Week

JEMS - News - Wed, 08/01/2018 - 11:01

Beginning August 2nd on A&E, two of the stars of A&E’s hit series Nightwatch, Dan Flynn and Titus Tero, are stepping out of their ambulance and crisscrossing the country to shadow first responders of all types.

Each episode of the short-form series NIGHTWATCH PRESENTS: FIRST RESPONDERS will feature the famous New Orleans EMS duo answering the invitation of highly-specialized first responder units, getting to know the responders and engaging in live rescue drills.

 Whether rushing into a burning structure in the woods of Slidell, Louisiana, pulling a victim from the raging currents of the Mississippi in Baton Rouge, repelling a sheer cliff wall on the banks of the Colorado River, or braving the whitewater of a flash flood extrication in Austin, America’s popular EMS duo favorite EMTs are making themselves guinea pigs for each unbelievable mission.

The dynamic duo will highlight the many different facets of first response and the training and skill required at each department. The drama is balanced by Dan and Titus’ signature humor, but make no mistake, each scenario will show the public the intense risks and inherent danger first responders face on a daily basis.

I spent time with Dan and Titus recently to discuss the new short-form series, its concept and its focus.

A.J.: Why are you two so excited?

Dan &Titus: We’re excited to step outside the confines and comfort zone of our ambulance, immerse ourselves in what other first responders and specialty teams do, give them proper credit for what they do and have the viewing audience gain an appreciation for the work of all first responders.

A.J.: Whose idea was it for the show concept and format?

Dan Flynn – I had the idea initially and shared my thoughts with Titus. He liked the idea so we moved forward with the concept - “Come out and see what we do”

Titus Tero – We collaborated.  Dan then discussed the concept with 44 Blue and A&E.  We also floated the idea on Twitter and the response to the concept was amazing.

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Braun Industries Welcomes Back Bulldog Fire & Emergency Apparatus for New Ambulance Sales

JEMS - News - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 13:53

Van Wert, OH – Braun Ambulances is proud to welcome back Bulldog Fire Apparatus to the Braun family. Effective July 31, 2018, Bulldog Fire Apparatus rejoined Braun’s national dealer network as an Authorized Sales and Service Center. They will provide Braun ambulance sales and service to customers in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.  

“We are pleased to have Jeff Mazza and his team at Bulldog Fire Apparatus back with Braun,” says Chad Brown, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Braun Industries. “Knowledgeable of both the Braun and Demers ambulance brands, Bulldog’s return to our dealer network is a welcome one. They have been well-versed in both product lines for some time, which is a huge asset as we continue to integrate the two brands under one company. We are excited to have them back and are looking forward to working with them and their customers again in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.”

Bulldog Fire & Emergency Apparatus has a well-known history and dedication to the Fire/EMS Industry. The business was originally established in 1933 as a fire apparatus manufacturer. Over the years, the company evolved to represent products from other emergency vehicle manufacturers. As a boutique manufacturer, they continue to design and build the popular Brush Breaker and tanker units they’ve always been known for. In 2005, the company was sold to current owner, Jeffrey Mazza, who changed the name to Bulldog Fire & Emergency Apparatus and enhanced the product offerings.

Jeff Mazza has the following to say about rejoining the Braun dealer network: “We were excited to hear about the Braun/Demers merger earlier this year and anxious to understand how that might impact us and our customers. Service after the sale is a primary focus at Bulldog. We are looking forward to being able to provide that for both Braun and Demers ambulances in our region by coming back into the network as an aligned dealer. We want to continue to serve Fire/EMS departments in the New England region as a one-stop-shop and believe this only enhances our offerings to do so.”  

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RedSky Emergency Vehicles to Handle Braun Ambulance Sales in California

JEMS - News - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 11:48

Van Wert, OH – Braun Ambulances is proud to welcome RedSky Emergency Vehicles to the Braun family. Effective July 16, 2018, RedSky became an official dealer partner with Braun Industries. This partnership recognizes RedSky as the Authorized Sales and Service Center for Braun ambulances in the state of California.

“We are beyond excited to welcome RedSky Emergency Vehicles to the Braun family,” said Chad Brown, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Braun Industries. “RedSky is the first new dealer since our merger with Demers Ambulances in February 2018. RedSky has been a valued dealer partner with Demers for more than five years, so they were a natural fit for our open dealer territory in California now that we are two brands under one exceptional company. We are committed to growing the Braun ambulance brand on the West Coast and we believe RedSky is the perfect dealership to help us do it. We know their commitment in serving the fire and emergency community is in a class of its own and we look forward to working with them.”

RedSky Emergency Vehicles is based in Rancho Cordova. The company was founded by Jim Featherstone and Kirsten Skyba in 2010. Both have a long history in the fire and emergency vehicles industry. Jim is a lifelong firefighter, EMT and fire chief. Kirsten has been in the industry since 1996 and has a true passion for serving the first responder community.  RedSky’s Phoenix-location serves Arizona and Nevada customers.

“We’re very proud to have been selected to represent Braun Industries, in addition to the Demers ambulance line.  Their product quality and professionalism are second to none.  Our team of industry professionals is looking forward to developing new relationships throughout California, promoting the advantages of Braun ambulances, and providing the type of responsive sales and service that first responders need and deserve,” said Kirsten Skyba, VP – Operations & Customer Service at RedSky.  “[…] taking great care of our customers is our first priority and [we] are impressed with Braun’s approach to that.”

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49th Floor Patient Extrication in Miami

JEMS - News - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 09:29

The City of Miami Fire Rescue Firehouse 4 and TRT (technical rescue team) responded to a workplace accident at the Brickell Flatiron building yesterday. A patient was extricated from the 49th floor with a crane due to extent of their injuries, poor access/egress, and concerns for any delays of patient transport.

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EMS Camp Allows U.S. and Canadian Teens to Make Impact on Israel

JEMS - News - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 09:12

Tikva Goldberg from Queens, New York, grew up as a frequent patient of Hatzolah and hospital services. As a child, she suffered from epilepsy and was often in need of frequent treatments and transportation to and from hospitals. “I always wanted to give back and help others just as I was helped,” she said as she drove home from working her first ever ambulance shift as an emergency medical responder (EMR) in Israel. “The Rescue Israel program is really fitting for me in that it is giving me an opportunity to do just that,” she added excitedly.

Goldberg is one of the twenty-two participants in a program called Rescue Israel that is being run by NCSY in cooperation with United Hatzalah of Israel. The program offers a full EMR training course as well as hands-on experience volunteering as a first responder on ambulances in Israel. In addition, the participants experience a full gamut of search and rescue operations beginning with water rescue operations on the Kinneret, and desert rescues that involve repelling and mountaineering training. The program is just over a month long and participants have been ecstatic about their experiences thus far.

Goldberg said that she felt comfortable working on an ambulance following the training that she received and that it brought back memories for her of just how important this job is. “In terms of treating others, I feel comfortable in situations where injuries occur knowing that I will be able to help. For me, going on an ambulance (as a responder and not as a patient) and seeing the different types of emergency calls that occur, was both educational and motivating. You get the most amazing feeling when you arrive at an emergency and everyone looks at you like you are their hero because you helped them. Riding on an ambulance is the most amazing experience ever and I recommend this program to everyone.”

Another U.S. volunteer, Rueben Stein who hails from Birmingham Alabama, but attends Cooper Yeshiva High School in Memphis Tennessee, brought a southern flair to the trip. According to Stein, the participants undergo a lot of maturing during the program.

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Pittsburgh Children's Hospital Adds New Ambulance to Transport Critically Ill Kids

JEMS - News - Mon, 07/30/2018 - 03:45

It’s purple and blue and though colorful and pint-sized, it’s an ambulance. An ambulance designed just for children.

The Transport Team at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh is responsible for transporting kids from places all over the world. The team transports patients by helicopter, airplane and ambulance from as far as Washington, D.C.; Buffalo, New York; Richmond, Virginia; and Osaka, Japan.

To improve patient care, UPMC Children’s unveiled a new state-of-the-art ambulance dedicated to transporting critically ill babies and children within 150 miles of Pittsburgh.

Read more at UPCM Inside Life Changing Medicine.

 

 

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Winners of Inaugural Poster Session Announced at ImageTrend Connect

JEMS - News - Sun, 07/29/2018 - 16:54

LAKEVILLE, MINN. - ImageTrend, Inc. is pleased to announce the winners of the Inaugural Poster Session from ImageTrend Connect 2018. The posters were fitting in theme with the conference topics of using data to improve patient care, public safety and operational efficiencies. Participants demonstrated what they are doing to make an impact within their community using original research, interventions, data analysis, new programs or calls to action. Posters were available throughout the conference as a process sharing and ideating opportunity for all attendees, however a panel of judges took on the duty of awarding the top three. The winners are:

  • 1st Place: Geocoding Mortality due to Traumatic Brain Injury represented by Gold Coast University Hospital, Australia. Authored by Brandis & co-authors
  • 2nd Place: Evaluation of a Patient Flow Protocol for Level I Traumas to the surgical Intensive Care Unit, represented by New York-Presbyterian/Queens. Authored by Stankiewicz & co-authors
  • 3rd Place: Surveillance of Occupational Fatalities, Injuries and Exposures among Personnel Using State-Based NEMSIS Data, represented by Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services. Authored by Groenewold & co-authors

“The most important reason to collect and analyze data is to use it to make a positive impact in the community,” commented Morgan Anderson, Epidemiologist at ImageTrend. “The posters were all phenomenal displays and a great way to educate and inspire others. We appreciate everyone’s participation and look forward to continuing this session next year.”

The judges were Dr. Michael Wilcox, Medical Director and Clinical Associate Professor, Hilary Gates, Senior Editorial and Program Director at EMS World, and A.J. Heightman, Editor-in-Chief, JEMS and Program Chair- EMS Today.

The poster session is one of the many networking and educational events of ImageTrend Connect, which occurred July 18-20 in 2018. The conference attracts attendees from across the country for three days of education, networking and discussion around the use of data.

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