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The DHS is currently working toward the goal of developing the first multi-band radio designed specifically for first responders. In order to complete its research, responders from various agencies across the U.S. are being involved in the process.
An investigation begun last summer by the state agency that oversees licensing for emergency medical technicians and ambulances culminated with the arraignment of three former police officers, including the Hamilton chief, and an EMT trainer on criminal charges.
Attorneys for a Little Rock man accused of murdering a toddler told a jury that the boy's death was an accident, stemming from brain injuries unintentionally inflicted by their client. The child's wounds were made worse by the mistakes of the ambulance crew that rushed the little boy to the hospital, they said.
A Louisville EMT who was driving an ambulance involved in a fatal crash has been indicted on seven criminal charges, including murder and operating a motor vehicle under the influence of intoxicants.
Industry Best Practices
According to the results of a recent poll on EMSResponder.com, a staggering two-thirds of respondents felt that the information they provided to ED staff was often ignored, overlooked or misinterpreted. In Broward County, FL, Chief Dave Foster decided to do something about negative hospital/EMS interactions through bringing the two sides together to discuss their differences. In this week's Industry Best Practices column, learn what it took to make EMS and ED personnel communicate with each other.
EMS Magazine Online Exclusive
Information gaps in emergency medicine are a known challenge, and inaccuracies or incomplete data can negatively affect patient care and safety and increase medicolegal risk. Dr. Angelo Salvucci discusses a study that addresses the "he said/she said" communication breakdowns often seen in EMS-to-ED transitions.
Training & Resources
There are some simple, low-tech solutions to the ergonomic problems posed by challenging patient moves we can consider. These are simple techniques that come without a price tag and can really make a difference--in fact, they might save your back and career.
This month's Resource Guide focuses on communications technologies.
The Double Tap Parry: The primary physical skill of DT4EMS to defend against frontal attacks.
The kettle bell can be a powerful adjunct for staying fit and strong throughout your career.
The 2009 Virginia General Assembly has legislated a new position on the State Board of Health to represent the EMS community.
SAM Medical Products has released a new dual-purpose gauze dressing that controls life-threatening bleeding from traumatic wounds and protects and cools first- and second-degree burns.
Cornerstone Adminisystems, Inc., is offering an interactive EMS grant-writing workshop: Unlocked: Strategies & Solutions for Grant Funding Success. The event will allow attendees to leave the workshop with a completed Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) proposal.