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  • This Town’s EMT Services Are Run Entirely by High School Students

    10/26/2016 5:19:31 PM PDT · by GrootheWanderer · 38 replies
    Babble ^ | Oct. 25, 2016 | Samantha Wood
    Darien, Connecticut is a quaint little town that you could easily drive past on I-95 without noticing. And while it seems like a quiet place where nothing notable happens … every siren that goes off in the middle of the night disturbing the peaceful, tree-lined streets tells a different story. Every first responder in the town’s three fire departments and emergency medical services is a volunteer. All medical emergencies, from a fiery motor vehicle rollover on I-95 to a woman going into labor at home, brings the Post 53 ambulances wailing down the streets. And the EMTs who will treat...
  • EMT says he was suspended without pay for trying to save choking girl

    10/28/2015 10:10:21 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | Oct. 28, 2015 | Edmund DeMarche
    A heroic New York EMT who tried in vain last week to save a 7-year-old school girl choking on her lunch said he was suspended because it is against company policy to make a stop without being called. Qwasi Reid, who works for Assist Ambulance, was transporting a nursing home patient last Wednesday with his partner when he said they were flagged down at a red light by a frantic man who told them that a student was choking. Reid said his partner, who was not reprimanded by the company, told the man they already had a patient and there...
  • Detroit EMT fired after refusing to help baby

    06/28/2015 10:10:14 AM PDT · by Morgana · 13 replies ^ | June 26 2015 | : Shawn Ley, Local 4 Reporter,
    DETROIT - The Detroit fire commissioner has fired an EMT who refused to help a baby when she was just minutes away from the home. Commissioner Edsel Jenkins said Ann Marie Thomas's employment with the Detroit Fire Department has been terminated. "Today, we conducted an appeals hearing, which Ms. Thomas requested. After reviewing all of the facts of this incident, I have determined that the appropriate course of action is to terminate Ms. Thomas' employment with the Detroit Fire Department effective immediately," said Jenkins in a statement released Wednesday.
  • CERT Training Session 4

    05/02/2015 12:42:40 PM PDT · by flamberge · 2 replies
    Direct Report | Flamberge
    CERT Training Session 4 This session was a practical test in which the CERT Volunteers were called to the location of a simulated disaster. In contrast to previous sessions, the practical test was held outdoors in the downtown parking lot of a metropolitan convention facility. Groups from a number of different cities participated in the event as well as teams sponsored by the national FEMA organization. The event was organized by professional staff of the participating cities. The organizers had decades-long experience with Fire and Rescue operations. There were approximately 50 CERT volunteers plus 50 role-player “disaster victim” volunteers attending...
  • CERT Training Session 3

    05/02/2015 12:34:54 PM PDT · by flamberge · 1 replies
    Direct Report | Flamberge
    CERT Training Session 3 As before, this session was held in a city facility and lasted for most of the day. This session went over “Unit 3” and “Unit 4” of the training materials – “Disaster Medical Operations”. The instructors reviewed information from the previous session on Triage procedures and basic First Aid. “Triage is not treatment. It is sorting”. This point was emphasized by the instructors. In a mass-casualty event the first thing the responders want to do is identify victims who are uninjured, or do not need immediate medical attention, and get them away from the incident site...
  • CERT Training Session 2

    05/02/2015 12:30:23 PM PDT · by flamberge · 1 replies
    Direct Report | Flamberge
    CERT Training Session 2 As before, this session was held in a city facility and lasted for most of the day. Almost all of the previous attendees from session 1 returned for session 2. There were a small number of new students as well. The morning portion went over Government responses to terrorist incidents; “Unit 8” of the training documents. This material comes straight from FEMA, and is mainly concerned with Chemical, Radiological, Biological, and Nuclear attacks. The FEMA managers seem to be obsessed with such possibilities. This is rather curious, since even the training materials mention that 80% of...
  • CERT Training Session 1

    05/02/2015 12:26:02 PM PDT · by flamberge · 4 replies
    Direct Report | Flamberge
    CERT Training, Session 1 A posting on another blog suggested that “preppers” should learn about the Incident Command System used by FEMA and that this might best be done by taking some of the courses offered by that agency. See your tax dollars at work, so to speak. A CERT course was available and scheduled nearby. I decided to attend. “CERT” stands for “Community Emergency Response Teams”. This program is sponsored on a national level by FEMA and is based on volunteer organizations first created about thirty years ago by the Los Angles Fire Department. CERT makes explicit use of...
  • Firefighters Refuse to Help Man, He Dies

    01/30/2014 10:40:58 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 63 replies
    Newser ^ | 01/30/2014 | Evann Gastaldo
    77-year-old collapsed across street from DC firehouse (Newser) – Marie Mills' father collapsed Saturday afternoon in a shopping center parking lot across the street from a Washington, DC, firehouse—but firefighters didn't rush to his aid, despite repeated pleas for help, and Medric "Cecil" Mills, 77, died of a heart attack. Marie Mills tells WTTG that bystanders were "screaming and hollering" at a firefighter across the street, and three people even ran over to Engine 26, but they were told rescuers could not respond until 911 was called, the Washington Post reports. Sources say that when 911 was called, an...
  • False alarm: First responders exempt from Obamacare employer calculations, Treasury says

    01/11/2014 2:05:16 AM PST · by Zakeet · 14 replies
    Washington Times ^ | January 10, 2014 | Tom Howell Jr.
    The Treasury said Friday it will not count “nominally compensated” volunteer firefighters or emergency medical services personnel as full-time employees when the employer mandate tied to Obamacare takes effect next year. In a blog post, the department said it reviewed the tax code and concluded it would not be reasonable to count first-responder volunteers against the law’s threshold of 50 employees. [Snip] The Treasury made its latest decision after accepting feedback from local fire and EMS departments.
  • Did Anyone Watch American Blackout on NatGeo last night? (vanity)

    10/28/2013 1:38:42 PM PDT · by lulu16 · 150 replies
    What happens when major portions of the United States loses power? How will people cope? How will people die? From this forum, I heard of this docudrama and set the DVR. I only made it 40 minutes in until I started hiding my head under the couch pillows and at the one hour mark, I fled the room where my husband was watching. He put it on hold for tonight, because he wants to know what happens. I will hear it second hand from him. At first, from the timeline, 2006, I thought this was previously aired six years ago....
  • EMT who ignored dying pregnant woman while on coffee break cleared of official misconduct

    06/25/2013 6:47:21 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 14 replies
    New York Post ^ | June 25, 2013 | JAZZ SHAW
    <p>The Brooklyn EMT who callously refused to help a dying pregnant woman because she was on her coffee break saw her official misconduct charge dropped today after EMS chief Abdo Nahmod — who initially supported the case against her — flip-flopped, leaving frustrated Brooklyn prosecutors no choice but to dismiss the case.</p>
  • Women steals ambulance from paramedics on emergency call

    12/14/2012 12:54:47 PM PST · by Morgana · 8 replies
    WOWK ^ | 12.14.2012 | WOWK
    According to a criminal complaint, a woman stole an ambulance that was on a call in the 4000 Block of MacCorkle Avenue in Charleston, W.Va on Dec 13. According EMS personnel who were responding to a call, Elizabeth Ann Lacy, 47, approached them and asked for a ride home. The EMS told her that they were on a call and couldn't take her home. The paramedics then entered the home of the patient and began treatment. According to witnesses, after the EMS's entered the home Lacy entered the ambulance and drove off with the emergency lights still on.
  • Man Arrested for Breaking EMT's Leg at Occupy Wall Street

    11/10/2011 12:19:45 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 19 replies
    NBC New York ^ | Nov.10, 2011 | Melissa Russo and Shimon Prokupecz
    A man has been arrested for allegedly attacking a paramedic and breaking his leg at the Occupy Wall Street site Wednesday night. Police say paramedics were called to Zuccotti Park for a man who was acting irrationally. When they arrived, the man in question appeared to be in emotional distress and police decided he needed to be taken to the hospital. But he refused to be placed in the ambulance and pushed one of the EMTs into a ladder, fracturing the EMT's leg. The man is being charged with assault. Earlier in the day, Mayor Bloomberg defended the protesters as...
  • Everyday Heroes: Paying Homage To 1st Responders

    10/04/2010 6:46:43 AM PDT · by BigChiefLtd · 7 replies
    Grand Rants ^ | October 4, 2010 | Gerry Ashley
    Who are “First Responders?” They are the men and women of our local communities who put their lives on the line for each of us on a daily basis by responding to emergency (911) calls. They are Firemen, Police, EMTs and others who have promised each of us that no matter what the emergency, they will be there for us. And it’s a promise they keep every day of their (and our) lives. Dave Carroll knows a lot about this from first-hand experience. He’s been a volunteer fireman in his home town of Waverly, Nova Scotia while building his musical...
  • Sow, Reap

    07/20/2010 5:50:03 AM PDT · by Stoutcat · 1 replies
    Grand Rants ^ | 07-19-10 | Stoutcat
    What goes around comes around. You reap what you sow. No good deed goes unrewarded. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. That’s pretty much the sum total “Everything I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” version of how people should treat each other. While I certainly don’t rejoice in what is described in the article below, I can’t help but wonder if the cosmic scales are sometimes adjusted in ways that even we mere mortals can understand and should heed...
  • Midlands ambulance crews strain to help obese patients

    07/30/2009 12:25:36 PM PDT · by traumer · 38 replies · 777+ views
    Four-hundred-, 600- and even 800-pound patients are presenting ambulance crews with some big challenges. As obesity rates rise, paramedics in Nebraska and Iowa are faced with carrying more obese patients. In turn, paramedics find creative ways to move them, and some fire departments are looking to borrow or buy specialized equipment. Lincoln Fire & Rescue, for example, is considering putting a construction crane and a forklift on call for patients who are too big to get out a door or down steps. Firefighters had to use a tarp to haul an 800-pound patient a few years ago. It's another example...
  • Emergency Workers Felt Jackson Dead at Scene

    06/26/2009 1:11:44 PM PDT · by Shermy · 82 replies · 4,029+ views
    TMZ ^ | June 26, 2009
    When EMTs arrived at Michael Jackson's home yesterday, the medics wanted to pronounce him dead on the scene -- but Michael's personal doctor refused to let them "call it" -- this according to sources close to the situation. When EMTs arrived there was evidence someone had been performing CPR on Michael for "quite some time." There was evidence of Lidocaine -- an old-school drug that can be used to treat disturbances in the heart's rhythm. Medics took over performing CPR but determined Jackson was lifeless -- and wanted to call the coroner to pick up the body. We're told Jackson...
  • EMT Who Fought With Oklahoma Trooper Wants Officer to Lose Badge

    06/16/2009 1:10:08 PM PDT · by Eddings · 278 replies · 9,287+ views
    AP (via FOX News) ^ | June 16, 2009
    OKLAHOMA CITY — The paramedic who scuffled with an Oklahoma highway police officer while a patient waited inside the ambulance says the trooper should lose his badge. Maurice White Jr. said Tuesday on the CBS "Early Show" that trooper Daniel Martin was in a state of rage when he stopped his ambulance and totally disregarded the patient's safety. Martin stopped the ambulance May 24 for failing to yield. White says he got out of the ambulance to tell the trooper they were taking a patient to the hospital. The argument quickly escalated into a scuffle and Martin put White in...
  • Caught on camera: Cop scuffles with EMTs after pulling over ambulance

    06/15/2009 8:43:49 PM PDT · by earlJam · 21 replies · 1,814+ views
    KARE-TV11 ^ | 6/15/09
    Caught on camera: Cop scuffles with EMTs after pulling over ambulance The Oklahoma Highway Patrol has released dash-cam video showing an altercation between a state trooper and the crew of an ambulance that he pulled over. The video shows the paramedics repeatedly tell Trooper Daniel Martin that they have a patient in the ambulance and need to get to a hospital. Martin chased the ambulance down and pulled it over after the driver refused to yield when the trooper's car first encountered the vehicle. Trooper Martin initially passed the ambulance while on his way to another call, but left that...
  • Oklahoma Highway Patrol releases scuffle video (scuffle with paramedic)

    06/14/2009 12:19:46 PM PDT · by kenth · 257 replies · 4,966+ views
    NewsOK (The Oklahoman online) ^ | 06/13/2009 | Ron Jackson
    PRAGUE — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol released a dashboard camera video late Friday that was recorded during an altercation between a patrol trooper and an emergency medical technician. Featured Gallery The patrol said the move is contrary to what the agency normally does but decided to release the video because of the high level of public interest and the fact that the release "would not affect the administrative review” of the patrol’s investigation of the incident, according to a statement released late Friday. "We’ve been well aware of the fact that this incident has drawn enormous attention, but made the...
  • Medics Caught on Tape Allegedly Decided Disabled Man Not Worth Saving

    01/01/2009 8:11:15 AM PST · by NoGrayZone · 63 replies · 1,900+ views
    Fox News ^ | 12/31/08 | The Times
    <p>Two EMT workers in Britain were arrested after they were heard allegedly discussing whether they should bother to resuscitate a disabled man who had collapsed at home and subsequently died.</p> <p>Barry Baker, 59, who lived alone, dialed 911 saying that he thought he was having a heart attack. An ambulance was sent to his house while a controller kept him talking on the line.</p>
  • Future Shockwave? (is Iran planning an EMT attack against US?)

    08/14/2008 11:44:43 AM PDT · by mojito · 116 replies · 686+ views
    NRO ^ | 8/14/2008 | Clifford May
    If you don’t live in Washington, New York, or another big city, you may think: “Even if the terrorists do strike again on American soil, my hometown and my family probably aren’t in danger.” Think again. In 2001 the U.S. government established a commission to “assess the threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) attack.” The commission recently reported to Congress that if a nuclear warhead were to be detonated at high altitude over the American mainland the blast would produce an EMP — a shockwave so powerful that it would “cripple military and civilian communications, power, transportation,...
  • EMS on 2 wheels gets speedy care to victims

    06/22/2008 8:31:20 PM PDT · by buccaneer81 · 13 replies · 176+ views
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | June 22, 2008 | AMANDA DOLASINSKI
    EMS on 2 wheels gets speedy care to victims Sunday, June 22, 2008 9:31 PM By AMANDA DOLASINSKI THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH James Fish carefully weaves his large hands through the straps of Natalie Ratliff's blue bike helmet. He snaps the straps together and checks the space under. Satisfied the fit is snug, he asks, “How does that feel?” The 8-year-old girl nods and smiles. Soon Fish, a medic with the Washington Township Fire Department, gets on his own bicycle and pedals off. He's one of 25 certified EMS bicycle patrols for the township, which serves the city of Dublin. Other...
  • A&E patients left in ambulances for up to FIVE hours 'so trusts can meet government targets'

    02/17/2008 4:48:09 PM PST · by John Jorsett · 20 replies · 256+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | Feb 17, 2008
    Seriously ill patients are being kept in ambulances outside hospitals for hours so NHS trusts do not miss Government targets. Thousands of people a year are having to wait outside accident and emergency departments because trusts will not let them in until they can treat them within four hours, in line with a Labour pledge. The hold-ups mean ambulances are not available to answer fresh 999 calls. Doctors warned last night that the practice of "patient-stacking" was putting patients' health at risk. Figures obtained by the Liberal Democrats show that last year 43,576 patients waited longer than one hour before...
  • Doing the Right Thing Brings Lifes Rewards - Wuli

    12/19/2007 1:34:00 PM PST · by Wuli · 12 replies · 194+ views
    12/19/2007 | Wuli
    I have been away for 16 days. Were it not for the actions of one man, it may have been much longer before I could be here, writing this, and maybe this writing may not have been possible. On December 3rd I was mugged by a falling tree, at least that is what the eyewitnesses say. My memory of the events begins only much later, when I here the voice of Rabbi Yehoshua Kaganoff telling me not to move, that everything is O.K., that the EMT crew is on the way - as sat holding me, with one arm around...
  • EU rule: Ambulance crews take break while man dies

    01/06/2007 7:05:58 PM PST · by Nachum · 37 replies · 1,572+ views
    wnd ^ | January 6, 2007 | staff
    When a 73-year-old Londoner collapsed at a betting shop on New Year's Eve afternoon, his luck had run out – thanks to European Union rules that required two nearby ambulance crews to be kept on their 30-minute breaks. A paramedic arrived by rapid-response car in a matter of minutes to the shopping center where the unnamed senior was stricken and began caring for the man. Witnesses say he made desperate calls on his cell phone in an attempt to have an ambulance dispatched. The London Ambulance Service, which has launched an investigation of the incident, confirmed that two crews were...
  • Rules urged on when to halt care in cardiac arrest

    08/02/2006 10:57:07 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 39 replies · 1,022+ views
    Reuters ^ | Aug. 2, 2006 | Gene Emery
    BOSTON (Reuters) - About two-thirds of cardiac arrest patients taken to hospitals by emergency medical technicians die anyway, and probably most could be declared dead at the scene, according to research published on Wednesday. The report in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that certain emergency medical services -- not those staffed by paramedics -- could ease the distress of loved ones and dramatically reduce the number of hopeless but expensive hospital trips. The assessment of 1,240 cardiac arrest rescue runs over two years in Ontario, Canada, found that only 1 in 500 people survived to be discharged from...
  • EMT charged in defibrillator death sentenced to year in jail

    03/15/2006 4:25:33 AM PST · by don-o · 31 replies · 1,336+ views
    Kingsport Times News ^ | 3/15/06 | Kevin Castle
    LEBANON VA - An emergency medical technician who pleaded guilty to killing a co-worker with a defibrillator paddle will be released from jail in early 2007 following a judge's decision Tuesday evening. Russell County Circuit Judge Mike Moore called the June 1, 2005, death of 23-year-old Courtney Leighann Hilton "a senseless, foolish act" before handing down a 12-month jail sentence to Joshua Phillip Martin, 25, who entered an Alford plea in January to one count of involuntary manslaughter. In an Alford plea, a defendant maintains his innocence while acknowledging that the evidence is strong enough that a judge or jury...
  • Martinsville High School Student Chokes to Death at School (Teacher prevented 911 call)

    03/10/2006 8:43:53 PM PST · by Samwise · 305 replies · 6,676+ views
    Several Martinsville High School students say teachers stopped their calls to 911 while a fellow student was choking, because cell phones aren't allowed on campus. Witnesses tell police the victim was rushing to finish his lunch before leaving the cafeteria, because you can't bring food outside. That's when they say he started choking, went into cardiac arrest, and died at the hospital. Multiple 911 calls went out from Martinsville High School. Witnesses say Jesse Tucker choked on a hamburger. Paramedics rushed the 15 year-old freshman to the hospital, where he later died. "It's really hard to grasp the fact that...
  • Victim of gay bar attack files complaint

    02/15/2006 10:54:58 PM PST · by ncountylee · 20 replies · 728+ views
    UPI ^ | 2/15/2006
    NEW BEDFORD, Mass., Feb. 15 (UPI) -- One victim of the hatchet attack Feb. 1 at a Massachusetts gay bar said he was treated badly in the ambulance because he was gay. Robert Perry, himself a paramedic supervisor with Mercy-General Ambulance in Boston, said the New Bedford EMS ambulance personnel ignored his complaints, were rough with him and slammed an oxygen mask on his face where the gash was. Teenager Jacob D. Robida was eventually killed by police after swinging a hatchet in the bar Puzzles. Perry said he is filing a complaint with the Massachusetts Department of Health's Office...
  • E.M.T. At the Superdome recounts what REALLY happened.

    09/09/2005 6:23:47 AM PDT · by RightinNM · 43 replies · 2,903+ views
    The Santa Fe New Mexican ^ | 9/9/5 | Diana Heil
    Paramedic's N.M. team stays behind to treat storm victims ... a self-contained, federally funded team from New Mexico -- arrived in New Orleans at 3 a.m. Aug. 30 with 20 tons of supplies. ... Hesch has a few insights he'd like to share: "I would tell people to be patient with their government and understanding because this is the nation's biggest disaster, bar none."
  • EMS Command - Hilton New Orleans (Account of Hurricane Survival in the Hilton)

    09/09/2005 8:28:36 AM PDT · by TaxRelief · 11 replies · 1,083+ views
    EMS Network News ^ | Sept 07, 2005 | John R. Brophy, EMT
    Reprinted from EMS news EMS Command -- Hilton New Orleans Riverside By John R. Brophy, EMT On the morning before Katrina hit New Orleans I had made contact with Hilton Security Captain Lucien Fortone to offer my assistance as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), little did I know that a few days later I would have been part of a team of guests and staff that would come together like a family and do so much for so many. As others came forward to help, we organized into a cohesive unit, developed a plan, and established our own Incident...
  • Hurricane Katrina - Our Experiences (Leftist EMT's LIES)

    09/08/2005 7:52:09 AM PDT · by hombre_sincero · 26 replies · 909+ views
    EMS Network ^ | 6 Sep 05 | Komrades Bradshaw & Slonsky
    From EMSNetwork News Your best source for EMS News . we . search . so . you . don't . have . to EMS & Hurricane Katrina Hurricane Katrina - Our Experiences By Parmedics Larry Bradsahw and Lorrie Beth Slonsky Sep 6, 2005, 11:59 note: Bradshaw and Slonsky are paramedics frorm California that were attending the EMS conference in New Orleans. Larry Bradsahw is the chief shop steward, Paramedic Chapter, SEIU Local 790; and Lorrie Beth Slonsky is steward, Paramedic Chapter, SEIU Local 790.[California] Two days after Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, the Walgreen's store at the corner of...
  • State: 16-year-old ambulance driver violates labor laws

    02/17/2005 8:48:24 PM PST · by Between the Lines · 12 replies · 476+ views
    WCNC ^ | February 17, 2005
    SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- A 16-year-old boy who has been driving an ambulance to help keep an Upstate rescue squad running can no longer stay behind the wheel because of state labor laws. Ambulance drivers fall under the Labor, Licensing and Regulation Department's hazardous occupation codes, which forbid people younger than 18 from doing certain dangerous jobs, agency spokesman Jim Knight said. The law applies both to paid workers and volunteers, Knight said. "We're assigning an investigator, and he's looking into it at this time," Knight said. "The issue has come up before with volunteer fire departments and rescue squads wanting...
  • (Colorado)A second grader did what many adults cannot

    08/25/2004 12:02:24 PM PDT · by B4Ranch · 5 replies · 1,007+ views Colorado ^ | August 23, 2004. | Cheryl Preheim
    A second grader did what many adults cannot Aurora, Colorado Emergency Responders say 7 year old Trystan Meadows handled an family emergency better than most people twice his age would have. They made him an honorary Junior EMT for it. It was his fast thinking that saved his Grandpa's life when Dennis Meadows collapsed in the kitchen. He said, "he's amazing, he didn't hesitate he called 911 to get me help." Meadows was having a massive seizure. Aurora dispatcher, Shenikwa Tigner took the call and told Trystan how to help his grandpa until an ambulance could get there. She said,...
  • Fired EMT Sues After Refusing to Transport Woman for Abortion

    05/12/2004 6:15:26 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 56 replies · 212+ views ^ | 5/11/04 | Maria Gallagher
    Elmhurst, IL ( -- In a case that has attracted national attention, a lawsuit has been filed against an Illinois ambulance service that fired a worker who refused to transport a woman to an abortion center. The American Center for Law and Justice, which specializes in constitutional law cases, filed a federal suit against the Elmhurst, Illinois company, claiming that company officials violated Stephanie Adamson's rights by firing her for her religious beliefs. "This is a case where an employer fired an employee for acting in accordance with her religious beliefs by refusing to become a participant in an abortion,"...
  • Two Kansas Emergency Workers Killed in Apparent Ambush, Authorities Say

    04/03/2004 7:58:28 AM PST · by numberonepal · 29 replies · 206+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 04-03-04 | AP
    EDWARDSVILLE, Kan. (AP) - An emergency medical technician and a paramedic were killed early Saturday in an apparent ambush, authorities said. Firefighters found the two medics dead at the fire station shortly after midnight, said Eric Dooley, a spokesman for Metropolitan Ambulance Service Trust, an ambulance service for the Kansas City, Kan., area. He identified the victims as emergency medical technician Tye Brown, 33, and paramedic Catherine Malone, 30. Additional details about the deaths were not immediately available. AP-ES-04-03-04 1036EST
  • New stretchers can bear obese.

    10/20/2003 5:41:26 AM PDT · by .cnI redruM · 11 replies · 220+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 20 Oct 03 | AP
    <p>WILMINGTON, Ohio (AP) — The sharply rising number of obese Americans is leading medical-equipment manufacturers and ambulance crews to supersize their stretchers.</p> <p>Manufacturers are adding thicker aluminum frames, bulkier connectors and extra spine supports to create stretchers with a capacity of 650 pounds, instead of the standard 350 to 500. Ambulance crews are switching to the heavy-duty models to avoid injuries to rescue workers and patients alike.</p>
  • Taiwan records biggest daily leap in infections

    05/16/2003 3:19:22 AM PDT · by Mr. Morals · 33 replies · 272+ views
    AP, Dr. Henry Niman | May 16, 2003 | AP
    Taiwan records biggest daily leap in infections TAIPEI - Taiwan yesterday announced its biggest one-day jump in new Sars cases, amid a disturbing rise in cases of transmission within hospitals. The Mackay Memorial Hospital in Taipei yesterday became the third major hospital to report an outbreak in two days, adding pressure to the island's already strained health system. A spokesman said the hospital was investigating how seven doctors and nurses - all using full protection - developed Sars symptoms. Ninety other workers were quarantined. Dr Lee Ming-liang, head of the Cabinet's Sars committee, said: 'Infections at hospitals in the past...
  • US May Debut Secret Microwave 'Pulse' Weapon Versus Iraq

    02/02/2003 11:07:50 AM PST · by ewing · 80 replies · 770+ views
    Reuters News Wire ^ | Feb. 2, 2003 | Will Dunham
    It substitues pure energy for munitions. It is designed to achieve military objectives without killing things or wrecking buildings.And Saddam Husseins armed forces may be chosen as the first target of the US Military's new secret weapon.The US Air Force is developing high power microwave, or HPM, weapon that generates a massive electromagnetic pulse capable of frying the inside of digital electronic systems, disabling enemy military equipment, analysts said. While the weapon is top secret and details about it are classified, analyists say development is far enough along that they expect the military to use an HPM weapon for the...