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On the heels of Mayo Clinic crash, a brief on medical helicopter safety
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Mayo Clinic procurement technician David Hines and cardiovascular surgeon Dr. Louis Bonilla were doing what they do every day - procuring an organ to save a patient's life - when they lost their own lives in an early morning helicopter crash on Dec. 26, says one colleague in tribute videos posted on the hospital's blog. Because the crash started a fire that destroyed 85 percent to 90 percent of the aircraft, the National Transportation Safety Board says it could take six months to a year to complete the investigation to determine the cause and conditions of the accident, which also killed pilot E. Hoke Smith. More

MedEvac Foundation thanks all of our supporters!
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With generous donations from individuals like you, MedEvac Foundation International raised over $950,000 in 2011. Click here to read more...

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FICEMS Releases 2011 National EMS Assessment
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The Federal Interagency Committee for Emergency Medical Services (FICEMS) has released the 2011 National EMS Assessment - Download here. Sponsored by FICEMS and funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the report provides the first ever comprehensive description of emergency medical services, EMS emergency preparedness and 911 systems at state and national levels using existing data sources. NASEMSO members contributed a significant amount of data to make the assessment possible.

The National EMS Assessment, which was completed over a 24-month period from September 2009 to August 2011, provides a detailed description of the nation’s EMS systems which comprise an estimated 19,971 local EMS agencies, their 81,295 vehicles and 826,111 licensed and credentialed personnel.

The landmark document is a powerful resource and the first national assessment of Emergency Medical Services that provides comprehensive data aggregated at both the state and national levels. These data will allow the officials responsible for improving EMS systems to benchmark current and future performance and identify areas of strength and weakness.

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How EMS systems are changing for the better    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The 2010 AHA ECC Guidelines were published in October 2010 (they are published every five years) and made the strongest statements yet about therapeutic hypothermia. In fact, post-resuscitation care for sudden cardiac arrest is now considered to be so important that an entire section of the guidelines is dedicated to it and the AHA has created a fifth link in the chain-of-survival. More

Interdisciplinary task force develops first comprehensive agenda for critical care research
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The first comprehensive agenda intended to guide critical care research outlines a series of recommendations across the spectrum of critical care and encourages increased cooperation among all stakeholders. More

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5 things EMS must do in 2012    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Art Hsieh writes, "In a seeming blink of the proverbial eye, 2011 has come to a close. Is it me, or do the years seem to be getting shorter? It feels like we move from one headline story to the next, hardly pausing to consider the impact of such events to our current or future situation." More
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Oxygen toxicity
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Oxygen is an essential tool in prehospital care and the most commonly administered drug in the out-of-hospital setting. Prehospital providers administer oxygen to correct hypoxemia and hypoxia, and also as an adjunctive treatment in pain management. When administered, oxygen can decrease both the work of breathing and myocardial workload. However, like all drugs, oxygen has side effects. Used incorrectly, oxygen can cause serious harm. More

Washington bill proposes volunteers pay for EMS certification
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A proposed bill in Olympia, Wash., could mean volunteer firefighters might have to pay to serve their communities. House Bill 2141 would place a certification fee to First Responders, EMT and Paramedics in Washington and would affect both volunteer and career firefighters. More

Health care district looks to replace aging Trauma Hawk fleet
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The Palm Beach County Health Care District in Florida will begin discussions soon on whether and when to replace its air ambulance fleet, which is almost 13-years-old. The district paid $6.7 million each for its two Sikorsky S76-C+ trauma helicopters, delivered in 1999. Each one has transported about 4,700 patients during its life and flown more than 2,600 hours. More

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LIFENET provides heart lifeline
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When it comes to serious heart attacks, paramedics say "time is tissue." In other words, the longer it takes for a victim to get appropriate treatment at a hospital, the more heart tissue that's damaged and the higher the patient's chances of serious disability or death. More

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