Navy’s Stealth Destroyer Runs EMS Call
The Navy's new stealth destroyer endured a real life-and-death test Saturday when crew members aboard the future USS Zumwalt helped rescue a Maine fisherman suffering a medical emergency at sea.
The Zumwalt, a 600-foot-long guided missile destroyer built at Bath Iron Works, was recently conducting sea trials when the U.S. Coast Guard requested assistance from any boats in the vicinity of the fishing vessel Danny Boy, located about 40 nautical miles southeast of Portland at 3 a.m. The captain of the Portland- based Danny Boy, 46-year-old Dale Sparrow, was experiencing chest pains, but a Coast Guard helicopter crew determined it was too dangerous to try to hoist the captain because of the 45-foot boat's deck configuration.
LODD: NJ Paramedic Dies After Performing CPR
HILLSBOROUGH, N.J. - Paramedic James V. Maguire died recently of an apparent heart attack less than 20 hours after he performed CPR for an extended period of time.
Petition Asks White House for EMS LODD Memorial
WASHINGTON - In an effort to establish a memorial for EMS workers who die in the line of duty, the National EMS Memorial Foundation is collaborating with the White House on an online petition to show support for H.R. 2274.
The bill will ensure that a commemorative work is created in the nation’s capital that will recognize the EMS providers who died in the line of duty, and will honor the dedication of EMS members nationwide.
Each year, 850,000 EMS providers answer more than 30 million calls to serve 22 million patients in need of care. Over 600 men and women who served have made the ultimate sacrifice while performing their duties.
Penn Study on Mechanical and Manual CPR with JEMS Highlights
Previous research has questioned the effectiveness of mechanical CPR, citing concerns about costs, and the time it takes to apply the device. Other studies have suggested that while there is some low-quality evidence showing that mechanical CPR can improve consistency of chest compressions, evidence showing the effect on survival rates and neurological outcomes is lacking.
Mechanical CPR, in which a device is used by Emergency Medical Service (EMS) providers to deliver automated chest compressions during cardiac arrest resuscitation care, is associated with an equivalent survival rate for patients experiencing cardiac arrest outside of the hospital as manual CPR, according to new findings from a team of researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The study is the first large scale, real-world proof that mechanical CPR may be an equivalent alternative to manual CPR for treating patients experiencing extensive cardiac arrest episodes and requiring advanced life support services. The results are being presented during the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions.