Flags at Half-Staff to Honor NJ EMT in LODD Collision
The flags on N.J. state buildings to fly at half-staff on Friday, July 31 to recognize EMT Hinal Patel who was killed in an ambulance collision on July 25. Patel was completing what was supposed to be her last shift at Spotswood EMS when the collision occurred.
"EMT Hinal Patel’s compassion for others and commitment to her community through providing care to those in need makes her a hero and a true role model for all New Jerseyans," said Governor Christie. "It is appropriate and fitting for the State of New Jersey to remember EMT Hinal Patel, to mark her passing, and to honor her memory."
Jersey City Launches Citizen Emergency Response Program to Lower Response Times
Jersey City, NJ will begin training citizens in EMS for the first community-based response program in the country.
A partnership between Jersey City and Medical Center-Barnabas Health will use GPS mobile app-based technology to create a volunteer response team to treat patients before EMTs arrive, NJ.com reports.
More than 300 people have signed up for the program. Volunteers will complete a 60-hour course in medical first response taught by Jersey City Medical Center EMTs. The course is funded through private charitable donations.
James Jude, Surgeon Who Helped Pioneer Key CPR Technique, Dies at 87
MIAMI (AP) — Dr. James Jude, one of the experts credited with pioneering life-saving cardiopulmonary resuscitation, has died. He was 87.
Peter Jude says his father died early Tuesday in Coral Gables after an extended illness. Jude says his father always wanted to help people, noting CPR has saved countless lives.
In the late 1950s, the doctor and two electrical engineers, William Kouwenhoven and Guy Knickerbocker, did research which led to their development of chest compression in 1960. This was later combined with work by others on artificial respiration to become CPR.
The Minnesota native moved to Florida in 1964 to become professor of surgery and chief of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery at the University of Miami School of Medicine and Jackson Memorial Hospital. He maintained a private practice from 1971 until 2000.
Virtua Health Sues over Camden EMS Takeover
Virtua Health Inc. recently sued the State of New Jersey to block a law, signed earlier this month by Gov. Christie, that transfers control of emergency medical services in Camden to Cooper University Hospital.
Heroin Use Grows By Nearly 300,000
The number of U.S. heroin users has grown by nearly 300,000 over a decade, with the bulk of the increase among whites, according to a new government report.
Experts think the increase was driven by people switching from opioid painkillers to cheaper heroin.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the report Tuesday. It's based on annual face-to-face surveys of about 67,000 Americans — the government's main source of data on use of illegal drugs.