EMS1.com - Volume 39 - January 23, 2008 - Member News
EMS1 Member News
January 23, 2008
Volume 39

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Canadian paramedic survives 96 hours trapped in wilderness

Paramedics hit treatment bullseye

Paramedics aid a patient who was gored by a bull during a bull festival in Colombia, Sunday. An average of 20 people are injured each year at the event after jumping into the ring with 1000-pound bulls. Full Story (AP Photo/William Fernando Martinez)
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A paramedic who's used to saving the lives of others found himself having to eat rotting beaver meat and fend off snarling animals to ensure his own survival while trapped for 96 hours in Alberta bush country.

Ken Hildebrand of Fort McMurray, Canada, was riding his all-terrain vehicle as he collected animal traps north about 80 miles southwest of Calgary, when the ATV rolled after hitting a rock and trapped him underneath ... Full Story

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TALK BACK: Which EMS skills will keep you alive should you find yourself in a dangerous situation?

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Line-of-Duty Deaths
Mo. paramedic/ firefighter dies on duty

Name: Louis Berra
Date: January 18
City: West St. Louis County, Mo.
Cause: Colleagues found 48-year-old paramedic-firefighter Louis Berra collapsed in his room Friday morning. The cause of his death is unknown
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Lack of statewide trauma care system raise concerns in Ky.
[Lexington, Ky.]

911 dispatcher found guilty of mishandling call

N.C. county implements hypothermia for cardiac patients
[Gaston County, N.C.]
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TALK BACK: Is hypothermia a reliable treatment of cardiac arrest?

Mo. paramedic pulls gun on teen over road dispute
[Troy, Mo.]

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Mid-air plane collision kills five in Calif.
[Corona, Calif.]

Calif. charges rogue paramedic impersonator
[Huntington Beach, Calif.]
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Many veteran EMTs were inspired by '70s TV series 'Emergency!'
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Ohio bus driver/EMT accused of unlawful sexual conduct
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