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October 25, 2008

7 named to state panel on Medevac guidelines

The agency that manages Maryland's emergency medical system appointed a seven-member panel yesterday to explore the state's guidelines for determining when trauma patients should be transported in helicopters. It is a response to last month's fatal crash in Prince George's County. The panel, which includes prominent critics and proponents of helicopter medical transport, will meet "in the near future," but a schedule was not released. The Sept. 28 crash was one of eight fatal Medevac crashes in the United States this year; there have been 26 since 2003. Panel members include Harvard physician Dr. Stephen H. Thomas, author of several research papers that support the use of helicopters to transport patients; and University of Nevada physician Dr. Bryan E. Bledsoe, whose research has raised doubts about the medical benefits of helicopter transport. The panel will also include Ellen Mackenzie, a researcher at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Dr. Robert C. MacKersie, a trauma surgeon at San Francisco General Hospital; Dr. John A. Morris, a trauma surgeon at Vanderbilt University Medical Center; Tom Judge, director of a helicopter service in Bangor, Maine; and William R. Metcalf, a former Anne Arundel County firefighter who is chief of the North County Fire Protection District in suburban San Diego.

Robert Little

Main St. Market Days set in Reisterstown

The Main Street Shopkeepers of Reisterstown will hold Main Street Market Days from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and tomorrow. Main Street stores and businesses will be offering specials to patrons, and activities will include live music, a yard sale and a decorated pumpkin contest at Constellation Books. Registration is recommended for the pumpkin contest. Information: 410-833-5151.

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