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By Roger Twigg and Roger Twigg,Staff Writer | March 6, 1993
Baltimore City paramedics are being trained in the use of endotracheal intubation, an emergency life-saving procedure expected to save "hundreds of lives a year."In the procedure, a tube is inserted into the throat to help remove obstacles from the esophagus and open airways so that oxygen can be quickly pumped into the lungs before any physical damage can occur.The procedure reduces the risk of brain damage or death and prevents the buildup of deadly acid in the body."The No. 1 priority of all medical teaching and practice is optimal management of the airway," said Dr. Richard Alcorta, acting emergency medical services director of the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS)
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September 20, 1990
The other honorees are:Civilian Certificate of Honor:* Matthew Scott, 6, of Rockville, was at home when his mother had a seizure. He called 911 and requested an ambulance, then cared for his younger siblings during the absence of an adult.* Gertrude Kidd, of Fallston, a home-health care nurse, stopped the bleeding from a motorist's head within seconds after an accident, before paramedics arrived.* Margaret Johnson, of Bladensburg, saved a child whose clothes were engulfed in flames.* Joseph R. Snowberger, of Ridgely, was driving a dump truck when he saw another dump truck overturn and catch fire.
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By New York Times News Service | July 9, 1995
WASHINGTON -- As enrollment in health maintenance organizations soars, hospitals across the country report that HMOs are increasingly denying claims for care provided in hospital emergency rooms.Such denials create obstacles to emergency care for HMO patients or can leave them responsible for thousands of dollars in medical bills.The denials also frustrate emergency room doctors, who say the HMO practices discourage patients from seeking urgently needed care.For their part, HMOs -- in which 51 million people are now enrolled -- say their costs would run out of control if they allowed unlimited access to emergency rooms.
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By Larry Carson | January 21, 1992
Budget cuts and retirements, which have already caused Baltimore County police to put seasoned detectives back on the street and merge some patrol areas, are now forcing changes in firefighting services.Fire Chief Elwood H. Banister Jr. has ordered crews at four double-engine companies cut in half, starting Feb. 1, and crews on some of the county's eight ladder-rescue trucks trimmed from four to five.He also ordered changes in emergency medical services that a fire union leader said could leave coverage thinner in some areas and reassigned four hazardous-materials training officers to field jobs.
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By Sherry Stravino and Sherry Stravino,SUN STAFF | June 15, 2003
Harford County volunteer firefighters and emergency medical workers will hold a mass casualty drill at Edgewood High School from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 28. Volunteers will practice responding spontaneously to a disaster situation. With help from the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems, a major disaster will be simulated. Last year, a train wreck was enacted. Upper Chesapeake Hospital in Bel Air and Harford Memorial Hospital in Havre de Grace also will participate.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,Sun Staff Writer | June 11, 1995
"Stay on the line . . . I'll tell you exactly what to do next."This potentially life-saving message comes from Harford County's 911 dispatchers. They want callers, often panicked, to realize that they can help a sick or injured person if they will listen to a few simple instructions.They also want callers to know that an ambulance is sent on an emergency no more than 30 seconds after a 911 call is received.The new messages are part of a Harford program called Emergency Medical Dispatch, which began in April to provide better medical assistance to county residents.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,Sun Staff Writer | June 11, 1995
"Stay on the line . . . I'll tell you exactly what to do next."This potentially life-saving message comes from Harford County's 911 dispatchers. They want callers, often panicked, to realize that they can help a sick or injured person if they will listen to a few simple instructions.They also want callers to know that an ambulance is sent on an emergency no more than 30 seconds after a 911 call is received.The new messages are part of a Harford program called Emergency Medical Dispatch, which began in April to provide better medical assistance to county residents.
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By DENNIS O'BRIEN and DENNIS O'BRIEN,SUN REPORTER | January 10, 2006
Maryland ranked 10th and earned a B-minus in a state-by-state assessment of emergency medical care released today. A panel of experts appointed by the American College of Emergency Physicians evaluated emergency medical care available in each state and the District of Columbia based on 50 criteria, such as access to hospital emergency rooms and seat-belt laws. California ranked first, earning a high B. Arkansas finished last, receiving a D. The national average was a C-minus. States were given an overall grade and a ranking based on each of four categories: emergency care, quality and patient safety, public health and injury prevention, and the medical-liability environment.
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By Diana K. Sugg and Diana K. Sugg,SUN STAFF | September 21, 2001
In the aftermath of last week's terrorist attacks, local and state health authorities are stepping up efforts to prepare for a possible biological or chemical attack. They're tracking ambulance runs and hospital emergency rooms for certain symptoms, putting physicians and labs on alert and considering stockpiling drug supplies. Some of the actions are part of emergency plans already in place; others are steps officials are adding to make Maryland as prepared as possible. "We want to make sure our systems are geared up to respond as best we can," said Dr. Bob Bass, the state's emergency medical services director.
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By From staff reports | March 25, 2001
Bill to allow patients to choose practitioner or physician for care Patients in health maintenance organizations could select a nurse practitioner as their primary care physician under a bill approved yesterday by the House of Delegates. Backers of the bill, approved 73-49, said they want patients to have the option of choosing a physician or nurse practitioner to treat them and make decisions about their care. HMOs would not be permitted to require a patient to be seen by a nurse practitioner.
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