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By Jonathan Bor and Jonathan Bor,SUN STAFF | January 11, 2001
With the flu season just getting under way, hospital emergency rooms throughout metropolitan Baltimore have been declaring "yellow alerts" this week -- meaning they are too busy to take additional patients. Though the number fluctuates from hour to hour, seven of the region's 21 hospitals were asking ambulances to take patients elsewhere by late afternoon yesterday. A day earlier, 17 said they were treating all the patients they could handle. "It's very busy," said Dr. Brian Browne, director of emergency medicine at the University of Maryland Medical Center.
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By Alia Malik and Alia Malik,SUN REPORTER | July 11, 2007
The radio in the emergency medical vehicle crackled - the stifling heat had overwhelmed someone on Lexington Street. Capt. Charles Cheelsman turned on the vehicle's lights and sirens and hit the accelerator. Cars swerved to get out of the way as he sped toward Lexington Market. When he got there, he found Murdis Ferguson, 52, drooping in a plastic chair. She had been walking with a friend, Celeste Gross, also 52, when she was overcome by the heat. Yesterday, the temperature hit 98 in the city, but it felt like 106, according to the National Weather Service.
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By Donna E. Boller and Donna E. Boller,Staff Writer | January 26, 1993
The chairman of a gubernatorial commission that recently recommended a new oversight board for Maryland's emergency medical services spends part of his time in the emergency room at Carroll County General Hospital.At 41, Dr. James A. D'Orta wears half a dozen hats. One of them is senior partner in Professional Emergency Physicians, an eight-member Baltimore-based physicians group that contracts to provide emergency room physicians at Franklin Square, St. Agnes and CCGH.The group is also to provide emergency room physicians for the new Atlantic General Hospital, scheduled to open in Berlin in May.Dr.
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By Ed Heard and Ed Heard,Sun Staff Writer | March 13, 1995
The nationwide trend toward privatizing ambulance services has not reached Howard County, but fire officials here say they want to be ready if the challenge comes.An evaluation report by a seven-member advisory panel organized last fall recommends that the county Department of Fire and Rescue stave off such an option by improving its services and its communication with citizens.Scheduled for release later this week, the report suggests giving community classes on cardiopulmonary resuscitation, outfitting fire engines with more life-saving equipment and hiring a medical director to oversee the department's emergency medical services (EMS)
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By Ellie Baublitz and Ellie Baublitz,SUN STAFF | August 24, 2000
Reese Community Volunteer Fire Company is threatening to sue the county firemen's association for withholding its share of county money for emergency medical services. While other Carroll companies are charging a minimum $200 for an ambulance call, Reese has remained steadfast in charging $5 despite pressure from Carroll County Volunteer Firemen's Association, which oversees the county's 14 fire companies and related associations. The association started ambulance billing two years ago, but the Reese members voted last year to not charge for emergency medical service.
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By Ellen Gamerman and Ellen Gamerman,SUN STAFF | December 17, 1995
Anne Arundel County is considering whether a private company should provide a critical component of its emergency medical services -- a controversial idea some say could lead to life-threatening delays and raise the cost of service."
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By Mark Bomster and Mark Bomster,Evening Sun Staff | October 9, 1991
The line of emergency vehicles stretched down Redwood Street, red lights flashing, black crepe draping radiator grills.They had come to the University of Maryland at Baltimore yesterday to protest a nearly $1 million cut in the state's Emergency Medical Services system, funded through the university.The EMS field services train local emergency crews and provide a statewide medical communications network. They are being cut back as part of a $5.8 million slash in the over-all UMAB budget."In the long run, what it means is total degradation of the services that we've got now," said Christopher N. Amos, who works with the Washington County Volunteer Fire and Rescue )
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By Maria Archangelo and Maria Archangelo,Staff writer | October 16, 1991
County volunteer fire and emergency medical units have narrowly approved a plan to consolidate their authority, but the plan will not go into effect until May at the earliest.The county Emergency Services Planning Board met last night to discuss the proposal along with 24 additional recommendations of a study by the Institute for Governmental Service at the University of Maryland.The study was commissioned by the county to help the board come up with a new master plan for fire and emergency services.
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By Alisa Samuels and Alisa Samuels,Evening Sun Staff | May 15, 1991
On March 24, Thomas John "T.J." Flaherty, 13, and his 3-year-old niece were watching television when he gave her a Lifesaver candy as his sister-in-law had told him to do.The candy would keep Dana Jill Flaherty from crying while her mother washed clothes.Almost immediately after putting the candy in her mouth, Dana started choking on it. Her lips began turning blue.T.J. didn't have time to get his adult brother, who was upstairs sleeping.So T.J. applied the Heimlich maneuver he had learned in the first grade.
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By Athima Chansanchai and Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF | May 21, 2003
Hoping to improve the chances of saving lives of critically injured children, Carroll County paramedics are using a state grant to buy kid-sized resuscitation equipment and to train to better treat the youngest of patients. Ambulances at each of the 14 volunteer fire companies serving the county will carry a Broselow bag, a resuscitation kit that includes equipment in varying sizes to children. Jeff M. Fleming, a paramedic for Gamber and Community Fire Company, said the bag would cut the time it takes to sort through equipment to fit children, who he said account for about 10 percent of Carroll County's emergency calls.
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