2005-10-07

Party for Larry!

Hey there everyone!
 
As you all know, Larry Magoon has announced that he's not renewing his EMT certification and won't be working with us in the esteemed profession of pre-hospital medicine anymore... of course he's hedging his bets by saying that if we ever need a driver for anything, he'll be there for us. I wonder if Metro wheelchair's hiring? LOL!
 
Anyway, I've decided to organize a party for Larry to commemorate the occasion. I figured the best place for a dirty old man like Larry would be Hooters, well actually I didn't think to many of the ladies would appreciate Kahoots, so I settled on Hooters instead! :-)
Here are the details:
 
"Retirement" Party for Larry Magoon
Friday, October 21st, 2005
starting at 1700 (5pm) 'till whenever...
At the Hooters of Manchester
1483 Pleasant Valley Rd
Manchester, CT 06040
860-432-5360
Click Here for a map
No cost for admission, but all costs for food and drinks will be on your own.
Please RSVP to Elias Friedman at elipongo@gmail.com or 860-604-0980
 
Feel free to forward this email to whomever you think will be interested.

--
Elias Friedman A.S., NREMT-P
& Pongo the Spotted Wonder!
elipongo@gmail.com
http://elipongo.blogspot.com/

2005-10-05

EMS News

'Only staff needed will be hired'
Trinidad & Tobago Express - Port-of-Spain,Trinidad and Tobago
The private company now managing the Emergency Medical Service (EMS) will hire only the staff that they need to operate the service effectively, Health ...

Travelers find Good Samaritans in Wilson
Wilson Daily Times (subscription) - Wilson,NC,USA
... Within a few minutes Wilson County Emergency Medical Service personnel had arrived and examined Cohen, concluding that his heart was beating too fast, and his ...

Not as seen on television
Independent - London,England,UK
... It's becoming increasingly difficult to turn on the TV without being faced with a plucky member of Hems (the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service). ...

Former EMS workers to wait for new jobs
Trinidad & Tobago Express - Port-of-Spain,Trinidad and Tobago
GMR chief executive officer Paul Anderson said yesterday the company had hired 150 of the more than 200 former EMS workers and were continuing to consider ...

Charlotte County Fire & EMS gets perfect score
Charlotte Sun-Herald - Charlotte,FL,USA
Charlotte County Fire & EMS officials received the good news Monday that their ambulance service had no deficiencies in a tough inspection, said Fire Chief ...

Providence firefighters, still without contract, increase ...
Brown Daily Herald - Providence,RI,USA
... When Brown's one ambulance is already responding to a call, the Department of Public Safety calls Providence's EMS to respond. The ...

Could EMS Find You?
WNCT - Greenville,NC,USA
... correct... That's because if you are in bad enough shape to need them, EMS crews need to find you as quickly as possible. "There's ...

County demolishes old poor farm house for EMS station
Gainesville Daily Register - Gainesville,TX,USA
... The Commissioners Court voted Monday to demolish the buildings to make way for an emergency medical services ( EMS) substation in Gainesville to serve residents ...

Paramedic attacked
Hastings Observer - Hastings,England,UK
A 'LONER' who slashed his hand with a knife while high on drugs and lashed out at a paramedic as she tried to treat him has been warned he faces jail. ...

Paramedics to cover for doctors out of hours
Scotsman - United Kingdom
... "The care a lot of people require out of hours can very often be given by an ambulance paramedic and so I think more and more boards will be sending a paramedic ...

Agony of the mercy crews
ic Birmingham.co.uk - Birmingham,UK
... One of the most shocking cases was when Dudley paramedic Harry Reaney, in his 50s, had to have six weeks off work after being punched and hurled against a wall ...

Pitt County notes: Helpers needed at new Veterans services office
Greenville Daily Reflector - Greenville,NC,USA
... 3090. All county EMS stations are now operating as paramedic stations with the recent certification of the Falkland Rescue Squad. ...

Clear Lake Assesses Ambulance Situation
KIMT - Mason City,IA,USA
As we have covered, Clear Lake used Snell's Ambulance Service until it went out of business in January. Since then, the town has ...

Ambulance decision expected
Marquette Mining Journal - Marquette,MI,USA
... City Manager John Korhonen Wednesday will ask for the Ishpeming City Council's permission to proceed with the effort to sell the ambulance service to Bell ...

Tracy man files suit against Hughson Ambulance for back rent
Tracy Press - Tracy,CA,USA
A Tracy businessman has filed suit against Hughson Ambulance for not paying him back rent at a time that coincides with Hughson withdrawing its services in San ...

Vt. ambulance destroyed, three injured in disaster zone
Rutland Herald - Rutland,VT,USA
... ambulance assisting Hurricane Rita victims in the Gulf Coast was destroyed Friday morning in an accident outside Houston, according to the agency's executive ...

More transparency needed in ambulance selection process
East Valley Tribune - Mesa,AZ,USA
When the Scottsdale City Council votes on an ambulance contract, as it is expected to do this month, the decision will resound beyond the city's borders to ...

Adequacy of Online Medical Command Communication and Emergency ...
AEM (subscription) - USA
... Background: In the out-of-hospital setting, when emergency medical services (EMS) providers respond to a 9-1-1 call and encounter a patient who wishes to ...

A Case for Emergency Medicine in the Undergraduate Medical School ...
AEM (subscription) - USA
... Consultants, emergency medical services (EMS) providers, family, death notification, and cultural issues are only a few of the complex interactions that occur ...

We should reflect on how we perceive NHS 24
The Herald - Glasgow,Scotland,UK
... had to endure a significantly longer wait before being assessed and receiving analgesia, or to refer on to Gems (Glasgow Emergency Medical Services ) at the ...

Commissioners, trustee at odds over emergency medical service
Muncie Star Press - Muncie,IN,USA
... Tom Hutson, county EMS director, wanted to see all emergency medical services operate under the same standards and not overlap on calls. ...

Former EMS workers to wait for new jobs
Trinidad & Tobago Express - Port-of-Spain,Trinidad and Tobago
FORMER Emergency Medical Services workers will have to wait a bit longer to know if they will be hired by the new management company, Global Medical Response ...

'Only staff needed will be hired'
Trinidad & Tobago Express - Port-of-Spain,Trinidad and Tobago
... Rahael in commenting on the issue yesterday said it was up to the GMRTT to determine how many of the former Emergency Medical Technician ( EMT) staff it needed ...

Commissioners, trustee at odds over emergency medical service
Muncie Star Press - Muncie,IN,USA
MUNCIE - Delaware County's emergency medical service might soon operate under one medical director and set of protocols if the Delaware County Commissioners ...

Mercy flight ends in death
Independent Online - Cape Town,South Africa
... "A ground search by Metro Emergency Medical Service and Mossel Bay Fire and Rescue was launched at 11pm and continued throughout the night. ...

County sends two people, ambulance to Baton Rouge, La.
Fort Morgan Times - Fort Morgan,CO,USA
... night, sent two paramedics and an ambulance to Baton Rouge, La., over the weekend as part of a nationwide request for a emergency medical service relief program ...

Vet of two wars never forgot time on PT boat
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Pittsburgh,PA,USA
... While living in North Huntingdon, Mr. Sutton was active in the community and was one of the founders of the North Huntingdon emergency medical service, Medic 8 ...

EMS transition goes smoothly
Trinidad & Tobago Express - Port-of-Spain,Trinidad and Tobago
... Anderson said yesterday. Anderson told the Express that the private company took over management of the EMS at the weekend. "We are ...

Hale Center EMS plans to roll again 10-02-2005
Plainview Daily Herald - Plainview,TX,USA
By RICHARD ORR. After getting an 11th-hour shot in the arm from the county last week, the Hale Center EMS service hopes to be back up and running this week. ...

EMS facility, biosafety lab proposed for Waimano
Honolulu Advertiser - Honolulu,HI,USA
... EMS Director Elizabeth Char would welcome the opportunity to consolidate her department's communication center, administrative, maintenance and supply ...

Volunteers needed for Western EMS
Macomb Daily Journal - Macomb,IL,USA
... "Serving on Western's EMS is a great way for students to further enhance their practical experiences and make them even more marketable to future employers.". ...

Local EMS crews help in recovery
The Post & Mail - Columbia City,IN,USA
Away from the comforts of home and friends, EMS crews from the Parkview Health System spent 10-day shifts helping with the recovery effort of Hurricane Katrina ...

Family rides out rough times, rises to top of ambulance field ...
Toledo Blade - Toledo,OH,USA
... Its vehicles, which are built on chassis produced by major manufacturers such as Ford Motor Co., can be found at paramedic units as large as Boston and as ...

Local ambulance crews aid in Texas hurricane cleanup
Addison County Independent - Middlebury,VT,USA
... Jen Sisemoore, of VARS, and Dave Fuller and Lisa Smith, from Middlebury Volunteer Ambulance Service (MVAS), were set to fly to Houston on Monday to take over ...

Family rides out rough times, rises to top of ambulance field ...
Toledo Blade - Toledo,OH,USA
By chance, family members learned that a nearby township was seeking bids for a new ambulance. ... Braun's first ambulance was made in 1972 from a Dodge van. ...

County sends two people, ambulance to Baton Rouge, La.
Fort Morgan Times - Fort Morgan,CO,USA
Morgan County Ambulance Service, at the request of the Federal Emergency Management Agency late Friday night, sent two paramedics and an ambulance to Baton ...

Ambulance corps issues SOS
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle - Rochester,NY,USA
(October 3, 2005) -- IRONDEQUOIT -- Facing a $60,000 budget shortfall for the 2004-05 operating year, Irondequoit Volunteer Ambulance Services Inc. ...

Several injured when skydive plane crashes in Florida
USA Today - USA
... injured, while the other 10 people aboard the plane had varying degrees of minor injuries and were in stable condition, EVAC Ambulance spokesman Mark O'Keefe ...

Sacked EMS workers protest outside Parliament
Trinidad & Tobago Express - Port-of-Spain,Trinidad and Tobago
More than 75 paramedics who lost their jobs with the Emergency Medical Services after a private company, Global Medical Response of Trinidad and Tobago (GMRTT ...

Volunteers needed for Western EMS
Macomb Daily Journal - Macomb,IL,USA
Western's Emergency Medical Services provides first-responder services seven days a week to individuals on campus in need of emergency assistance or care. ...

Four Paramedics Killed in Two Separate Accidents
Provincial Government of the Western Cape - South Africa
... between Uniondale and George and a tragic car accident on the N2 near Heidelberg claimed the lives of four staff from our Emergency Medical Services at the ...

ICRC Appeals to Parties in Violence
Addis Tribune - Addis Ababa,Ethiopia
... concerned and all those involved in the violence to facilitate the work of the volunteers of the Palestine Red Crescent Society, the Magen David Adom in Israel ...

SHARANSKY ON ANTI-SEMITISM
Dafka - USA
... Convention; it is Israel, alone among nations, that has lately been targeted by Western campaigns of divestment; it is Israel's Magen David Adom, alone among ...

Lapid feels unwell at family dinner
Ynetnews - Israel
Magen David Adom paramedics, who were called to the scene, examined the opposition leader and described him to be in good condition. ...

Rescue squad offers EMT training
Rutland Herald - Rutland,VT,USA
MANCHESTER -- The Manchester Rescue Squad will be offering a full EMT-Basic course from 6:30 to 9:30 pm beginning Thursday, Oct. 6. ...

Patient headed for jail steals ambulance
Seattle Post Intelligencer - USA
A woman who stole an ambulance was back in the hospital Thursday night after she crashed the vehicle in South Seattle. Federal Way ...

New Ambulance Fees For Patients
NBC 4.com - Washington,DC,USA
SPOTSYLVANIA, Va. -- Like other area communities, Spotsylvania County will start charging an ambulance fee, which goes into effect Saturday. ...

Fire company considers starting city ambulance service
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Pittsburgh,PA,USA
1 firefighters have voted to start an ambulance service in the city if they can find the money. ... "An ambulance service is much needed.". ...

Ambulance corps vie for contract
The Express Times - Easton,PA,USA
EASTON -- Two ambulance companies vying for a contract to provide transportation services at Northampton County's Gracedale nursing home submitted bids Thursday ...

Central Gilbert gets added ambulance service
Arizona Republic - Phoenix,AZ,USA
By the beginning of next week, Gilbert will have a new ambulance that will provide service 12 hours a day during peak times for emergency calls. ...

Citizen of the month named
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Pittsburgh,PA,USA
... maybe I could do.". Dzambo attended Westmoreland County Community College, where he took several EMT classes. He became certified ...

Cong. urge Swiss on 'Red Diamond'
Cleveland Jewish News - Cleveland,OH,USA
... Gary Ackerman (DN.Y.) and Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) say the Swiss proposal for a neutral red diamond would allow Israel's Magen David Adom, and other agencies ...

Serious Riders, Your Bicycle Seat May Affect Your Love Life

 
The New York Times

October 4, 2005
Multimedia
Graphic A Healthier Bike Seat

A Healthier Bike Seat

A raft of new studies suggest that cyclists, particularly men, should be careful which bicycle seats they choose.

The studies add to earlier evidence that traditional bicycle saddles, the kind with a narrow rear and pointy nose, play a role in sexual impotence.

Some saddle designs are more damaging than others, scientists say. But even so-called ergonomic seats, to protect the sex organs, can be harmful, the research finds. The dozen or so studies, from peer-reviewed journals, are summarized in three articles in September's Journal of Sexual Medicine.

In a bluntly worded editorial with the articles, Dr. Steven Schrader, a reproductive health expert who studies cycling at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, said he believed that it was no longer a question of "whether or not bicycle riding on a saddle causes erectile dysfunction."

Instead, he said in an interview, "The question is, What are we going to do about it?"

The studies, by researchers at Boston University and in Italy, found that the more a person rides, the greater the risk of impotence or loss of libido. And researchers in Austria have found that many mountain bikers experience saddle-related trauma that leads to small calcified masses inside the scrotum.

This does not mean that people should stop cycling, Dr. Schrader said. And those who ride bikes rarely or for short periods need not worry.

But riders who spend many hours on a bike each week should be concerned, he said. And he suggested that the bicycle industry design safer saddles and stop trivializing the risks of the existing seats.

A spokesman for the industry said it was aware of the issue and added that "new designs are coming out."

"Most people are not riding long enough to damage themselves permanently," said the spokesman, Marc Sani, publisher of Bicycle Retailer and Industry News. "But a consumer's first line of defense, for their enthusiasm as well as sexual prowess, is to go to a bicycle retailer and get fitted properly on the bike."

Researchers have estimated that 5 percent of men who ride bikes intensively have developed severe to moderate erectile dysfunction as a result. But some experts believe that the numbers may be much higher because many men are too embarrassed to talk about it or fail to associate cycling with their problems in the bedroom.

The link between bicycle saddles and impotence first received public attention in 1997 when a Boston urologist, Dr. Irwin Goldstein, who had studied the problem, asserted that "there are only two kinds of male cyclists - those who are impotent and those who will be impotent."

Cyclists became angry and defensive, he said, adding: "They said cycling is healthy and could not possibly hurt you. Sure you can get numb. But impotent? No way."

The bicycle industry listened, said Joshua Cohen, a physical therapist in Chapel Hill, N.C., and the author of "Finding the Perfect Bicycle Seat." Manufacturers designed dozens of new saddles with cut outs, splits in the back and thick gel padding to relieve pressure on tender body parts.

Scientists also stepped up their research. Since 2000, a dozen studies have been carried out using sophisticated tools to see exactly what happens when vulnerable human anatomy meets the bicycle saddle.

The area in question is the perineum, between the external genitals and the anus. "When you sit on a chair you never put weight on the perineum," Dr. Schrader said. "But when you sit on a bike, you increase pressure on the perineum" sevenfold.

In men, a sheath in the perineum, called Alcock's canal, contains an artery and a nerve that supply the penis with blood and sensation. The canal runs along the side of a bone, Dr. Goldstein said, and when a cyclist sits hard on a narrow saddle, the artery and the nerve are compressed. Over time, a reduction of blood flow can mean that there is not enough pressure to achieve full erection.

In women, Dr. Goldstein said, the same arteries and nerves engorge the clitoris during sexual intercourse. Women cyclists have not been studied as much, he added, but they probably suffer the same injuries.

Researchers are using a variety of methods to study the compression caused by different saddles. One method involves draping a special pad with 900 pressure sensors over the saddle. The distribution of the rider's weight is then registered on a computer. In another technique, sensors are placed on the rider's penis to measure oxygen flowing through arteries beneath the skin. Blood flow is detected by other sensors that send a "swoosh" sound to a Doppler machine.

The research shows that when riders sit on a classic saddle with a teardrop shape and a long nose, a quarter of their body weight rests on the nose, putting pressure on the perineum. The amount of oxygen reaching the penis typically falls 70 percent to 80 percent in three minutes. "A guy can sit on a saddle and have his penis oxygen levels drop 100 percent but he doesn't know it," Mr. Cohen said. "After half an hour he goes numb."

Dr. Goldstein added, "Numbness is your body telling you something is wrong."

Today's ergonomic saddles have splits in the back or holes in the center to relieve pressure on the perineum. But this may make matters worse: the ergonomic saddles have smaller surface areas, so the rider's weight presses harder on less saddle, Dr. Schrader said. The perineum may not escape injury because its arteries run laterally and they are not directly over the cutouts. The arteries can come under more pressure when they come into contact with the cutouts' edges.

Thick gels on saddles can also increase pressure to the perineum, the studies found, because the material can migrate and form clumps in all the wrong places.

Just as many smokers do not get lung cancer, many cyclists will never develop impotence from bicycle seats, the scientists said. What makes one person more vulnerable than another is not known. Body weight seems to matter: heavier riders exert more pressure on saddles. Variations in anatomy may also make a difference.

Dr. Goldstein said he often saw patients who were stunned to learn that riding a bicycle led to their impotence. One middle-aged man rode in a special cycling event to honor a friend and has been impotent since. A 28-year-old who came in for testing, Dr Goldstein said, showed the penile blood flow of a 60-year-old. A college student who had competed in rough cycling sports was unable to achieve an erection until microvascular surgery restored penile blood flow.

"We make kids wear helmets and knee pads," Dr. Goldstein said. "But no one thinks about protecting the crotch."

The safest seats and saddles, experts say, force the rider to sit back firmly on the sit bones so the perineum is protected.

Dr. Schrader advocates saddles that do not have noses. After finding that traditional saddles reduced the quality of nighttime erections in young policemen who patrol on bicycles, he has persuaded scores of officers in several cities to use noseless seats and is now studying the officers' sexual function over six months.

Nunzio Lamaestra, a 46-year-old police officer in San Antonio, said he appreciated his noseless bicycle saddle.

"You get used to riding without the nose," he said. "I can do everything, including ride with no hands."




--
Elias Friedman A.S., NREMT-P
& Pongo the Spotted Wonder!
elipongo@gmail.com
http://elipongo.blogspot.com/

Serious Riders, Your Bicycle Seat May Affect Your Love Life

 
The New York Times

October 4, 2005
Multimedia

A Healthier Bike Seat

A raft of new studies suggest that cyclists, particularly men, should be careful which bicycle seats they choose.

The studies add to earlier evidence that traditional bicycle saddles, the kind with a narrow rear and pointy nose, play a role in sexual impotence.

Some saddle designs are more damaging than others, scientists say. But even so-called ergonomic seats, to protect the sex organs, can be harmful, the research finds. The dozen or so studies, from peer-reviewed journals, are summarized in three articles in September's Journal of Sexual Medicine.

In a bluntly worded editorial with the articles, Dr. Steven Schrader, a reproductive health expert who studies cycling at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, said he believed that it was no longer a question of "whether or not bicycle riding on a saddle causes erectile dysfunction."

Instead, he said in an interview, "The question is, What are we going to do about it?"

The studies, by researchers at Boston University and in Italy, found that the more a person rides, the greater the risk of impotence or loss of libido. And researchers in Austria have found that many mountain bikers experience saddle-related trauma that leads to small calcified masses inside the scrotum.

This does not mean that people should stop cycling, Dr. Schrader said. And those who ride bikes rarely or for short periods need not worry.

But riders who spend many hours on a bike each week should be concerned, he said. And he suggested that the bicycle industry design safer saddles and stop trivializing the risks of the existing seats.

A spokesman for the industry said it was aware of the issue and added that "new designs are coming out."

"Most people are not riding long enough to damage themselves permanently," said the spokesman, Marc Sani, publisher of Bicycle Retailer and Industry News. "But a consumer's first line of defense, for their enthusiasm as well as sexual prowess, is to go to a bicycle retailer and get fitted properly on the bike."

Researchers have estimated that 5 percent of men who ride bikes intensively have developed severe to moderate erectile dysfunction as a result. But some experts believe that the numbers may be much higher because many men are too embarrassed to talk about it or fail to associate cycling with their problems in the bedroom.

The link between bicycle saddles and impotence first received public attention in 1997 when a Boston urologist, Dr. Irwin Goldstein, who had studied the problem, asserted that "there are only two kinds of male cyclists - those who are impotent and those who will be impotent."

Cyclists became angry and defensive, he said, adding: "They said cycling is healthy and could not possibly hurt you. Sure you can get numb. But impotent? No way."

The bicycle industry listened, said Joshua Cohen, a physical therapist in Chapel Hill, N.C., and the author of "Finding the Perfect Bicycle Seat." Manufacturers designed dozens of new saddles with cut outs, splits in the back and thick gel padding to relieve pressure on tender body parts.

Scientists also stepped up their research. Since 2000, a dozen studies have been carried out using sophisticated tools to see exactly what happens when vulnerable human anatomy meets the bicycle saddle.

The area in question is the perineum, between the external genitals and the anus. "When you sit on a chair you never put weight on the perineum," Dr. Schrader said. "But when you sit on a bike, you increase pressure on the perineum" sevenfold.

In men, a sheath in the perineum, called Alcock's canal, contains an artery and a nerve that supply the penis with blood and sensation. The canal runs along the side of a bone, Dr. Goldstein said, and when a cyclist sits hard on a narrow saddle, the artery and the nerve are compressed. Over time, a reduction of blood flow can mean that there is not enough pressure to achieve full erection.

In women, Dr. Goldstein said, the same arteries and nerves engorge the clitoris during sexual intercourse. Women cyclists have not been studied as much, he added, but they probably suffer the same injuries.

Researchers are using a variety of methods to study the compression caused by different saddles. One method involves draping a special pad with 900 pressure sensors over the saddle. The distribution of the rider's weight is then registered on a computer. In another technique, sensors are placed on the rider's penis to measure oxygen flowing through arteries beneath the skin. Blood flow is detected by other sensors that send a "swoosh" sound to a Doppler machine.

The research shows that when riders sit on a classic saddle with a teardrop shape and a long nose, a quarter of their body weight rests on the nose, putting pressure on the perineum. The amount of oxygen reaching the penis typically falls 70 percent to 80 percent in three minutes. "A guy can sit on a saddle and have his penis oxygen levels drop 100 percent but he doesn't know it," Mr. Cohen said. "After half an hour he goes numb."

Dr. Goldstein added, "Numbness is your body telling you something is wrong."

Today's ergonomic saddles have splits in the back or holes in the center to relieve pressure on the perineum. But this may make matters worse: the ergonomic saddles have smaller surface areas, so the rider's weight presses harder on less saddle, Dr. Schrader said. The perineum may not escape injury because its arteries run laterally and they are not directly over the cutouts. The arteries can come under more pressure when they come into contact with the cutouts' edges.

Thick gels on saddles can also increase pressure to the perineum, the studies found, because the material can migrate and form clumps in all the wrong places.

Just as many smokers do not get lung cancer, many cyclists will never develop impotence from bicycle seats, the scientists said. What makes one person more vulnerable than another is not known. Body weight seems to matter: heavier riders exert more pressure on saddles. Variations in anatomy may also make a difference.

Dr. Goldstein said he often saw patients who were stunned to learn that riding a bicycle led to their impotence. One middle-aged man rode in a special cycling event to honor a friend and has been impotent since. A 28-year-old who came in for testing, Dr Goldstein said, showed the penile blood flow of a 60-year-old. A college student who had competed in rough cycling sports was unable to achieve an erection until microvascular surgery restored penile blood flow.

"We make kids wear helmets and knee pads," Dr. Goldstein said. "But no one thinks about protecting the crotch."

The safest seats and saddles, experts say, force the rider to sit back firmly on the sit bones so the perineum is protected.

Dr. Schrader advocates saddles that do not have noses. After finding that traditional saddles reduced the quality of nighttime erections in young policemen who patrol on bicycles, he has persuaded scores of officers in several cities to use noseless seats and is now studying the officers' sexual function over six months.

Nunzio Lamaestra, a 46-year-old police officer in San Antonio, said he appreciated his noseless bicycle saddle.

"You get used to riding without the nose," he said. "I can do everything, including ride with no hands."



EMS News

'Only staff needed will be hired'
Trinidad & Tobago Express - Port-of-Spain,Trinidad and Tobago
The private company now managing the Emergency Medical Service (EMS) will hire only the staff that they need to operate the service effectively, Health ...

Travelers find Good Samaritans in Wilson
Wilson Daily Times (subscription) - Wilson,NC,USA
... Within a few minutes Wilson County Emergency Medical Service personnel had arrived and examined Cohen, concluding that his heart was beating too fast, and his ...

Not as seen on television
Independent - London,England,UK
... It's becoming increasingly difficult to turn on the TV without being faced with a plucky member of Hems (the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service). ...

Former EMS workers to wait for new jobs
Trinidad & Tobago Express - Port-of-Spain,Trinidad and Tobago
GMR chief executive officer Paul Anderson said yesterday the company had hired 150 of the more than 200 former EMS workers and were continuing to consider ...

Charlotte County Fire & EMS gets perfect score
Charlotte Sun-Herald - Charlotte,FL,USA
Charlotte County Fire & EMS officials received the good news Monday that their ambulance service had no deficiencies in a tough inspection, said Fire Chief ...

Providence firefighters, still without contract, increase ...
Brown Daily Herald - Providence,RI,USA
... When Brown's one ambulance is already responding to a call, the Department of Public Safety calls Providence's EMS to respond. The ...

Could EMS Find You?
WNCT - Greenville,NC,USA
... correct... That's because if you are in bad enough shape to need them, EMS crews need to find you as quickly as possible. "There's ...

County demolishes old poor farm house for EMS station
Gainesville Daily Register - Gainesville,TX,USA
... The Commissioners Court voted Monday to demolish the buildings to make way for an emergency medical services ( EMS) substation in Gainesville to serve residents ...

Paramedic attacked
Hastings Observer - Hastings,England,UK
A 'LONER' who slashed his hand with a knife while high on drugs and lashed out at a paramedic as she tried to treat him has been warned he faces jail. ...

Paramedics to cover for doctors out of hours
Scotsman - United Kingdom
... "The care a lot of people require out of hours can very often be given by an ambulance paramedic and so I think more and more boards will be sending a paramedic ...

Agony of the mercy crews
ic Birmingham.co.uk - Birmingham,UK
... One of the most shocking cases was when Dudley paramedic Harry Reaney, in his 50s, had to have six weeks off work after being punched and hurled against a wall ...

Pitt County notes: Helpers needed at new Veterans services office
Greenville Daily Reflector - Greenville,NC,USA
... 3090. All county EMS stations are now operating as paramedic stations with the recent certification of the Falkland Rescue Squad. ...

Clear Lake Assesses Ambulance Situation
KIMT - Mason City,IA,USA
As we have covered, Clear Lake used Snell's Ambulance Service until it went out of business in January. Since then, the town has ...

Ambulance decision expected
Marquette Mining Journal - Marquette,MI,USA
... City Manager John Korhonen Wednesday will ask for the Ishpeming City Council's permission to proceed with the effort to sell the ambulance service to Bell ...

Tracy man files suit against Hughson Ambulance for back rent
Tracy Press - Tracy,CA,USA
A Tracy businessman has filed suit against Hughson Ambulance for not paying him back rent at a time that coincides with Hughson withdrawing its services in San ...

Vt. ambulance destroyed, three injured in disaster zone
Rutland Herald - Rutland,VT,USA
... ambulance assisting Hurricane Rita victims in the Gulf Coast was destroyed Friday morning in an accident outside Houston, according to the agency's executive ...

More transparency needed in ambulance selection process
East Valley Tribune - Mesa,AZ,USA
When the Scottsdale City Council votes on an ambulance contract, as it is expected to do this month, the decision will resound beyond the city's borders to ...

Adequacy of Online Medical Command Communication and Emergency ...
AEM (subscription) - USA
... Background: In the out-of-hospital setting, when emergency medical services (EMS) providers respond to a 9-1-1 call and encounter a patient who wishes to ...

A Case for Emergency Medicine in the Undergraduate Medical School ...
AEM (subscription) - USA
... Consultants, emergency medical services (EMS) providers, family, death notification, and cultural issues are only a few of the complex interactions that occur ...

We should reflect on how we perceive NHS 24
The Herald - Glasgow,Scotland,UK
... had to endure a significantly longer wait before being assessed and receiving analgesia, or to refer on to Gems (Glasgow Emergency Medical Services ) at the ...

Commissioners, trustee at odds over emergency medical service
Muncie Star Press - Muncie,IN,USA
... Tom Hutson, county EMS director, wanted to see all emergency medical services operate under the same standards and not overlap on calls. ...

Former EMS workers to wait for new jobs
Trinidad & Tobago Express - Port-of-Spain,Trinidad and Tobago
FORMER Emergency Medical Services workers will have to wait a bit longer to know if they will be hired by the new management company, Global Medical Response ...

'Only staff needed will be hired'
Trinidad & Tobago Express - Port-of-Spain,Trinidad and Tobago
... Rahael in commenting on the issue yesterday said it was up to the GMRTT to determine how many of the former Emergency Medical Technician ( EMT) staff it needed ...

Commissioners, trustee at odds over emergency medical service
Muncie Star Press - Muncie,IN,USA
MUNCIE - Delaware County's emergency medical service might soon operate under one medical director and set of protocols if the Delaware County Commissioners ...

Mercy flight ends in death
Independent Online - Cape Town,South Africa
... "A ground search by Metro Emergency Medical Service and Mossel Bay Fire and Rescue was launched at 11pm and continued throughout the night. ...

County sends two people, ambulance to Baton Rouge, La.
Fort Morgan Times - Fort Morgan,CO,USA
... night, sent two paramedics and an ambulance to Baton Rouge, La., over the weekend as part of a nationwide request for a emergency medical service relief program ...

Vet of two wars never forgot time on PT boat
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Pittsburgh,PA,USA
... While living in North Huntingdon, Mr. Sutton was active in the community and was one of the founders of the North Huntingdon emergency medical service, Medic 8 ...

EMS transition goes smoothly
Trinidad & Tobago Express - Port-of-Spain,Trinidad and Tobago
... Anderson said yesterday. Anderson told the Express that the private company took over management of the EMS at the weekend. "We are ...

Hale Center EMS plans to roll again 10-02-2005
Plainview Daily Herald - Plainview,TX,USA
By RICHARD ORR. After getting an 11th-hour shot in the arm from the county last week, the Hale Center EMS service hopes to be back up and running this week. ...

EMS facility, biosafety lab proposed for Waimano
Honolulu Advertiser - Honolulu,HI,USA
... EMS Director Elizabeth Char would welcome the opportunity to consolidate her department's communication center, administrative, maintenance and supply ...

Volunteers needed for Western EMS
Macomb Daily Journal - Macomb,IL,USA
... "Serving on Western's EMS is a great way for students to further enhance their practical experiences and make them even more marketable to future employers.". ...

Local EMS crews help in recovery
The Post & Mail - Columbia City,IN,USA
Away from the comforts of home and friends, EMS crews from the Parkview Health System spent 10-day shifts helping with the recovery effort of Hurricane Katrina ...

Family rides out rough times, rises to top of ambulance field ...
Toledo Blade - Toledo,OH,USA
... Its vehicles, which are built on chassis produced by major manufacturers such as Ford Motor Co., can be found at paramedic units as large as Boston and as ...

Local ambulance crews aid in Texas hurricane cleanup
Addison County Independent - Middlebury,VT,USA
... Jen Sisemoore, of VARS, and Dave Fuller and Lisa Smith, from Middlebury Volunteer Ambulance Service (MVAS), were set to fly to Houston on Monday to take over ...

Family rides out rough times, rises to top of ambulance field ...
Toledo Blade - Toledo,OH,USA
By chance, family members learned that a nearby township was seeking bids for a new ambulance. ... Braun's first ambulance was made in 1972 from a Dodge van. ...

County sends two people, ambulance to Baton Rouge, La.
Fort Morgan Times - Fort Morgan,CO,USA
Morgan County Ambulance Service, at the request of the Federal Emergency Management Agency late Friday night, sent two paramedics and an ambulance to Baton ...

Ambulance corps issues SOS
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle - Rochester,NY,USA
(October 3, 2005) -- IRONDEQUOIT -- Facing a $60,000 budget shortfall for the 2004-05 operating year, Irondequoit Volunteer Ambulance Services Inc. ...

Several injured when skydive plane crashes in Florida
USA Today - USA
... injured, while the other 10 people aboard the plane had varying degrees of minor injuries and were in stable condition, EVAC Ambulance spokesman Mark O'Keefe ...

Sacked EMS workers protest outside Parliament
Trinidad & Tobago Express - Port-of-Spain,Trinidad and Tobago
More than 75 paramedics who lost their jobs with the Emergency Medical Services after a private company, Global Medical Response of Trinidad and Tobago (GMRTT ...

Volunteers needed for Western EMS
Macomb Daily Journal - Macomb,IL,USA
Western's Emergency Medical Services provides first-responder services seven days a week to individuals on campus in need of emergency assistance or care. ...

Four Paramedics Killed in Two Separate Accidents
Provincial Government of the Western Cape - South Africa
... between Uniondale and George and a tragic car accident on the N2 near Heidelberg claimed the lives of four staff from our Emergency Medical Services at the ...

ICRC Appeals to Parties in Violence
Addis Tribune - Addis Ababa,Ethiopia
... concerned and all those involved in the violence to facilitate the work of the volunteers of the Palestine Red Crescent Society, the Magen David Adom in Israel ...

SHARANSKY ON ANTI-SEMITISM
Dafka - USA
... Convention; it is Israel, alone among nations, that has lately been targeted by Western campaigns of divestment; it is Israel's Magen David Adom, alone among ...

Lapid feels unwell at family dinner
Ynetnews - Israel
Magen David Adom paramedics, who were called to the scene, examined the opposition leader and described him to be in good condition. ...

Rescue squad offers EMT training
Rutland Herald - Rutland,VT,USA
MANCHESTER -- The Manchester Rescue Squad will be offering a full EMT-Basic course from 6:30 to 9:30 pm beginning Thursday, Oct. 6. ...

Patient headed for jail steals ambulance
Seattle Post Intelligencer - USA
A woman who stole an ambulance was back in the hospital Thursday night after she crashed the vehicle in South Seattle. Federal Way ...

New Ambulance Fees For Patients
NBC 4.com - Washington,DC,USA
SPOTSYLVANIA, Va. -- Like other area communities, Spotsylvania County will start charging an ambulance fee, which goes into effect Saturday. ...

Fire company considers starting city ambulance service
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Pittsburgh,PA,USA
1 firefighters have voted to start an ambulance service in the city if they can find the money. ... "An ambulance service is much needed.". ...

Ambulance corps vie for contract
The Express Times - Easton,PA,USA
EASTON -- Two ambulance companies vying for a contract to provide transportation services at Northampton County's Gracedale nursing home submitted bids Thursday ...

Central Gilbert gets added ambulance service
Arizona Republic - Phoenix,AZ,USA
By the beginning of next week, Gilbert will have a new ambulance that will provide service 12 hours a day during peak times for emergency calls. ...

Citizen of the month named
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Pittsburgh,PA,USA
... maybe I could do.". Dzambo attended Westmoreland County Community College, where he took several EMT classes. He became certified ...

Cong. urge Swiss on 'Red Diamond'
Cleveland Jewish News - Cleveland,OH,USA
... Gary Ackerman (DN.Y.) and Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) say the Swiss proposal for a neutral red diamond would allow Israel's Magen David Adom, and other agencies ...

bicyclist news

Unidentified bicyclist is killed in N. Phila. hit-and-run
Philadelphia Inquirer - Philadelphia,PA,USA
An unidentified bicyclist was fatally injured early yesterday when struck by a hit-and-run driver in North Philadelphia. Police ...

Semi truck hits bicyclist
Fond du Lac Reporter - Fond du Lac,WI,USA
For the second time this week, a middle school student riding his bicycle to school has been struck by a vehicle. At about 7:30 ...

Officials seek driver who hit bicyclist
St. Petersburg Times - St. Petersburg,FL,USA
By Times Staff. HOLIDAY - Investigators are searching for a driver who fled after hitting a bicyclist Monday night, leaving the man seriously injured. ...

Jury finds San Jose man guilty in bicyclist death
San Jose Mercury News - United States
David Anthony Espino, 39, of San Jose, was convicted of second-degree murder Thursday in the death of a Mountain View bicyclist who was struck by Espino's van ...

Fund-raiser to benefit bicyclist paralyzed in crash
Philadelphia Daily News - Philadelphia,PA,USA
In July, a young Manayunk woman crashed during a bicycle race and was left paralyzed from the waist down. On Sunday, there will ...

Don Boehly Update

WOWK-TV -- News for Charleston and Huntington, West Virginia
Visit this site to track USA cyclist Don Boehly's biking trip across the USA.
The tour is in support of 9-11 charities . C-8 Health Project ...

bicyclist news

Many hours on the bicycle could make men impotent
Hindustan Times - India
Many hours spent riding a bicycle each week could put men at risk of turning impotent, says a new study. And some bicycle saddle ...

Deflating the case for bicycle tariffs
Globe and Mail - Canada
There are about 600 workers in two Quebec factories who should start looking for other jobs. Two Canadian bicycle manufacturers, Raleigh Canada Ltd. ...

Bicycle sales overtake cars
World War 4 Report - Brooklyn,NY,USA
"Bicycle sales are near an all-time high with 19 million sold last ... The US government has also done its part to promote a more bicycle-friendly environment. ...

Fourth-grade teacher killed while riding bicycle in Woodside
San Jose Mercury News - United States
WOODSIDE, Calif. - A fourth-grade teacher was killed over the weekend after a distracted motorist slammed into her as she rode her bicycle, deputies said. ...

Bicycle and Scooter Sales Up as Gas Prices Rise
KATV - Little Rock,AR,USA
... High gas prices have brought in a consumer looking not only for fun, but fuel economy. Think of it as the best gas mileage in the world...a bicycle . ...

FOR THE RECORD
Palladium-Item - Richmond,IN,USA
... 5:59 pm Monday -- No injury one-vehicle accident with bicyclist, Greenbriar Drive and Dewood Lane. ... Bicyclist: Jeanna A. Ripperger, also of Richmond. ...

French cyclist injured in Coast race
Standard - Nairobi,Kenya
... at the Mombasa Hospital. Alexander Debbane, the executive director of Vittel, said the cyclist was out of danger. "She is fine now ...

Tour of Senegal : Pascal Bouba, Best African Cyclist
AllAfrica.com - Africa
The 8th edition of the cycling Tour of Senegal ended last weekend in Dakar. Some 102 athletes from 17 teams in Africa, Europe and ...

Lawsuit filed against railroads in Oak Park cyclist's death
Riverside Brookfield Landmark - Oak Park,IL,USA
... Quane, an Oak Park resident and speech pathologist for Oak Park Elementary School District 97, was an avid cyclist and president-elect of the Oak Park Cycle ...

Cyclist reportedly flown to Hershey
Waynesboro Record Herald - Waynesboro,PA,USA
... However, witnesses said the cyclist went off Church Street, hit the base of a billboard sign and was thrown several hundred feet. ...

Cyclist left for dead
ic SouthLondon.co.uk - United Kingdom
By Ben Ashford, South London Press. A CYCLIST was critically ill yesterday after he was hit by a car and left for dead. The 50-year ...

Cyclist Museeuw charged in dope scandal
San Jose Mercury News - United States
... on Oct. 11. Widely recognized as the greatest one-day cyclist of the past decade, Museeuw denies any wrongdoing. Janssen said the ...

Local cyclist raising money for New Orleans' Ronald McDonald House
KRIS-TV - Corpus Christi,TX,USA
... Newman. This accomplished cyclist has already pedaled across the US is riding for pledges, taking 1 cent for every mile. "Everybody ...

Man Dies After Crashing Bicycle
Newswatch 50 - Watertown,NY,USA
Putnam Valley, NY (AP) -- A man riding his new racing cycle was killed when he failed to negotiate a curve near his home in Putnam Valley and hit a row of ...

Serious Riders, Your Bicycle Seat May Affect Your Love Life
New York Times - United States
A raft of new studies suggest that cyclists, particularly men, should be careful which bicycle seats they choose. The studies add ...

Bicycle Safety: Getting Kids to Wear Helmets
WebMD - USA
Oct. 3, 2005 -- If you want your kids to wear bicycle helmets while biking, you ought to strap on your own helmet and ride with them. ...

Electric bicycle on patrol
Kentucky Post - Covington,KY,USA
... The serious-looking, all black, high-performance, folding bicycle is similar to that carried compactly in the backpacks of US Special Forces paratroopers ...

Ballarat cyclists get started in Bicycle Victoria campaign
Ballarat Courier - Ballarat,Victoria,Australia
PEDAL power reigned in Ballarat yesterday as a Bicycle Victoria campaign to get more riders in the seat ramped up. A group of about ...

Police Search For Driver Who Struck Bicyclist
News4Jax.com - Jacksonville,FL,USA
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Police are looking for a hit-and-run driver and passenger who struck a bicyclist Monday afternoon at Moncrief Road and Ken Knight Drive ...

Driver charged in death of teenage bicyclist
Nashua Telegraph - Nashua,NH,USA
YARMOUTH, Mass. (AP) -- A Yarmouth man faces a motor vehicle homicide charge after his car allegedly struck and killed a teenage cyclist on Saturday night. ...

What's your opinion?
Daily Hampshire Gazette (subscription) - Northhampton,MA,USA
Since bicyclist Meg Sanders died in a Northampton accident last month, the question of cycling safety is getting deserved attention. ...

Golf cart, hay ride mishaps fatal
The Saginaw News - Saginaw,MI,USA
... The crash, just after 7 pm Sunday, sent the 38-year-old bicyclist to Bay Regional Medical Center, where doctors were treating the Bay City man for potentially ...

Beauty can be found one hour away, take a bicycle
Clovis News Journal - Clovis,NM,USA
... All this brings me to a trip I took the other day, arranging a training ride which involved hauling the bicycle out to Ft. Sumner so I could ride to the lake. ...

Bicycle ride gears up for weekend
The Union of Grass Valley - Grass Valley/Nevada City,CA,USA
Hundreds of cyclists will take to the western Nevada County roadways Saturday in the sixth annual Burn of the Century Bicycle Tour. ...

City peddles its plan to put bicycle racks onto buses
DesMoinesRegister.com - Des Moines,IA,USA
By JARED STRONG. The folks at the Des Moines metro bus line want to make it easier for people to ride their bikes to work. So beginning ...

Bicycle jocks, farm animals share stage
Las Cruces Sun-News - Las Cruces,NM,USA
The farm animals accustomed to the show ring at the 39th annual Southern New Mexico State Fair may be a tad jealous of the attention the BMX bicycle jocks are ...

Couple takes bicycle trek across America
News-Leader.com - Springfield,MO,USA
... Maybe it wasn't as quick a turnaround as Doug claims, but sure enough, rides for doughnuts eventually led to 25-mile treks with the Springbike Bicycle Club. ...

2005-10-03

cyclist news

Cyclist , 14, is killed in hit-run crash
Boston Globe - United States
A 14-year-old Yarmouth boy riding his bicycle on the shoulder of Route 6A was killed last night after being hit by a passing vehicle that then fled the scene ...

Delhi to become cyclist-friendly
NDTV.com - New Delhi,India
... transport. The government in Delhi says it is looking closely at some of the recommendations to make the city cyclist-friendly. ...

Cyclist, 14, killed in hit-run on
Cape Cod Times - Hyannis,MA,USA
By JOE HEITZ. YARMOUTHPORT - Police are searching for the driver of a sports car that hit and killed a 14-year-old boy last night ...

Lance Armstrong and Sheryl Crow to marry in spring
Newindpress - Chennai,India
LOS ANGELES: Cyclist Lance Armstrong and rocker Sheryl Crowe are all set to marry in California next spring. They will marry at ...

emergency medical service news

Students learn to save lives
St. Petersburg Times - St. Petersburg,FL,USA
... The ultimate goal of the University Emergency Medical Services Association, or UEMSA, is to provide emergency medical service 24 hours a day, seven days a week ...

Volunteers in 'huge decline'
Elmira Star-Gazette - Elmira,NY,USA
... Today we do. "While it's a good thing, because we certainly have firefighters and (emergency medical service volunteers) who are better trained and qualified ...

NCCo fire service sets goals for dealing with future
The News Journal - Wilmington,DE,USA
... There are several contributing factors, including a dramatic rise in Emergency Medical Service (EMS) responses that require career and paid on-call responders. ...

Firefighters and EMTs could buy homes at half-price
Orlando Sentinel - Orlando,FL,USA
... And first responders must work for a fire department or an emergency medical service unit of the federal, state, local or tribal government serving the area ...