Archive | September, 2012

Medic loses license over fatal crash

Posted on 28 September 2012 by wyoskibum

BENNINGTON — A Bennington Rescue Squad paramedic has had his license renewal rejected by the state for actions he took during a fatal motorcycle crash.

Gillvray Hall, a paramedic who serves as operations manager for the squad, knowingly performed a procedure prohibited by the state and was slow in transporting the motorcyclist to the local hospital, according to Vermont Emergency Medical Services, part of the Vermont Department of Health.

The state had been reviewing Bennington Rescue’s response to an early June crash. Gavin Briggs, 28, of Pownal, was driving his Kawasaki motorcycle north on Dewey Street, at about 7:45 a.m., when police said he collided with a Honda CRV driven by Lorraine Baker, 60, of Bennington on Weeks Street. Briggs died as a result of the crash.

According to documents provided by Vermont EMS on Thursday, the license renewal for Hall has been rejected. A letter to Hall dated Sept. 19 says the renewal was rejected for several reasons, including “acting in ways which are dangerous or injurious, or potentially so to the public” and “acting unprofessionally.”

According to an EMS report, Hall performed a pericardiocentisis, an invasive procedure that involves using a needle and catheter to remove fluid from the sac around the heart. The report notes that Hall, prior to performing the procedure, stated that he may “lose his license for this.” Other paramedics that were on the scene testified that they cautioned Hall not to perform the procedure.

“Based on the multi-factorial issues described above, coupled with the fact that Paramedic G. Hall knowingly performed a procedure that was outside his scope and was at that time aware of the potential implications for his actions according to witness testimony, it is therefore recommended that Paramedic G. Hall’s application to VDH for license renewal be rejected,” the report states.

The letter to Hall details other factors for denying his license renewal based on the crash response investigation. Among them are:

* Keeping a “multi-systems trauma victim,” who was within sight of the hospital, on scene for a prolonged time.

* Allowing the patient’s sister, an EMT on the scene, to remain on duty and become directly involved in patient care.

* Allowing two medications to manage the patient’s airway that are not listed or approved for use as an induction agent during intubation attempts.

* Sending another paramedic to the emergency department at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center to request that a physician come to the scene to perform a pericardiocentisis. The physician requested “multiple times” that the patient be transported to the hospital.

* Performing two unsuccessful attempts at pericardiocentisis, a procedure not allowable under the Vermont EMS paramedic scope of practice.

William Hathaway, executive director of Bennington Rescue, said Hall is planning to appeal the decision. The squad is “staying behind him while he goes through this process,” Hathaway said.

Hathaway said Hall continues to serve as operations manager and is fulfilling the duties he is allowed to without an active license.

According to Hathaway, Hall has been trained in performing pericardiocentisis. “He’s actually performed it in the field before, not in Vermont, but in a state where it is allowed,” Hathaway said.



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EMT charged in deadly ambulance wreck that killed co-worker

Posted on 28 September 2012 by wyoskibum


An emergency medical technician has been charged after a deadly ambulance wreck on Tuesday that killed his co-worker.

According to Monroe Police, Jonathan Cory Brown, of Cheraw SC, was issued a criminal summons for Misdemeanor Death by Motor Vehicle on Thursday.  The wreck killed his co-worker, 43-year-old Belinda Gale Rivers.

The summons was issued on the same day that Rivers was laid to rest.

Investigators say Rivers was in the passenger seat of a Sandhills Ambulance Service ambulance on Tuesday when  Brown pulled out onto Highway 74 in Monroe.

According to police, witness accounts and evidence show that the ambulance entered the intersection at Venus and Highway 74 during a red light.

The pair was hit by a tractor-trailer.

Rivers was thrown out of the ambulance and pinned underneath, where she died from her injures. No patients were onboard.

Rivers mother talked with WBTV on Wednesday and said her daughter loved her job.

For her mother Linda Owens, the devastating news came by phone.

“It just couldn’t be real, I just started screaming and hollering, not my baby, not my baby,” said Owens.

She says her daughter enjoyed being an EMT and her patients often requested her by name.

“She had compassion, they would call in to ask for her to come pick them up because they know she was a caring person, she was easy with them,” said Owens.

Meg Norton owns Sandhills Ambulance service where Rivers worked and brought in counselors to help her co-workers grieve.

“That’s what we’re dealing with today, it’s like okay this really did happen and she’s not coming back to work with us,” said Norton.

She says EMT’s from other cities have called to offer help. Others posted messages on Facebook or stopped by the office to drop off flowers. Her mother says it’s comforting to know her daughter impacted so many.

“I just couldn’t believe it was true, but God has a plan, his plan is going to be fulfilled,” said Owens.

Rivers was laid to rest Thursday.

Jonathan Brown is expected to have a court date on December 6th in Union County.



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Ambulance rolls with patient inside in Pa.

Posted on 28 September 2012 by wyoskibum

WATERFORD, Pa. – Officials say an ambulance driver en route from an accident scene in northwestern Pennsylvania rolled the vehicle after suffering an apparent medical emergency.

The crash happened around 7:45 a.m. Thursday in Waterford Township, near Erie. Stancliff Hose Co. Assistant Chief Harry Latta says one injured person was inside when the driver lost control and rolled the ambulance on its roof.

A former emergency responder who happened to be behind the ambulance tells the Erie Times-News ( she and a nurse jumped in to help right away. She called the scene “chaos.”

Four other people were inside the ambulance besides the driver and injured patient. Conditions on all six people were not immediately available.



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EMT killed when ambulance, tractor trailer crash in front of hospital

Posted on 28 September 2012 by wyoskibum

MONROE, NC (WBTV) - An emergency responder was killed Tuesday after an ambulance was involved in a crash with an tractor trailer in front of a hospital.

The incident occurred in front of Carolinas Medical Center-Union along U.S. 74 in Monroe, just before 11 a.m. Tuesday morning.

A tractor trailer truck driven by Wallace Kenneth Murphy, Jr. of Madison, NC was traveling westbound on US 74 when it collided with an ambulance as the ambulance pulled into the roadway, police told WBTV.

WBTV has learned that the ambulance was a part of the Sandhills Ambulance Service out of Cheraw, South Carolina.

Officials from the company confirmed to WBTV that an EMT employee was killed in the crash.

WBTV has learned that the employee, later identified as 43-year-old Belinda Gayle Rivers, was riding in the passenger seat of the ambulance.

Lynn Hinson pulled up to the scene seconds after the crash.

“I was going to try to get her out, but it was too much she was pinned in, there was nothing I could do,” said Hinson.

The driver of the ambulance, Jonathan Cory Brown of Cheraw, was injured in the crash. He was transported to CMC-Main in Charlotte for his injuries.  He is listed in stable condition.

The driver of the tractor trailer suffered no injuries from the collision, police say.

There were no patients on board in the ambulance. It was en route to the hospital to pick up a patient when the crash occurred.

At on point, nearly a dozen EMS workers, firefighters and police gathered around Rivers to pray before her body was taken away from the scene.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and the members of this ambulance service as well,” said Ron Fowler, Chief of Monroe Fire Department.

Union County Communications says  U.S. 74 was shut down because of the crash until 3:30 p.m.

Monroe Police Chief Debra Duncan said that the investigation is continuing as witnesses are still being questioned.  There have been no charges filed at this time.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol Motor Carrier Unit is assisting the Monroe Traffic Unit with the investigation.



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Motorcycle crashes into ambulance

Posted on 23 September 2012 by wyoskibum

MOUNTAIN HOME, AR – Crashing a motorcycle is unfortunate. But if you have to crash a motorcycle, crashing it into an ambulance in the parking lot of an ambulance company certainly cuts down on the time spent waiting for a ride to the hospital, as a 23-year-old Calico Rock man learned Wednesday.

Antonio Sanchez reportedly was riding an Aprilia motorcycle on AR Highway 56 when he failed to negotiate a curve while attempting to turn on Park Street, rode on to the lot of Ozark Emergency Medical Service, struck an ambulance and eventually laid the bike down.

Sanchez was cited for driving on a suspended license and careless and prohibited driving, according to Trooper Jason Baethke of the Arkansas State Police.

Ozark EMS owner Leon Cheatham said Sanchez rode between two ambulances before crashing. Sanchez damaged the side of one ambulance, according to Cheatham.

“He was really lucky,” Cheatham said. “If he had been just a foot or two one way or the other, he would have hit one of those ambulances head on.”

Sanchez was wearing shorts and flip-flops at the time of the accident, according to Cheatham, who said Sanchez was not wearing a helmet.

Personnel loaded Sanchez into one of the undamaged ambulances on the lot, and transported him to Calico Rock Medical Center, where a spokesperson says he was treated for his injuries and later released.

Cheatham said his insurance company would cover the damage to the ambulance, as Sanchez did not have insurance.

“We will transport someone regardless of what happens,” Cheatham said. “Sure it’s upsetting what happened, but he’s a patient in need of care, so we took care him. That’s what we do.”



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Ohio Officer Killed in Ambulance, Vehicle Crash

Posted on 23 September 2012 by wyoskibum

WEST JEFFERSON, Ohio (AP) – Authorities say an off-duty police officer has died after the vehicle she was driving collided head-on with an ambulance in central Ohio.

The State Highway Patrol says 53-year-old Marcia Frederick of the Columbus Police Department was pronounced dead Tuesday at the scene of the crash in Madison County.

Troopers were called to the crash on state Route 142 shortly before 2:30 p.m. They say Frederick’s southbound black SUV had traveled left of the center line, striking a northbound Jefferson Township Medic Squad vehicle.

The two medics in the ambulance were injured and taken to a hospital. Two people inside the ambulance who were being transported for treatment were also taken to a hospital. Additional details on their injuries and conditions weren’t immediately available.

The patrol says it’s investigating the crash.


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Four Injured in Ambulance Accident

Posted on 23 September 2012 by wyoskibum

ALTON, IL – A Monday night accident between an ambulance from the Alhambra / Hamel Ambulance Service and a tractor-trailer sent four people to the hospital with incapacitating injuries.  Police say the ambulance and the semi were southbound on Interstate 55 when the ambulance made a sudden move to exit the highway.  At that point the tractor-trailer hit the ambulance, causing it to overturn.

This all happened just before 8:00pm at the Interstate 55 Southbound Rest Area at milepost 28.  According to the report from the Illinois State Police, the ambulance was responding to a medical emergency at the rest area at milepost 28.  The ambulance is said to have made a sudden turn to the right, as if to go up the ramp that leads to the rest area the wrong way.  At that point, the semi caught the ambulance in the right-rear corner, causing it to overturn.  Both drivers and both passengers were injured and taken to Anderson Hospital in Maryville.  Injured in the ambulance are 31-year-old Theodore W. Berg of Staunton and 61-year-old Michele M. Loguue of Hamel.   Those injured in the tractor-trailer are 69-year-old Daniel D. Eddinger of Lisbon, Ohio, and 52-year-old Rayburn Conway of Sandusky, Ohio.  No charges have been issued.


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Driver cited after ambulance flips on I-85 in Durham

Posted on 19 September 2012 by wyoskibum

DURHAM, N.C. — An ambulance hydroplaned during heavy rain Tuesday afternoon, slammed into a guardrail and eventually flipped onto its side in a crash that shut down southbound Interstate 85 in Durham for about an hour.

The four occupants of the ambulance – two EMTs, a patient and the patient’s relative – were taken to Duke University Hospital. The extent of their injuries and their conditions were not released.

The driver, Jonathan Douglas Elliott, will be cited for exceeding safe speed for conditions once he is released from the hospital, authorities said.

The ambulance was not in emergency mode when it crashed, which means it was required to obey all traffic laws.

The crash happened about 2:45 p.m. near the Red Mill Road exit. No other vehicles were involved.



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Ohio officer killed in ambulance, vehicle crash

Posted on 19 September 2012 by wyoskibum

WEST JEFFERSON, Ohio – Authorities say an off-duty police officer has died after the vehicle she was driving collided head-on with an ambulance in central Ohio.

The State Highway Patrol says 53-year-old Marcia Frederick of the Columbus Police Department was pronounced dead Tuesday at the scene of the crash in Madison County.

Troopers were called to the crash on state Route 142 shortly before 2:30 p.m. They say Frederick’s southbound black SUV had traveled left of the center line, striking a northbound Jefferson Township Medic Squad vehicle.

The two medics in the ambulance were injured and taken to a hospital. Two people inside the ambulance who were being transported for treatment were also taken to a hospital. Additional details on their injuries and conditions weren’t immediately available.

The patrol says it’s investigating the crash.



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Four injured in ambulance rollover crash in Hamel

Posted on 19 September 2012 by wyoskibum

Hamel, Ill (KSDK) — Four people were injured Monday night after an ambulance and a semi truck collided while the ambulance was responding to a medical emergency.

Illinois State Police said the ambulance was heading southbound on I-55, near milepost 28, when it made a sudden turn to the right and a tractor trailer hit the side of the ambulance. The ambulance overturned.

The driver of the ambulance and three people in the tractor trailer were taken to an area hospital for treatment.

All four people were wearing seatbelts.

No charges have been filed in the investigation.



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Baltimore paramedic arrested in alleged patient assault

Posted on 19 September 2012 by wyoskibum

BALTIMORE, MD – A Baltimore City paramedic has been arrested and suspended without pay for allegedly assaulting a patient, authorities said.

Shaun W. White, 31, was arrested Friday night on two counts of second-degree assault stemming from a Sept. 8 incident, court records show.

Fire Chief Kevin Cartwright, a department spokesman, said an investigation was launched Friday into the arrest and alleged patient assault. Cartwright had no further information about the alleged assault, the condition of the victim or details surrounding the call that brought White and the victim together.

“There’s a lot of information that we need,” Cartwright said, adding that White was “immediately” suspended. “The fire department just began investigating into what happened.”

Fire union president Rick Hoffman said he “briefly” investigated the case and criticized the administration’s swift punishment of White.

“As I stand right now, my member, paramedic Shaun White, did not need to be arrested,” Hoffman said.

“My feeling is right now, the fire department shot before taking aim,” Hoffman added, “and it’s a despicable way to treat our members.”

White was arrested on a warrant issued six days after the incident.

Online city records indicate White was hired by the department in 2005. He could not be reached for comment.



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Man injured after SUV strikes ambulance in Penn Twp.

Posted on 19 September 2012 by wyoskibum

PENN TOWNSHIP, PA – One man was taken to the hospital and traffic slowed on Baltimore Street after police said the man’s SUV struck the back of an ambulance that was on its way to a call Thursday morning.

The man, who was not identified at the scene, struck the back of the Butler Medical Transport with his Ford Explorer in front of the South Hanover Shopping Center, police said. He was taken to Hanover Hospital via a Penn Township ambulance.

Penn Township Police Sgt. Andrew Breighner said the Butler ambulance was on a call, but was not using its lights or siren at the time of the crash. There was no patient in the vehicle, rather the two-man crew was on its way to pick up someone, he said.

The crash, which occurred just before noon, slowed traffic along a busy section of Baltimore Street. Crews worked for some time to separate the two vehicles, with the SUV’s front bumper wedged under the metal step on the back of the ambulance.

Breighner said the SUV driver’s injuries appeared to be minor, and the sergeant had to smile a bit at the quirkiness of the crash.

“I’ve done for this 16, 17 years, ” he said. “You see a lot.”


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Ambulance carrying patient wrecks

Posted on 19 September 2012 by wyoskibum

CLEVELAND COUNTY, NC – A Cleveland County Emergency Medical Services ambulance, on the way to the hospital with a patient in the back, was involved in a wreck on Polkville Road on Thursday afternoon.

EMS Director Joe Lord said the vehicle was heading to Cleveland Regional Medical Center, running emergency traffic, when the collision happened.

He said he could not speak on the patient’s condition, but that the person was “not stable from the beginning.”

Lord said another ambulance arrived on scene and took the patient to the hospital.

“Nobody else from the scene was transported to the best of my knowledge,” he said.

Lord said N.C. Highway Patrol troopers will conduct an investigation and Cleveland County EMS will also conduct its own.

The wreck happened shortly before 4 p.m. near the intersection of Nalley Drive and Polkville Road.

A red car, parked on the side of the road had its hood propped up, the front side smashed.

The ambulance was sitting on the opposite side of the road in a field.

An empty gurney sat beside the truck, and the side door was open.

Red scrapes marked the side of the vehicle and some of the metal was crunched and dented.

N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper J.S. Horton said he could not offer a comment at the time and the wreck was still being investigated.

“This is going to take a while,” Horton said.

Lord said CCEMS ambulances are on duty 24 hours a day.

“We have nine ambulances throughout the county that are operated by Cleveland County EMS,” he said.



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AMR suspends paramedics for working for competitor

Posted on 19 September 2012 by wyoskibum

BRIDGEPORT, CT – Several emergency medical technicians employed by American Medical Response Inc. in the Bridgeport area have been placed on administrative leave because they also work for another paid ambulance service.

A memo sent to the affected employees on Sept. 5 by Bill Schietenger, manager of AMR’s Bridgeport division, said the company considers the Valley Emergency Medical Service a competitor “since it submitted a bid against AMR in our service area. As you are aware, a memo was posted in Operations regarding the company’s stance of our employees working for competitors.

“I will need official word from you in writing on your decision of employment by 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10. If I do not hear from you by 4 p.m., I will consider that your voluntary resignation from AMR.”

Schietenger did not return a reporter’s phone calls on Friday. Doug Jones, public affairs director in the company’s Greenwood, Colo., corporate office, said AMR “does not comment on personnel issues.”

An EMS source who does not work for either company said about 15 paramedics have been suspended by AMR for working for another paid ambulance service. Work for volunteer ambulance services is not covered by the “non-compete” clause in AMR employee contracts, the source said.

Both AMR and VEMS provide advanced life-support services provided by paramedics. Volunteers provide basic ambulance services in most area towns, including Monroe, which recently chose the Valley company over AMR.

Bob Petinella, the executive director of the VEMS, said his company has been awarded the Monroe bid — its first outside the five core lower Naugatuck Valley towns it was created to serve.

“We’ve done well in the past few years and we’ve decided to expand,” Petinella said. “Our position is that the folks we employ are professionals and they can work for whoever they want

“We’re not going to affect their ability to work or to earn income, and we trust that when they are working for VEMS they represent our best interests.”

New Haven lawyer Irving Pinsky said he has been retained by some of the paramedics suspended by AMR, and that he is preparing a lawsuit on their behalf, citing the state’s Unfair Trade Practices Act. The employees are not unionized, Pinsky said.

“I’m still in the investigation stage, but from what I’m told, these people are being prevented from working,” Pinsky said. “Their careers and income options are being limited in violation of the law.”

Tim Yurksaitis, of Trumbull, one of the suspended AMR paramedics, said that he can’t comment on the situation until it is resolved.



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