Archive | September, 2013

Ambulance involved in rollover

Posted on 21 September 2013 by wyoskibum

DAVIE, Fla. (WSVN) — An ambulance was left on its side after it was involved in an accident with another vehicle.

Davie Fire Rescue was on the scene where five people were injured, including the two medics aboard the ambulance.

The incident occurred on Oaks Road and State Road 7 and caused some traffic on southbound 441. Drivers were urged to use alternate routes.

The victims were treated on the scene for non-life threatening injuries and taken to the hospital for observation.
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No one hurt in wreck involving ambulance

Posted on 21 September 2013 by wyoskibum

CUMMING, GA — A Forsyth County ambulance nearly overturned after being forced off the road by another driver Monday morning on Canton Highway, authorities said.

According to Forsyth County Fire Division Chief Jason Shivers, the ambulance was responding to a medical call from Station 13 about 8 a.m. when the wreck happened.

Shivers said the ambulance was traveling west on Canton Highway with lights and siren on when a driver, who apparently didn’t see it, turned left directly into the path of the ambulance as it was attempting to pass on the left.

The ambulance driver swerved and steered toward a nearby driveway, but slid past it into a ditch alongside the road.

Neither of the two crew members in the ambulance was injured, nor was the other driver, who the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office identified as a 72-year-old Cumming man.

The man has been charged with failure to yield to an authorized emergency vehicle, according to the sheriff’s office.

The sheriff’s office report of the incident stated that the man “noticed vehicles traveling eastbound had stopped, but thought they were stopping to allow him to turn left and did not hear or see the emergency vehicles behind him.”

The vehicle struck the rear passenger side bumper of the ambulance, according to the report.

Shivers said a fire engine that is equipped and staffed for medical calls was on the scene where the ambulance was heading when the crash happened. It did not appear that the delay affected the other patient.

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Paramedic delivers his son in a car in Bay View Elementary parking lot

Posted on 21 September 2013 by wyoskibum

SANTA CRUZ, CA  – Nathan Lindsay, a Monterey County paramedic, had been trained to deliver babies, but not under these circumstances.

Nathan Lindsay helped his wife, Portia, deliver their baby, Nathan George Lindsay, in the dark in the front seat of their car about 10 p.m. Sept. 3 at the Bay View Elementary parking lot.

The couple was driving down Bay Street en route to Dominican Hospital when they realized they had to pull over.

“I reached down with my right hand and I could feel the whole head was out,” said Nathan Lindsay.

He said he didn’t even have time to call 911, let alone stop and think.

“I did what I’d been trained to do,” he said. “It was real easy, it was kind of textbook “… a couple pushes, top shoulder, bottom shoulder and he came right out.”

The baby was still in his amniotic sac, so dad ripped the membrane to drain the fluid so his son could breathe.

With the placenta yet to come and the cord still attached to mom, Nathan Lindsay wrapped his crying baby in a blanket and sped to the hospital. It wasn’t until Portia Lindsay checked under the blanket that the couple knew they had a son.

The delivery took less than five minutes, said Nathan Lindsay.

Since Portia Lindsay had been in labor for 40 hours with her first pregnancy and 10 hours for her second, she said she didn’t expect the baby to come so quickly.

Contractions started at midnight on Sept. 2, and were an hour apart. Throughout the day they grew a little more intense, she said, but were still at least 20 minutes apart.

“It didn’t feel like the birth was that soon,” said Portia Lindsay. “We were just kind of waiting for it to get more intense and it never did.”

The game changed after the couple put their two daughters to bed at 9 p.m.

“It went from mellow labor to ‘it’s about to get real serious,’ ” said Portia Lindsay, who was more than 41 weeks pregnant at the time.

The couple planned to have Portia’s parents baby-sit their girls, but worried that they didn’t have enough time to wait. They called a neighbor to come over instead.

Meanwhile, the contractions grew in intensity. Portia Lindsay said that she had a feeling they wouldn’t reach the hospital in time.

“It just happened so fast,” Portia Lindsay said.

“I don’t think I was feeling anything,” she said. “It was just raw birth.”

Nathan George Lindsay weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces and was born outside his sister Leia’s kindergarten classroom. He has yet to be issued a birth certificate since he was not born in a hospital.

He already has a nickname though.

“Pilot,” said his father. “Since he was born in a Honda Pilot.”

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Former EMT, ambulance service sued

Posted on 21 September 2013 by wyoskibum

GLOVERSVILLE, NY – A former city firefighter and emergency medical technician is due to be released from jail next week after serving a 30-day sentence for sexually touching female patients, but his legal challenges will continue.

Donald Frye of Broadalbin is facing three lawsuits filed this year that also name his former employer, the Ambulance Service of Fulton County. Three women who live in Fulton County are accusing Frye of sexually assaulting them while they were receiving medical care in an ambulance. They also are alleging negligence by the city-based ambulance company that employed him.

Frye, 45, was arrested in January on two counts of forcible touching for an incident in January and an incident in March 2011. The victims said in the lawsuits Frye put his hands in inappropriate places and penetrated them with a finger.

Under an agreement with the Fulton County district attorney’s office, he pleaded guilty to one count of forcible touching and was sentenced to 30 days in the Fulton County Jail, and three years of probation. He is scheduled to be released Monday, according to public records.

The woman who accused Frye in the 2011 incident filed her lawsuit Feb. 21, alleging Frye touched her as part of a “body cavity search.” Lawsuits filed April 10 by the victim in the January lawsuit and the alleged victim in a 2012 incident are similar but say the alleged sexual contact by Frye was “termed to be an examination.”

The Leader-Herald is not naming the plaintiffs because it generally does not identify victims of sexual abuse without their consent.

Frye was not charged in the alleged 2012 incident. City Police spokesman Capt. John Sira is out of the office this week and Chief Donald VanDeusen did not return a phone call seeking comment. Assistant District Attorney James Riley said he could not comment on the case against Frye.

Gloversville attorney Robert Abdella represents each of the plaintiffs. He did not return a phone call or email message seeking comment. Frye’s attorney, Peter Moschetti of Latham, did not return a phone message seeking comment.

The lawsuits do not specify damages being sought by any of the plaintiffs. They say Frye’s alleged actions left them with permanent mental and emotional injuries, distress and anxiety, and they fault the ambulance service for not “making reasonable inquiries” into Frye’s background and not firing him “immediately upon discovery of such mistreatment,” which they say exposed the plaintiffs and other patients to Frye’s “sexual predation.”

Ambulance service Manager Howard Hime said Thursday the company has not changed any policies since Frye’s arrest, but it’s more deliberate about ensuring a female employee is present for ambulance calls for female patients.

“We always used to, but then we got damn short on women,” he said. “Now, we’ve got a few more women so whenever we can, we go with a man and a woman. That helps.”

He said the ambulance service has about 50 employees but he didn’t know how many are women.

Frye earned $62,640 in 2012 as a full-time city firefighter, according to public records. He was placed on 30 days of unpaid leave in February before Civil Service law required the city to move him to paid leave. He resigned in June. He worked part-time for the ambulance service, which fired him after his arrest.

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Ambulance involved in Lunenburg County highway crash

Posted on 21 September 2013 by wyoskibum

NOVA SCOTIA, CANADA — RCMP are investigating after a collision on Highway 103 that involved an ambulance in Middlewood, Lunenburg County.

Sgt. Al LeBlanc said a westbound car was stopped on the road to make a left-hand turn at about 2:15 p.m. when it was rear-ended by another vehicle. The force of the collision pushed the vehicle into the path of the east-bound ambulance.

The ambulance ended up in the ditch. LeBlanc said Friday afternoon that he didn’t know if that was a result of the collision or the ambulance’s driver trying to avoid a collision with the car.

The female drivers and lone occupants of the cars were taken to hospital with what are believed to be minor injuries, LeBlanc said. The two paramedics were taken to hospital for assessment as a precaution.

The highway was closed for a couple of hours while police investigated.

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Shreveport firefighter, paramedic facing new charges in drug tampering investigation

Posted on 21 September 2013 by wyoskibum

VIVIAN, LA (KSLA) -

A Shreveport firefighter and part-time paramedic already accused of taking narcotics from the fire department is now also accused of tampering with medications while on the job as a part-time paramedic for the North Caddo Medical Center.

26-year-old Michael Keener of Atlanta, TX was arrested on August 15 as the result of a Shreveport Police investigation into the theft of narcotics from the Shreveport Fire Department. He was charged with one count of malfeasance in office and one count of prohibited acts all schedules; (acquiring a controlled dangerous substance by fraud). He was placed on paid administrative leave by the fire department on the same day.

That investigation was prompted by a call from the Shreveport Fire Department in late July of 2013.

Long before that, however, the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office began an investigation into possible medication tampering at North Caddo Medical Center in Vivian.

LT. Don Gibbs says the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office got a call about possible medication tampering at the hospital in February 2012.

Detectives conducted interviews, re-interviews, administered polygraphs and gathered evidence that they say led to an arrest warrant being issued for Keener, who was working as a part-time paramedic on the ambulance crew. Keener allegedly, removed drugs from vials, then refilled them with a clear substance, and then placed them back into paramedic pouches which could have been administered to patients.

The clear substance has been reported to be “normal saline.” That there have been no reports of patients being adversely affected by the switched medications.

Keener turned him self in at the Caddo Correctional Center on Wednesday, September 11 and was charged with illegally obtaining a controlled dangerous substance, and altering a controlled dangerous substance. Bond has been set at $1,500 on each charge.

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Private ambulance overturns on Newport News interstate

Posted on 21 September 2013 by wyoskibum

EWPORT NEWS, VA — A medical transport company ambulance overturned on Interstate 64 near Fort Eustis Thursday morning snarling traffic for miles along the highway during rush hour.

Virginia State Police responded at about 5:35 a.m. to the crash located in the westbound lanes of the interstate east of Fort Eustis and found the ambulance had struck the guardrail of the right side of the road and was on its side, said Sgt. T. Brown.

There were no passengers in the ambulance at the time of the accident, but two employees riding in the vehicle sustained minor injuries, Brown said. The employees were taken to Riverside Regional Medical Center for treatment.Police are investigating the cause of the crash, Brown said. However, investigators determined alcohol was not a factor.

The accident caused a miles long delay for motorists traveling westbound on I-64 towards Richmond Thursday morning. At its peak, traffic was backed up 4 miles to Jefferson Avenue.

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HFD ambulance patient dies in collision with truck

Posted on 12 September 2013 by wyoskibum

HOUSTON, TX — A man died after a pickup struck the ambulance taking him to the hospital, authorities said.

A Ford F-150 truck collided with a Houston Fire Department ambulance about 9:20 a.m. Monday along the 9800 block of Bissonnet, Houston police said.

The ambulance was flashing its lights and using the siren, police said.

A 45-year-old heart attack victim was being taken to an area hospital. The force of the impact caused the patient and attending HFD paramedics to be tossed around inside the ambulance, HPD officials said.

The patient stopped breathing after the collision and was pronounced dead at the scene. No other injuries were reported, police said.

The driver of the pickup truck was questioned at the scene. HPD later cited him for failing to yield the right of way to the ambulance.

Release of the man’s identity was pending verification by Harris County medical examiners.

The investigation into the fatal crash is continuing, police said.

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Ambulance responding to a call is stolen in Lorain

Posted on 12 September 2013 by wyoskibum

LORAIN, OH – It may have only been a matter of minutes, but the time it took to locate a stolen LifeCare ambulance could have been a matter of life or death.
“It is the epitome of human stupidity to steal an ambulance at all, let alone one that is responding to a call,” said LifeCare Vice President Herb de la Porte. “If the call had been a more serious incident, someone could have died.”
A LifeCare ambulance had been dispatched to a home in the 1000 block of West 21st Street shortly before 1:15 a.m. Friday to help a woman who was believed to be going into labor.
According to police, the two paramedics parked the ambulance in the driveway and went into the home to help the woman. While they were inside, the paramedics heard the ambulance reverse and pull out of the driveway.
“We were able to get the woman to the hospital,” de la Porte said. “We called in another ambulance.”
The stolen ambulance was located a little more than three blocks away on West 22nd Street between Lexington Avenue and Reid Avenue, de la Porte said.
“It was just sitting in the middle of the street still running,” he said. “There was no chance of it getting away. These vehicles are monitored every second through LifeCare dispatch.”
De la Porte said nothing was taken from the vehicle during the short absence.
“There was nothing missing from the ambulance,” he said. “Besides, if they wanted drugs or something, these are not the kind that they would want. These would probably kill them.”
In his 27 years with LifeCare, de la Porte said he cannot think of a time when an ambulance was stolen.
“I’ve been here a really long time and nothing like this has happened,” he said. “This is just an example of immoral stupidity on an epic level.”
LifeCare personnel are going through data that the ambulances keep while being driven to see if they can catch the suspect or suspects, de la Porte said.
“We have cameras that turn on if a bump registers at over a half-g of force,” he said. “We’re looking into it to see if they turned on, which is entirely possible. Washington Avenue and 21st Street are a construction maze right now. Hopefully we caught something and can help lead the police to the person or people.”

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2 injured in ambulance crash

Posted on 12 September 2013 by wyoskibum

WAYNE COUNTY, MO (KFVS) -2 people were injured when an ambulance crashed in Wayne County, Mo.

According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, the crash happened at 6:05 p.m. on US 67, just south of county road 541.

Troopers say David Ross, 27, of Piedmont was driving south when he lost control, ran off the side of the road, then hit an embankment before coming to a stop in the median.  The ambulance was totaled.

Ross was not hurt, but two passengers had moderate injuries.  Michael Irions, 34, of Patterson, was flown to St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau.  Harry Shearer, 73, of Patterson, was taken by ambulance to Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center.

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Police: EMS Collides With SUV On Way To Accident

Posted on 12 September 2013 by wyoskibum

LEON COUNTY, FL — On Thursday, September 6, 2013 at 11:28 pm, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene of a traffic crash involving a Leon County EMS ambulance and a 2011 Buick SUV. The preliminary investigation has indicated the ambulance was responding to a traffic crash in the area and was operating with emergency lights and sirens activated. The ambulance was traveling west on Tharpe Street approaching the intersection of Martin Luther King Boulevard.

At the same time, a 2011 Buick SUV was traveling north on Martin Luther King Boulevard approaching the intersection of Tharpe Street. The traffic signal was green on Martin Luther King Boulevard allowing traffic to flow north and south.

The ambulance approached the intersection, observed other north and south bound traffic stopped and proceeded through the intersection, striking the Buick on the passenger’s side.

All three occupants of the Buick were transported to Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare. The driver and rear passenger of the Buick sustained non-life threatening injuries and were released. The front seat passenger of the Buick remains in critical condition. Both paramedics in the ambulance sustained minor injuries.

The investigation into the circumstances surrounding this crash is still under investigation; however, there are no indications that alcohol was a factor in this crash.

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Ambulance, car collide; no one hurt

Posted on 12 September 2013 by wyoskibum

MIDLAND, MI – An Aug. 23 accident that involved a Mid Michigan Medical Center EMS ambulance and a mini van resulted in some vehicle damage, but no injuries to the drivers or passengers in the two vehicles. Ambulance driver Charles Dame was transporting a patient to MMMC when his vehicle collided with another vehicle in the intersection of Wellness Drive and North Saginaw Road.

Ashwini Nagarkar was traveling northbound in a 2009 Toyota Sienna on Wellness Drive. Nagarkar had a green light through the intersection. The ambulance was traveling eastbound on North Saginaw Road approaching Wellness Drive. Witnesses state that the ambulance was traveling with its emergency lights activated, but without the emergency siren. The ambulance had a red light at the intersection. Vehicles were stopped in both eastbound lanes as well as the turn lane of North Saginaw Road in front of the ambulance.

The ambulance struck the rear of the Toyota mini van as it was traveling through the intersection. Dame was cited for failure to yield.

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Clark County EMS Department Allowed To Conceal And Carry

Posted on 12 September 2013 by wyoskibum

CLARK COUNTY, OH – Bethel Township EMS crew were granted permission by township trustees to carry concealed weapons nearly one year ago, citing increasing violence against firefighters and EMS first-responders around the country.

Clark County Sheriff Gene Kelly says that armed EMS personnel just puts more guns into potentially dangerous situations.

“There is not a shift hardly that goes by where we don’t have reports of shots fired.  And the paramedics are going out on these same calls and they’re dealing with people who are emotional, many times intoxicated, under the influence. I think this is going to be a big challenge for us,” Kelly said.

Kelly says that his deputies will always make sure an emergency scene is secure before allowing EMS crews to start working. And he doesn’t see any scenario that would involve paramedics or firefighters engaging an armed person.

“In most cases where we have a situation where the person is armed and threatening suicide or something like the incident there in Yellow Springs, we would have paramedics staged. They would not be actively engaged in any kind of a gun battle or anything like that,” Kelly said.

Bethel Township’s policy states that any weapons carried by EMS personnel must be concealed and those EMS personnel must be licensed and get approval from trustees to carry a gun.

EMS in Bethel Township are not required to carry a weapon, and can work with a crew that is gun free.

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AC EMS doesn’t carry most medications found during search of doctor’s home, director says

Posted on 12 September 2013 by wyoskibum

OAK RIDGE, TN – Its former medical director was arrested Tuesday on drug and gun charges, and Anderson County Emergency Medical Services issued a statement on Wednesday that said most of the medications allegedly found in the home of Dr. Michael A. LaPaglia are not carried by the ambulance service.

The statement also said that the Anderson County EMS medical director is never allowed or provided access to any controlled equipment, supplies, or medications.

“Anderson County EMS has a very solid and concise procedure for controlled substances, with many levels of reporting and accountability,” Director Nathan Sweet said.

Sweet said Anderson County EMS was aware of the doctor’s arrest. LaPaglia faces drug and firearm charges after a search of his house on Fox Cove Road in Knoxville early Tuesday morning allegedly found about 125 marijuana pipes and bongs, more than two pounds of high-grade marijuana, and pills and vials containing liquids commonly used in hospitals, with the medicines ranging from Valium and amphetamine to oxycodone, propofol, and morphine.

“Once we were informed of the situation surrounding Dr. LaPaglia, we felt it to be in the best interest of all parties to discontinue his fulfillment of his position as medical director for Anderson County EMS,” the statement from Sweet said. “We spoke with representatives of Team Health, and upon mutual agreement, Dr. Peter Kah will serve as our interim medical director.”

Sweet said Anderson County EMS does not contract specifically with any one physician but rather with TeamHealth, an organization that has many physicians working throughout the area. Through mutual agreement, that organization and Anderson County EMS appoint a physician within their system as medical director, Sweet said.

LaPaglia has also worked at Methodist Medical Center, but hospital spokeswoman Crystal Jordan said he was employed by TeamHealth, and not MMC.

“He has not provided any contract work at Methodist for a couple of months,” Jordan said.

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