Wednesday, March 5, 2014 2:14 pm
PHOENIX – A lawmaker wants to expand a state program that trains adults to identify and assist individuals showing warning signs of a mental crisis to include a focus on adolescents.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 4:00 am
February is Heart Disease Awareness month. There are several different resources you can use to determine your risk of heart disease and methods to reduce it. The American Heart Association at www.heart.org and the Centers for Disease Control at www.cdc.gov, are both excellent online resources.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 11:00 pm
(StatePoint) February is American Heart Month, and sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is among the leading killers of Americans. It affects an estimated 359,400 people in the U.S. annually, according to statistics published by the American Heart Association.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 10:02 am
On Nov. 2, 2013, the Oro Valley Police Department (OVPD) responded to the 9000 block of north Oracle Road in reference to an unresponsive child. The investigation revealed that a one-year-old child, Michael Martinez, was placed in the bathtub along with his four-year-old sibling by their father, Jesse Martinez, a 30-year-old male.
Monday, January 13, 2014 11:41 am
On Tuesday, Jan. 14, at 2 p.m., Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu will present “Life-Saving Awards” to three good samaritans who saved the life of a two-year-old child. The awards will be presented at the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office in front of our law enforcement memorial located at 971 Jason Lopez Circle, Florence, Arizona. At the ceremony, the child whose life they saved, her mother and grandparents will all be present to recognize and appreciate their help.
Sunday, January 12, 2014 1:35 pm
On Saturday, Jan. 11, at 8:22 p.m. the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a female who said she shot somebody because she was being stabbed.
Friday, January 10, 2014 10:15 am
The University of Arizona's undefeated men's basketball team has been ranked No. 1 in the country for five consecutive weeks.
Monday, November 4, 2013 11:38 am
Pet First Aid and CPR Class:
Thursday, October 24, 2013 4:44 am
(NAPSI)—Nearly 360,000 people experience cardiac arrest out- side of a hospital each year and most of those victims die, often because bystanders don’t know how to start CPR or are afraid they’ll do something wrong. The American Heart Association believes kids are the answer to saving more lives.
Classroom-tested kits empower educators to teach lifesaving CPR to hundreds of students. (NAPS)
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 4:00 am
For the past five years, Heroes Day has taken place to honor Southern Arizona’s first responders. Last week, three were awarded Hero of the Year, including Marana police officer Dan Rowan.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 5:16 pm
Rural/Metro Southern Arizona Operation’s Jason Hamilton to be honored by UAMC as one of three “Heroes of the Year,” at La Encantada on October 17th is a long time employee of Rural/Metro assigned to Southwest Ambulance Meds 843 based at Kino Hospital.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 4:00 am
An idea sprung into the head of 24-year contractor Barry Jenkins as he stepped into an indoor trampoline park in Glendale in 2011.
Friday, September 6, 2013 10:04 am
If your best friend had an emergency, would you be prepared?
Monday, August 26, 2013 11:40 am
At about 10:41 p.m. on August 23, a Tucson Police Department officer, who was working in an off duty capacity at the Golf N’ Stuff located at 6503 East Tanque Verde, requested additional units to respond to the area in order to assist with locating a missing toddler. Officers from Operations Division East responded to assist with the search. Later in the evening, after the child had been located, detectives from the Dependent Child Unit responded to determine the sequence of events that led up to when the child was discovered missing. During the course of the investigation, it was learned that the toddler had been at the Golf N’ Stuff with her family since just before 8:30 p.m. As the family was finishing a game of miniature golf, the child wandered away from her parents. She has been described as a 23-month old little girl. When the family discovered that she was missing, they immediately notified staff at Golf N’ Stuff, who then notified the off-duty officer. It is estimated that approximately 10-15 seconds passed between when her family last saw the female toddler and when they determined that she was missing. Due to the fact that they were near a water feature on the western end of the miniature golf course, the family believed that she had fallen into the water. An adult male citizen, who was playing on the miniature golf course nearby heard the family yelling for help and immediately began searching for her as well. The adult male saw the toddler in the water feature and quickly jumped in to pull her out. He attempted to initiate CPR in an effort to revive her, as she was not breathing. However, he was not trained in performing CPR and was unsuccessful. Thankfully, all officers with the Tucson Police Department receive training related to basic emergency medical life saving measures, including CPR. Officer Billy Daniel, a 26.5 year veteran, and Officer Jeremy Hall, a 1 year veteran and former EMT, were successfully able to administer CPR. By the time emergency medical personnel from the Tucson Fire Department arrived, the child was breathing once again. The Tucson Fire Department personnel transported the toddler to a local hospital for further medical evaluation and treatment. Her condition at the time was deemed to be critical. As of the morning of August 26, her medical status has improved greatly, and medical personnel at the hospital believe that she is very likely to survive.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 2:07 pm
On Tuesday, July 23, at 8:07 p.m. deputies along with Emergency Medical Technicians responded to the “Magma Ranch Community Pool” located at 10980 East Desert Mountain Boulevard, Florence, regarding a possible child drowning.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 4:00 am
With the summer coming to an end and school on the horizon, it is important not to lose focus on one of the more important items during the summer months, pool safety. August is drowning impact awareness month and it is important to keep pool safety in the front of our minds as the summer winds down. Every pool or spa owner and user should remember and follow the ABC’s of Pool Safety that our friends at Safe Kids have provided.
Monday, June 10, 2013 1:47 pm
The two-day child care and life-safety program is for teens 11 to 15 years of age.
Monday, June 10, 2013 8:54 am
This time of year gets to me. When the mercury climbs and the sun won’t relent, my mind goes back. It was on a midsummer day nearly four years ago that my then two-year-old son nearly drowned. I took my four children to a friend’s house to spend an afternoon cooling off in their pool. My friend and I sat in the shallow end of her pool keeping watch as our combined six children splashed and swam the day away. My two-year-old stayed at my side on the pool’s lagoon, spraying the other kids with a stream from a water gun he’d taken a liking to.
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 4:00 am
For many seniors and retirees, fitness activities are a regular part of their weekly routine. For others, fitness training is essential and equates to living well as opposed to merely existing.
Friday, May 31, 2013 10:00 pm
(StatePoint) It’s summer, and for kids that means it’s time for sports, swimming, biking and picnics. And while active outdoor time is healthy and fun, experts say it’s crucial for parents and kids to brush up on some seasonal safety tips.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 11:43 pm
Whether it's a bicycle collision or difficulty breathing, the UA community can count on quick help from students trained and certified as EMTs.
The University of Arizona Student Emergency Medical Services, or UASEMS, group has been operational for three semesters and provides assistance in medical emergencies. Its leaders emphasize thorough training and certification.
"We're students at the UA who happen to be EMTs. We're not student EMTs," says Derek Smith, manager of UA Student Emergency Medical Services and a non-degree-seeking graduate student.
When Brandon Murphy arrived at the UA three years ago, he didn't find any options for students to work in EMS on campus. He met up with two other students – who've since graduated – to begin brainstorming a program that students could run. They looked at other universities that have student EMS programs and modeled a club after the best practices they found around the country. It took two years to work through the administration and risk management officials, but they were able to start as a club with ASUA funding and began responding in spring 2012.
UASEMS switched to funding from the student service fee and began expanding hours in fall 2012. As the fall progressed, the group did too, taking on additional days until they were operating from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. seven days a week.
UASEMS this year was the sole EMS provider at the Tucson Festival of Books, saving the festival $4,000 by not using the Tucson Fire Department. UASEMS also works stand-by at Spring Fling, football games and tailgating and when requested for special events, like the Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure.
"Anything that occurs on campus, we can be there," Murphy says. "Our members do get put into emergencies where they're the only person there, so we make sure they're held to the same certification. We weren't going to settle for a CPR certification or anything else. We make sure everyone has state certification."
UASEMS finished the semester with 32 student members, most of whom are certified Emergency Medical Technicians, with the same Arizona training and certification as a Southwest Basic Life Support Ambulance. Two EMTs staff each 12-hour shift, sometimes along with an additional Certified First Responder, and typically respond to at least two calls for service. On its busiest day, UASEMS responded to 12 calls in a 24-hour period.
Common calls for service deal with fall victims, injuries from pedestrian, bicycle or vehicle collisions and respiratory distress.
"It's part of our emergency mission to provide a quick, rapid response and be the first to provide care until further medical care arrives," Murphy says.
By checking vital signs and reporting to paramedics, the student EMTs can eliminate a step and save valuable time if a patient needs to be taken to a hospital.
"There are calls where we take the blood pressure while waiting for TFD and give the information right to them so they can load and go. They appreciate it," Murphy says.
Many students join out of an interest in a future medical career, some have even gone on to medical school already, while others are considering EMT as a career. Interest is growing; the group has received 80 applications since the fall that they haven't been able to accept. They're hoping to take on as many as 10 in the fall and hope to expand to providing EMS service around the clock, seven days as week.
UASEMS has a golf cart and two bicycles, all equipped with emergency gear. UAPD ride-alongs are a mandatory part of the orientation, which includes 20 hours of vigorous bike training and instruction on bloodborne pathogens and health privacy laws. The members participate in monthly continuing education courses and perform mock drills during the week.
"It's real-life, in-the-field experience they can't get shadowing somebody in a hospital," says Murphy, a junior in communications from New Jersey. "Here, you're set to a standard and you have a responsibility. That is your patient until further medical attention arrives."
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 4:00 am
Summer is just around the corner, and for many that means increased outdoor activities such as hiking and swimming.
Monday, May 6, 2013 11:37 am
Northwest Fire District firefighters and paramedics were called to the 8200 block of North Equator Loop just before midnight after receiving a 9-1-1 call indicating that a small child had been found in the backyard swimming pool. The home is near Cortaro Farms and Oldfather Roads. The initial 9-1-1 call was received at 11:43pm. Bystanders reported that the child was pulled from the pool where CPR instructions were given from 9-1-1 dispatchers until Northwest Fire crews arrived 4 minutes later.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 4:00 am
For over 35 years, the Golder Ranch Fire District has been proudly providing fire and emergency medical services to the communities of Oro Valley, Catalina, and SaddleBrooke. Operating from seven fire stations, the men and women of Golder Ranch Fire stand ready to respond 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. But we are much more than a fire department.