Emerging dragonfly at the fountain in the back yard.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 12:21 pm
(NewsUSA) - People often believe the myth that Parkinson's disease only afflicts the elderly, but research indicates that a growing number of middle-aged adults are developing the neurodegenerative disorder. The National Parkinson Foundation reports that 10 percent of people with Parkinson's are diagnosed before age 40.
Thursday, May 23, 2013 4:44 am
(NAPSI)—The best way to protect your family during an emergency situation is to have a disaster plan in place. If you are a pet owner, that plan must include your pets. A little preparation can save their lives.
Be prepared to protect your pets in case of an emergency. (NAPS)
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 4:00 am
At a time when the digital age is colliding with photography’s historic form of light capture, today’s students are at the forefront of an innovative era revolutionizing a classic art form.
Tuesday, May 27, 2003 11:00 pm
The Oro Valley Police Department will soon begin testing a
traffic signal preemption system aimed at increasing emergency
response times while reducing the risk of accidents.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011 12:33 pm
Emergency calls to the Pima County Sheriff's Department led to a
drug bust on Tucson's east side Tuesday night.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 1:09 pm
The Oro Valley Town Council will hold a special meeting June 29
to consider passing an emergency ordinance to prohibit the use of
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 11:00 pm
A new veterinary clinic has opened in the
Ty Bowers/The Explorer, Roy and Jesse Lesnewski give a television interview last Thursday, after Jesse received an award from Northwest Fire District for helping her older brother through a diabetic emergency.
Ty Bowers/The Explorer, Northwest Fire paramedic Rick Pike stands with 8-year-old Jesse Lesnewski, who last Thursday was honored by the district for calm action under pressure during her brother's recent diabetic emergency.
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."
Friday, March 1, 2013 11:18 am
Governor Jan Brewer today issued a Declaration of Emergency in response to the recent collapse of a portion of U.S. Highway 89, near Page, Arizona. The Declaration will assist the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) with seeking reimbursement from the Federal Highway Administration for necessary repairs to the roadway.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009 12:00 am
Northwest Medical Center's Emergency Department recently
completed an extensive expansion and renovation that hospital staff
said will offer care in a more private and patient-friendly
Al Petrillo/Special to The Explorer, The renovated emergency department at Northwest Medical Center can handle 57 patients at a time. Approximately 25 percent of ED patients are admitted to the hospital as in-patients.
Al Petrillo/Special to The Explorer, Joseph Akif, RN, Northwest Medical Center Emergency Department director, and Jamie Gall, RN, inspect a piece of medical equipment in the renovated ED.
Al Petrillo/Special to The Explorer, The Fast Track Unit accommodates low to high acuity patients. From left, ED staff members Money Welton and John Thurman review intake data, while Kaylani Jackson, RN, assistant manager of the ED, checks a chart.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009 11:00 pm
More than $5,000 worth of food has been gathered and donated to
Interfaith Community Services by parishioners of St. Odilia
Catholic Church in Oro Valley.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009 11:00 pm
Ten-year-old Roy Lesnewski’s T-shirt read: “OK I admit it was my
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 11:15 am
Friday, February 18, 2005 12:00 am
Feb. 16, 2005 - The Marana Volunteer Patrol, known as the
"VIPs," is working on a new high-tech Emergency Response System
that will change the way first responders handle emergency
Emergency Medical technicians with the unit tended to and immobilized the male’s injured ankle.
Proper maintenance can mean fewer breakdowns and emergencies for your home. (NAPS)