Tuesday, December 3, 2013 4:47 pm
A class of PCC Emergency Medical Technology students will act as patients during a Tucson Medical Center emergency preparedness drill next week.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 4:00 am
The Mountain Vista Fire District is on its way to becoming a completely independent fire department with its recent decision to pursue hiring its own emergency services personnel — firefighters, paramedics, emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and fire officers.
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, September 11, 2013 4:00 am
Since the tragic events in New York City, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania 12 years ago, Americans have shown an even greater respect for the men and women in public safety. Their heroic actions are an inspiration to all of us who are fortunate to live in this great country.
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, 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, March 6, 2013 11:15 am
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 10:33 am
Two days ago my mother passed away peacefully in a hospice facility. She had been evaluated by the hospice nurse for needs and qualification on Friday afternoon and was on her way to the hospice facility that evening. I stayed with my dad who was devastated. My mom had been in extreme pain as a result of a broken hip and surgery which she came through like a champ. What I did not know, and which no one explained to me, were all the issues to consider in a situation like my mother’s. All I was told is it does not look good. What does that mean in my mother’s context? Severe hip damage which will not heal? Or will not be capable of weight bearing? Effect on her dementia due to anesthesia or trauma? It turns out you should avoid hospital emergency rooms when you have an dementia patient; it causes accelerated progress of the disease. But my mom fell, broke her hip (and hit her head we learned three days later) on a Sunday morning. Her primary care physician was on vacation. EMT took her to a secondary emergency facility so surgery would not occur until thirty hours later on Monday afternoon. I had begun investigating answers to questions I had which had remained unanswered for two weeks following her surgery, such as how the surgery would, in fact, affect her. Hospital jargon is not always easy to decipher. For example, although I may know what a word means in every day jargon, it may have a different meaning in “hos-speak.” Thinking I understood everything was a mistake, fortunately a minor mistake in the greater scheme of things, but still a mistake. The Living Will my mother had prepared was very specific: no food, no IV fluids, only to be made comfortable (no machines or artificial life support) which hospices are experts at. The morphine was a blessing. Four days after she was admitted, she passed away “in her sleep.” I have my regrets which I hear is common, but we did what we promised we would do for her.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012 4:55 pm
A different view on the ACA
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 3:00 am
June 30 was a rather normal day for the Marines and sailors of
the advisor team attached to the Afghan National Army’s 6th Kandak,
2nd Brigade, 215th Corps, at Patrol Base Dehmazong,
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 12:00 am
The paramedics who responded to site of the mass shooting Jan. 8
talked to the press Saturday, but residents shouldn’t expect to
hear more of their experiences too often. Like GIs home from war,
the first responders find it easier to discuss the bloody scene
with others who were there and can understand.
Wendy miller/The Explorer, Tony Compagno, left, and Colt Jackson, paramedics for Northwest Fire/Rescue District, fielded questions from the press Saturday about their roles during the aftermath of the Jan. 8 mass shootings.
Wendy Miller/The Explorer, Firefighters and paramedics from Fire Station 33 in the Northwest Fire/Rescue District were among the first responders at the site of the shooting. They included: standing from left, Shawn Twilling, Capt. Ken Trapp, Michael Schindler and Brian Keely, and kneeling from left, Scott Geare and Pete Tees.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 11:00 pm
Compression-only CPR classes were taught Saturday at Oro Valley
Hospital and several other locations throughout Tucson. Chest
compression-only CPR was researched and developed at the University
of Arizona Sarver Heart Center. It is recommended for sudden
cardiac arrest. Teaching the class was Nicole Smith, a 2005
graduate of Ironwood Ridge High School and second-year medical
student. Smith instructed with her sister Elizabeth, a pre-med
student, and Karen Hauca, EMT, public educator for the Golder Ranch
Don Boorse/Special to The Explorer, Compression-only CPR classes were taught Saturday at Oro Valley Hospital and several other locations throughout Tucson. Chest compression-only CPR was researched and developed at the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center. It is recommended for sudden cardiac arrest. Teaching the class was Nicole Smith, a 2005 graduate of Ironwood Ridge High School and second-year medical student. Smith instructed with her sister Elizabeth, a pre-med student, and Karen Hauca, EMT, public educator for the Golder Ranch Fire District.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010 11:00 pm
Even a 14-year- old has a right to her opinion
Monday, May 17, 2010 11:00 pm
Farmers' Market to make buzz about bees
Tuesday, April 6, 2010 11:00 pm
A Tucson man arrested in connection with a
string of East Side armed robberies had previously worked as a
Golder Ranch Fire District firefighter.
J.D. Fitzgerald/Special to the Explorer, E.M.T Lee Ryan cleans up rider David Lindflott after a crash during the Saturday afternoon at the 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo bike race.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009 11:00 pm
If you're reading this editorial on a printed page … thank you,
first of all.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009 11:00 pm
The governing board of the Picture Rocks Fire District has
unanimously voted to end all further study and discussions with
Northwest Fire District regarding a possible merger or
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 11:00 pm
A slow, steady expansion of services in its coverage area, while
maintaining a reasonable tax rate for its residents, is a main goal
at the Golder Ranch Fire District.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009 11:00 pm
It's been a tough couple of years, but the Avra Valley Fire
District has made a comeback in rebuilding its organization and
getting its house in order.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009 11:00 pm
They tromped through mud, scaled rooftops and crawled through
the dark on a sooty, dirt-covered floor, and there wasn't a boy