October 19, 2017

** Western Australia paramedic critically injured in ambulance crash

** New York medic charged with stealing painkillers from cardiac arrest patient

AUSTRALIA NEWS

** An Oldbury, Western Australia paramedic remains in hospital with critical injuries after an early Monday ambulance accident in which the EMS rig collided with a coupe utility car. The Western Australia News (Emma Young/Heather McNeill/October 10) said St. John Ambulance medic Wesley Ackerman, who is in his 40s, is now at Royal Perth Hospital following the head-on. According to the newspaper, Ackerman was in the passenger seat of the ambulance’s front cab when the collision happened around 5 a.m. at an intersection. Police said both vehicles were going over 100 km/hr when the crash happened. Ackerman had to be extricated. His female partner and the driver of the car remain in hospital in stable condition. The EMS unit was not carrying a patient at the time. Police continue to investigate.

UNITED STATES NEWS

** New York police in East Harlem have charged a medic with petit larceny after she allegedly stole painkillers from a cardiac arrest patient. The Harlem Patch (Brendan Krisel/October 7) said Toni Brown, 42, also faces tags for criminal possession of stolen property and criminal possession of a controlled substance. According to the newspaper, Brown allegedly took 15 pills from a residence on October 2nd. She then hid the meds in a latex glove. A supervisor confronted her shortly afterwards at which point Brown admitted the theft. Among the pills were 9 oxycodone tablets, as well as 6 unidentified pills. Brown’s next court appearance is November 9th.

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