July 18, 2019


Thursday, July 18, 2019

** Manitoba politician seeking inquiry after The Pas man dies following lengthy wait for air ambulance


** A Manitoba politician from The Pas is pushing for an inquest after an area man died following a lengthy wait for an air ambulance to Winnipeg. The Thompson Citizen (July 16) quoted NDP MLA Amanda Lathlin as saying the inquiry may reveal whether the privatization of Lifeflight contributed to the July 5th death of heart attack patient Gordon Jebb. Lathlin’s comments come after the province switched from using publicly owned Citation jets to the privately provided Beechcraft King Air 200s. The decision was made due to the expense and the difficulty in finding qualified pilots for the former. Doctors Manitoba disagreed with the move, saying the Beechcraft was a slower plane that would ultimately result in a delay in more definitive patient care. The province, meanwhile, said the air ambulance delay was only 6 ½ hours from the time they were called. A spokesman said the matter is being looked into (Erin Brohman/CBC/July 16). Taken by ground ambulance first on July 2 at 10:30 a.m., Jebb ultimately left for Winnipeg at 10:30 p.m. that evening.

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Opaskwayak Cree Nation, Manitoba – Northern Manitoba man dies after waiting six hours for air ambulance

Bedford County, Virginia – “Jane Doe” files lawsuit against county claiming she was sexually assaulted during ambulance ridealong

Bellingham, Washington – City sued by brother of dead man whose corpse was used for medical training by fire department

Manchester, New Hampshire – Governor signs law covering PTSD for first responders

Washington, D.C. – DC Fire and EMS continue to push diversion program meant to reduce non life threatening calls

Rochester, Minnesota – Man allegedly punched paramedic in the face several times; arrested

Macarthur, Australia – Hospital workers, paramedics to take industrial action over workplace safety

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

** Off-duty Tennessee EMT killed in car crash


** A Tennessee paramedic from Camden is dead after an off-duty Tuesday crash in which the car she was in rolled. Fox 17 (Bobby Atkinson/July 17) said Kelsey Yates, 23 died around 8 a.m. on US Highway 641 after losing control of her 2013 Dodge Charger. According to the news site, the mishap played out with the Charger veering off the road and landing on its roof in a drainage ditch. Yates died at the scene. Funeral services are pending.

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