June 18, 2018

Review Category : PNN Daily News

Monday, June 18, 2018

** 2016 Alabama air ambulance crash due to pilot error: NTSB

** New York street renamed after slain FDNY EMT

UNITED STATES NEWS

** A Haynes Ambulance medical chopper crash in 2016 in southern Alabama likely resulted from pilot error. That is the word from WSFA (June 15) which quoted from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) final report into the matter. According to the tome, the pilot suffered spatial disorientation while flying at night due to performing visual flight rules. The report also said the pilot ignored deteriorating weather conditions because of pressure from higher ups and inadequate oversight by the operational control center. Medic Jason Snipes, flight nurse Stacey Cernadas, pilot Chad Hammond, and patient Zach Strickland all perished in the March 26, 2016 mishap.

** New York City officials have renamed a street in honor of slain Fire Department of New York (FDNY) EMT Yadira Arroyo. CBS New York (Reena Roy/June 15) said a ceremony recognizing the commendation was held Friday. According to the news site, Boston Road near E 169th Street was selected to bear Arroyo’s name. A memorial plaque was also given to Arroyo’s mother and one will be placed on the building wall where Arroyo used to work. Arroyo died last year after a man who was high on drugs got behind the wheel of her ambulance and ran her over. An EMS veteran in the city for 14 years, she left 5 children behind. Arroyo’s accused killer, meanwhile, continues to try to play the insanity card. In April, a court appointed psychiatrist said he was not fit to stand trial.

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Friday, June 15, 2018

** UK medic struck off after having affair with vulnerable patient

UNITED KINGDOM NEWS

** A Basingstoke, Hants paramedic has been struck off after he had an illicit tryst with a vulnerable seizure patient. That is the word from The Sun (Lauren Probert/June 15) which said South Central Ambulance Service medic Darrel Dimond was given the prohibition from practicing by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). According to the newspaper, Dimond kissed the woman in the ambulance after she sang a provocative tune to him. He then exchanged phone numbers with her before driving the ambulance to her home to engage in a two hour sex session. Explicit emails between the two also followed. By way of explaining his actions, Dimond said he was only at her house to retrieve lost equipment. The woman, however, said they had intimate relations. A spokesman for the HCPC said Dimond had failed to take responsibility for his actions. Stephen Ferson said because of this it was likely Dimond could reoffend.

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

** New South Wales government in Australia risking paramedics’ lives through inadequate resources: union

AUSTRALIA NEWS

** A New South Wales EMS union spokesman says the state government is risking paramedics’ lives by failing to provide them with proper resources. That is the word from Mirage News (June 14) which said an inadequate number of medics is resulting in practitioners coming to a breaking point. Australian Paramedics Association (NSW) secretary Steve Pearce said provision for minor staffing increases in the state’s annual budget is only putting a Band-aid on the problem. Pearce said providers are constantly running during shifts with no meal breaks and are very frequently forced to do overtime. He also said response times are suffering as a result. Promoting paramedic burnout, the situation is also potentially a danger to patients. To top this off, Pearce said technology given to paramedics often fails. Batteries frequently die in computers used for patient information and new portable radios don’t work.

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