January 25, 2020

Review Category : PNN Daily News

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

** Western Cape medics in South Africa seeing upswing in violence directed against them

SOUTH AFRICA NEWS

** Western Cape paramedics are contending with an upswing in violence directed against them, with one EMS unit being stoned and another crew robbed Sunday. That is the word from The Independent Online (Shakirah Thebus/January 21) which said the two separate incidents occurred around twelve hours apart. The stoning of the prehospital rig in Ravensmead, which took place at 4:40 a.m., resulted in a female paramedic suffering an eye injury when the windshield shattered. The 10:35 p.m. robbery, meanwhile, saw medics’ belongings stolen from them while they attended a patient in Atlantis. Western Cape health officials have condemned the attacks. Police continue to investigate. A public call for information on the assaults has also been issued.

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Monday, January 20, 2020

** Nova Scotia Workers’ Compensation Board starting PTSD website for first responders

CANADA NEWS

** Nova Scotia is apparently working with first responders to provide them with better tools and resources when dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). That is the word from The Signal (Nick Cantar/January 20) which said the Workers’ Compensation Board is planning a website to help medics and other emergency responders find pertinent information. Since a change in legislation in 2018, practitioners reporting PTSD to WCB Nova Scotia have spiked. Reported cases between October 2017 and September 2018 were 54. The number for the period of October 2018 to September 2019 is 141. The model for the new website is one from BC. There is no word on when the Nova Scotia site will be up and running.

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Friday, January 17, 2020

** Air ambulance in Alaska crashes

UNITED STATES NEWS

** A LifeMed air ambulance crashed yesterday morning in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, injuring three crew members on board. That is the word from The Cordova Times (AP/January 16) which said the aircraft came down in the ocean at the end of Unalaska Tom Madsen Airport runway. According to the newspaper, the crew was taken to Iliuliuk Family and Health Services Clinic for treatment. So far, there is no word on the seriousness of their injuries. The Thursday crash is the second for the airport in the past three months.

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