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Big Problem for Air Ambulances: Huge Patients

Providers have to upgrade helicopters or reject patients

(Newser) - Emergency medical providers across America are being forced to get bigger, stronger helicopters to deal with rising numbers of patients too heavy to be carried in the current helicopters—or too big to fit in the aircraft, NBC reports. Around 1% of patients who need medical air flights, or about...

Dad Dies Waiting for Ambulance, Son Gets Billed

Washington, DC, man feels 'angry, upset'

(Newser) - Durand Ford, Jr's father died before an ambulance arrived to take him to the hospital. Then the Ford family received an ambulance bill: $780.85. "I feel angry. Upset," Ford tells NBC Washington . "I'm disturbed that we even received the bill." The Washington, DC,...

Woman Raped by Paramedic —in Ambulance: Cops

22-year-old was being taken to hospital after falling

(Newser) - Yet another truly horrific Christmas Day story: A Connecticut woman was raped in the wee hours of Dec. 25, say police—by the paramedic who was dispatched to help her after she fell at a holiday party. Police say the 22-year-old woman suffered a head injury and lost consciousness around...

Man Dies in Hospital Parking Lot ...

As police helping him are told to call 911, wait for ambulance

(Newser) - Birgilio Marin-Fuentes drove himself to an Oregon hospital early Thursday morning because he was coughing and couldn’t sleep, and he almost made it—but he crashed his car into a pillar and wall in the medical center parking garage. After 20 minutes, police found him and started CPR, as...

Insurgents Strike Iraqi Police With Ambulance Bomb

Latest in string of attacks on security forces, gov't, Christians

(Newser) - A suicide bomber blew up an ambulance filled with explosives outside a police headquarters in Diyala Province today, in the latest in a string of insurgent attacks. The bomb killed five and wounded 76, leaving a seven-foot-wide crater in its wake. “We felt that life was over and it...

Ambulance Adds Hydraulic Lift for Obese Patients

Boston medical crews were straining under heavy loads

(Newser) - The cost of obesity on society has become a little less abstract for Boston. The city's Emergency Medical Services shelled out $12,000 to retrofit an ambulance with a hydraulic lift for the heaviest of patients, reports the Boston Globe . The same ambulance also has a brand-new $8,000 stretcher...

Man Crashes Into Ambulance Carrying His Daughter

He admitted to police he was driving too fast as he rushed home

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania man rushing home after hearing his daughter had suffered a seizure collided almost head-on … with the ambulance that was transporting the little girl. Fortunately, no one was seriously hurt, WNEP reports. The four-year-old girl, who was not injured in the Friday night crash, was taken to the...

Snowbound Man Dies After 10 Calls to 911

Snowstorm kepts ambulances from dying man in Pittsburgh

(Newser) - The heavy snows that pummeled the East Coast last week claimed one victim in Pittsburgh whose death was surely preventable: a 50-year-old man who called 911 nine times over two days to complain of severe stomach pain. Every time an ambulance was dispatched, it got stuck in snow. Poor communication...

Hasselhoff Lands in Hospital, Ex Gets DUI

Lost weekend for former couple

(Newser) - The often-treated-for-alcohol-poisoning David Hasselhoff and his ex-wife appear to be operating under the same tipsy star. Hasselhoff was back in a California hospital over the weekend after he suffered a seizure and his teenage daughter called paramedics—again, reports the Daily Mail.

Drunk Man Steals Ambulance, Leads Low-Speed Chase

No one harmed in brief incident

(Newser) - Most drunk people grab a cab home, but a 21-year-old Kansas man was charged yesterday with stealing an ambulance and leading police on a low-speed chase through downtown Lawrence. The ambulance had been left unattended while rescue workers responded to a medical emergency, the Lawrence Journal-World reports. After a few...

'Drunk' Hasselhoff Rushed to Hospital

Scared teen daughter calls her mom

(Newser) - An apparently drunken David Hasselhoff was rushed to a California hospital by ambulance last night after his worried daughter called her mom, reports TMZ. Haley Hasselhoff, 17, was staying with her dad at his Encino home. Her mom, Pamela Bach, arranged for paramedics to collect the inebriated actor. The former...

Ambulance Responds to Call at Gosselin Home

Elderly female relative takes nasty spill while Jon watches kids

(Newser) - An ambulance was called to the home of Jon and Kate Gosselin yesterday after a woman took a nasty fall and needed medical attention, Radar reports. “The police were called for EMS assistance," a police official said. “An elderly female fell. She was transported to a local...

Firefighters Play ER Docs to Uninsured

Medical calls have more than doubled since 1980

(Newser) - Operating in a poor area where many lack health insurance, a DC firehouse battles far more than just flames: Some 80% of its calls are for medical emergencies. Because it is believed to respond fastest, Washington’s fire department zooms to almost all the city’s emergency calls alongside EMS,...

911 Call: Jackson Wasn't Breathing

(Newser) - An emergency caller from Michael Jackson's home yesterday said he wasn't breathing or responding to efforts to revive him. The Los Angeles Fire Department released the audio of the 911 call today. The caller reported that Jackson—whose name he didn't use—was on a bed, wasn't breathing, and wasn't...

Demjanjuk Removed by Ambulance
Demjanjuk Removed by Ambulance

Demjanjuk Removed by Ambulance

US set to deport alleged Nazi; Germany expects him tomorrow

(Newser) - Suspected Nazi death-camp guard John Demjanjuk was taken from his home by ambulance today as US immigration agents prepared to deport him to Germany. It was not clear where the ambulance was taking the 89-year-old Demjanjuk, who is wanted on a Munich arrest warrant that accuses him of 29,000...

Radio Dispatches Recount Bid to Save Richardson

Medics race to save star's life

(Newser) - Almost a week after family and friends bid their final goodbyes to Natasha Richardson, the Globe and Mail  examines radio exchanges between paramedics and 911 operators during the star’s last conscious hours. As she was being taken from her hotel room to the nearest hospital, vital signs were good,...

Richardson Waited 4 Hours Before Seeking Treatment

(Newser) - Natasha Richardson wasn’t admitted to the hospital until nearly 4 hours after she’d taken her fateful tumble, almost 3 hours later than the ski resort officials claimed Tuesday, the New York Times reports. Ambulance dispatch records show that the first paramedics to arrive at 1pm were waved off...

Ambulance Was Turned Away After Richardson Accident

When ambulance was called again, actress 'wasn't in good shape'

(Newser) - Potentially life-saving paramedics were turned away before they could examine Natasha Richardson after the Canadian ski accident that claimed her life, reports the Globe and Mail. Ski patrollers had requested an ambulance after the actress stuck her head in a fall on a beginners slope at Mont Tremblant in Quebec,...

Kennedy Suffers 'Mild Seizure'
 Suffers 'Mild 

Kennedy Suffers 'Mild Seizure'

Hospital sends him home after 3 hours to watch prez debate

(Newser) - Sen. Edward Kennedy was rushed to a hospital yesterday with a "mild seizure," his office said. But he returned to his Hyannis Port compound to watch the presidential debate after about 3 hours of treatment. A change in medication prompted the seizure, doctors said. The senator was diagnosed...

149 Confirmed Dead in Spain Crash
 149 Confirmed Dead
 in Spain Crash

149 Confirmed Dead in Spain Crash

Bodies too hot to touch after fiery disaster; 26 survive

(Newser) - The Spanish government confirms that 149 people died when a Spanair jet crashed shortly after takeoff from Madrid's airport today, the AP reports. Only 26 survived the horrific crash, which tore the aircraft apart to the point that rescue workers said the wreckage didn’t look like a plane and...

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