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Texas city brings coronavirus vaccine to the homebound

Mar. 31, 2021 18:22 PM EDT

HARLINGEN, Texas (AP) — Firefighters and ambulance crews in a South Texas city that has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic are bringing vaccines directly to the homes of its most vulnerable people. As part of Harlingen’s new Homebound Vaccination Program, a...

State board wants Sedgwick County EMS director investigated

Mar. 30, 2021 13:34 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A state board wants the leader of the Sedgwick County Emergency Medical Services to be investigated over his handling of a suicide case in 2019, when a man who shot himself was not taken to a nearby hospital despite having a pulse and labored breathing, according to...

Paris doctors warn of catastrophic overload of virus cases

Mar. 28, 2021 13:00 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Critical care doctors in Paris say surging coronavirus infections could soon overwhelm their ability to care for the sick in the French capital's hospitals, possibly forcing them to choose which patients they have the resources to save. The sobering...

Hospital marks year as southern Illinois’ lone trauma center

Mar. 06, 2021 01:03 AM EST

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Fifteen months after receiving official designation as a Level II trauma center, emergency department staff at SIH Memorial Hospital and the entire Southern Illinois Healthcare system are celebrating the hospital’s first year of service as Southern Illinois’ only...

Pandemic leaves many Romanian patients without critical care

Feb. 26, 2021 02:19 AM EST

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Andrei, a 32-year-old Romanian man who has been HIV positive since he was a baby, began missing his regular medical check-ups when the coronavirus pandemic hit a year ago. “That was the first thing that led me to a general state of...

DHHS updating rules for involuntary commitments after ruling

Feb. 16, 2021 15:57 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Department of Health and Human Services is updating its involuntary commitment process following a state supreme court ruling that psychiatric patients may not be held for extended periods in emergency rooms without a judge getting involved. ...

Volunteer paramedics patrol streets of Venezuela's capital

Feb. 16, 2021 11:01 AM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's deepening crisis has gutted emergency ambulance services, so a group of volunteer paramedics has stepped into the void to offer life-saving help on the tough streets of Caracas. Calling themselves Angels of the Road, the volunteer...

ER doctors get reunion at Super Bowl thanks to free tickets

Feb. 06, 2021 00:03 AM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Apparently, it’s no simple task to figure out NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s email address. Just ask Lyn Aborn. “I tried a bunch of different permutations ... but it kept bouncing back,” says Aborn, an emergency...

New Mexico tribe sues US over hospital closure amid pandemic

Jan. 29, 2021 19:33 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico Indigenous tribe is suing the U.S. government, claiming that federal health officials have violated the law by ending emergency and in-patient medical care at a hospital on tribal lands. Acoma Pueblo Gov. Brian Vallo said during a...

In ambulances, an unseen, unwelcome passenger: COVID-19

Jan. 25, 2021 01:31 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's crowded in the back of the ambulance. Two emergency medical technicians, the patient, the gurney — and an unseen and unwelcome passenger lurking in the air. For EMTs Thomas Hoang and Joshua Hammond, the coronavirus is...