National Safety Council Publishes Report On Preventable Deaths, Accidents
Illinois and Missouri were ranked on opposite ends of the spectrum in a new study on preventable deaths and accidents.
The National Safety Council published its annual report, documenting which states were doing well in protecting its residents from deaths from things like distracted driving, prescription painkillers and falls. Each state is graded based on actions and policies they have taken, or not taken, to reduce risks. The ranking covers road, home, community and workplace safety.
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Father of LSU Star Pitcher Revives Man With No Pulse at College World Series Game
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The father of LSU pitcher Jared Poche' helped revive an 87-year-old man who was slumped on the TD Ameritrade Park concourse with no pulse during Game 1 of the College World Series finals.
Dr. Jerry Poche' of Lutcher, Louisiana, was in Section 117 when he was summoned by another LSU fan in the sixth inning of the Tigers' game against Florida.
"I see an older gentleman being held up by his family, and they said he's weak," Poche' said Tuesday. "He wasn't weak. He didn't have a pulse, and he had (laboring) respirations. He was dying."
Poche' said he began doing chest compressions, and Jimmy Roy, a firefighter who is the father of LSU strength and conditioning coach Travis Roy, performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation for five to seven minutes until medics arrived.
"He started breathing on his own a little and his pulse came back, and we were fortunate we were able to revive him," Poche' said.
LSU spokesman Bill Franques said the man was a Florida fan who had an apparent heart attack.
New Report Addresses the Risks and Benefits of EMS Lights and Siren
In a newly released whitepaper, EMS physician, paramedic and Pennsylvania EMS Medical Director Douglas Kupas, MD, takes an evidence-based approach to examining the controversial issue of using lights and sirens in EMS response and transport. The report discusses the impact of emergency lights and sirens driving on response and transport time, safety, public perception and patient outcome.
Lights and Siren Use by Emergency Medical Services (EMS): Above All Do No Harm is one of the most thorough investigations of the topic ever published. Approaching lights and siren use as a medical therapy, Dr. Kupas lays out the evidence and then makes recommendations that can be implemented by states, regional authorities and local EMS agencies.
"For far too long in EMS we've let culture and tradition keep us from objectively looking at when lights and sirens should be used - and when using them puts our patients, our communities and ourselves at needless risk," said Jon Krohmer, MD, Director of the NHTSA Office of EMS, which commissioned the report. "This data-driven approach to the issue is a must-read for every leader of an EMS agency, including safety officers and medical directors, and for every EMS provider who ever has to decide whether to use emergency lights and sirens during a call."
Recommendations in the report include the establishment of performance measures and quality improvement programs for EMS agencies to ensure the proper use of emergency medical dispatch (EMD) protocols and to track the rates of lights and siren response and transport.
Download and read the report at ems.gov.
DHS Announces Funding Opportunity for FY 2017 Preparedness Grants
Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly announced the release of Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Notices of Funding Opportunity for 10 DHS preparedness grant programs totaling more than $1.6 billion. The grant programs provide funding to state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, as well as transportation authorities, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector, to improve the nation’s readiness in preventing, protecting against, responding to, recovering from and mitigating terrorist attacks, major disasters and other emergencies. The grants reflect the Department’s focus on funding for programs that address our nation’s immediate security needs and ensure public safety in our communities.
The FY 2017 grant guidance will continue to focus on the nation’s highest risk areas, including urban areas that face the most significant threats. For FY 2017, the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) will enhance regional preparedness and capabilities by funding 33 high-threat, high-density urban areas. This represents Congressional intent to limit FY 2017 UASI funding to those Urban Areas that represent up to 85 percent of the nationwide risk, as stated in the Explanatory Statement accompanying the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2017 (Pub. L. No. 115-31).
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