Paramedic Returns to Work with Prosthetic Leg

first_imgSurgeons were able to save his leg by performing a femoropopliteal bypass, but after five subsequent surgeries over the next week, his doctors presented him with a choice: Remain in pain with an unstable knee and be unable to work in EMS, or have his leg amputated above the knee and be fitted with a prosthetic device that would allow him to return to work. The family said in a statement that it was their “beloved mother and grandmother’s wish to die naturally and without any kind of life-prolonging intervention.” As his family and friends rushed to reach him, he removed his shoelace from the only foot he could reach and wrapped it tightly around a piece of driftwood to create a makeshift splint. An agonizing 30 minutes passed until Fort Knox EMS arrived on scene and Joe was extricated using a Stokes rescue basket and then airlifted to University of Louisville Hospital, a Level 1 trauma center. According to fire officials, Bayless did not have a “do not resuscitate” order on file. This has not been confirmed by the family or officials at Glendale Gardens. He was fitted with the Otto Bock Genium, a waterproof prosthetic leg developed for the military. “If a soldier can go to war with this leg,” he says. “I can go in an ambulance.” Denying CPR “Is there anybody that’s willing to help this lady and not let her die,” asked 9-1-1 dispatcher Tracey Halvorson on a tape of a 7-minute, 16-second call aired by media outlets across the country. She pleaded with a nurse at Glendale Gardens, a central California assisted-living facility, who refused to perform CPR on 87-year-old Lorraine Bayless, who had collapsed in the dining room. Bayless later died. Halvorson asked the nurse if a resident, a gardener or anyone not employed by the facility could receive her CPR instructions. “Can we flag someone down in the street and get them to help this lady?” Halvorson pleaded, “Can we flag a stranger down? I bet a stranger would help her.” “This game is a unique and entertaining approach to teaching families to have an active role in home disaster planning,” says Andrew E. Sama, MD, FACEP,  president of ACEP. We couldn’t agree more and we give our thumbs up to the ACEP for developing an innovative way for kids to learn about what to do before, during and after a disaster. Joe struggled with the choice, but eventually decided to go through with the amputation. “I’m a paramedic,” Joe says. “I thrive in the back of an ambulance, and I can’t imagine not doing that.” A criminal investigation into the matter was quickly closed by the Bakersfield (Calif.) Police Department.center_img The nurse, who didn’t provide her full name during the call, responded, “Not at this time,” and claimed that facility policy prevented her from giving the woman medical help. The online game is available free of charge at www.disasterhero.com. It was developed as part of a grant administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. And that’s exactly what he did. Only nine months after being wheeled into surgery, Joe returned to work at Rural/Metro-Kentucky. We applaud Rural/Metro-Kentucky for welcoming Joe back, and we acknowledge the courage and dedication to EMS exemplified by Joe and all other EMS providers who use a prosthetic device. We are inspired by their courage and commitment. The executive director of Glenwood Gardens defended the nurse’s actions, saying the nurse did indeed follow policy. However, Brookdale Senior Living, the assisted-living facility’s parent company, issued a statement shortly after saying there had been “a complete misunderstanding of our practice with regards to emergency medical care for our residents,” and stated there would be a companywide review of its emergency medical policies. Players get to design their own superhero and then compete against a computerized opponent in a high-tech game show that tests their disaster knowledge and preparedness skills in a number of areas, including escape route and meet-up planning, avoiding common hazards, putting together an emergency supply kit, and even performing basic first aid. Points are earned by completing puzzles and playing arcade games tailored to the specific type of educational content. Differently Abled In May 2011, paramedic Joe Riffe was enjoying a hike on the Fort Knox military installation with his fiancee (an EMT and former combat medic), her 5-year-old son and two fellow medics. After taking a wrong turn and ending up at the top of Tioga Falls, Joe slid in some mud and fell approximately 110 feet, landing in a pile of driftwood at the bottom of the falls. “My leg was mangled,” Joe says, “My leg was angulated from the knee down. I knew I had some major trauma.” Be A “˜Disaster Hero’ The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) recently released “Disaster Hero,” a Web-based game aimed at children of all ages as well as teachers, caregivers and others interested in learning about what to do before, during and after a disaster. We point our thumbs down to the seemingly confusing policy of Glendale Gardens and are hopeful that the parent company’s internal investigation will result in the ability for staff to clearly understand and communicate the wishes of their residents.last_img read more

SRA rebuffed over fining powers

first_imgThe Solicitors Regulation Authority is reviewing its options after the Ministry of Justice declined its request for tougher fining powers against ‘traditional’ law firms. In May, the regulator applied to the MoJ to have the maximum fine it can impose on law firms raised from £2,000 to £250m, the threshold that already applies to alternative business structures. Although the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal already has the power to impose unlimited fines, the regulator stressed that the proposals would benefit firms that have committed breaches deserving a punishment more substantial than a £2,000 fine but which are not serious enough to warrant suspension or strike-off. The SRA’s average costs in bringing an SDT case are £8,000. An SRA spokesman said: ‘Our proposal [regarding] the fining regime for traditional firms was about ensuring the robust and transparent fining regime we have for ABS organisations could be applied equally to traditional firms. If matters were dealt with in-house, then we could be quicker than the SDT and save firms the additional costs of having matters heard by the tribunal. ‘The MoJ has included the caveat that it would be willing to look at some other changes in the fining regime and we will look at the options available.’last_img read more

Prison Christmas for Woodfordhill man

first_img Sharing is caring! LocalNews Prison Christmas for Woodfordhill man by: – December 18, 2012 12 Views   no discussions Share Sharecenter_img Share Tweet It might be a very sad Christmas for one Woodfordhill man, as he might have to spend it at the state’s prison.Clyde Telemaque appeared before magistrate Candia Carette-George on Tuesday December 18th on six charges; two of which were indictable and he was not allowed to enter a plea.On 15th December, 2012 Telemaque allegedly attempted to murder Damian Bedminister when he discharged an illegal firearm on the Woodfordhill public road. The two indictable charges read were attempted murder and shooting with intent.The four other charges were; possession of firearm with intent to endanger life, possession of unlicensed firearm, possession ammunition (one 16 gauge spent shell) and discharge of a firearm in a public place which Telemaque pleaded not guilty to.Police prosecutor inspector Claude Weekes who objected to bail, urged the magistrate to consider seriousness of the offences, the public’s right to be protected particularly during this festive season, that the defendant might impede ongoing investigations to recover more ammunition, and that he is a flight risk as he allegedly operates an illegal ferry service to Guadeloupe. His attorney, Bernadette Lambert impressed upon the court that all the charges stemmed from the same incident and that the court has conditions at its disposal which can be imposed to ensure that the defendant attends court sittings. She also urged the court to disregard Mr. Weekes statement regarding her client operating an illegal ferry service as there was no evidence to prove this before the court.However, Lambert’s plea did not persuade Magistrate Carette-George.She told Telemaque that looking at the offences which he had been charged with, “public interest immediately pops up”. “I know he is innocent until proven guilty,” Magistrate Carette-George continued, but “give it some time for the dust to settle”.She also noted that based on Mr. Weekes hint of the illegal firearm, to grant the defendant bail and have him submit his passport and travelling documents would be futile as this would not prevent anyone from leaving the country.Lambert was advised to make a further bail application after the holiday season or at the High Court, as she was not prepared to entertain it before then.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more