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Concerned US Senators Form Aerial Drone Caucus

Concerned US Senators Form Aerial Drone Caucus

United States senators Jim Inhofe, an Oklahoma Republican, and Joe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat, have put politics aside and crossed party lines over their concern for the future of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, also commonly referred to as drones).

According to the Washington Times, they’ve formed a drone caucus (a Congressional caucus is a sub-grouping of officials with shared views).

Flying drones have proven their utility in air medical rescue by sweeping areas to locate patients in search and rescue maneuvers.

Interestingly, the House of Representatives already had its own drone caucus. They formed one three years ago. The Senate Unmanned Aerial Systems Caucus is an independent group, but will probably end up working closely with the House drone caucus to influence drone legislation as the technology (and proliferation among civilians) continues to grow.

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New SARS-like Virus Not Easily Transmittable

New SARS-like Virus Not Easily Transmittable

The World Health Organization announced a positive finding regarding the new virus with SARS similarities discovered in London last week: it appears to not transmit easily between people. The health agency had put out a global alert a few days ago over the tenatively named, potentially deadly Novel Coronavirus 2012.

The virus seems to have originated in the Middle East. The first infection case was discovered earlier this month in a critically-ill patient from Qatar who had recently traveled to Saudi Arabia. Another man, who had apparently had the same virus, had just died in the same area the Qatari patient had traveled to. (Source: Reuters)

The Qatari patient was air transported to a London hospital, for treatment of his symptoms, where the true nature of his infection was discovered.

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Too Many Trauma Centers, Lower Quality of Care?

Too Many Trauma Centers, Lower Quality of Care?

Hospitals all across the United States are adding on specialized trauma centers at an incredible pace, as American populations go up and boards of directors look to turn greater profits. But are they all needed?

Let’s look at the facts, as reported in USA Today. Since 2009, over 200 trauma centers have been opened. In addition, another 75 hospitals are seeking approvals to build them.

Are states like Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, and Texas in danger of becoming over-saturated with trauma centers?

Is such a thing even possible?

Ironically, the current trend is the reverse of what was occuring in the 90s and early 00s, where trauma centers had been closing across America. This seems indicative of a cycle, where trauma centers are built as hospitals turn profits, and close them when the running costs become too high. Judging by the record additions being made by hospitals across the U.S., we would appear to be in the former.

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Beautiful Video of Air Ambulance Taking Off at Twilight

Beautiful Video of Air Ambulance Taking Off at Twilight

After scouring all the air ambulance videos that YouTube had to offer, I stumbled upon this little-viewed video uploaded by Thomas MacDonald. The video documents an air ambulance that has landed at a local park not to pick up the patient, but apparently to fly in an anesthetist for the ground EMS crew.

The air ambulance then lifts off the grass and ascends into the sky, ready for its next mission.

It’s always great to see air and ground working together to help provide emergency care to a patient. In the world of emergency medicine, that’s a valuable synergy.

The video is about 3 and a half minutes long, but if you want to skip right to the actual liftoff, you can jump right to about 3:00.

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UK Celebrates National Air Ambulance Week

UK Celebrates National Air Ambulance Week

Today marked a great start to the first day of National Air Ambulance Week 2012 (NAAW 2012) in the United Kingdom.

Air ambulance services all across the UK will be participating in the awareness campaign which runs until September 30. Some of the air medical services involved in NAAW 2012 will be holding various fundraising events for the public, such as “fly-ins” where residents can see their local air ambulance land and take off.

Events like these also present a great opportunity for locals to actually meet the air ambulance crews who regularly risk their own lives to save lives in their community.

As there are so many air ambulance services in the country whose critical, life-saving air medical operations are fueled entirely by charitable contributions from the public, with no direct government or lottery funding, National Air Ambulance Week is an especially important time of year. Emergency air medical services in the United Kingdom are always in need of financial support to keep their air ambulances flying.

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