Warning symptoms, notably chest pain and dyspnea, occur during the 4 weeks preceding sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) in at least half of cases involving middle-aged adults, suggests a new study. The warnings are usually ignored, observe researchers, with few patients phoning 911 in response to what is almost always a fatal event. The analysis based on the Oregon Sudden Unexpected Death (SUD) cohort was published online December 22, 2015 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Four people were killed after a medical helicopter crashed while flying to a hospital in California Thursday night, officials said. The victims included the pilot, a nurse, a paramedic and a patient, Central California EMS Director Dan Lynch told reporters. The crew worked for SkyLife, a medical transport service jointly owned by American Ambulance and Rogers Helicopters. The SkyLife helicopter was traveling from Fresno to San Joaquin Community Hospital in Bakersfield, a 10-minute flight. A search was started at 7:37 p.m. after there was no contact with the aircraft for 30 minutes, NBC station KGET reported. Searchers later found a debris field and there were no survivors, Kern County Sheriff's Office Lt. Bill Smallwood officials told NBC News. Bad weather and rain hampered the efforts of searchers, an official with the Kern County Fire Department said.
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Los Angeles County EMS has also just released their annual EMS System Data Report for 2015. This document presents quantitative information in graphic formats that summarize the delivery of emergency medical services in California's single largest local EMS system. To view this report click on the link below: