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Chris Solomons, an emergency medical dispatcher at Yorkshire Air Ambulance HQ, arrived at work around 7am. He had begun feeling chest pains & unwell in general while driving, & barely managed to arrive. He called over a fellow paramedic, who, with another colleague, assessed his status. It quickly became apparent that he was suffering from a massive heart attack. A few minutes later, Chris went into cardiac arrest. What follows is a display of true heroism by all involved in providing Chris with emergency medical care as soon as possible.

The whole episode was filmed by a BBC cameraman. This cameraman was present to film the team as part of a series called Helicopter Heroes. And heroes he got.

Read Chris’ full story here

Sources: First Responder Network, Arrhythmia Alliance, BBC

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Talk about a rude awakening! The blast from last Friday’s exploding meteorite in Russia is estimated at 500 kilotons (think 30 atomic bombs). The numbers sound like a lot, but to truly begin to get a feel for it, video footage helps. Below is a compilation of footage giving us an idea just how powerful the blast from last Friday’s meteorite explosion was.

Infrasound (short-frequency sound) waves are used by the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization to detect unauthorized nuclear bomb tests. On Tuesday they picked one up in North Korea that could only have been a nuclear bomb test. Then on Friday, they picked up a massive explosion in Russia. It was determined that the blast came from a meteorite, since the source seemed to be moving. The blast was so intense that infrasound waves were detected from Greenland to Antarctica.

Sources: Gizmodo, Space.com, Popular Science, Discovery News, CTBTO, English Russia

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A study  shows that EMTs and Paramedics are almost twice as likely to be involved in fatal driving accidents when compared to overall traffic accident fatalities involving workers. A cause seems to be rollovers due to the top-heavy construction of most ambulances.

The study used data from the Fire Protection Research Foundation, the CDC & the National Institute for Safety & Occupational Health.

Read full article:  Study: EMT’s face greatest risk on road

Sources: WishTV, ParamedicTV

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A meteorite shot through the Russian sky & exploded,  sending a molten meteor shower to the ground & people into panic. around 950 were reported injured. There was damage, too. Windows exploded, doors flew off buildings & structures shook.

Imagine having to treat patients in this environment of panic.

Sources: Russia Today, ParamedicTV.com

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