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News archive: Jun

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Doug McLain Died Saturday June 24, 2017

Doug "Papaw" McLain, 66, of Parkersburg, WV died Saturday June 24, 2017 at CCMC Memorial Campus. He was born in Parkersburg, WV a son of the late Robert and Ruth (Davis) McLain. He retired after forty-one years of honorable service from the Parkersburg Police Department and was a member of FOP Lodge 79. He was also an EMT for St. Joseph's Ambulance for forty years and was currently employed by the Parkersburg Police Department. He was a member of North Parkersburg Baptist Church. He was a United States Air Force veteran serving from 1970 to 1974. For more information, click on the title above.

Back Pain

80% of Americans have Back Pain. For more information, click on the title above.

10 West Virginia EMS/Fire Agencies receive the 2017 American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition Award

Ten EMS Agencies in West Virginia are receiving the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks. A total of 627 EMS agencies in the US are receiving the award this year. For more information, click on the title above.

Friday, June 16, 2017

U.S. workforce is sleep deprived.

37% of the U.S. workforce is sleep deprived. Proper sleep allows us to recharge and avoid injuries at home and at work. Sleep deprivation can be linked to depression, obesity and heart disease. Get your zzzz’s with helpful tips: don’t check your phone before bed, avoid eating right before bed, keep a consistent sleep schedule. More tips can be found at: www.nsc.org/nsm

Unexpired Nitroglycerin Injection in 5 Percent Dextrose USP by Advanced Pharma in Houston: Recall - Sub Potency

Advanced Pharma, Inc. d/b/a Avella of Houston (“Advanced Pharma”) is voluntarily recalling all unexpired lots of Nitroglycerin products that were produced at Advanced Pharma’s Houston location between March 3, 2017 and May 31, 2017 to the hospital/user level. The recall is being issued based on laboratory test results indicating a lower than expected potency on certain lots of compounded NitroGlycerin Injection which would lead to a lower dose being administered. While the lower than expected potency results affected only certain lots of Nitroglycerin, Advanced Pharma is recalling all unexpired lots of NitroGlycerin. To date, Advanced Pharma has not received any reports of product complaints and/or adverse events related to the products. For more information, click on the title above.

Recall Sodium Bicarbonate Injection, Neut Quelicin, and Potassium Phosphates Injection by Hospira

Hospira, Inc., a Pfizer company, is voluntarily recalling 42 lots of 8.4% Sodium Bicarbonate Injection, USP, 50 mL vials, 5 lots of NeutTM (Sodium Bicarbonate 4% additive solution) 5 mL vials, 5 lots of QUELICINTM (Succinylcholine Chloride Injection, USP) 200 mg/10 mL vials and 7 lots of Potassium Phosphates Injection, USP, 45 mM vials to the hospital/retail level due to microbial growth detected during a routine simulation of the manufacturing process, which represents the potential introduction of microorganisms into the products. For more information, click on the title above.

Friday, June 9, 2017

David Lee Hart Died Wednesday May 10, 2017

David Lee Hart, 58 of Princeton died suddenly on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, while working his shift as a dispatcher for Princeton Rescue Squad. Born in Waterbury, CT June 7, 1958 he was the son of the late Edward Lucien and Betty Perugini Hart. He had been a resident of Princeton for the past 30 years moving here from Beckley. For more information, click on the title above.

Fairmont Field Office of WV EMS TSN, Inc.

Please be advised that effective June 9, 2017, the Fairmont Field Office of WV EMS TSN, Inc., will no longer be staffed by Gail M. Dragoo. Until June 30, 2017, Marsha J. Myers, Office Administrator for the Regional Board of Directors (North Central Regional EMS, Inc.) will be available to assist you at the Fairmont location. You may reach her at 304-366-8764 for assistance until that time. In addition, TSN's Huntington office remains open. You may reach the TSN Field Operations Director for assistance as follows: James H. "Jim" Donathan, Field Operations Director WV EMS TSN, Inc., POB 7005, (mailing address) 722 31st Street East, (physical address) Huntington, WV 25774-7005 304-523-9102 (voice) 304-523-7800 (fax)

Monday, June 5, 2017

National Safety Month

Every 4 minutes, someone dies from something that is 100% preventable. National Safety Month is a call to action to reverse this trend. Join us. www.nsc.org/nsm

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Norman Thomas "Tom" Weddle, age 52, of Crab Orchard, passed away March 24, 2017

Norman Thomas "Tom" Weddle, age 52, of Crab Orchard, passed away March 24, 2017 surrounded by loving family and close friends. Tom fought a courageous battle with Nasopharyngeal Cancer. For more information click on the title above.

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