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FDA Issues External Defibrillator Warning
    
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning Tuesday that some external defibrillators used worldwide might malfunction. The FDA said about 280,000 external defibrillators manufactured by the Cardiac Science Corp. and used in health care facilities, public places or in homes may contain faulty components that can cause the devices to malfunction. (United Press International 4.29.10)
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2010 Kentucky Legislative Session
The 2010 Legislative Session begins on Jan. 5 and is scheduled to end Apr. 13. 
Bills of interest to Kentucky EMS include:

Passed in the House and now in the Senate:

  • Pediatric abusive head trauma, prevention and recognition of - HB 285. To Senate Judiciary Committee. Feb. 16.
  • Pharmacists, emergency authority for - HB 300. To Senate Health and Welfare Committee. Feb. 16.

Introduced in the House

  • Dementia training, urge cities to implement - HR 25. 3rd reading, adopted 97-0 with floor amendment (1). Feb. 16.
  • State death benefits, emergency responder in ambulance, eligibility for - HB 153. To Appropriations and Revenue Committee Jan. 5.
  • 911 emergency services, improvement and funding of - HB 174. To Military Affairs and Public Safety Committee Jan 5.
  • Good Samaritan, nonliability for emergency care, expand to all persons - HB 208. To Judiciary Committee Jan. 11.
  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy, medical education concerning - HB 252. To Health and Welfare Jan. 19.
  • Opioid antidote naloxone, availability, expansion of - HB 263. Recommitted to Appropriations and Revenue Committee. Feb. 26,
  • Civil immunity, emergency care, provision of - HB 281. To Judiciary Committee Jan. 21.
  • Medicaid, managed care partnership, extension of - HB 459. To Health and Welfare. Feb. 22.
  • 911 emergency services, improvement and funding of - HB 462. To Military Affairs and Public Safety. Feb. 22.
  • Examination services for victims of sexual offenses, modification of - HB 500. Posted in Judiciary Committee. Mar. 1.
  • Fire protection districts, ambulance service, operation of - HB 535. To Military Affairs and Public Safety Committee. Feb. 26.
  • Paramedics, expansion of practice, direct LRC staff study of - HCR 198. To Health and Welfare Committee. Feb. 26.

Introduced in the Senate

  • 911 communication, procedure for obtaining - SB 20. To Judiciary Committee Jan. 6
  • Examination services for victims of sexual offenses, modification of - SB 135. To Judiciary Committee Feb. 8.
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