Category: Cronkite News

Medical simulation lab allows firefighters to prepare for unthinkable

Lindsey Nelson Monday, Sept. 21, 2015 Medical simulation lab allows firefighters to prepare for unthinkable Kneeling on the floor with only a sheet covering it, firefighter Nathan Phillips stretches a rubber tourniquet as tight as he can around the severed leg of his patient. The patient’s eyes are wide, his face seemingly contorted in fear, but he remains motionless and silent as Phillips manages to stop the flow of blood. Phillips then turns to fire Capt. Albert Abril: “Hey, man. Do you think this is tight enough?” In this case, there’s time for feedback and room for error. The patient is a high-tech mannequin in the Center for Simulation and Innovation at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix. Phillips was part of a group of firefighters receiving paramedic training recently through the lab, practicing on mannequins that simulate gunshot and knife wounds, collapsed lungs and more. In light of recent violent events nationally, the Phoenix Fire Department wants each of its 1,600 firefighters to go through a mass violence simulation, said Austin Moreland, a firefighter/paramedic who helped lead the session. “It’s definitely a sign of the times that it’s becoming to where everyone needs to be prepared to be able to manage and be able to mitigate an incident like this at any time,” he said. They’ll do that using simulation mannequins created to offer a realistic experience...

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Arizona lawmakers see mixed demand for tickets to watch pope’s speech

Tom Blanton Friday, Sept. 18, 2015 Arizona lawmakers see mixed demand for tickets to watch pope’s speech WASHINGTON – When Pope Francis gives a historic address to Congress next week, up to 50,000 people could be standing in a ticketed area of the West Front of the Capitol to watch the speech on large TV screens. Not as many of them will be Arizonans, however, as could be. Every member of Congress was given West Front tickets to distribute, but demand for those passes has varied by district in Arizona, with some lawmakers reporting scant demand while others had to hold lotteries to handle the overflow of requests. “We got tons of requests,” said Patrick Ptak, a spokesman for Rep. Martha McSally, R-Tucson. “But we were only given 50 tickets.” Every House member got 50 passes to distribute as they saw fit, while senators were allotted 200 tickets, according to the Senate Sergeant-at-Arms office. See related story: Gosar to skip Pope Francis’ address, to protest likely policy positions Share your insights: Do you think Congress should listen to a speech from Pope Francis? Share your perspective here. McSally received more than twice as many requests from constituents as she had tickets to hand out, Ptak said. Those who got tickets then had to make the tough decision about whether to travel all the way to Washington for the event....

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Judge bars Vemma Nutrition from resuming full business operations

Staff Friday, Sept. 18, 2015 Judge bars Vemma Nutrition from resuming full business operations A federal judge on Friday ruled that Vemma Nutrition Co. cannot resume full business operations and will remain under the supervision of a monitor. U.S. District Court Judge John Tuchi stated in his ruling that “the evidence before the Court leaves little doubt that the FTC will ultimately succeed on the merits in demonstrating that Vemma is operating a pyramid scheme.” He barred the company from any recruiting of new sales members, but he did not bar the company from selling its energy or nutrition drinks for personal consumption. The Tempe-based energy drink company argued in a hearing on Tuesday that its operations were not a pyramid scheme. The company was forced to halt operations after the Federal Trade Commission charged that it “lures college students and other young adults with the prospect of getting rich without having a traditional 9-5 job.” Vemma CEO B.K. Boreyko expressed confidence at Tuesday’s hearing that the company would be cleared. “I feel like we got the facts out,” Boreyko said. “The facts support our cause, and I believe in the justice system.” The judge, however, disagreed and appointed a permanent monitor who will oversee the operation of the business and have access to all company records. Attorneys for the FTC presented information gathered over two years outlining the...

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Arizona delegation splits on party lines as House OKs abortion bills

Charles McConnell Friday, Sept. 18, 2015 Arizona delegation splits on party lines as House OKs abortion bills WASHINGTON – A sharply divided House on Friday passed two strong anti-abortion bills that supporters said would help stop an American “genocide,” but critics derided as a political “farce” to appeal to pro-life voters. Lawmakers voted largely along party lines to approve one bill to strip federal funding for Planned Parenthood for a year and a second bill, sponsored by Rep. Trent Franks, R-Glendale, extending legal protections to “born-alive abortion survivors.” Both measures face a likely filibuster in the Senate, and both have drawn veto threats from President Barack Obama. But that did not deter supporters. “The sands of time should blow over the Capitol dome before we give one more dime of taxpayer dollars to an organization that is the principle promoter of the greatest genocide in America’s history,” Franks said after the Planned Parenthood vote. Arizona lawmakers split cleanly down party lines Friday, with Republicans supporting both bills and Democrats opposing. Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Phoenix, said the bills were a “farce” that pro-life Congress members can use to “appease their anti-choice” states. He called Friday’s vote a face-saving measure for Republicans whose only other option would be to force a government shutdown by attaching abortion language to the budget, which has to be passed by Sept. 30. The bills are...

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