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March 1, 2014

Man in the Mud: FDNY Rescues Sandhog from Bull’s Liver at Second Avenue Subway Excavation Site

Whosoever saves a single life saves an entire universe.–taken from the Talmudic Tractate Sanhedrin 4:5, as referenced/verified by Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, FDNY Chaplain. Initial response On Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at 2033 hours, units were assigned to respond to Manhattan Box 1233 (a medical emergency; male […]
March 1, 2014

Man in the Mud: Comfort and Support

Editors Note: This is part of a 4-Part Series entitled Man in the Mud. See feature article. By prior arrangement, on the evening of March 19, 2013, I was at Fire Department Headquarters. The initial call for a construction worker trapped in the Second Avenue subway […]
March 1, 2014

Man in the Mud: Rescue Medical Care

Editors Note: This is part of a 4-Part Series entitled Man in the Mud. See feature article. I was the second EMS Officer to arrive (after EMS Lieutenant Fred Desarno) at the incident at approximately 2040 hours. Lieutenant Desarno, acting as the initial Medical Branch Director, […]
March 1, 2016

Building Blocks for Accomplishing Our Mission

In August 2014, months before FDNY successfully transported its first Ebola patient, it was my responsibility as FDNY’s Chief Medical Officer and Special Advisor to the Fire Commissioner on Health Policy, to provide the Department with advice on what was needed to safely respond to, stabilize […]
March 1, 2016

Inside Access: Valet Doffing/Decontamination Procedures for Ebola

In the summer of 2014, there wasn’t much information available in the United States regarding the proper doffing and equipment decontamination procedures for handling patients potentially infected with the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). Subsequent to the cross contamination and exposure of a registered nurse who treated […]
March 1, 2016

Retracing Ebola’s Deadly Path

The 2014/2015 Ebola epidemic, which is thought to have started in Guinea in March of 2014, affected several West African countries and infected more than 28,500 people, with nearly 11,500 of those dying, to date. This Ebola epidemic (the 26th outbreak in history) has been the […]
March 1, 2016

Tiered Response: Preparing for Novelty

First responders are expected to have emergency response plans in place and periodically test these plans through exercises to ensure that the procedures work. But after years of preparedness, what happens when they are faced with an event that goes beyond specific plans? Are first responders […]
March 1, 2016

Safety First: Avoiding the Spread of Communicable Disease Starts with Personal Safety

The best and safest strategy for treating a patient suspected of having any communicable disease, but particularly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), is: Assure early identification of the infected patient. Assure proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE). Assure proper cleaning and decontamination. Patient Identification In New […]