Micronesia News

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Paramedic bill draws strong support from health care professionals in Guam

Heart attacks and strokes are the leading causes of death in Guam, and hundreds of people die each year before they can get rushed to a hospital. A bill that would help raise the survival rate for medical emergency patients drew strong support today at a public hearing. Fire department and emergency medical service personnel are usually the first on the scene. And Guam Memorial Hospital emergency physician Dr. Frankie Mendiola said the quicker patients can get medical attention the better their chance for survival. "Guam suffers from over 250 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests annually. There is an evident need for advanced care providers to respond in the pre-hospital environment," he said. Nationally-certified paramedics offer the best chance for pre-hospital survival, Mendiola said.

’My face and my clothes were on fire’: Survivor of Mangilao blaze recounts ordeal

It's been one week since 40-year-old Jerome Cruz escaped the fire that took the home he shares with his mom. Hospitalized at the Guam Regional Medical City and recovering from serious injuries he sustained, Cruz shared with The Guam Daily Post the moment he thought it was “over.” Cruz arrived home on Monday, Sept. 26 after a long day of work — hungry, thirsty and exhausted. “I was really tired and when I got home I was warming up the food that my mom cooked, when I was doing that I guess I nodded out a little bit, I fell asleep,” he said. Cruz lived in a small tin and wood house in Pagat, Mangilao. His food was cooked on a portable gas stove that was near a couch. Cruz nodded off on the couch for only a couple of minutes before he awoke in pain.
The Guam Daily Post

Monday, October 3, 2022

Vehicle catches fire after pole collision in Dededo, CPR performed on driver

PHOTOS: Guam Fire Department rescue units performed CPR on a male individual en route to Guam Regional Medical City after the vehicle he was operating crashed into a concrete utility pole on Route 1 near Wusstig Road in Dededo. According to a statement issued by GFD spokesman Firefighter Nick Garrido, rescue units responded to the scene at 3:14 a.m. Sunday and were informed on the way to the collision site that the vehicle was on fire. Police officers from the Guam Police Department also responded to the scene and were able to remove the male driver, the lone occupant of the vehicle. CPR was initiated en route to GRMC. The man’s identity has not been released.
Pacific Daily News

Pedestrian seriously injured in Tamuning accident

Police and fire units were on the scene of an auto-pedestrian accident that left a man seriously injured in Tamuning Monday night. At 6:21 p.m., Guam Fire Department responded to the accident on Marine Corps Drive, across from Little Tommy's Barbershop, according to spokesman firefighter Nick Garrido. Garrido said the person who was hurt, described as an "elderly male," was taken to Guam Memorial Hospital with serious injuries. Guam Police Department spokeswoman Berlyn Savella said the Highway Patrol was activated, and the investigation was ongoing. The driver remained on the scene.
Pacific Daily News

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