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Posted: Jun 20, 2019

Seattle to open smoke shelters for 'new normal' summer fires

Ahead of a wildfire season expected to be again worse than average, officials in Seattle announced Wednesday that five city buildings would be outfitted to serve as havens where residents can go to breathe clean air. The move is in response to several years marked by thick smoke hanging over the city from summer wildfires, which officials and scientists have unequivocally connected to the slow-motion of the effects of climate change.
- PUB DATE: 6/20/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KING-TV NBC 5 Seattle
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Posted: Jun 20, 2019

Spokane: PulsePoint Emergency App helped save a life by alerting a first responder a couple blocks away

You've probably heard of the app, "PulsePoint." Here in Spokane, there are more than 14,000 subscribers who follow the Spokane Fire Department. But it's not just a resource to keep you in the know, for the first time in this country, it's helped save a life. "I knew immediately it was as bad as it could get," said Griffin Bowker.
- PUB DATE: 6/20/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KHQ-TV NBC 6 Spokane
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Posted: Jun 19, 2019

Zoll Medical Corporation Acquires TherOx, Inc.

CHELMSFORD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun 18, 2019--ZOLL ®  Medical Corporation, an Asahi Kasei Group Company that manufactures medical devices and related software solutions, today announced it has acquired TherOx, Inc., of Irvine, Calif., a privately held company. TherOx is focused on improving treatment of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and markets systems to deliver SuperSaturated Oxygen (SSO 2 ) Therapy.

SSO 2 Therapy, which was recently approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA), has been demonstrated to reduce infarct size after primary coronary intervention (PCI) with stenting in patients with left anterior descending ST-elevation myocardial infarction. 1 When a large ischemic area of muscle damage remains following AMI, the patient condition often deteriorates into debilitating heart failure.

"ZOLL and TherOx are both focused on emergency cardiac care," said Neil Johnston, President of ZOLL Circulation. "This acquisition expands the ZOLL product portfolio in support of excellence for patients and caregivers."

"SSO 2 Therapy can help reduce infarct size among patients who suffer from large anterior AMIs, 1 which are the most serious heart attacks,” said Kevin T. Larkin, President and Chief Executive Officer of TherOx. “Adjunctive to PCI, SSO 2 Therapy is intended to salvage heart muscle and reduce infarct size.”

“We are looking forward to becoming part of ZOLL so that together we can bring this breakthrough treatment option to more patients sooner,” Larkin said.

“No delay in door-to-balloon times and improved clinical outcomes is a combination we think physicians will find appealing,” Johnston added. “Because SSO 2 Therapy is delivered following PCI and stenting, there is no disruption of today’s workflow in the cath lab.”


About SSO2Therapy

A heart attack is typically caused when oxygenated blood flow to the heart is blocked or reduced. Most often, the heart’s tiny capillaries then swell, further restricting blood flow. If not quickly restored, irreversible damage to the heart muscle, or infarction, will occur. Immediately after the coronary artery has been opened by PCI, SSO 2 Therapy delivers a one-time, 60-minute infusion of the patient’s super oxygenated blood to the targeted ischemic area of the heart through a small catheter. SSO 2 Therapy infuses super oxygenated blood to improve microvascular flow, then restores heart tissue to normal oxygen level. 2,3. SSO 2 Therapy is aligned with current guidelines for interventional cardiology procedures.


About TherOx, Inc.

TherOx is focused on commercializing SSO 2 Therapy for the sizeable AMI patient population to save hearts, improving and ultimately saving lives. This first-of-its-kind device treats the most serious heart attack patients who suffer from acute myocardial infarction without interrupting door-to-balloon time. TherOx technology provides highly oxygenated fluids directly to the damaged area of the heart using a catheter placed after PCI and stenting. Clinical trials show consistent benefit to the patient, as relevant to the standard of care, and a reduction in infarct size of 26%. 1 For more information about TherOx, visit


About ZOLL Medical Corporation

ZOLL Medical Corporation, an Asahi Kasei Group company, develops and markets medical devices and software solutions that help advance emergency care and save lives, while increasing clinical and operational efficiencies. With products for defibrillation and monitoring, circulation and CPR feedback, data management, fluid resuscitation, therapeutic temperature management, and ventilation, ZOLL provides a comprehensive set of technologies that help clinicians, EMS and fire professionals, and lay rescuers treat victims needing resusc

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Posted: Jun 19, 2019

Clallam County Sheriff's office investigating possible Blyn arson attempt

Clallam County Sheriff’s Office is investigating what might be an attempted arson in Blyn this week. Fire Chief Ben Andrews with Clallam County Fire District 3 said fire crews reported at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 16, to the 2100 block of Old Blyn Highway to a fire less than 4 feet in size on the outside of the home’s wall.
- PUB DATE: 6/19/2019 1:44:07 AM - SOURCE: Sequim Gazette
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Posted: Jun 19, 2019

Burn ban declared in Island County

A burn ban is now in effect in Island County, the fire marshal announced. The Type I ban prohibits outdoor burning of natural debris, even with a permit. Recreational fires in a fire pit are still allowed, according to a press release. Barbecue grills using propane or briquettes and self-contained camp stoves are also allowed.
- PUB DATE: 6/19/2019 1:42:06 AM - SOURCE: South Whidbey Record
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