Allina Health EMS

First responders ramp up for possible Ebola cases

[Star Tribune, Oct. 29, 2014] As national, state and local leaders debate quarantines and other measures to combat Ebola, Twin Cities first responders have ­quietly introduced new protocols and reinforced existing ones. Allina Health Emergency Medical Services, which provides ambulance service to thousands of people in suburban and rural parts of the state, has repackaged […]

Allina leads transporting mental health patients without stigma of flashing lights

[Star Tribune, July 17, 2014] Allina Health, along with a number of hospitals and local officials across Minnesota, is trying new ways to transport mental health patients in a more dignified manner, such as unmarked vehicles with plainclothes paramedics. They aim to reduce the stigma associated with a psychiatric crisis while also reducing the enormous […]

Snow creates more close calls for Allina ambulance crews

[KARE 11, Feb. 26, 2014] Even in the business of close calls, winter has come too close for Twin Cities’ first responders. “There is just no place to put the snow. The roads have become narrow, sidewalks aren’t necessarily done, it’s narrower to get into people’s houses as well ,” said Jeff Lanenberg, an Allina […]

Paramedic injured in head-on crash reflects on recovery

[KMSP Fox 9, Feb. 20. 2014] On Jan. 18, Allina Health EMS paramedic Brian Nagel suffered a broken neck, a fractured skull, a head injury and doctors had to reconstruct his eye, the result of a head-on crash that also severely injured his Allina partner Tim Daly. Just one month later, he left the hospital […]

Extreme cold adds obstacles for emergency responders

[KARE 11, Jan. 6, 2014] Twin Cities paramedics had an extra obstacle to deal with Monday in getting injured Minnesotans to area hospitals. The extreme cold meant some changes in ambulance procedures. Allina Ambulances used lights and sirens responding to every outside call because of the danger of someone remaining in the cold while injured. […]

Cold weather brings carbon monoxide dangers

[KARE 11, Jan. 6, 2013] With cold weather comes the increased use of wood-burning stoves, gas cooking ranges and fireplaces for heat. However, there is a hidden danger in these heat options and it happens when too much carbon monoxide accumulates in an enclosed, poorly ventilated space. Dr. Charles Lick, Allina Health EMS medical director, […]

Prepare for heat and humidity

[KSTP TV, July 11, 2013] High heat and humidity present special challenges to athletes, but they know how to prepare for them. The rest of need to be careful. Allina Health EMS operations manager Bruce Hildebrandt talked to KSTP TV’s Tim Sherno about what to look out for.

Improving CPR results

[KSTP TV, July 5, 2013] For someone who has suffered a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), the life-saving difference for them is usually whether someone nearby knows how to perform CPR properly. Allina Health EMS medical director Dr. Charles Lick talked about this with KSTP’s Ellen McNamara. Watch the interview here.

EMS on the 4th of July

[KSTP TV, July 4, 2013] For most of us, the Fourth of July is a holiday to spend with family and friends, enjoying ourselves. But for paramedics, EMTs and dispatchers it’s another workday. KSTP News spent the Fourth with Allina Health EMS to see what their day was like. Watch here.

Allina Health Recognized with ‘Above and Beyond’ Award

[Bloomington, Minn., May 30, 2013] Minnesota Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) State Chair Paul Monteen recognized Allina Health, along with 32 other outstanding employers of Minnesota National Guard and Reserve members, at the Minnesota ESGR Annual Employer Support Awards Banquet on Monday, May 20th in Bloomington, Minnesota. Kevin Miller, Allina Health EMS […]