State lawmakers are asked for money to stop the spread of disease through the medical system. Members of the Joint Committee on Terrorism, Bioterrorism and Homeland Security see a shocking video showing how disease can be spread by first responders to a medical emergency. Bill Stanhope with St. Louis University’s Center for the Study of Bioterrorism says practices most emergency medical technicians in the field are using could actually cause diseases to spread even more by having the ambulances and med techs become vectors. Stanhope wants the Legislature to give his school $250,000 to put together a professional training program for the hospitals and the responders so the techniques can be updated.
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