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News by Topic: Emergency medical services

FEMA Assesses Needs Of Rural Residents In Florida's Panhandle
Oct 17, 2018 - Radio story following a FEMA search and rescue team flying over rural areas of Florida's panhandle in the wake of Hurricane Michael to offer help and assistance. Many people are relying on generators for electricity, although most of the roads have been cleared. In some places, running water and cell service is still out as well.
Source: NPR
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Drone Ambulances to the Rescue
Oct 16, 2018 - Focuses on a Mississippi-based team of doctors working on using drones as aerial ambulances carrying medical kits to allow people on the ground to provide simple medical care until emergency services arrive. The kits will also include an augmented reality interface that will allow doctors to observe the medical emergency remotely and help provide care. Kits have been designed in varying sizes and complexities, with smaller kits for search-and-rescue missions in remote areas and larger kits for natural disasters and other mass-casualty events.
Source: Next Avenue
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UAMS Utilizes Telemedicine Program to Provide Faster Stroke Treatment
Oct 11, 2018 - Highlights the Arkansas Stroke Assistance through Virtual Emergency Support (AR SAVES) program, a pilot program that allows physicians to assess suspected stroke patients using telemedicine while in transit via ambulance to local hospitals. Many of the hospitals participating in the program are located in rural parts of the state.
Source: THV11
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VA Adding Opioid Antidote To Defibrillator Cabinets For Quicker Overdose Response
Sep 27, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is moving to add naloxone to AED cabinets in its buildings across the country to provide quick access to the opioid overdose reversal medication. Veterans are nearly twice as likely to overdose. Although there is not a conclusive explanation for this discrepancy, it can be partially explained by combat exposure which can increase their mental health needs as well as cause injuries that would make them more likely to have been prescribed opioids.
Source: NPR
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A Rural Town Banded Together to Open a Hospital. Its Foe? A Larger Hospital.
Sep 5, 2018 - Details efforts within a rural town in Florida to open a new hospital. The area has a high poverty rate and significant health disparities, many related to the distance people have to travel for care. In addition to regulatory and financial hurdles, a larger hospital 40 miles away has asked the state to deny their proposal, a move that has delayed plans to build the hospital. (May require subscription to view article.)
Source: The New York Times
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Indiana Mapping Tool Uses EMS Data to Show Naloxone Administrations
Aug 29, 2018 - Discusses a new mapping tool from the Indiana Commission to Combat Drug Abuse. This interactive map shows locations of naloxone administrations as reported by EMS responders in a given period of time, ranging from the last 30 days to the last four years.
Source: Route Fifty
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