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Taking Calls, Saving Lives

Jul 24, 2018
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If you experience a medical emergency in the middle of the night, Owen Shaw may be one of the people who comes to help. Shaw is a paramedic for the Regional Emergency Medical Services Authority, or REMSA, which serves Washoe County. Students at the Reynolds School of Journalism went out with Shaw one night as he responded to calls. Here’s his story:

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In a recent two-week period, there were more than one thousand lab-confirmed cases of influenza in Washoe County. Due to the outbreak, the Regional Emergency Medical Services Authority, or REMSA, is experiencing record-breaking calls for service. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray reports, as a result, paramedics will be taking precautionary measures.

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A Reno-based company will be launching the nation’s first drone defibrillator delivery service to increase the dismal odds of surviving a cardiac arrest. The survival rate is about one in 10. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray reports.

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The number of emergency-room visits are climbing across the country and is linked to long wait times and higher mortality rates. 

 

Renown Health and Washoe’s ambulance provider the Regional Emergency Medical Services Authority, or REMSA, are forming an alliance to cut down on the unnecessary use of the healthcare system with the Community Health Programs. Renown Health will provide REMSA with funding to continue community-focused health services including the Nurse Health Line, Community Paramedicine, and Ambulance Transport Alternatives.

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In Washoe County, 911 calls and transports to care facilities, like the emergency room, usually peak in the summer during special events. But for some reason, there was a surge of requests for help on Monday, April 4 and emergency responders made more medical transports in one day than ever before. It seemed like a fluke at first, but then it happened again on April 7 with even more transports in one day, 178 to be exact.

Potential changes to emergency responses in Reno

Jun 30, 2014

The Reno Fire department and the regional ambulance service are moving forward with potential changes to how they respond to emergency medical calls. Reno Public Radio's Will Stone reports, among other things, they're trying to a better job coordinating between their two agencies.