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New Orleans EMS can give blood transfusions, starting Monday

Oct. 17, 2021 10:45 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans officials say that the city’s emergency medical service will be the first ground-based EMS in Louisiana with paramedics able to give blood transfusions. Some ambulances will be equipped for transfusions starting on Monday, with blood...

Former COVID patient pushes more resources for ill patients

Oct. 16, 2021 09:06 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — As Maria Young came to, she had visions of being held captive on a cruise ship. Trapped against her will, she cried out for help. It was early February, more than three months since the health communications specialist from Rockville contracted...

Filling a critical need, West Virginians train to be EMTs

Oct. 03, 2021 09:02 AM EDT

MONONGAH, W.Va. (AP) — The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed many medical systems to the brink, but one of the most short-staffed positions in this chain of care are emergency medical technicians. West Virginia Public Service Training is a state program that trains over...

Chesterfield inmate dies in jail after medical emergency

Sep. 19, 2021 16:50 PM EDT

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (AP) — An inmate in the Chesterfield County Jail died Saturday night as a result of a medical emergency, the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office announced. WRIC-TV reports that a fellow inmate notified jail staff at about 10 p.m. Saturday that...

COVID-19 surge forces health care rationing in parts of West

Sep. 16, 2021 19:49 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — In another ominous sign about the spread of the delta variant, Idaho public health leaders on Thursday expanded health care rationing statewide and individual hospital systems in Alaska and Montana have enacted similar crisis standards amid a spike in the number of...

Helena hospital critical care at capacity amid virus surge

Sep. 16, 2021 18:49 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A hospital in Helena was forced to implement crisis standards of care amid amid a surge in COVID-19 patients, hospital officials said Thursday. Critical care resources are at maximum capacity at St. Peter's Health hospital. Crisis standards of care...

Virus surge twice as bad in Reno as Vegas; hospitals filling

Sep. 15, 2021 20:54 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada's hospital association urged residents Wednesday to stay out of emergency rooms except in true emergencies, especially in northern Nevada where a resurgence in COVID-19 cases continues at a rate twice as high as the Las Vegas area. “Many...

Alaska's largest hospital implements crisis care standards

Sep. 14, 2021 23:54 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Overwhelmed by a surge in COVID-19 patients, Alaska’s largest hospital on Tuesday implemented crisis standards of care, prioritizing resources and treatments to those patients who have the potential to benefit the most. “While we are doing...

Indiana hospitals strained for ICU space amid latest surge

Sep. 13, 2021 16:08 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana hospitals continue to take the brunt of a statewide surge in infections and hospitalizations spurred by the more contagious delta variant. The state Health Department’s latest report showed that hospitals around the state were treating...

Some rural hospitals in WVa hit bed capacity as virus surges

Sep. 08, 2021 16:30 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Some hospitals in rural parts of West Virginia have reached their critical bed capacities as coronavirus cases and deaths continue to surge statewide, health officials said Wednesday. Health officials are pleading with the public to avoid...