Umatilla County health agency offers expanded care

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PENDLTEON — East Umatilla County Health District announced Tuesday an expansion of patient care capability.

Thanks to a grant from the Watts Foundation in Athena, Ore., the health district was able to purchase an infusion pump to deliver intravenous medications for emergencies involving high-risk obstetrical patients, as well as heart attack, stroke and septic shock victims.

The $2,600 award means the ability to administer life-saving medications that would otherwise be delayed until the patient reaches a hospital, according to an agency news release.

The medication pump is the same model used by Life Flight Network and will permit continuity of care when patients are transferred to a Life Flight crew. It’s an exciting step, said John Wooten, administrator for East Umatilla County Health District, “and will reduce the amount of time required to administer life saving critical care medications not typically used by paramedics in the pre-hospital environment.”

The organization has the qualified paramedics to make good use of the technology, he added.

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