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NBC News

Perla Trevizo

Suzy Khimm

Mike Hixenbaugh

Lexi Churchill

19 August 2021

Houston, Texas, United States

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First responders usually have wide discretion over whether to force their way into a private home to respond to an emergency. One family's tragic carbon monoxide poisoning during Texas' severe winter weather in 2021 i...

KVUE-TV

Tori Larned

12 June 2021

Austin, Texas, United States

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3-5 Minutes

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Since 2014, all Austin police officers and cadets receive first-aid training, including the use of tourniquets and CPR. The training, which covers four weeks for cadets, is meant to provide stopgap, life-saving aid wh...

RMTimes

Rakiya A Muhammad

25 March 2021

Sokoto, Nigeria

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A program in Sokoto State uses 300 ambulances to improve access to emergency care in rural areas, which has significantly improved maternal health outcomes. High costs, limited availability of transportation, and trad...

Associated Press

Scott Smith

16 February 2021

Caracas, Venezuela

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With Venezuela's hospitals and ambulance services crippled by the country's long-running economic and social crisis, a volunteer corps of paramedics formed two years ago to respond to medical emergencies. With donated...

Nigeria Health Watch

Rabson Kondowe

15 February 2021

Tchalo, Malawi

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David Gordon Memorial Hospital, owned and run by the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian Synod of Livingstonia, bought two ambulances to transport pregnant women to health clinics for free. Malawi has one of the hig...

BBC

Craig Langran

26 January 2021

United States

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Doctors have created a pressure garment that prevents women from dying from obstetric hemorrhage during childbirth. Modeled after the NASA spacesuit, the product was far from ideal when first envisioned in 1969 and we...

TVO

Justin Chandler

22 January 2021

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

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A program started in Hamilton, Ontario that allows paramedics to "hold routine drop-in sessions at social-housing buildings, at no cost to residents" has expanded throughout the entire country after reporting notable ...

Cronkite News - Arizona PBS

Jonmaesha Beltran

14 December 2020

Phoenix, Arizona, United States

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As protests spread across the country in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, some protesters saw the need for street medics to tend to injured protestors. They formed Desert Action Medical Network and remained on the s...

Yes! Magazine

Isabella Garcia

9 December 2020

Portland, Oregon, United States

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Behind the nightly protests against racism and police brutality on Portland's streets for more than five months stands a network of street medics and mutual aid groups dedicated to equipping and protecting protesters,...

City Newspaper (Rochester)

Beth Adams

15 September 2020

Eugene, Oregon, United States

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Protests over police officers' conduct in the death of Daniel Prude prompted Rochester, N.Y., officials to look to Eugene's CAHOOTS program for an alternative model in responding to mental health crises. But CAHOOTS o...

The Denver Post

Elise Schmelzer

6 September 2020

Denver, Colorado, United States

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To avoid unnecessary arrests and reduce police-public friction, Denver's STAR program (Support Team Assistance Response) sends a mental health professional and a paramedic to some mental-health-related 911 calls inste...

BBC

Craig Langran

27 August 2020

Uganda

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A hospital in Uganda is using a new device created by scientists that produces oxygen without the use of electricity. Since the device has been introduced, 500 children have been treated with it and the mortality for ...

The Local

Emma Löfgren

23 June 2020

Stockholm, Sweden

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Hospitals in Sweden have one of the lowest counts of ICU beds throughout Europe, but when Covid-19 began to spread, the country doubled their number of intensive care beds in preparation. Although hospitals took their...

The New Yorker

John Seabrook

22 June 2020

Lebanon, New Hampshire, United States

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Telehealth is being implemented and used across the United States to assist both patients and doctors during the coronavirus pandemic. Although this practice has its limitations and cannot replace in-person diagnostic...

High Country News

Anna V. Smith

11 June 2020

Eugene, Oregon, United States

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CAHOOTS, the 31-year-old program considered a model for the growing number of community-based crisis programs, fielded more than 24,000 calls in 2019, less than 1% of which required police involvement. The program's u...

BBC

Ruth Evans

12 May 2020

Uganda

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Scientists from Uganda and Australia have worked together to come up with a device that produces oxygen without the use of electricity. Although this solution was originally intended to help address the high rate of c...

WTVR-TV

Melissa Hipolit

31 March 2020

Henrico County, Virginia, United States

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When Henrico County Fire Department began to respond to calls for people exhibiting signs of coronavirus, they began utilizing recommendations of how best to stay safe. Although restrictive, this new playbook helps em...

OZY

Joshua Eferighe

28 March 2020

United States

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As hospital staff struggle to stay safe during the coronavirus outbreak due to a lack of personal protective equipment, citizen-led groups are working to fill the gap by producing or connecting masks with health care ...

Route Fifty

Emma Coleman

27 March 2020

Massachusetts, United States

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To address a shortage of personal protective equipment during the coronavirus pandemic, community members have begun to take on the task of producing face masks for medical professionals. From sewing masks to creating...

CNN

Oscar Holland

Ananda Pellerin

24 March 2020

New York, United States

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To help address the shortage of personal protective equipment in hospitals, companies and individuals in the fashion industry are turning from clothing production to face mask production. This approach, which is being...

Global News

Josh K. Elliott

18 March 2020

Brescia, Italy

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When a hospital in Italy ran the risk of running out of a medical valve that was necessary to help treat patients suffering from COVID-19, an engineering company stepped in to fill the gap by 3D printing the valve. Ch...

U.S. News & World Report

Steve Sternberg

10 March 2020

Taipei, Taiwan

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After being caught off-guard during the 2003 SARS epidemic, Taiwan developed a public health infrastructure to help prepare them for another. With the 2020 coronavirus pandemic, their number of cases have stayed low b...

WBBM-TV

Pam Zekman

14 January 2020

Richland, Illinois, United States

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After realizing that too many people were calling 911 for issues that were not medical emergencies in Richland, Illinois, a program was launched to act as an intervention strategy. After the start, calls decreased by ...

NPR

Rachel Treisman

7 December 2019

New York, United States

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For a variety of reasons, women are less likely than men to receive CPR by a stranger, but an attachment for CPR dummies that gives the maniken silicone breasts is helping to break barriers. This phenomenon is seen wo...

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

John Diedrich

Kevin Crowe

22 November 2019

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Baltimore is facing a waiting room problem when it comes to emergency response time, and often diverts paramedics away if they're overwhelmed; however, they may be able to learn from what Boston has seen success with....

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