It’s that time of year again – the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and wintertime can be an exciting time for family, friends and cold-weather sports. But for hospital emergency rooms, it’s a time for hypothermia, frostbite, carbon-monoxide poisoning and snow-shoveling safety.
A new $45 million dollar emergency and trauma center opened at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield this morning. The state of the art facility will treat critically injured and ill people from throughout western Massachusetts. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
The new emergency department at Baystate Medical Center’s main campus in Springfield’s North End was opened to receive patients beginning at 7:30 Monday morning. The new facility is 72,000 square feet, 55,000 square feet larger than the old emergency room.
Drug overdoses are a significant problem across New York State with data from New York City showing more than 900 fatalities caused by accidental overdoses in 2003, nearly 70 percent of which involved the use of opioids like heroin.
In 2006, state law went into effect to allow non-medical personnel to administer Naloxone (na-LOX-own), also known as “Narcan,” a nasal spray which can reverse the symptoms of opioid overdose. While the state has made progress by training lay-people, many areas of the states still do not have trained overdose responders.