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Assistance from UVA Improves Fluvanna Rescue Response Times

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Emergency crews in Fluvanna County are getting to people faster, and they have more people to do the job. On top of that, they can now respond 24/7.

The reason they couldn’t before now is because the Fluvanna County Rescue Squad is made up only of volunteers, and many of them have day jobs. Now the University of Virginia is filling the time gap, and the staff is now even more highly trained.

It's been just over a week, and already the UVA-Fluvanna cooperation has resulted in lives being saved. Early last week a woman with a severe bee allergy was stung, and first responders, including Assistant Chief John Lye of the Lake Monticello Rescue Squad, were 45 minutes from the nearest hospital.

"There's only so many things a basic EMT is allowed to do,” Lye said. “A medic can do more for them. The UVA crew have a medic, so we were able to call for advanced life support and they met our crew on scene, took over the patient care and the patient is doing well. So that's something we would not have had previously."

UVA Medical Transport Manager Tim Hodge says it's not just the improved care but the faster response times that will make a huge difference.

"Hopefully just by having the crew there that that will allow faster response times for them,” Hodge said.

Even a member of Fluvanna's own rescue squad has the faster response time to thank for getting help in an emergency.

"One of our members who had an issue, our crew was off dealing with another patient, and so the UVA crew actually carried one of our members in. So he got a firsthand glimpse of how good and useful it is to have them there,” Lye said.

Lye says these examples show just how necessary this increased support is. He says it's too early to pull the numbers, but he's positive the better care they can now provide faster is nothing but a win-win.

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