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Recent news coverage related to Minutes Matter, an initiative UPMC launched to provide community members with access to basic emergency information and education about life-saving interventions.
Hermitage, UPMC Horizon launch emergency-health training program for residents
Emergencies can happen anytime, and you might find yourself in a situation where someone needs your help. UPMC Horizon and the city of Hermitage are starting a new initiative called Minutes Matter, regardless of the emergency.
A Second Chance at Life: Erie Nurse Saves Runner During Presque Isle Half-Marathon
Earlier this month at the Presque Isle Half-Marathon, a runner suffered a cardiac arrest in the middle of the race. And if it wasn't for the incredible people around him, many of them local nurses, including Kara Coleman's best friend, who she was running with, he certainly wouldn't be here today.
Narcan available over-the-counter nationwide starting this week
Narcan, the drug used to help stop an opioid overdose, will be available without a prescription in certain drug stores nationwide beginning Thursday. It comes amid an increase in overdose deaths. Data from the Pennsylvania Department of Health shows the Commonwealth experienced roughly 5,000 opioid overdoses in the past year.
UPMC launches Minutes Matter campaign to promote medical emergency training, education
In a medical emergency, a few minutes could mean the difference between life and death.That’s the message that UPMC is sharing with its Minutes Matter campaign, in partnership with Harrisburg, to provide emergency training and education to the public.
Expert: What to do in an emergency when minutes matter
Cardiac arrests, opioid overdoses, mental health crises, and bleeding emergencies sound like the plot lines for your favorite medical TV drama, but the reality is they happen to people every day. You never know if and when a medical emergency is going to happen, so it’s best to be prepared for anything.
UPMC, Baseball Squad Team Up for Lifesaving Training
Staff from the Williamsport Crosscutters in Pennsylvania are prepared for everything, including an emergency. Staff recently participated in a lifesaving skills training series hosted by EMS clinicians from Susquehanna Regional EMS and UPMC. The training, part of UPMC’s Minutes Matter program, took place at Muncy Bank Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field in Williamsport.
UPMC Hamot teaching the public about basic emergency education with new program
Medical experts and city leaders came together to emphasize a community initiative that teaches people basic lifesaving skills.There’s a UPMC effort called “Minutes Matter,” which encourages bystanders to act in emergency situations.
'Minutes matter': Program planned to enable community training for CPR, other medical emergencies
When Somerset Ambulance Association Director John Jordan looked back at the organization’s cardiac event calls over the past few years, he spotted an obvious trend.In cases in which family members or even strangers stepped up to perform CPR, or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, survival rates skyrocketed. Patients were discharged faster, neurologically intact, Jordan said.
McAlisterville man beats odds, reunites with those who saved his life
A grateful and joyous reunion that was four years in the making, Sidney Freyermuth finally got the chance to meet the first responders who saved his life.The McAlisterville man went into cardiac arrest on June 24, 2019, while working at the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection in Harrisburg. Through the quick actions of his fellow co-workers, doctors at UPMC Harrisburg hospital and responding EMTs, Freyermuth is alive.
FDA approval of over-the-counter Narcan is an important step in the effort to combat the US opioid crisis
On March 29, 2023, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Narcan for over-the-counter sale. Narcan is the 4-milligram nasal spray version of naloxone, a medication that can quickly counteract an opioid overdose.
UPMC Revives Ad Campaign for Super Bowl
Pittsburgh-based UPMC is relaunching its Minutes Matter ad campaign in the Pittsburgh, Erie and Harrisburg markets for the Super Bowl, the Pittsburgh Business Times reported Feb. 7. The ads focus on emergency preparedness and how to help during a mental health emergency.
Where Do People Stand on Talking About Their Mental Health?
The topic of mental health can be a tricky one for many people. For years, there has been a stigma around the idea of mental health, with many people hesitant to approach the subject. "There has definitely been a shift," said Layne Filio, a behavioral therapist at UPMC Western Behavioral Health Center for Children and Families. "When I was growing up, it wasn't cool to go to therapy. Now, it's very cool."
UPMC-Developed Digital App Shows Potential to Reduce Anxiety and Depression in Youths
Amidst a national shortage of pediatric mental health providers and a surge in anxiety and depression among adolescents and young adults, there is a need for additional tools to help young people. A team of investigators from UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh found that a digital application may remove barriers to mental health care and is associated with reduced emotional distress when offered as part of routine pediatric care.
Pittsburgh’s ShotSpotter data shows first responders were able to help victims even when 911 wasn’t called
The city of Pittsburgh announced data from 2019 and 2020 showed first responders were able to provide aid to shooting victims even when 911 wasn’t called because of the city’s ShotSpotter alert system.
Pittsburgh to Invest $3.1 Million on New Automatic Defibrillators
In a “total revamp” of its equipment, Pittsburgh is slated to invest $3.1 million in purchasing new automatic defibrillators for first responder vehicles. “I’d like the AEDs to be as common as Narcan out in the streets,” said Wendell Hissrich, Pittsburgh director of public safety. The new devices will replace ones that are outdated or reaching the end of their battery life.
CDC Awards Allegheny County Grant to Fight Opioid Epidemic
Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said the county has received a multi-million dollar grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to battle the opioid epidemic in Pittsburgh-area communities. The county will receive $5.2 million annually through 2022. The funding will be used by the Allegheny County Health Department to administer prevention activities, provide emergency care, and track drug use trends.
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