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Cleveland Pressures Hospitals To Keep ERs Open To All Ambulances


Anthony Savoy, an EMS medic in East Cleveland, worries about emergency room wait times. Sarah Jane Tribble/WCPN

When East Cleveland’s emergency medical squad gets called to treat a man with a severe nosebleed, it’s a pretty run-of-the-mill case.

The patient walks woozily out to the ambulance from a tan house on a tree-lined street. Anthony Savoy, the head medic, calls ahead to University Hospitals, which has the closest emergency room. Savoy wants to make sure the ER has space for the patient.

Listen to the story on NPR.

It is available at Kaiser Health News. And an earlier version is available on WCPN/ideastream.

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