ECHO brings expertise to rural communities

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By Colleen Camenisch and Troy Jorgensen

Project ECHO Nevada partnered with the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association (NIAA) and four rural Nevada public school districts to bring high level best practices to rural areas which might not otherwise have access to such training.

Using the Project ECHO teleconference teaching model, two trainings were held last fall.

The first session featured information on current methods for assessment and treatment of concussions and heat illness. Heat illness knowledge is particularly important in rural areas as treatment, at times, must be administered within 30 minutes. An ambulance ride from a rural community to a hospital often takes longer than 30 minutes, thereby putting the patient at further risk.

The second training also featured concussion assessment training, as well as additionally included a presentation on wrestling related skin infections.

About 250 coaches, administrators, school athletic directors and sports officials from Churchill County, Elko County, Eureka County and Humboldt County school districts were able to attend the trainings free of charge and were awarded certificates of completion for attending.

Sports medicine physician Carol Scott, M.D. of the Student Health Center at the University of Nevada, Reno and Naomi L. Albertson, M.D. from the Reno Orthopedic clinic conducted the training session with the support of the Project ECHO team.

Project ECHO Nevada together with specialists and partners like the NIAA are working hard to change the face of healthcare by extending best practices throughout the state.

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