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Saint Mary’s update regarding patients from Reno Air Races disaster



Six patients are continuing inpatient treatment at Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center following the Reno Air Races disaster Sept. 16. One patient has died. One patient listed earlier in serious condition has been discharged. The conditions of the remaining six patients are as follows:

· 1 patient in critical condition

· 5 patients are in serious condition

Given the nature of the accident, patients were treated for injuries due to both blunt force and penetrating trauma. Common injuries included fractures of the legs, arms, ribs and fingers, head injuries, amputations, abrasions, lacerations and chemical burns. Due to U.S. HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) regulations prohibiting hospitals from identifying patients, no further specifics on the nature and type of these injuries will be given.

Saint Mary’s initially received a total of 28 patients transported Friday from the site of the disaster in Stead, including 26 via the hospital’s Emergency Department and two in an urgent care center.

For updates on condition information as they are available, please call (775) 770-3555 for a recorded message or see @StMarysReno on Twitter.

Our deepest condolences go to the families, friends, visitors, community members and Reno Air Races staff who have been affected by this tragic accident. We have been deeply touched by the community support for the injured and their families, and the dedication from our physicians, nurses and staff. Our No. 1 priority is the health and safety of our patients, and we are working diligently to care for these patients.

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