SUBMITTED NEWS RELEASE
Five patients are continuing inpatient treatment at Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center following the Reno Air Races disaster Sept. 16. One additional patient listed earlier in serious condition has been discharged. The conditions of the remaining five patients are as follows:
- 1 patient in critical condition
- 4 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 has revised its total number of victims treated after reviewing patient charts. Saint Mary’s initially received a total of 33 patients (30 from Saint Mary’s Emergency Department and 3 from Urgent Care) transported Friday from the site of the disaster in Stead, including 30 via the hospital’s Emergency Department and three in two urgent care centers. One patient has died.
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.