[Hudson Valley News Network] New Program at ArchCare to Reduce Trips to ER

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RHINEBECK – When a 78-year-old nursing home resident with chronic lung disease and other long-term health problems experienced sudden shortness of breath in late-January, her sister assumed she would require a trip to the emergency room and probably a stay in the hospital. That’s what usually happened. 

But not this time, thanks to a new program at ArchCare of Ferncliff Nursing Home that is using a novel combination of people and technology to deliver emergency medical care directly to the bedsides of residents who experience sudden medical issues, speeding their treatment and significantly reducing trips to the emergency room.