Healthcare on wheels is fighting the flu in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS (KSNV) —
It’s healthcare on wheels. As flu season gets underway, one company is making it easier for patients by coming to you.
The idea behind DispatchHealth is to keep germs from spreading and the patient from picking up any other bugs while their immune system is recovering.
They come carrying a briefcase. It’s a modern-day physicians' black bag and includes everything needed to treat the flu or any other ailment that might send someone to urgent care.
“It’s much more convenient and probably healthier for people to be seen in their own home,” said Joseph Hamilton, P.A.-C with DispatchHealth.
Healthier, they say, because those people are not spreading germs or picking up any new bugs.
“You may have a viral flu and end up with a superimposed bacterial pneumonia on top of it," Hamilton said.
Christy Griner uses DispatchHealth.
“I don’t know how many people they take care of," said Griner. "All I know is, they take care of me very well.”
On Thursday, Griner was receiving an antibiotic for an infection.
“Anything you need, you call them and they come,” she said.
Bill Butcher is the Market Director for DispatchHealth in Nevada.
“It avoids them having to travel," he said. "There are certain patients with mobility challenges where getting out of the house is difficult.”
DispatchHealth covers the entire valley.
The company started up in December 2017, so it already has one flu season under its belt. It's ready for this next one.
“It’s growing fast, people are catching on,” Hamilton said.
The Southern Nevada Health District said flu season will peak in Las Vegas around January or February. This means there is still plenty of time to get vaccinated for the flu.
If you do end up getting sick, DispatchHealth can prescribe an antiviral if caught within 48 hours of onset.
“We have a rapid flu test that we can do. It takes about 15 minutes to get a good read on it,” said Hamilton.
DispatchHealth can do anything urgent care can do and it accepts most insurance. The cost is about the same as urgent care.
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