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NorthWest MedStar welcomed the public to take a look at their new place in Richland

RICHLAND, Wash. - When you are seriously hurt and need to be flown to a hospital in either Spokane or Seattle every minute counts.

NorthWest MedStar transports area victims and recently needed to expand.

Their local station is near the Richland Airport.

Today they welcomed the public to take a look at their new place.

Peggy Hensley is a nurse with NorthWest MedStar.  She said they see a little bit of everything, "pelvic fractures, we've seen nasty ones, lots of motorcycles, a couple of really bad burns, we've done camp fires and kids and fires don't always mix well.  They run right through them."

Hensley has been a nurse for 17 years.  She said there is a lot to do when transporting a victim.  She said,  "Mentally you've got to prepare yourself with your IV fluids, your IV set ups, you try to be ready for anything you're going to encounter, but you have to be aware of your landing zone."

NorthWest MedStar has been serving the Tri-Cities and surrounding area for three years.

Today they opened their doors to let the public get a look at what they do.  They use a small, twin engine plane and a helicopter to transport people in our area.  They usually make at least two flights a day.

Hensley said some patients are more concerned about getting on board.  She said "sometimes it's not their injuries it's their fear of flying that becomes an issue."  

NorthWest MedStar representatives said they have seen a rise in motorcycle accidents because more people are buying them with the high costs of gas.

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