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Heart Attack in Small E. Iowa town

My story takes place in the present - during the winter of 2009-10 - and is set in the small east Iowa town of Hopkinton - population 641.

Scenario: My main characters are in the process of interviewing an elderly woman in her home when she has a heart attack.

I did a search on heart attacks and CPR because I figured that both of my characters would need to know CPR due to the fact that their job is rather dangerous. But what else could they do? Hopkinton doesn’t have a hospital and when I did a Google search on the town, it said that the nearest hospital/medical center was the Regional Medical Center of NE Iowa, which is said to be a 25-bed acute care facility located in Manchester which is roughly fifteen miles from Hopkinton.

If they called, would the hospital send an ambulance or perhaps a helicopter? And would at least one of the characters (not a relative) be allowed to go with her? Or would they have to drive her to the hospital, calling ahead to let them know the situation and that they were on the way?

I’m not sure exactly what facilities the hospital in Manchester has, but St. Luke in Cedar Rapids is supposed to be one of the nation’s top heart hospitals (at least according to the site). Is it possible that the woman would be transferred there when she became stable?

Any help would be appreciated.
Tags: usa: health care and hospitals, usa: iowa, ~medicine: emts/paramedics
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