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EHS Under Fire for Emergency Response Times
Bill Martin
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EHS Under Fire for Emergency Response Times

COVID SAFETY PROTOCOL ADDS TO EMERGENCY DELAYS

The death of a woman in Bass River continues to fuel debate over the efficiency of emergency services.

The grieving husband says he performed CPR as best he could while waiting eighty minutes for paramedics. Instead of empathy, EHS argued over the response time.

Aggravating the question is that Medical First Responders (MFRs) with the Bass River Fire Department — about two minutes away — were not called. In fact, as a response to COVID-19 precautions, firefighters are no longer paged for medical emergencies.

The sad event in Bass River has focussed harsh criticism on EHS services which has responded by saying they are short-staffed and paramedics are overworked and not properly compensated.

While more paramedics, ambulances, and EHS stations would certainly help, additional funding is not the only solution. A change in hospital protocol and a return to emergency support from the fire service would dramatically reduce wait times.

Ambulance personnel are regularly detained at hospitals. Current regulations require paramedics to wait with their patients until they are formally handed off within the hospital emergency department, usually to attending physicians. However, that wait is usually long, sometimes many hours of simply waiting in the ER. It is not uncommon to see numerous ambulances lined up at the emergency entrance with some paramedics waiting through an entire shift.

If emergency departments changed policy to quickly accept ambulance parents, the EHS personnel could return to active service.

Meanwhile, fire departments across the province have members specifically trained in emergency medical services. However, they have been ordered to stand down during the coronavirus pandemic as a protective measure to limit the spread of COVID-19.

EHS personnel are now going about the province to train MFRs in COVID related safety protocols, including how to fit a mask. Reports of the training implied that paramedics were training firefighters to help in emergencies, in fact, MFRs are already equipped and the current training is limited to COVID safety.

Officials claim the training effort will take a few months and then the stand down oder could be lifted. However, instead of reaching all MFRs, only six will be trained in each department, a fact that shows little understanding of the nature of volunteer services, especially in rural areas.

Cumberland County Council is concerned about the delay in EHS response and urges a return to back-up service from Medical First Responders.

Deputy Mayor Kathy Redmond raised the issue with council and will lead an effort to have the province change its current policy to improve response times. Redmond noted the current practice may work in urban areas but it shows a lack of understanding of real life practice in rural Nova Scotia.

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Radio This Week

Event List
Wednesday, April 14, 2021 8:45 AM

Tory Rushton, MLA for Cumberland South, live on Morning Talk each Wednesday at 8:45 am.

Thursday, April 15, 2021 9:45 AM

Mark Collins chatting about faith, live on Morning Talk each Thursday at 9:45 am.

Sunday, April 18, 2021 2:00 PM

Eric MacEwen hosts a special replay of Saturday Night in a Harbour Town with unique stories and traditional East Coast music every Sunday at 2:00 pm.

Events This Week

Monday, April 12, 2021 10:00 AM

Walk and Talk every Monday and Wednesday at the Wentworth Recreation Centre.

Monday, April 12, 2021 7:00 PM

The monthly meeting of the Pugwash Village Commission at the Village Hall.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 12:00 PM

Baked Fresh Wednesday in support of Big Lake Camp. Click HERE for details and to order before Wednesday.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 6:00 PM

Pugwash Fire Department Toonie Draw, the 50/50 community fundraiser. Click HERE for details.

Thursday, April 15, 2021 7:00 PM

Bingo at the Wentworth Recreation Centre. Limited to the first 50 people. Public health rules in place.

Saturday, April 17, 2021 3:00 PM

Chase the Ace at the Pugwash Legion, now open on Saturdays.

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