Several Expert Panel Recommendations Already Implemented; Others
TORONTO, July 15, 2013 /CNW/ - Ornge, Ontario's provider of air
ambulance and related services, welcomes the release of the Expert
Panel Report from the Office of the Chief Coroner, and is affirming its
commitment to act on the recommendations.
"I want to thank the members of the Expert Panel for their thorough and
thoughtful review," said Dr. Andrew McCallum, President and CEO of
Ornge. "This report provides much valuable insight into ways we can
improve patient care, and we are continuing to work on making the
necessary changes to our operations."
Considerable progress has already been made in the areas identified by
the Panel, such as decision making, response processes, and
aircraft/equipment. Many of the panel's recommendations have either
been implemented or are in progress. Among them:
Installation of the AW139 helicopter interim medical interior to ensure
CPR can be performed in the aircraft and to ensure stretcher does not
jam during loading and unloading from helicopter;
New examination and certification process for Communications Officers in
the Operations Control Centre to improve decision making and
Revised helicopter "autolaunch" policy for on-scene response to ensure
aircraft launches immediately following a weather check;
"A number of the issues raised by the Coroner had been brought to our
attention by frontline staff, and we took steps to act upon these prior
to the release of the Coroner's report. The recommendations from the
expert panel will build upon this work," said Dr. McCallum.
In August 2012, the Office of the Chief Coroner established an Expert
Panel to review deaths in which issues pertaining to air ambulance
transport may have affected the outcome, and to identify themes and
recommendations aimed at improving care and preventing similar deaths
in the future. Ornge cooperated fully with this review.
Ornge will report back to the Office of the Chief Coroner in the coming
months on the progress made on the recommendations.
Ornge, a not-for-profit organization, coordinates all aspects of
Ontario's air ambulance system, the critical care land transport
program, paediatric transport program and the authorization of air and
land ambulance transfers between hospitals.
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