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For details on the community events scheduled for Paramedic Services Week, please check out our Paramedic Services Week 2017 page.

 

Paramedic Push for Cardiology

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The gold standard of cardiac care means receiving treatment in a cardiac catheterization lab within 90 minutes of having a heart attack, yet every year, more than 3,500 Simcoe Muskoka heart patients must travel to centres outside the region for this lifesaving care.

In fact, Simcoe Muskoka is the only region in Ontario without advanced cardiac services.

A cardiac cath lab at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre in Barrie will allow for advanced cardiac diagnostics and interventions, providing patients access to faster treatment, a shorter hospital stay, less travel time, and most importantly, save lives!

Because of this, County of Simcoe Paramedic Services has joined forces with KICX 106 and 104.1 The DOCK to help bring a cath lab to RVH.

With $514,000 already raised thanks to the Radio for Cardiology Campaign (#R4C), the County’s Paramedic Push fundraiser (#paramedicpush) aims to "push" that total above the $1 million goal.

On June 1, County of Simcoe Paramedics will push a stretcher from Midland to Midhurst to raise money and awareness for this important cause .

For more information, or to help make a cardiac catheterization lab a reality by making a donation, please visit 104thedock.com or kicx106.com.

For the full poster details, please click here.  
 

Toy Drive

The annual County of Simcoe Paramedic Services Toy Drive benefits local children and families during the holiday season. Donations of new, unwrapped toys will be accepted at the County of Simcoe Administration Centre, 1110 Highway 26 in Midhurst between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and at all Simcoe County Paramedic stations, where outdoor drop boxes are now available.  Donations will also be collected at various parades and events across Simcoe County beginning November 12 until December 19, 2016. For more details, please visit the Toy Drive web page.

 

Rapid Response Units

 

What are Rapid Response Units (RRUs)?

RRU's are emergency response vehicles used by the County of Simcoe Paramedic Services to get paramedics to you quicker.  The RRU is not a traditional ambulance but a smaller vehicle such as a SUV that can more easily move through traffic and residential areas.  .  These units are staffed with one fully qualified and equipped paramedic who can undertake full paramedic care when they arrive at your emergency.   The RRU has all the same equipment on board, but no stretcher.


Why use RRUs

Traditional ambulances are staffed with two paramedics and transport patients to the hospital.   The transport of patients to the hospital can take the ambulance away their local areas.  They may at times need to spend varying periods of time at the hospital and once able to leave may be assigned another call which may keep them out of their local area for longer periods.  The RRU in contrast can respond to a call, Provide paramedic level care and begin treatment of patients prior to the arrival of the transport ambulance.  The RRU paramedic can transfer care of the patient to the transporting paramedics and remain in the area for the next call. 


Where are they?

You may now be seeing more of these RRU's in your communities as they are deployed to have a local presence and improve response times.  In 2017, the County of Simcoe Paramedic Services deployed RRU’s into Oro-Medonte, Ramara and Tiny Township to compliment the RRU’s already operating in Barrie, Alcona and Penetanguishene.  


Heart and Stroke - New Signs of Stroke Campaign

The Heart and Stroke Foundation (HSF) has recently announced a new and enhanced signs of stroke campaign which encourages Canadians to recognize the signs of stroke and act FAST.

FACE is it drooping?

ARMS can you raise both?

SPEECH is it slurred or jumbled?

TIME to call 9-1-1 right away.

Act FAST because the quicker you act, the more of the person you save.

For information on this campaign please visit, www.heartandstroke.ca/FAST

 


 

 

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