CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. — 4 new ambulance items devoted to non-urgent transfers will hit the highway within the fall in an effort to liberate P.E.I.’s ambulance system for emergencies.
Well being P.E.I. stated the items won’t reply to emergency calls and can solely be utilized in non-emergency conditions, like strikes to and from well being amenities.
Presently, all affected person transfers – pressing or not – are accomplished utilizing ambulances staffed by two paramedics, the well being authority stated.
“Introducing ambulance switch items could have a serious optimistic affect on our Island health-care system,” stated Well being P.E.I. CEO Michael Gardam.
“A lot of our transfers don’t require a full paramedic crew, and this new service will allow extra paramedics to be on the highway, offering lifesaving care and vital service to Islanders.”
Well being P.E.I. estimates that as much as 60 per cent of sufferers per week might be transferred between well being amenities utilizing the devoted ambulance items.
The service will start utilizing present ambulance automobiles and can transition to automobiles particularly for non-urgent service sooner or later.
It is going to encompass two items working 5 days per week and two items working seven days per week.
Well being P.E.I. stated positions might be posted by Island EMS this week and as soon as employees are employed, the items might be operational later this fall.