Record Year for Medavie Health Services for Residents of Saskatoon and Area
This year marks 45 years that Medavie (formerly Ambulance MD) has served the residents of Saskatoon and surrounding communities.
Medavie said 2021 has turned out to be a record year with record call volumes, record quantities of Narcan administered, constant changes to personal protective equipment requirements for paramedics, change issues supply with the pandemic, additional ambulances and the hiring of 24 additional paramedics.
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“COVID has been a challenge for everyone in the EMS industry, we still have not gone through this pandemic and we have seen that it is taking a toll on the residents of our communities that we serve,” said Medavie.
This year there were a total of 39,836 EMS responses, which is a 15% increase from 2020. Medavie says 604 doses of Narcan were administered in 2021, up from 460 in 2020. Medavie states that this does not include patients who received Narcan. before his arrival and some patients required multiple doses.
Two 24-hour ambulances were added to their fleet due to increased call volumes over several years. A 12 hour ambulance is now on duty to assist with response times in the Martensville, Warman and other northern communities.
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Medavie says 24 paramedics were hired in 2021, as well as a full-time paramedic for the Saskatoon Tribal Health Bus, which serves First Nations communities.
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âThe stress of being a paramedic has never been higher,â said Troy Davies, director of public affairs, Medavie Health Services West, in a press release. âWith higher call volumes, increased pressures with COVID, and calls associated with the pandemic (like mental health and addiction), our staff have never been so busy. We would like to thank the Ministry of Health and the Saskatchewan Health Authority for increasing the number of ambulances which allowed us to hire 24 additional paramedics in 2021.
Davies adds that they don’t expect their call volumes to drop anytime soon, so the additional ambulances have had an impact on their staff and response times.
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