EMS Saves another life

EMS Saves another life
CÔTE SAINT-LUC, JULY 7, 2006  - Côte Saint-Luc Emergency Medical Services was credited yesterday, once again, with saving a life.
A 9-1-1 emergency call was received Thursday afternoon for an unstable anaphylactic patient stung by a bee.  The caller gave an address on Blossom Avenue misdirecting the EMS and Urgences Santé ambulance crews.  When the additional information came in indicating the call was at the Meadowbrook Golf course, a second EMS crew responded, and arrived first to find an unresponsive patient and administered epinephrine by epi-pen.

The Urgences Santé ambulance response was delayed due to the incorrect address.
With the rapid intervention of Cote Saint-Luc EMS a life was saved.
One hour after the call Urgences Santé and hospital staff called EMS to congratulate the crews for the excellent intervention and for saving the patient's life.

“We are very pleased with the rapid care provided by our EMS crews,” said Mayor Anthony Housefather.  “EMS is an outstanding service that must be preserved in the future,” the Mayor said.
“Our EMS volunteers are outstanding first responders, highly trained in lifesaving techniques,” said Public Safety Councillor Glenn J. Nashen.  “They continue to prove themselves each and every day and we are grateful for their dedication and professionalism,“ Nashen said, adding that residents must speak up in order to ensure that the Montreal agglomeration and the provincial government continue to allow Cote Saint-Luc EMS to serve as the First-Responder service for Cote Saint-Luc when the island-wide Fire Department begins responding to medical emergencies in the next few years.  It is projected that Fire Department First-Responders will have a 6-minute or more response time, when the nearest station is available to answer a call.
EMS is currently in a recruitment campaign to train new volunteers. “If you care about your community and want to work with a team who knows how to keep their cool while helping others in need, then come find out all the details at our information meeting on July 11 at 18h00,” said Stephane Kallos, Director of CSL EMS.  The information meeting takes place at 8100 Côte Saint-Luc Rd.
Cote Saint-Luc’s volunteer EMS is a first responder service that responds to medical emergencies within its territory.  Calls are received through 9-1-1 and EMS volunteers are dispatched simultaneously with Urgences Santé ambulances.  While ambulance response time in Cote Saint-Luc stands at an average of 10 minutes, EMS crews arrive in approximately 3 minutes and immediately put their life saving skills to good use.  Last year, EMS volunteers responded to 3000 calls.
For more information about joining CSL EMS please call 514-485-6956.



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