Unpublished letter to the Editor, Toronto Star re Ornge
I have very much appreciated your indepth coverage of the issues that have apparently plagued Ontario’s air ambulance service, Ornge.
As a frontline emergency health provider I can attest to some general dissaftisfaction with respect to the responsiveness of the organization. In terms of trauma case we no longer rely on Ornge as land transfer is faster and more reliable.
This is a shame in that Ornge held out such promise initially.
Now, in addition to service issues, we all learn of equally troubling safety issues that can affect both crew and patients and their families.
Ontario with it’s great swath of rural landscape, with the province in early darkness for half the year and with 20% of its population being both rural and overrepresented in trauma mortality, we need a world class aeromedical evacuation system.
Many air ambulance systems around the world use night vision goggles to maximize operational efficiency and enhance crew safety. Why don’t we?
What can Ornge learn from the highly successful STARS program that effectively provides coverage to Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba?
Whatever happened to the commissioned report from Drs. Tallon and Dreyer with respect to Ornge related patient deaths?
Much more needs to be asked and acted upon to give Ontarians thesservice it demands.
The one bright spot in this dismal litany of errors is the recent appointment of Dr. Andrew McCallum as Ornge’s new chief. I have every confidence that in due time he will turn this organization around to make it the service it needs to be,
Alan Drummond MD