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Air Ambulance Systems and Night Vision Goggles: Why are we flying blind?


It was gratifying to learn that Ontario’s ambulance service, Ornge, is considering the use of night vision goggles to improve operational efficiency and crew and pastient safety.

Three provinces served by STARS (Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba) currently benefit from this technology.

Ontario’s “positive disposition” is welcomed, however, it does raise the question of what happens in the other provinces?

Nova Scotia and British Columbia have dedicated air ambulance services but do not use this technology. Other provinces have contracted services and similarly would not have the benefit. Why?

Rural Canadians represent 20% of the population and are over-represented in trauma mortality.

Why is there not a national, standardized approach to air ambulance services in Canada or for that matter even basic emergency service delivery?

A national vision and a strong federal presence is needed if Canada is to avoid this patchwork quilt of emergency care delivery.

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