Critical Condition Investigation

Dam Helicopter’s newest helicopters can hold two patients and one medical attendant. (Betsy Kline/Castlegar News)

Dam Helicopters expanding air ambulance capabilities for Castlegar area

Dunc Wassick is trying to bring helicopter air ambulance services to the West Kootenay.

 

FILE — Ninety per cent of rural Alberta municipalities help fund STARS air ambulance. (File)

Helicopter non-profit looks to fill rural B.C. service gaps

TEAAM is a group of paramedics and doctors providing advanced care in difficult to access locations.

 

FILE — Paramedics Suzie Cameron and Kathy Crandlemire are currently training to deliver BC Emergency Health Services’ (BCEHS) new community paramedicine program in Sicamous. (Black Press)

Exploring the path to healing

BCEHS is looking at several ways to improve service including its Action Plan.

 

John White: We need more than a bandage for this wound

John White: We need more than a bandage for this wound

It does nothing to address the lack of actual ambulances in the West Kootenay.

John White: We need more than a bandage for this wound
Mike Lamacchia, Vice President Operations for Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service (STARS)

STARS could work in B.C. in time

Experts say it would take a significant political push and a hybrid approach to launch STARS in B.C.

Mike Lamacchia, Vice President Operations for Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service (STARS)
UPDATED: No added hours with new paramedic positions for Castlegar

UPDATED: No added hours with new paramedic positions for Castlegar

BCEHS announced the addition of three full-time paramedic positions for Castlegar this week.

UPDATED: No added hours with new paramedic positions for Castlegar
Better pre-hospital care could save treatment costs in long run

Better pre-hospital care could save treatment costs in long run

The yearly cost of injury exceeds $2.8 billion according to Provincial Health Services Authority.

Better pre-hospital care could save treatment costs in long run
B.C.’s air ambulance system consists of four helicopters, not enough to cover all of the province. (Colleen Flanagan/Black Press)

Personal stories offer insight into why change is needed

One woman shared her family’s experience after her mother became ill in 2016.

B.C.’s air ambulance system consists of four helicopters, not enough to cover all of the province. (Colleen Flanagan/Black Press)
Ninety per cent of rural Alberta municipalities help fund STARS air ambulance. (File photo by Advocate staff)

John White: Looking to the STARS for a solution

B.C. just needs to reach out to get the ball rolling

Ninety per cent of rural Alberta municipalities help fund STARS air ambulance. (File photo by Advocate staff)
Photo courtesy of Criti Care.

Policy prevents advanced paramedic care in rural areas

Advanced Care Paramedics (ACP) in rural communities are not allowed to practice at that level.

Photo courtesy of Criti Care.
Advanced Care Paramedics. (BCEHS photo)

Is there hope beyond Hope?

“As a government, Premier Horgan is committed to improving the ambulance service.”

Advanced Care Paramedics. (BCEHS photo)
Reports support claims of subpar care

Reports support claims of subpar care

The Auditor General of B.C. is working on the second audit of BCEHS.

Reports support claims of subpar care
STARS operates 11 helicopters in Alberta and flew more than 1,500 missions during the last fiscal year. (Todd Colin Vaughan/Black Press)

‘People are dying from treatable medical conditions’

The B.C. Auditor General and the Ombudsman for Forest Safety have produced critical reports.

STARS operates 11 helicopters in Alberta and flew more than 1,500 missions during the last fiscal year. (Todd Colin Vaughan/Black Press)