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Review of Ornge Air Ambulance Transport Related Deaths

Review of Ornge Air Ambulance Transport Related Deaths

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Published by Gillian Grace
Office of the Chief Coroner for Ontario
Office of the Chief Coroner for Ontario

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Published by: Gillian Grace on Jul 15, 2013
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Review of Ornge Air Ambulance TransportRelated Deaths
Oce of the Chief Coroner for Ontario
July 2013
 
 This report is available in an alternative accessible ormat on the Oce o the Chie Coroner Publications webpage.
 
Dear Ontarians,
 It is our privilege to submit this report on the review o deaths in which concerns related to air ambulance transportwere identied. The Expert Panel makes 25 recommendations in the areas o:
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Decision Making
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Response Process
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International Transports
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Communication
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Aircrat/Equipment
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Stang
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Paramedic Training/Education/Certication
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Investigation/Quality Assurance This Review arises rom concerns expressed by Ontarians regarding our air ambulance system, and specically,whether operational issues related to air transport might have caused or contributed to a atal outcome in somecases. The motto o the Oce o the Chie Coroner is, “We Speak or the Dead to Protect the Living;” thereore, theseconcerns were reviewed and addressed with the utmost diligence by the Oce o the Chie Coroner.It is our hope that this report and its recommendations will give voice to those who have lost their lives, and thatrom the tragedy o their deaths may come hope or a saer Ontario in which its citizens receive the highest possiblelevel o care.We would be remiss i we did not take this opportunity to acknowledge and mourn the our Ornge crew memberswho lost their lives in a helicopter crash near Moosonee, Ontario in late May, 2013. Their deaths serve as a reminderto all Ontarians o the dedication and proessionalism demonstrated every day by Ornge’s paramedics, pilotsand ight operations and administrative staf, and their commitment to the provision o excellent air ambulanceservices to the people o Ontario.Sincerely,Craig Muir, BSc (Hons), MD, FRCP(C), FACSRegional Supervising CoronerChair – Ornge Air Ambulance Review

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