Delayed ambulance response to lethal Sea to Sky crash an indication of a much bigger downside, ER nurse says – BC |

Delayed ambulance response to deadly Sea to Sky crash a sign of a bigger problem, ER nurse says - BC |

2021-07-13 07:23:19

An ER nurse who was one of many first on the scene of a lethal automobile crash on the Sea to Sky Freeway is including her voice to the refrain of complaints in regards to the state of BC Emergency Well being Companies.

Hailey Van Dyk got here throughout the accident on June 28 and located 4 folks severely injured. An off-duty paramedic additionally occurred upon the scene.

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Somebody referred to as 911, however Van Dyk says it took half-hour for an ambulance to reach, regardless of the very fact BCEHS was advised one particular person was in cardiac arrest.

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“I don’t suppose that anybody ought to have to attend half-hour for an ambulance in a vital state of affairs like that,” Van Dyk mentioned. “To me a cardiac arrest is the at the beginning precedence. That’s somebody dying, so half-hour simply appears completely unacceptable.”

It took an extra 10 minutes for a second ambulance to reach from Whistler so the primary ambulance wasn’t in a position to rush its affected person to hospital straight away.

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“The boy with the damaged again he went within the first ambulance however that crew stayed on scene to take care of the opposite affected person whereas we waited for the Whistler crew to get there,” Van Dyk mentioned. “So there was a good additional delay in that affected person attending to the hospital.”

Hailey says on any given day, there are two ambulances in Squamish however at occasions just one is out there between all of Pemberton and Squamish.

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“Our Squamish hospital doesn’t have a CT scanner, so for all of the mountain biking and all of the snowboarding and all loopy mountain adventures now we have up right here, if anybody has any sort of trauma we can not rule out a bleed within the mind or an inside harm. We’ve to ship them to town and so they need to go down by ambulance. So when that ambulance goes right down to town we’ve misplaced a automobile right here.

“There are days the place we’re already down a automobile, then we ship a automobile right down to town and we’ve acquired one ambulance crew for the entire hall.”

One of many victims within the crash, 17-year-old Alex Reyes, died of his accidents. Van Dyk doesn’t consider the ambulance delay contributed to Reyes’ loss of life, however she needs folks to know that with folks shifting to the world, which is a sizzling spot for leisure actions, there’s an elevated want for docs, nurses and ambulances.

In an announcement launched late Monday afternoon, B.C.’s well being ministry says its data point out the primary ambulance arrived on the scene inside 12 minutes after the primary name. It says it’s working to beat issues with B.C.’s ambulance service, that are the results of underfunding by the earlier authorities.

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