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Friday, 10 June 2011 10:13

New ambulance purchased for Maple Creek area

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Courtesy Cypress Health
The Cypress Health Region has added a new ambulance to service the Maple Creek area, adding increased reliability to its vital fleet of Emergency Medical Services vehicles.


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Bob Lang from Demers Ambulance Manufacturer in Saskatoon presents the keys to the new ambulance to Karyn Steinke, Regional EMS Operations Manager for Cypress Health.


The ambulance will be used for transfers in Maple Creek until it is properly broken in.  Once conditioned, it will be used as the primary first response vehicle in Maple Creek and surrounding areas.  It replaces the oldest ambulance unit in Maple Creek which will now act as a spare ambulance reserved for Mass Casualty Incidents.  
 
Each year the fleet of ambulances in Maple Creek travels approximately 75,000
kilometers in response to emergency calls and performing patient transfers.  More than 500,000 kilometers are travelled by EMS vehicles in the Cypress Health Region each year.
 
“Any time an emergency presents itself it is important that we respond immediately. 
Having new equipment allows our fleet of EMS vehicles to continue to travel promptly and reliably with the latest technologies that help improve the patient experience and provide a more comfortable ride,” said Karyn Steinke, Regional EMS Operations Manager for Cypress Health.
 
In addition to providing reliability, the ambulance also has new features that will improve the experience to patients and EMS staff.  It has a larger patient compartment with better lighting and quick, easy access to storage cabinets.  This ambulance is the first in the region to feature a gas engine.  A gas engine reduces maintenance costs and increases the availability of local mechanics that are properly trained for servicing ambulance units.
 
The new ambulance was purchased at a cost of $119,130 through capital equipment dollars funded by the Ministry of Health.  The cost was also offset by a $10,000 contribution from donations received for capital equipment purchases in the community of Maple Creek.
 
Each year the Cypress Health Region produces a prioritized list of its capital equipment needs.  Some of the highest priority items are purchased through the fundraising efforts of the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation Inc. and funding received from the Ministry of Health, such as this ambulance.  Other capital equipment purchases are made available thanks to financial resources provided by community trust advisory committees, fundraising efforts by local service groups and individual donations, and additional dollars realized by operational budget surpluses that occur.
 
In October 2009 a provincial review of Emergency Medical Services in Saskatchewan was conducted.  The review determined that investments into EMS infrastructure were required to maintain the vision of EMS service delivery in Saskatchewan.  For more information on the 2009 EMS Review please visit www.health.gov.sk.ca/ems-review.



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