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  1. Most of those 17,000 "critical" patients were not critical at all. Last year, there was something like 18,000 admissions to the system, and that includes everything from patients that are actually critically ill, all the way down to the milk run 300km trip to the nearest CT machine. Anyway, here are some more stats from I think 2006: 18,077 "Admissions" handled by 244 Flight Paramedics staffing 13 S-76As and 54 various fixed wing aircraft stationed at 26 different bases of operation covering 1 million square kilometers, home to 13 million people.
  2. I have a few unofficial details. Apparently the aircraft experienced a sudden loss of power at approx. 200 feet above ground and subsequently landed in some trees. From what I have heard, one of the medics has been released from the hospital already. The other medic has suffered a fracture somewhere in his lower spine. One of the pilots suffered a pneumothorax. I'm not sure what the status is on the second pilot. All of the above details have NOT been confirmed with any official source.
  3. OPP NEWS RELEASE ************************* Air ambulance crash - Snake Lake, Temagami TEMAGAMI, ON - Ontario Provincial Police are at the scene of an air ambulance crash on Snake Lake just north of Temagami. The Temiskaming OPP were contacted at approximately 9 p.m. on the 8th of February 2008 in regards to a snowmobile collision with a person having serious head injuries (struck a dock on Rib Lake). The driver of the snowmobile was subsequently transported to Temiskaming Hospital via ambulance with life-threatening injuries. At approximately 10:30 p.m. the responding Air Ambulance crashed a short distance from the helicopter pad near Snake Lake (Temagami). There were four occupants on board the helicopter at the time of the crash and all have been transported to Temiskaming Hospital. Two of the occupants of the helicopter are in serious condition. No names are available at this time. Further details to be released as they become available. The Transportation Safety Board of Canada has been notified and investigators will be attending the scene. ************************* Link Statement on CHL Air Ambulance Accident On Friday, February 8, 2008 at approximately 10:00 p.m., a Canadian Helicopters Limited (CHL) air ambulance helicopter from Sudbury was involved in an accident while approaching a helipad on Snake Island. The crew was en-route to meet a land ambulance when the accident occurred. There were four crew members on board the helicopter including two Ornge critical care paramedics and two CHL pilots. The crew was responding to a scene-call at the time of the accident. Cause of the accident is unknown and the Transportation Safety Board of Canada will be investigating and now has jurisdiction over the accident site. The medical transport of patients was not compromised during this incident. Ornge took all necessary steps to ensure there were aircraft and paramedics available to transport patients if needed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the paramedics and pilots involved in this accident. For media enquiries please call Christine Bujold at 416.531.7577 Link
  4. I can't help but get the feeling that there is some serious bias in this story. I'm not saying what you wrote didn't happen, but I get the impression that you're leaving some of the facts out. Is there anything else that you would care to share with the group?
  5. How can you all be overlooking that line? "For god's sake woman, he's a man, he's got a man cold!"
  6. I see turducken made the cloud...
  7. MSDeltaFlt gave a good summary of the concept. In addition to Ruffems suggestion, also try searching for "Ventilation Perfusion Mismatch". That will probably dig up a few more results then V/Q Matching or even V/Q Mismatch would. If you have any more specific questions, feel free to post them and we'll do our best to answer them! Welcome to the city
  8. Although this information is not RN specific it is still a valuable www.rollwithit.com
  9. Well my friend: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beaver_tail_%28pastry%29 and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poutine
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