24h Montréal – Actualités – Des évacuations médicales aériennes partout au Québec

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Terrific news for the safety of all Quebecers – well at least those that can afford it, privately.


AirMedic will begin offering medical evacuation by Air Ambulance helicopters in all regions of Quebec by the end of June, according to its president, Christian Trudeau.


AirMedic will operate out of four bases in Quebec and have a plane and “several helicopters.”


“What we offer is comprehensive coverage throughout the province. If you are injured, you call us and we will pick you up,” said Trudeau.


Areas inaccessible or difficult to access by land or sea, as the mining camps that spring forth with various projects related to Northern Plan, the company very interested.


The company plans to offer medevac two types of subscriptions. The first, for individuals, would be around $ 120 per year for hunters and outdoor enthusiasts for example. To obtain service, however should a GPS phone outside cellular coverage areas.


The second type of subscription, “corporate”, propose to outfitters or administrators controlled zones to register for their members. The mining would also be very interested, according to Mr. Trudeau. “We have vendors that deal specifically with that,” he said.


“We propose to mine site employees of 500 or 600 packages per person. That’s how we approach them, “he added saying that the field of medical evacuation is” really in development “with the construction of new roads in remote areas.


This is the businessman Stephan Huot, well known in the Quebec region and chairman of the holding company Capital HELiPRO, AirMedic shareholder, who is behind the project.


24h Montréal – Actualités – Des évacuations médicales aériennes partout au Québec.


Quebecers short-changed in pre-hospital emergency medical care

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April 3, 2009

Montreal Gazette
Letters to the editor (published Apr. 4, 2009)

Re: MDs call for air ambulance, Gazette, April 2, 2009

Why is it that Quebecers continue to be short changed when it comes to pre-hospital emergency medical care? Calls for air ambulance helicopters for major trauma and medical emergencies in rural areas has been going on for 20 years or more but we still have none in Quebec. The life-saving skills of advanced care paramedics is undeniable, unless you live in Quebec.

And why aren’t helmets mandatory for cyclists, or for skiers, when they are proven to reduce the risk of traumatic brain injury by 80%. The prevention of injury and reduction in visits to already crowded emergency departments and hospitalization would result in huge savings to taxpayers and would ease the burden on our over-stretched health care system.

Quebec prides itself in leadership and innovation yet trails far behind in pre-hospital emergency medical care and preparedness. Time to play catch up right now. Air ambulances, advanced care paramedics, helmets and wide-spread education in cardio-pulmonary resuscitation all save lives. Time to invest where it really counts.  Our lives depend on it.

Glenn J. Nashen
City Councillor (Public Safety)
Cote Saint-Luc

Postscript:  I have been advocating for legalization of paramedics in Quebec for 30 years.  Despite the widespread use of the word “paramedic” in Quebec over the last few years the province still does not permit ambulance technicians to perform advanced life support as in nearly all other jurisdictions across North America.

In the mid-90s I worked with then MNA Robert Libman to introduce helicopter air ambulances.  We asked the government to implement such a critical service but 15 years later the same questions are being asked.

Cotes Saint-Luc became the first municipality in Canada to legislate the wearing of bike helmets when I introduced this life-saving proposition.  This law has since spread widely across Canada but is still not mandatory here in Quebec.

Search this blog for more on paramedics, bike helmets and emergency medical services.

If you want to make a difference please call or write to your Member of the Quebec National Assembly and ask for support in legalizing advanced care paramedics, launching an air ambulance helicopter service and requiring all cyclists and skiers to wear a helmet.