Province invests in new ambulance technology

Colin MacLean
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CHARLOTTETOWN – P.E.I. has invested in new technology designed to give heart attack patients an improved survival rate.

Island EMS ambulance

All ambulances in the province were recently equipped with gear that allows emergency department doctors to monitor the electrical activity of a patient’s heart while they’re on the way to the hospital.

Summerside’s Prince County Hospital has this technology installed in early November and Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown is getting it this week.

“For our emergency department team to be able to see

first-hand the ECG readouts in real-time improves the efficiency and effectiveness of potentially life-saving care that the patient receives upon arrival at the hospital,” said Jamie MacDonald, Health PEI executive director of provincial clinical services.

“We know that time to treatment is a critical element in our efforts to reduce adverse outcomes. This announcement reinforces the importance of calling 9-1-1 when a person thinks they or their loved one may be experiencing a heart attack.”

Health Minister Doug Currie added that ambulance services are an important part of his government’s plan for healthcare on the Island.

“Emergency services are a vital component of our health

service delivery and we continue to work with Island EMS to improve access to ambulance services,” said Currie.

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