Air ambulance paramedic describes ‘overwhelming’ conditions – CBC

Transfer of COVID-19 patients between regions creating unprecedented demand

Apr 28, 2021

An Ottawa paramedic with Ornge air ambulance says the unprecedented demand to transfer patients with COVID-19 to different hospitals is creating “overwhelming” working conditions for staff.

“There [are] days where you’re in a small room in a corner and you’re crying because it got really real or it got close to home,” Natalie Lavergne, a paramedic with Ornge, a non-profit organization providing land and air ambulance service in Ontario.

“There’s other days where someone you thought was never going to pull through pulls through,” she said on CBC Radio’s Ottawa Morning on Tuesday.

As of Tuesday, 875 people with COVID-19-related illnesses were being treated in Ontario’s ICUs, with 589 of those requiring a ventilator. Most patients are being transferred from the Greater Toronto Area to hospitals with ICU capacity, including hospitals in Ottawa.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/ornge-unprecedented-demand-1.6003870

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