Emergency Medical Service Chiefs of Canada (EMSCC)

Emergency Medical Service Chiefs of Canada (EMSCC)

April 27, 2009 13:00 ET

EMSCC: Paramedics Working to Keep Canadians Safe

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 27, 2009) - EMS Chiefs across Canada are working hand in hand with government and other responders to keep Canadians safe from a potential human swine flu outbreak.

"Since first learning that a number of cases of severe respiratory illness had been reported in south and central Mexico, Canada's EMS Chiefs have acted quickly to ensure safeguards are in place to mitigate any potential impact to Canadians," says Chief Bruce Farr, President of the Emergency Medical Service Chiefs of Canada.

Emergency Medical dispatchers are trained to question 9-1-1 callers to determine the presence of fever or shortness of breath and a history of recent travel. In all cases where patients screen positive for flu-like symptoms, information is documented and shared so all responders take necessary precautions and necessary steps are taken to protect Canadians.

Emergency Medical Services from across Canada will continuously monitor this developing situation through the use of our bio- surveillance system.

"Increases or changes in demand for service related to flu-like illness are flagged and reported to public health officials immediately for follow-up," says Chief Farr.

EMS Chiefs will continue to work with public health agencies, members of the National EMS Management Association of America, the National Academy of Emergency Medical Dispatch and other members of the medical community to share information and best practices in the management of this developing situation.

"Our first priority is the care and well-being of Canadians and we are ready to serve," adds Chief Farr.

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