Today in question period Dr. David Swann is revealing startling numbers on EMS wait times linked to the Red Alerts Crisis.
“The latest AHS data indicates EMS staff wait a median time of 1 hour when transferring a patient in ER to the attending nurses – equivalent to just over $20 million dollars a year in lost time.”
“Paramedics spend more than 650,000 hours in ER awaiting patient transfer to nursing staff.”
Dr. Swann is calling upon the NDP government to reduce the transfer times in ER to reduce the number of Red Alerts, to ensure patient safety and decrease stress levels for beleaguered paramedics across the province.
“AHS has not made progress on this issue for over 5 years. AHS is failing Albertans.”