By David H Goldstein, B.Sc. (Health Education), REMTA
There is an increasing demand for the implementation of improved, up-to-date training and equipment for ground ambulance services across Canada. However, before this can be achieved, it is essential to review the current levels of these services. This paper present the results of a survey designed to examine the ambulance ;legislation concerning standards for training and equipment and data on funding presently available within each of the Canadian provinces.
Equipment standards were compared with those of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACSCT). The user’s costs were compared province by province, based on a standardized call distance.
The findings showed widely divergent standards in existing training. Legislated or recommended equipment standard in Canada did not meet ACSCT standards for basic life support medical and rescue equipment. The data suggested that there was little correlation between funding and quality of service.
Survey took place from May 15 to December 15, 1978
Canadian Ground Ambulance Services: provincial funding and standards for equipment and training
CMA Journal September 6, 1980 /Vol. 123
David H. Goldstein, Bsc, REMT-A