How long on average do the crews spend waiting in an ER to handoff a patient during a typical shift?


Family member that's a paramedic mentioned the other day if their first call requires a handoff, it's probably the only call they respond to that shift.


Yeah, I heard that on the radio the other day and that's fucking crazy. There must be some way to resolve that.


Same number of ambulances, more EMTs, and a staging area at the hospital. You put the ambulances into a vehicle pool. You offload the patient with an EMT, return and a different EMT takes the vehicle and returns it to use. Why we park the bus with the patient, I have no idea.


When I went about 5/6 hours. There were two patients that were there before me and were still waiting for handoff when I got a bed.


On Sunday night, one of my grandparents was taken into the hospital via Ambulance at 1am and waited in handoff for almost 4 hours before getting a room, and a a family member could accompany them.


Anywhere from a few minutes to several hours.


"pushing new grads to be put along side experienced paramedics as soon as possible" Perhaps EMCI should let licensed PCPs apply for positions outside of their 4 hiring blocks per year.


>The union estimates there are 220 members on leave for short or long-term disability claims. I thought there were only 1100-1200 paramedics in the province? That disability rate seems anomolously high. Is it the job or our culture of government assistance abuse or a potent combo that has created this?


Both. Paramedics can easily sustain physical injury at work, in addition to severe psychological stress. Add to that the long hours, shift work, dealing with abuse from patients, etc. Oh, and in NS we pay them terribly