RTs can do resuscitation

June 8, 2006

winnipegsun.com – Tom Brodbeck – Crisis at Seven Oaks
But the hospital couldn’t find a qualified ER doctor to fill the shift and had to make do with a family physician instead. Because family physicians are usually unable to handle more serious ER cases, the hospital also planned last night to divert all red and amber ambulance cases to other hospitals, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority spokeswoman Heidi Graham said.

An extra ambulance was added to last night’s shift to help handle the load, said Graham.

Meanwhile, the hospital had to staff the ER with a respiratory therapist to handle resuscitation cases because family doctors don’t do resuscitation, according to the WRHA.

Score one for the RTs!

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