Barry’s Bay woman dies due to ORNGE delay? … 2nd in a week?

Posted: May 15, 2012 in Uncategorized

For small Rural Towns in Ontario the one main thing that most hold dear to their hearts is the availability of Health Care when needed. Barry’s Bay Ontario is one such town.

With only a population of about 900 people it services one of the largest Counties in Canada with a hospital that has improved and been kept viable and extremely successful in making local people feel secure that will get immediate Health Care.  If St. Francis Hospital can’t handle the case then people are routinely transferred to Ottawa for more specialized care which is a land trip of about 1 3/4 hours!

In case of a rare emergency we used to depend on the Air Ambulance Service and that just reassured the residents that they would be getting care within a reasonable time period!

NOT ANY MORE!

Under Deb Matthews and McGuinty’s watch their Government created ORNGE Ambulance service has been exposed as probably the worst tax payer rip -off that would make the E Health scandal look like a fairy tale.

Now people are DYING through inadequacies in the system at ORNGE and good old Deb is going to ask for another study for the latest death last week of a local woman who had to wait over 6 hours for a helicopter even though a land ambulance was standing by waiting to take her for a 13/4 hour ride!

This is as close to being a homicide as one can get!

Woman dies after long ORNGE ambulance delay, family says

May 15/2012 Tanya Talaga and Richard Brennan

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It took more than six hours for ORNGE to figure out if land or air ambulance would pick up a critically ill Barry’s Bay woman and transport her to an Ottawa hospital, her family says.

Last Wednesday, Judy Dearman lay in a Barry’s Bay hospital waiting to be transferred to Ottawa, said her husband Clyde Dearman.

But confusion as to when and how his wife would be transported to a large urban hospital prevented her from getting the care she needed, he said.

“The thing is, she lay there for six hours,” Dearman said. Barry’s Bay is in the Madawaska Valley, two hours west of Ottawa. “It was ridiculous. It was too long a wait.”

This is the second time in a week ORNGE has been unable to respond quickly to an emergency call, charged Progressive Conservative MPP Frank Klees in the legislature on Tuesday.

ORNGE is conducting an internal investigation into the Ottawa-area transport and will divulge what it discovers with the Ministry of Health, said James MacDonald, a spokesperson with the air ambulance service.

Lack of staff to fly or respond to calls and maintenance problems with some aircraft has been a consistent issue brought up during the all-party legislative hearings probing ORNGE, a government-funded agency under fire for its business dealings and patient safety.

In Stouffville last week, ORNGE was unable to send a helicopter to a serious car accident because of a lack of staff. In this latest incident, shortly after noon on Wednesday, the medical staff at Barry’s Bay hospital called every 15 minutes looking for transportation, said Dearman, whose wife was suffering from an infection after a colonoscopy.

By mid-afternoon, a local land ambulance was just about to take Dearman to Ottawa when ORNGE called and said she should remain in Barry’s Bay, as they were sending air transport.

After driving to Ottawa, he was told to head back to Barry’s Bay because his wife never left. When he was nearly home, he was told to turn around and head to The Ottawa Hospital.

Eventually, an ORNGE air ambulance did show up along with a land ambulance, said Klees.

But by the time Dearman arrived at hospital at 9 p.m. on Wednesday she was barely conscious and experiencing kidney failure. She died Friday.

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