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Questions About the Lack of EMS Helos Remain

By Staff Writer | March 23, 2009

Emergency Medical Service

Questions still surround the death of a well-known Broadway actress, who died as a result of head injuries sustained in an accident last week. Ambulance operators report that it took four hours to get Natasha Richardson from Mont Tremblant, the site of the skiing accident, to a trauma center at Sacre-Coer hospital in Montreal 52 miles away. (The Toronto Globe and Mail newspaper reports that it took six hours.) The questions, however, revolve around why such a highly populated province as Quebec does not have emergency medical service helicopters as a regular part of its emergency evacuation system. EMS officials say such services are available in all other provinces and would have saved the 45-year old woman’s life by considerably reducing the transport times. Read the obituary

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