“The new stroke ambulance being deployed by Alberta Health Services (AHS) is a great example of different health care experts working together to improve the care Albertans receive.” — Mike Parker, HSAA President
Edmonton (22 Nov. 2016) — Members of several professional health care disciplines belonging to the Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA/NUPGE) are involved in the work being done by Canada’s first custom-built, specialized stroke ambulance now on Edmonton area streets.
New ambulance allows health care team to treat stroke patients prior to arriving at hospital
“The new stroke ambulance being deployed by Alberta Health Services (AHS) is a great example of different health care experts working together to improve the care Albertans receive,” says Mike Parker, President of the HSAA/NUPGE, the union of health care professionals, which represents about 25,000 people.
The ambulance is designed to treat stroke patients before they arrive at the hospital. It is staffed by a medical radiation technologist and two paramedics (all HSAA/NUPGE members) and has a mobile CT scanner, as well as video and audio equipment. Diagnostic information obtained in the ambulance is available to hospital staff, who include more HSAA/NUPGE members.
HSAA/NUPGE proud to be a part of health collaboration to improve health care
“HSAA/NUPGE members are delighted to be working together and with other health care professionals to be improving the treatment and outcomes of people suffering from strokes. This will be particularly good for people living in rural areas,” says Parker.
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 370,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. NUPGE