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We want you to know that PaBIA continues to work behind the scenes to develop viable options going forward for Medical emergencies in the PaB area. We are fortunate to have both the Nursing Station and the EMS Ambulance at PaB Station during the day.
If you are not sure you have an emergency,
you may want to call Telehealth Ontario
or make an appointment at the nursing station.
1. Telehealth Ontario
is a free, confidential service you can call to get health advice or information.
- A Registered Nurse will take your call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It is only a phone service, not email.
- Anybody can use it.
- They may ask you for a health card number but it is unlikely.
- Telehealth Ontario nurses will not diagnose your illness or give you medicine. They will direct you to the most appropriate level of care or may put you in contact with a health professional who can advise you on your next steps.
- Toll-free: 1-866-797-0000; Toll-free TTY: 1-866-797-0007
2. PaBIA’s Marine Patrollers, Nate and Emma, are on the water and available to assist 8:30 – 5:00 pm every day except Wednesdays.
3. Write down
the following numbers and keep them in a note in your phone/ in your contacts/by your phone.
- Emergency dial 911
- Marine Patrol (On the water 8:30 – 5 p.m.) 705-773-9283 not available on Wednesdays)
- Telehealth Ontario (nurse 24/7) 1-866-797-0000
- Nursing station (open M-F; 8-3:30 pm) 705-366-2376
If you have a true emergency consider the following:
Until another program is instituted, you are the ‘First Responder’ on your island. What will you do?
- FIRST: Call 911 should you have need for the EMS…and the dispatcher will guide you.
- SECOND: Consider how the injured/sick islander will get to the station because YOU must be responsible, in most cases, for getting the patient to the station where the EMS/Ambulance can meet you.
- Consider HOW you will get the patient to the station:
- Consider WHO you would call to assist getting the patient medical attention and/or to the station
Please know that the ambulance stationed in PaB close by the Nursing Station operates in a broader locale than just PaB. If the ambulance with the EMTs is not in PaB at the time of the emergency, the 911 operators will let you know the ETA of the vehicle.
PaBIA’s Practical Suggestions:
- Suggest a neighborhood watch program such that you contact your neighbors on the Bay NOW to discuss how you might help each other in case of an emergency.
- Create a written Emergency Procedure Instruction Sheet for your island preferably posted on the refrigerator so all family, friends and renters have access to it and know it is there.
- Include what your island number is (which should also be posted on the end of your dock). If possible write down your GPS Co-ordinates. If you have trouble getting this information, contact Marine Patrol.
- List how you would go about getting someone to the mainland at night. Write down important names, numbers and 911.
- If somebody has a complicated medical history on your island (pregnant, allergy, past medical history (eg previous stroke, heart attack, recent surgery, multiple medications, etc.) it is a good idea to document this (while respecting privacy) so if there is an emergency this can be communicated.
- Have on hand
- First Aid Kit (consider gauze, steri-strips, ibuprofen/acetaminophen, tensor bandage, tape, coban wrap, antihistamine, antibiotic ointment, low dose aspirin (81 mg) for heart attacks, sling, band aids, tweezers, scissors, instant cold packs, soap or hand sanitizer, petroleum jelly, eye antibiotic ointment, hydrocortisone cream, and an epi pen if prescribed). All these are available over the counter except the epi pen.
- Possibly a portable stretcher that would fit in your boat.
- Flares or flags to mark your dock if medical help was coming to you at night by air or boat
CPR and/or standard first aid or arrange to take a CPR course. There are online versions
- Also familiarize yourself with what you need to know for excessive bleeding or a Rattlesnake bite. Parry Sound Hospital is a leading centre for management of rattlesnake bites.
- Use SAFETY COMMON SENSE. Our cottage life has inherent risks and our common challenge being here is to manage risks sensibly. This also might not be the right paradise for family or friends who are very frail or 91/2 months pregnant. It’s time to rethink. You could save a life and possibly your own!