The medical evacuation of bariatric patients
Saint-Lazare (Québec), May 18, 2017 – On Thursday, May 18, 2017, the Mayor of Saint-Lazare, Mr. Robert Grimaudo, accompanied by the members of the municipal council, Mr. Daniel Boyer, Director of the Service de la sécurité publique et de la sécurité incendie and Mr. Patrick Lefebvre, Head of the First Respondents’ Division of the Service de la sécurité incendie et de la sécurité publique, announced the addition of a new weapon in the arsenal of Saint-Lazare’s Service de la sécurité publique et de la sécurité incendie—the evacuation of bariatric patients.
Following the signing of a protocol agreement for the creation of a Technical Support Unit (TSU) between the Town of Saint-Lazare and the Pre-Hospital Emergency Services sector of the Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux (CISSS) de la Montérégie-Centre, emergency medical technicians and paramedics in the Montérégie area will now have access to Saint-Lazare’s Service de sécurité publique et de la sécurité incendie for help moving users with this pathology. Saint-Lazare is a natural choice for this regional and supra-regional project given the experience of its first respondents, the internal and external care structure and its strategic positioning near Autoroute 30. The Montérégie Centre territory is currently serviced by the Town of Sainte-Julie while Montérégie Est is serviced by the Town of Cowansville and Montérégie Ouest by Saint-Lazare.
Thanks to a $20,000 investment in equipment and training, this new service offered by the Saint-Lazare Service de la sécurité incendie et de la sécurité publique is now operational. The department will therefore act as head of these services and, as such, respond to bariatric evacuation calls for the territory of the MRC de Roussillon (4 municipalities), MRC des Jardins-de-Napierville (3 municipalities), MRC du Haut-Saint-Laurent, MRC de Beauharnois-Salaberry and MRC de Vaudreuil–Soulanges, servicing a total of 54 municipalities (representing 260,164 residents). Note that the Pre-Hospital Emergency services sector of the CISSS de la Montérégie-Centre will cover the cost related to the unit’s intervention when the service is required.
This specialized service provided by the Service de sécurité incendie meets a need for facilitating ambulance trips for bariatric patients within the Montérégie territory. Recourse to this type of unit will help both the patients and pre-hospital care workers ensure safe and dignified care.
Saint-Lazare firefighters have completed specialized training in order to properly deal with these specific situations. In the past, when firefighters were called upon to respond to these calls, they were not equipped to handle the situation and no training was offered with relation to this. Workers and patients needlessly faced a risk of accident as a result. The evacuation of bariatric patients can be a delicate situation that nonetheless remains urgent.