STARS ambulance tight-lipped about their work
The STARS rescue air ambulance service has always be willing to talk about the work they are doing and the type of incidents they are responding to, but in Saskatchewan they have been asked to err on the side of caution when it comes to patient privacy.
In Alberta STARS will in some cases reveal the age and gender of the patient but Doug Line, Saskatchewan Health, said here only certain information will be revealed.
“What type of incident they were responding to, what time they were called out and arrived on scene, where the landing took place and the kind of conditions they had, in which they were working.”
Cam Heke, spokesperson for STARS, said they will follow current practice, and err on the side of caution.
“We are new to the province of Saskatchewan and we are being very sensitive as we get to know the local environment.”
Heke believes there is value to revealing more in a public education role.
“Our view is that is it important to communicate to the public about our activities, being as explicit as we can, but always, always, always being careful that we don’t want to provide information about our patients that they wouldn’t want provided.”
The policy will be reviewed when STARS begins operations across the province this fall.
Edited by CJME's Lisa Schick.