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Paramedics required to work in the understaffed Winnipeg emergency room: Shared Health

Paramedics are being redirected to work in WinnipegEmergency Roomas the problem of staff shortages continues, says Shared Health. Dr. Shawn Young, Chief Operating Officer of the

Health Sciences Center, says the emergency medical team helped the hospital's emergency department staff over the weekend.

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ER Emergency medical care in Manitoba is a routine practice in Manitoba, but this weekend marked the beginning of making this method "more practical" due to the ongoing shortage of nurses.

"They are great resources that can help staff and support emergency work," Young said on Monday, adding that he hopes the practice will be more permanent.

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"For those who work in triage during breaks , There are skill sets and tools. We can provide that service very well. "

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Young According to the report, emergency care has recently been used by Grace Hospital staff and in the emergency room of local hospitals.

He says the hospital work is done in extra shifts, so this practice does not affect emergency medical services.

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"This is beyond their normal shift, so they affect their own services. I haven't, "he said.

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Manitoba hospitals are having a hard time finding nursing staff to hold for months.

According to data released by Shared Health on Monday, the vacancy rate for HSC nurses is currently 26.6%. The figures released in May show that the vacancy rate of Grace Hospitalis 28%.

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, Darren Jackson said the shortage was predicted in 2025, but the pandemic speeded up its timeline. In a statement from

Global News, Shared Health stated that the move to use emergency medical care to assist staff in the emergency room is not new.

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Shared Health spokesman Person saw COVID-19 working as an emergency medical personnel throughout the medical system, including vaccination centers and personal care homes.

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"Manitoba sites vary in practice of using emergency medical teams to support ED staffing. I used it at a certain time, "said a spokesman. By email to Global News.

"This is also an initiative that other jurisdictions have used for many years to address staffing challenges."

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Shared Health is an emergency room, paramedic is "generally" It supports patient monitoring, assists in the initiation of IV, and does not receive direct patient care assignments.

"Patient safety is our number one priority and we can ensure that people coming to HSC Winnipeg receive the care they need without compromise," Shared Health said in a statement.

"We thank all the medical staff for their continued commitment to patient care during these difficult times."

— With Abigail Turner Using Keesha Harewood files 

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