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Fire paramedic chief: 'Virtual waiting room' could drop ambulance off-load times

from CTV News

Winnipeg's fire paramedic chief said the creation of a "virtual waiting room" in a patient's own house could help curb off-load ambulance wait times. The City of Winnipeg fines the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority if paramedics have to wait with patients in an emergency department for more than an hour when there is no space available. As CTV reported, numbers show in 2014 paramedics waited nearly 14,000 hours beyond that 60-minute benchmark, costing the WRHA $1.6 million. That's an increase from the year before. more

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