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October 17, 2005
Toronto EMS clarifies paramedic response time for patient at Toronto Marathon
Toronto Emergency Medical Services (EMS) wishes to correct several media
reports indicating that a Toronto EMS paramedic crew encountered delays while
responding to a call for a patient suffering a cardiac arrest at the Toronto
Marathon yesterday.

About three minutes elapsed between the time Toronto EMS was first notified
that there was a patient at the race site until the time the patient was in the
ambulance in the care of paramedics.

Toronto EMS Communications Centre received notification at 11:05:34 a.m. that
there was a patient down at the race. A Toronto EMS Advanced Care Paramedic
crew was on standby providing event medical coverage and was staged at the
Toronto Marathon first aid tent, near the finish line of the race. An emergency
medical dispatcher notified the crew that there was a report of a patient down
at the race.

As the crew was preparing their equipment and stretcher to head over to the
patient's location, a first aid team carrying the patient on a stretcher
arrived at their ambulance. The Toronto EMS crew loaded the patient into the
ambulance and began advanced life support. At 11:08:46 a.m., the crew notified
the dispatcher that the patient had been shocked by a defibrillator, and
attempts to resuscitate the patient continued. At 11:15:46 a.m., Toronto EMS
left the scene for Mt. Sinai Hospital.

Media contacts:

Larry Roberts
Media Relations and Communications
Toronto EMS

Peter Macintyre
Community Safeguard Services
Toronto EMS



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