Development of leading systems of prehospital care
Sunnybrook's experts have been instrumental in supporting the development of leading systems of prehospital care.
Through the Sunnybrook Centre for Prehospital Medicine, we also provide state-of-the-art education and paramedic training, program development, program evaluation and research. Our quality assurance programs use a number of toolkits and software to identify and ensure optimal prehospital patient care and performance of EMS.
It has the capacity to set up a 56 bed unit that provides a staging and triage base, and has the capability to treat 20 acute care patients and 36 intermediate care patients. It contains its own medical equipment and supplies, communications center, electricity and water. EMAT provides a staging and triage base for the evaluation and management of patients prior to transport to definitive care. EMAT's capabilities include patient isolation in the case of an infectious disease outbreak, the provision of medical support in the case of a chemical, biological or radiological incident and assistance in managing patients in mass casualty situations.
Ontario's Air Ambulance Program
Sunnybrook created Canada's first helicopter-based air ambulance system, with support from the Government of Ontario, to transport critically ill patients to a hospital. Today, the program is run by a separate organization, Ornge, which has evolved to become an integral component of the larger emergency health system across Ontario (a 1 million square km region with 14 million residents).