Challenges in Remote Air Medical Transport

Last modified by Ann Watkins on 2016/03/23 15:18


artic.jpgPlease join us to hear some of the unique perspectives regarding delivery of air medical services in the Canadian Arctic including the Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

The Canada Health Act exists to protect, promote and restore the physical and mental well-being of residents of Canada and to facilitate reasonable access to health services regardless of financial or geographical barriers.  Access to health care in the remote north is not simple!  Most of the communities lack hospitals, resident physicians, and the ability to access those resources by road!  The importance of air transport to the far north is indisputable.  However, the challenges associated with operating air ambulance services in the remote north is often misunderstood and underestimated.

This presentation will help identify the challenges associated with offering air ambulance services in the Arctic, from bone chilling environmental challenges to the need to provide specialty services where no specialists reside.  



PennyHeadshot.pngPenny Triggs

Penny Triggs is a RN with 10 years of critical care experience and over 28 years of experience in air medical transport including six years with the Manitoba Government Air Ambulance, and 22 years of experience with Keewatin Air, including international world-wide air ambulance operations, and operations in remote northern Canada.

40422-1-1.jpgKara Livy

Kara Livy is a Nurse Practitioner employed by Advanced Medical Solutions / Medic North as VP Operations for the air medical program.  She has years of experience as a flight nurse in the Arctic, and as a practitioner in NICU, now extending that expertise in the western part of Nunavut and Northwest Territories.

Sheila Thompson

Sheila Thompson is a RN with critical care experience, experience as a flight nurse and manager in air ambulance operations, multiple years as a RN in the outpost environment, has completed her masters in nursing and currently is the Manager of Program Design and Implementation in the Disability Management Unit of the Public Service Commission for the Government of Yukon. 

Dr. William (Sandy) MacDonald

Dr. William (Sandy) MacDonald is the Senior Chief of Staff for the Government of Nunavut, and is a family practitioner and GP anaesthetist in Iqaluit Nunavut.  Dr. MacDonald has an extensive knowledge of the health care system in Nunavut, visiting the communities regularly, and is the chief liaison between the air ambulance providers and the government of Nunavut.

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