Commitment to Safety
Ambulance New Brunswick's number one priority is safety! Safety of our patients, of our paramedics and other first responders and of the public in general.
Here are a few examples of behind the scenes work that Ambulance New Brunswick is doing to ensure your safety:
Driver Safety Program
Driving an ambulance isn't like driving your personal vehicle. Safely and effectively driving an ambulance requires skill and training. For that reason, our paramedics undergo a comprehensive two-part driver safety program. In the classroom, paramedics learn vehicle handling techniques specific to our fleet of ambulances, as well as those rules that direct the appropriate use of lights and sirens and our protocols for safely navigating intersections, crowded areas, and other situations we encounter every day in the field. The practical part of the training consists of a road evaluation, focusing on putting into practice the safe driving lessons learned in class.
In 2009 and 2010, Ambulance New Brunswick received national and international recognition for our Driver Safety Program.
Our paramedics clean the ambulance and its equipment after each and every call. But in order to ensure the utmost safety in this regard, we have implemented a thorough decontamination process. Every time an ambulance comes into one of our fleet centres (they are located in Moncton and Fredericton) for regular maintenance or after a specific kind of call, our trained decontamination technicians use specialized products and techniques to clean the ambulance from top to bottom. This includes removing all equipment and supplies, deep cleaning all cabinets, removing the cushions and panels and really getting at those hard-to-reach surfaces.
Ambulance Preventative Maintenance
Our ambulances are subject to a rigorous preventative maintenance program by our vehicle technicians which includes a thorough mechanical safety inspection and basic maintenance every 8,000 kms and a detailed, comprehensive safety inspection and any required advanced maintenance every 48,000 kms.
As for our air ambulance, for each hour that ANB's KingAir 100 spends in the air, one full hour of preventative maintenance gets completed on the aircraft. Inspections on ANB's aircraft are mandatory and completed once a month, on average. During this, the aircraft undergoes a complete inspection from top to bottom, front to back.
Any mechanical deficiencies discovered on our land and air ambulances are addressed immediately.
Continuous Medical Education
In order to maintain a high level of proficiency, ANB's paramedics, emergency medical dispatchers and flight nurses undergo Continuous Medical Education sessions several times each year. This ensures they are up to date on the latest medical techniques and skills.
These in-class training sessions cover subjects such as cardiac arrest management, respiratory distress and management of trauma patients and our evidence-based, pre-hospital care techniques are constantly refined to ensure our patients receive the best possible care at all times.
All of these safety initiatives are to ensure that our highly-skilled paramedics, emergency medical dispatchers and flight nurses think about safety from the minute they report for duty until they go home at the end of their shift. Their commitment benefits us all.