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Media Release

Edmonton Paramedic Honoured with ‘Legends of the Call’ award

MedicAlert Foundation Canada acknowledges a fast acting paramedic in an emergency situation.

An Edmonton paramedic is being recognized by MedicAlert Foundation Canada and the Paramedic Chiefs of Canada. Sean Vesak of Alberta Health Services has received the “Legends of the Call Award” that recognizes emergency responders who go above and beyond the call of duty and follow the MedicAlert Look, Read, Call procedure:

Look: to see if a patient is wearing a MedicAlert ID.

Read: the engraving on the back of the MedicAlert ID to learn vital information about the patient’s allergies and medical conditions.

Call: the unique MedicAlert 24/7 emergency hotline to reach a live MedicAlert agent for the patient-provided full medical history.

Vesak arrived on scene to find a teenager in a confused state after experiencing a seizure.  Fortunately, the youth was wearing a MedicAlert ID — indicating that he had epilepsy.  Vesak called the MedicAlert 24/7 Hotline number engraved on the back of the ID and gained access to the member’s complete medical profile and emergency contact information which enabled him to reunite the patient with his mother.

“My biggest fear is that Daniel will have a seizure when I am not around, but he’s an independent teenager so I know I can’t always be by his side,” says Karen Steinbring, mother of Daniel Dusang, a MedicAlert member.  “Wearing a MedicAlert ID gives me peace of mind that he will have a voice if he can’t speak for himself or if I’m not there to speak for him.”

“During a medical emergency, it’s crucial that we understand our patient’s condition and needs as quickly as possible which is where MedicAlert IDs come into play — particularly if they’re scared, confused or unable to speak for themselves,” says Vesak.
“MedicAlert provides instant access to critical information which is why we encourage paramedics to follow Look, Read, Call protocol during every emergency,” adds PCC President Darren Sandbeck.

About the MedicAlert Foundation Canada

MedicAlert Foundation Canada (MAFCA) is the largest membership-based registered charity in Canada. It is the leading provider of emergency medical information services. More than one million Canadians have been protected  by their services. For over 50 years, its mission is to protect Canadians and save lives. 

The Foundation’s services include electronic health records, a state-of-the-art secure database, a 24-hour emergency hotline for emergency responders and customized identification products.  Learn more about MedicAlert, how it works, and how you or a loved one can become a member at MedicAlert.ca or by calling 1-866-679-3166.

About the Paramedic Chiefs of Canada

The Paramedic Chiefs of Canada (PCC) was incorporated in 2002 as a national forum for information gathering, policy development, and coordinated action by the leaders of Canada’s EMS systems.  Its membership consists of a variety of EMS systems across the country.  The EMSCC Board of Directors includes Chiefs/Directors representing EMS from the east to the west coast.

The Paramedic Chiefs of Canada are committed to advancing and aligning EMS Leadership across the country.  For additional information, please visit www.pcc.ca.

For more information or to schedule an interview contact:
Kertney Russell or David Weinstein at Strategic Objectives
1-866-366-7733

krussell@strategicobjectives.com
davidw@strategicobjectives.com