STARS News Release
STARS ready to respond 2014 Victoria Day long weekend
May 15, 2013
ALBERTA, May 15, 2013 – STARS is reminding Albertans to be cautious while enjoying recreational activities this summer, including all-terrain vehicle (ATV) use, horseback riding and driving motorcycles.
“Our patients never expect terrible events to happen,” says STARS Vice President & Chief Clinical Officer Mike Lamacchia. “Planning ahead and considering all potential risks will help you avoid a flight in the back of a STARS helicopter.”
In 2012, STARS responded to 1,539 emergencies in Alberta, including 170 related to recreational activities. The top three recreational activities STARS responded to in 2012 include:
- 51 ATV emergencies (37 quad and 14 dirt bike incidents);
- 38 motorcycle emergencies;
- 26 horseback riding emergencies.
All recreational related emergencies STARS responded to in 2012 are listed at the bottom of this release. Media can arrange interview opportunities with a STARS team member by calling the media line at 1-866-966-8277.
Tips to stay safe:
- Wear safety gear, especially a helmet when engaged in activities that have a risk of head injury.
- Ensure you have the proper training and education to operate ATVs before using them.
- Do not operate ATVs while under the influence of drugs or alcohol (including prescription drugs that may cause impairment).
- Insist that everyone wear lifejackets when in a boat.
- When in remote areas inform someone about your location and anticipated departure and arrival times.
- Drive the speed limit. Motorcyclists traveling at high speeds are more likely to sustain high velocity head and chest injuries when collisions occur, even when wearing protective gear.
STARS is a non-profit helicopter air ambulance organization that provides rapid and specialized emergency care and transportation for critically ill and injured patients. Our doctors, nurses, paramedics, and pilots work with a team of dedicated support staff and community partners to save lives. STARS operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week from bases in Regina, Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton, Grande Prairie and Winnipeg.
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STARS responses to recreational emergencies in 2012:
- 51 All-terrain vehicles (37 quading and 14 dirt biking incidents)
- 38 Motorcycle
- 26 Horseback riding
- 15 Skiing and snowboarding
- 5 Boating
- 5 Animal attacks (grizzly bear, two bull attacks, cow, and moose)
- 4 Rock climbing
- 4 Snowmobiling
- 4 Falls during recreational activities
- 3 Bicycling
- 3 Skateboarding
- 2 Baseball
- 1 Buried in sand
- 1 Hockey
- 1 Scooter
- 1 Skating
- 1 Sky diving
- 1 Hiking
- 1 Propane explosion
- 1 Hot oil burns
- 1 Jump from a bridge into water
- 1 Swimming