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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.

About STARS

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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For more information:

Cam Heke
Communications
STARS
Media: 1-866-966-8277
cheke@stars.ca
http://www.stars.ca
http://www.facebook.com/starsairambulance
http://www.twitter.com/starsambulance

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