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Winnipeg base resumes operations

03.08.2014

On the advice of medical professionals, the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) air ambulance will resume responding to calls for emergency service effective immediately, Manitoba Health Minister Erin Selby announced today.

“The decision to temporarily suspend STARS was a difficult one, but I rely on the advice of medical experts,” Selby said.  “The medical review process has been concluded, our medical team has signed off on patient safety issues to its satisfaction and STARS will now be resuming emergency calls.  This is an important first step to getting STARS back into full service for Manitoba families and for emergency medical service in this province.”

One of the additional factors considered in the decision to resume emergency calls was the provision of additional information from STARS detailing further patient safety of its service in Manitoba, the Minister said.

“As an organization that believes in continuous improvement, we’re committed to making any changes needed to ensure we provide the highest-quality patient care,” said Andrea Robertson, CEO of STARS.  “This is a new day for STARS in Manitoba and we look forward to getting back in the air, working with our partners to help save lives.”

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