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Survey: Ontarians expect better access to trauma centers for serious injuries
Date:7/29/2011

ong weekend, when Ontario Provincial Police ramp up traffic patrols and increase enforcement in an effort to prevent fatalities. Five people died in traffic accidents in the province during the 2010 Civic Holiday weekend.

Colleen Carter understands all too well the importance of trauma centres and getting to them quickly. Her 21-year-old daughter Melanie died in 2007 after the car she was driving went onto the shoulder of the road and hit a parked steamroller. She was taken to a local hospital in critical condition, but the air ambulance couldn't operate because of the weather and it took 2-1/2 hours to find an ambulance and crew to drive her to St. Michael's, where she died.

"They said timing was of the essence and it was too late by the time we got to Toronto," said Carter, whose family founded Safe and Sober Canada to educate young adults about impaired driving and safety issues. www.safeandsobercanada.com.


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Contact: Leslie Shepherd
shepherdl@smh.ca
416-864-6094
St. Michael's Hospital
Source:Eurekalert

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