Incident In Detention Highlights Value Of Having Paramedics On Duty 24/7

A man was taken to hospital yesterday afternoon after arriving at the SPS Detention Unit unresponsive.

At approximately 3:30 p.m., February 7, 2018, Police were called to a report of an intoxicated male. The man refused treatment from ambulance personnel at the scene and was subsequently transported to SPS detention. Upon arrival, the man was unresponsive. The paramedic stationed in Detention was immediately asked to check the man’s vitals, which were quickly decreasing. The paramedic administered naloxone, which resulted in an improvement, and an ambulance was called to transport the man to hospital for treatment. He has since been released.

“This incident is a perfect example of a return on our investment of having trained, qualified paramedics in our Detention Unit 24 hours a day seven days a week,” says Brian Shalovelo, Superintendent of Operational Support. “If we didn’t, this incident could have ended in tragedy.”

The hours that paramedics were present in the Detention Unit was expanded to 24/7 in 2016. Prior to that, paramedics were only stationed in Detention between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.