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All Producers and Co-Producers of this film, in addition to being experienced and award winning filmmakers, all have trained and worked as Critical Care Paramedics on the streets of Alberta and elsewhere - some still do.  

*Status Code Red* is an authentic narrative told by the authoritative voice of those who know.


STATUS CODE RED:  TRAILER #1

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A Status Code Red is an emergency code used to signify that there are 'NO' ambulances available to response to an emergency . . . doesn't matter if you are having a heart attack, got shot or have a tummy ache - if you call 911 and there is a "Status Code Red" - there are NO ambulances available to come to your aid.  None.

And in the Canadian Province of Alberta this appears to happen frequently and on a large scale - especially in rural Alberta.

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There was no public outcry or seeming crisis in Pre-Hospital Care in Alberta prior to April 1, 2009 - but for some reason, and for some major taxpayer expense - the Alberta Government and bureaucracy decided to go into the Ambulance business . . . after all, what could go wrong on an emergency call? 

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This documentary explores the narrative of how Alberta got to a point where even members of the Governing Party were not pleased with the state of Pre-hospital Care in the Province.  

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There are also some funny moments - like when 2 real live working Paramedics give a test to real citizens standing on the street of a small town - and then the Medics give advice  on how to improve a taxpayers chances of surviving a delayed ambulance response - well the average response time in their town since 2009. 

Follow us from talking with one of the first 'task force' members, then hearing the real stories of patients and government actors and good Paramedics attempting to serve their communities in a way that meets patient need and is in accord with a Paramedics professional obligation. 

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There was no PLOT to purposely increase response times or create an organization of byzantine proportions - yet the narrative seems to have gone that way.

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In true cinéma vérité style you will sit at kitchen tables with folks seeking to improve a system that seems to be up against harsh reaction to even simple questions by the citizenry about what transpired when they did what all of us are taught to do in a medical emergency – they called 911.

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All you will see was fixable it seems, or at least avoidable had someone, anyone in power – only listened.

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This issue in the news:

 

 


 





 
And what do the citizens get when they spend ten million dollars on a new dispatch centre . . . . . . 
http://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/ahs-spends-10-million-on-new-ambulance-dispatch-but-health-minister-yet-to-okay

PARAMEDICS RISK JOBS AND CAREERS

BY EXPOSING PROBLEMS.

 The Internet has democratized our society a bit more – this is a facebook page where Paramedics, and other ‘insiders,’ anonymously share with the citizenry – who after all have a right to know – what they say is REALLY going on with the government run prehospital care system which the government took over and is entrusted with.  You will meet them in our film.

Alberta EMS Code Red
What does this screen below tell us?

This is a screen from the Dispatch system in Alberta's capital city Edmonton.

NOTE: the Alberta Government created a new dispatch centre in Calgary  and which the Health Minister refuses to open.  This after what is gently termed, " . . .  sharp criticism last week by Mayor Naheed Nenshi of AHS’s competency . . .  

[ http://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/ahs-spends-10-million-on-new-ambulance-dispatch-but-health-minister-yet-to-okay ] 

For ten million dollars you could have paid for six thousand boys and girls to play hockey for a year [http://www.srgnet.com/2014/06/10/massive-competition-in-pursuit-of-the-5-7-billion-canadian-youth-sports-market/ ]

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN 'ALS' AND 'BLS'?

Ambulance Units have 'Advanced Life Support' and 'Basic Life Support' units.  The difference is like that of a Doctor and Nurse - Advanced life support is staffed by higher trained personnel and the Basic Life Support by very competent folks, but they do not have the full airway control and drugs that ALS units do.  A real live working Medic will explain more in "The EMS Call."

THIS SCREEN BELOW TELLS US THAT THE NEAREST ALS UNIT IS MORE THAN 15 MINUTES AWAY - IN THE METRO/CITY AREA OF EDMONTON.

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Alberta Code Red 


"Sed quis custodiet ipsos Custodes?" -- "But who will watch the Watchmen?"-- Juvenal, Satires, VI, 347. circa 128 AD