Emergency Intervention Disclosure Act

Support the Emergency Intervention Disclosure Act (Right To Know) for all emergency workers.

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June 02, 2011 at 12:41 PM

Dear Brothers & Sisters,

As you are well aware, communicable disease and body fluid exposures are an all too real hazards faced by Paramedics daily. Too often Paramedics suffer exposures such as needle stick injuries or blood splashes from patients who are unwilling or unable to disclose blood borne illnesses. Such exposures can result in unnecessary prophylactic drug treatment, anxiety and stress to you and your family.

On May 31, 2011, Sherman Hillier and I, along with representatives from the BC Professional Firefighters Association, attended the BC legislature to support the first reading of the Emergency Intervention Disclosure Act.

The Emergency Intervention Disclosure Act was introduced by Norm Letnick, Kelowna-Lake Country MLA. Norm has worked with the BC Professional Fire Fighters Association, The Ambulance Paramedics of BC and the BC Police Association to bring this Bill to the Legislature. Similar legislation is already in existence in many other Provinces through Canada.

The Emergency Intervention Disclosure Act will empower Paramedics, Police Officers, Firefighters and victims of crime to compel a blood sample from any individual who is unwilling or unable to provide a blood sample for testing within 48 hours or exposure.

Over the summer months we will be promoting the Emergency Intervention Disclosure Act throughout BC and may call on members to support our efforts in this important initiative. In addition, we are looking for personal stories of Paramedics who have experienced a hazardous body fluid exposure which resulted in treatment.

If you would like to tell us your story, please email Sherman.Hillier(at)apbc.ca .

 

Sincerely,

Bronwyn Barter

A/ Provincial President
Ambulance Paramedics Of BC
CUPE Local 873

 

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