Canadian medics anonymously tweeting 'Code Red' status

Social media campaign tweets when no ambulances are available and lengthy response times


News Analysis: Although the intent of the tweets may be to communicate to the public the status of the system, they also draw attention to a group of frustrated medics that feel overworked, underappreciated, and under the constant strain of worsening PTSD – which was highlighted as the underlying cause of a colleague’s recent suicide. Read more

CALGARY — An anonymous group of paramedics is behind a Twitter account that tweets when areas of Alberta are experiencing a Code Red.  Using the Twitter handle @StatusCodeRed, the group tweets when areas have no ambulances available for dispatch.

The account has also posted photos of computer screens with dispatch information indicating lengthy response times.  The group behind the campaign has blurred some information to protect the identities of  crews involved in the calls, as well as patient information.

The same group has also created a Facebook group called,  “Alberta EMS Code Red,” which invites those on the front lines to participate in the campaign.

 

Read Full Story: Anonymous paramedics tweet when no ambulances are available in Alberta

 

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