Monday 19 August, 2019

Praise for emergency teams in Atlantic LNG, American Airlines events

The efforts of emergency health responders in treating with two separate emergency events on Wednesday involving passengers on board an American Airlines inbound flight and Atlantic LNG workers have come in for high praise.  

The Health Ministry in a statement on Thursday afternoon praised the dedication of the individuals who responded to these events.

In the first event, senior medical staff of the Ministry were contacted by the Airports Authority and advised that passengers on American Airlines inbound flight AA 2713, from Miami, had sustained injuries due to turbulence on the aircraft.

Staff at both the Arima District Health Facility and the Global Medical Response of Trinidad and Tobago Limited (GMRTT) were quickly mobilised to provide direct care and support to passengers of the incoming flight.

Accident and Emergency Department staff at the Sangre Grande Hospital were also placed on alert to treat any injuries which might have been sustained.

Luckily, the majority of patients received minor injuries. Medical personnel provided immediate care on the scene, while other patients were treated at public health facilities.

Three people were transferred to North Central Regional Health Authority facilities and two have since been discharged. Another patient remained warded at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex and is currently resting while under observation.

In the second event, contractors from the Atlantic LNG, Point Fortin site were treated and subsequently discharged from the Area Hospital Point Fortin after a hydrocarbon release led to an evacuation of the facility.

The contractors received prompt treatment for respiratory injuries relating to the inhalation of hydrocarbon. Staff of the Area Hospital Point Fortin’s Facility maintained contact with the Atlantic LNG representatives in preparation for any surge of patients at the health facility.

The Ministry said while none of the injuries were life threatening, events such as these underscore the importance of adequate planning and preparation for emergencies.

Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh specially acknowledged the efforts of the response teams and offered his thanks to all who responded to members of the public in their time of need.

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