Rural Emergency Services Symposium


Symposium on Emergency Services, June 2018



On June 2018, key people from RHSRNbc, RCCbc, and BCEMN were in attendance. The RHSRNbc Advisory Committee and research designate consisting of a representative from each university in British Columbia and a member of their organization were invited to attend. Strategic invites (Health Authorities, MoH, BC Ambulance/ Transport / 911 Dispatch) were also made.

The goal of the symposium was to identify the key gaps in understanding and important research questions that need to be answered to support rural emergency services.

The objectives of the event included:

  1. Generating a high level overview of the existing evidence related to the capacity of smaller rural ERs and the support structures currently in place to sustain these services.
  2. Identifying important gaps in our current understanding.
  3. Generating key questions that need to be answered to better understand how rural emergency services attempt to address the needs of the population they serve.
  4. Examining the interface between the smaller rural ERs and the larger provincial system of emergency care including communication support (synchronous and asynchronous), the integration of care for high acuity patients, and strategies to sustain quality of care (CPD).
  5. Considering the data needed to answer the questions generated.

Rural Emergency Services symposium proceedings