Your donations to TB Vets help medical heroes save lives, not only in the confines of hospital rooms but also out in the far-off, unpredictable backcountry.
For first responder team Lions Bay Search and Rescue (Lions Bay SAR), the support of TB Vets donors like you comes in the form of small, lightweight respiratory equipment— a couple of oxygen tanks, three pulse oximeters and an EMMA Capnograph (carbon dioxide monitor).
The reality on the frontlines, and how TB Vets helps
During medical rescues in the mountains, carrying heavy medical equipment can be very challenging. Many rescues are completed at night and can require four to five-hour hikes before getting to a patient. Add to that the steep and rugged terrain, which becomes more complicated to traverse when dealing with the patient’s weight. When heavy equipment is added to a stretcher carry, it can pose more difficulties to both rescuers and patients. For these reasons, the TB Vets-funded oxygen tanks are essential more than heavy, traditional ones.
The lightweight respiratory equipment funded by TB Vets for Lions Bay SAR
Additionally, patients’ vitals need to be monitored especially during long stretcher carries. The capnograph and pulse oximeters will help with this job, when stopping repeatedly to take new vitals becomes difficult or impossible due to the terrain, weather, or the need to move the subject quickly from dangerous locations.
Saving lives is no easy task, but with the support of TB Vets donors like you, frontline medical heroes like Lions Bay SAR are given all the help they can get when and where it matters most. Because of you, they are equipped and ready in the most unpredictable of situations.
Lions Bay SAR responds to approximately 35 search and rescue calls a year. The team operates primarily in the area from Horseshoe Bay to Porteau Cove. They also assist search and rescue teams in nearby regions and participates in disaster relief efforts across BC.*
*Photo Credit: Lions Bay Search and Rescue