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Table 2 Portrait of emergency services at Baie-St-Paul and the Magdalen Islands – selected statistics

From: Improving delivery of care in rural emergency departments: a qualitative pilot study mobilizing health professionals, decision-makers and citizens in Baie-Saint-Paul and the Magdalen Islands, Québec, Canada

Variables measured (2014–15)Magdalen IslandsBaie-Saint-Paul
Number of annual visits21,28412,940
Triage
 Level 1–38.3%11.0%
 Level 4–591.7%89.1%
Number of stretchers66
Wait time to see a doctor120 min66 min
Average time in emergency (hours)11.3 h9.5 h
Distance to trauma center level 1a1157 km (including ferry)92 km
Number physicians
 Full time47
 Part-time63
Number of emergency care nurses
 Day35
 Evening33
 Night22
ReceptionistYesNo
PorterNoYes
Social workerYesYes
Liaison nurseYesYes
LaboratoryYesYes
RadiologyYesYes
Intensive care unitYesNob
CT scanYesNo
SurgeonYesYes
Respiratory therapistYesYes
AnesthetistYesYes
PsychiatristYesYes
InternistYesNo
Obstetrician/gynecologistYesNo
OrthopedistNoNo
PediatricianNoNo
PharmacistYesYes
Number of interfacility transfers annually204488
  1. aDistances obtained using Google Maps
  2. bBaie-Saint-Paul does however have an intermediary care unit