A Coroners jury has made seven recommendations following an inquest into the death of a Quesnel man who fell out of an ambulance.
The inquest heard that 36 year-old Ebony Aaron Wood crashed his truck after a fight with his spouse on November 5, 2016 and was arrested by RCMP not far from the scene.
When Wood complained of chest and shoulder pain, he was transferred to an ambulance. En route to hospital, Wood fell from the ambulance, struck his head, and died two days later in a Vancouver hospital.
The jury has recommended that the BC Ambulance Service make changes to ambulance design to allow two-way communication between paramedics, add visual indicators that show the driver and attending paramedic that doors are closed and locked, and the rear door lock to limit access by patients.
It also recommended enhanced mental health and substance use training for RCMP and BC Ambulance personnel in order to better assess behavioural risk indicators.
The inquest heard that wood struggled with addiction and that his wife believed he had used drugs the night of the crash.
The jury also recommended that RCMP advise ambulance personnel about any behavioural issues that could endanger the patient or others when care is transferred.
Presiding Coroner Donita Kuzma classified Wood’s death accidental.